I was going to write a happy note about WordPress.com and their new stats page, which I have studiously avoided since it came out as its layout and information seemed to me to be a step down from the previous version. I will admit though that it make things easier to see in the scope of a calendar year or a month. It had that going for it.
And then on the winter solstice WP.com killed the previous version of the stats page and now forces users to go to the new one. Dammit. Among the things missing with the new page are the two page view charts I use for my anniversary posts.
Also, the new stats page is broken for me for approximately one third of the day. I think this is due to my blog running on UTC… which was the only choice back when I started it… and my local time being UTC -8. I never bothered to swap the blog time to match my local time, but WP.com seems to know my local time and simply stops showing me stats between 4pm local and midnight local. Nice job there WP.com!
Fortunately, one of the early versions of the stats page… not my favorite, but one that at least has the right data… is still accessible. Also, the mobile app shows the right stats regardless of time.
Oddly, WP.com hasn’t done their “year in review” option for blogs yet. Usually that is up right after Christmas.
And speaking of stats and years, if somebody could click on that random post link on the side bar or some similar action about 2,500 times, the blog would totally have a nice round number for page views in 2016. Just do it before 23:59 UTC.
One Year Ago
Thanks to The Force Awakens coming out, George Lucas was in the news and rationalizing his “Han didn’t shoot first” change. I wasn’t buying it. There were certainly other things he could have changed.
It was December, so I had to go over the usual posts, scoring predictions, looking back at the highs and lows of the year gone past, looking forward to what I might play 2016, and something about the inevitable Steam holiday sale. I also made a chart to show what MMOs I was playing in 2015 because everybody else was doing it. I totally forgot to make that chart again this year.
There was the Operation: Frostline expansion in EVE Online.
In New Eden I got blow up trying to slip a Caracal out of Fountain. It happens. On the other hand, I did get my first kill mark on another solo op. I also hit 150 million skill points, an achievement soon to be made trivial by skill injectors.
The much reviled Fountain War Kickstarter was finally cancelled, as it was clearly not going to get anywhere close to its $150K target. But was that going to bank the flames of the brightly burning Goon hate? (hint: no)
On the EverQuest front, the Phinigel “true box” server opened, a retro progression server that was supposed to keep people from multi-boxing groups.
Five Years Ago
One of those games was Diablo III and another Torchlight II, while Path of Exile represented a dark horse third. They were all vying for the mantle of successor to Diablo II. So I tried to define the essence of Diablo II.
I also had some demands for 2011 and had to look at how that worked out.
But hey, a ship blows up every six seconds in EVE Online.
Meanwhile, in the bigger picture, Hilmar Pétursson, CEO of CCP declared that the era of the Jesus Feature was over for EVE Online.
EverQuest II and its free to play twin, EverQuest II Extended, were merged into a single fighting force of extraordinary magnitude or something.
Richard Garriott de Cayeux went a little nuts talking about his Ultimate RPG, his great fondness for EA, and the failure of Tabula Rasa and Ultima 8. He seemed to try to be getting EA to join with him by talking to the press… and not to EA. And then it was the Mayans.
Closer to planet Earth, the instance group was in Rift running the Realm of the Fae.
Toril MUD was still alive and had just added nine more zones to the game.
Playboy Manager the MMO. Never ended up being a thing.
And I proved my laser tag prowess against a bunch of little girls.
Ten Years Ago
The short-lived Massive Magazine, dedicated to our chosen niche video game genre, put out its first issue. I bought a copy.
I told a Christmas story from 1977 about video games.
I followed up on my initial Stellar Emperor post with one about how I won the game.
My daughter and I were chasing Rudolph across the Frostfell zone in EverQuest II.
Digg starting listing podcasts and there was a call to help Digg some of the MMO related podcasts. These days I am surprised when I see that Digg is still a thing.
The Commonlands in EverQuest got a make over. The two zones also got combined into a single zone.
I correctly predicted the venue for that year’s EQ2 expansion, Kunark, which I will never let anybody forget. I was also wondering about SOE’s trajectory given the changes that came in with Echoes of Faydwer and The Serpent’s Spine.
