Wednesday, March 6, 2002

A (different) Game A Day

For the past couple of years, I've noticed an interesting statistic
regarding my game playing. Starting on any arbitrary day (like, say
January 1st), and counting the number of different games I play, I
play very close to one different game per day, for about 4 months,
when it begins to drop off. I'm not 100% sure what this means, but
one interpretation would be that I have a roughly 4 month "refresh"
cycle. That is, if I play a game, possibly a few times, I may have
had enough of it for about 120 days, at which point I may seek it out
and start playing it again. Or maybe it's just an anomoly.

Last year, looking at the games I'd played that year, I'd played 102
different games as of April 10th, the 100th day of the year. Prior to
April 10th, I'd never been more than 15 games "ahead". On May 13th,
the 133rd day of the year, I'd played 133 different games, and after
that point, I had played fewer different games than one a day.

So far this year, we have had 65 days, and I have played 66 unique
days. We'll see how long the "one a day" trend lasts this year. If
anything, I expect it to last somewhat longer than it has in the past.

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