Thursday, December 10, 2009

September 2009 Monthly Gaming Analysis

The results shown below are of course based on the combined data from the Daily Game Log which should provide a clear indication of a game's usage frequency. Bear in mind that even if a game is played twice or more during a particular day, it would still register as 1 in the Day Count column below. In a sense, "merits" are given based on how often a particular game can make me play it again throughout the entire period of the month on a daily basis. A game that makes a gamer play it over and over again or at least spend a lot of time with it... Isn't that what we mostly want from a great game? I don't think it's really fair to count all the way down to the number of hours played since some games only require a short amount of time to properly serve their purposes.


Total Games Played: 35

If you have been following the monthly analyses, you will notice the sudden decrease in the total number of games played on this month's data. This is due to the "content overhaul" decision I made at the end of August 2009. The focus on the "Random Game of the Day" feature before September 2009 had lead me a bit astray when it came to widening the type of content that I would post on this site because it took some serious time commitment to work on those articles - after selecting a game at random, I had to then play it to remind me of what that game entails before writing about it and some games were more time consuming to get into than others. Things are definitely more manageable now for me and I also inherited a more relaxed approached to what I would write about in regards to my gaming experience.

September 2009 was the month when I reactivated World of Warcraft. This happened after I purchased the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. I had been away from the game long enough to really enjoy my return and as a result, it became the most played game of the month. I still don't regret coming back to WoW even to this date. The only problem I am having with the game is that many of my friends no longer available on the server that I am playing on and there is no way I am going to pay Blizzard more money just to get my characters transferred over.

Besides the physical move, I also made another form of bold move in September 2009 - GameFly subscription. It only lasted for a month but the impact of renting games can be seen on the slots for the second and third most played games of the month - Batman: Arkham Asylum and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Renting did put a lot of pressure into my carefree video gaming schedule because in an effort to justify the amount of money paid for the service, I just wanted to get the rented games over with so that I could get the next one on the list. In the end, I only rented 3 games from GameFly. Would I rent again in the future? I will just leave that option open for now.

Best New Game of the Month:
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Personal Computer)

Unexpectedly Forgotten New Game of the Month:
Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Nintendo Wii)

I Missed You I Want You Game of the Month:
I can't recall to be honest.

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