I also had five features I wanted WoW to steal from EQ2. I think we got one of them in the form of the WoW Armory. But no, housing was not on the list.
Derek Smart came up as a topic for the first time on the site.
Finally, in a bit of EVE Online history I didn’t write about at the time, though I was vaguely aware that it had happened, the first titan built, an Avatar named “Steve,” owned by Ascendant Frontier, became the first titan destroyed when it was lost to Band of Brothers in C9N-CC on December 11, 2006. The pilot, CYVOK, logged out with aggression, was probed down, and the titan was destroyed.
There is a memorial wreck in the system to mark the event.
And, finally, just to make this section even longer, the top ten best selling games on the PC in 2006:
- World of Warcraft
- The Sims 2: Open for Business
- The Sims 2
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Age of Empires III
- Civilization IV
- The Sims 2: Nightlife
- Guild Wars Factions
- Zoo Tycoon 2
That was back when Sims ruled the list. I had forgotten that Guild Wars sold as well as it did too.
Most Viewed Posts in December
Search Terms of the Month
is warhammer return of reckoning safe?
[It better not be!]
stellaris is everything that civilization
[should be? hates? rejects? eats for lunch?]
eve online sex
[If there is anything EVE prevents, it is sex]
sto female elf
[Now you’re trying to cross the streams again]
eq dwarf hate purple armor
[Dwarf should buy some dye]
flying mount business model
[Sell them for money?]
It was all sorts of explosions in New Eden at the start of the month, but with the holidays and family and commitments, I wasn’t really able to set aside much time for internet spaceships. I only logged on in the latter half of the month to do some Planetary Interaction stuff and poke around a bit.
As with New Eden, I started off the month strong in Norrath, but then that tapered off as the holidays hit. Only so much time in the day. I am still up for further exploration of the new-ish content.
I actually spend a lot of time in our world as the month progressed. With a big project lined up, it was easy to drop in, do a bit of work, and log back out as I had the time. The road has been moving southward, though there are times when I look at the progress I have made relative to the work left to be done and I wonder if I have bit off more than I can chew. And once I get that next bridge done I have another jungle to blast through. Time for more TNT.
I even slowed down some on Pokemon Go as it started to rain in our corner of California. It is an outdoor sort of game, so my daily walk around the work campus (which has 6 Pokestops) tailed off as water fell from the sky. I did manage to catch a couple of Santa Hat Pikachu, but Ditto continues to elude me. And I did a last minute lucky egg for double XP and evolved myself to level 25 last night. Also, I hatched a Magby, which is number 240 in the Pokedex, which indicates that we’re getting new Pokemon with the new year.
End of month stats:
- Level: 25 (+1)
- Pokedex status: 106 (+7) caught, 134 (+5) seen
- Pokemon I want: Ditto
- Current buddy: Kadabra
Pokemon Sun & Moon
Again, I seemed to have put down the Pokemon Sun for the last week or so as the holidays blew through. I made it through the third island and the interlude afterwards, but now need to pick up the story, get to the final island, and get Nebby to stay in the damn bag.
I actually bought a few items during the Steam sale, and am eyeing at least one more, so there will no doubt be a post-sale posting to discuss that. I will say that at $2.99, Dirt 3 offers some pretty decent driving fun.
World of Warcraft
I let my account there lapse, and will probably set my daughter’s to lapse as well, as she hasn’t been logging in either. After a busy summer and fall in Azeroth it feels like time to let that simmer while we do other things.
2017, and the sincere hope that it ends up being better than 2016. Probably not going to happen, but one can always hope.
Tomorrow is the first of the year and will feature my usual predictions post.
In New Eden war is coming and the Imperium is deploying to join in. I have to find a convoy out there so I can join in.
EverQuest II has a double XP weekend going through the new year, so I feel like I should take some advantage of that.
I want to finish Pokemon Sun then go back and work on the Pokedex. I have been moving slow to fill up as much of it as possible, but it hasn’t been a determined effort as yet.
And then there is that list of potential games for 2017… though a lot of them need to finish development first.