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Having just finished the movie “The Social Network”, which was two hours of non-stop talking about Facebook, which I actually loath (the movie was pretty good actually), I felt inspired and ambitious. So much so that I decided to register my domain Reflection Gamer. I do not, however, have big plans for this year on my blog, though maybe inspiration will strike sometime. Still, it’s nice to actually own a part of the internet.

Stay frosty.

Apple has been known in the iPod and iPhone industry to release a new, “better” version of their devices every year. This is something that fans have grown accustom to. Year after year, Apple fans will sell their old iPod and cut up their contract for their old iPhones just to get in on the newest and best that Apple has to offer.

Nintendo, on the other hand, sees things slightly different. Back when the Game Boy was released in 1989, it was the biggest thing to happen to games for years. It basically created the idea of “portable gaming” and it stayed on the market for many years, not being replaced until the release of the Game Boy Color in 1998 (there was the Game Boy: Light and Pocket, in 1998 and 1996. They were upgrades, about two years apart, though not a replacement to the original Game Boy) . That’s almost a ten year jump! From there, the Game Boy Advanced was released in 2001, and then the “special edition” Game Boy Advanced, the SP came out in 2003. Finally, the last Game Boy, the Micro, came out in 2005. The average length between a major Game Boy release was about four or five years.

Then Nintendo released the Nintendo DS, a revolution of sorts in the hand held industry. It first came out at the end of 2004. The DS basically printed money, and it had a run of about two and a half years before Nintendo released an updated version of the device in the summer of 2006, called the DS Lite. It wasn’t a new console, per say, more of an upgrade. That was the same with the DSi, released in 2009, which was mostly a recreation of the DS Lite with more features added.

However, only one year later, mere days after the announcement of the 3DS, Nintendo released the DSi XL, a bigger version of the DSi. The fact that Nintendo released the handheld so soon after releasing  the DSi and so soon after announcing the 3DS has people worried that Nintendo is going to fall into the Apple way of doing things; a new upgrade every year.

I think that’s bogus. Nintendo, in all their years of releasing hand held consoles, on average released, their handhelds at years three or four years apart. The DSi XL was the only time that they had ever released two handhelds one year after another, and I think it was a one time thing.

The 3DS will have a better, more awesome version come out eventually; that’s a given. However, I think us early adopters are safe in thinking that we’re going to have the best of the best for at least two years, maybe even more.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 60 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 34 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 29th with 4,111 views. The most popular post that day was The Next-Generation Xbox Format Problem.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were n4g.com, reddit.com, google.com, forums.gametrailers.com, and clarkbunch.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for red dead redemption ending, next generation xbox, red dead ending, next gen xbox, and how does red dead redemption end.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

The Next-Generation Xbox Format Problem May 2010
35 comments

2

Red Dead Redemption’s Ending Was A Joke June 2010
82 comments

3

Valve: Feeding us from Under the Table June 2010
1 comment

4

Guitar Hero vs Rock Band Charts September 2010

5

What Would Make the Best Game Console? June 2010
5 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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