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Summer Game 2019: The Count

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:15am by andrewjmac

Well, Summer Gamers, it's September and that means that Summer Game 2019 is OVER [cue cry of anguish]. Perhaps you've found yourself rushing to your phone or computer each morning looking to LOG, only to be left unable to and axing yourself "Why?".  Maybe visions of badges have been dancing in your head, but you then wake at reveille from your reverie, reviling the month that's revealed.  Well, sorry about that.  Summer Game has to end sometime.  Otherwise it would just be called Game.

And to make it worse (or better, if you have any actual sense), the cool weather arrived early this year, even before the final badges were dropped.  It turns out that was LUCKY for us here at SGHQ, because that has made the temperatures perfectly hospitable for our visiting statistician who still longs for the cool days of his youth in the Carpathian Mountains.  He arrived in his countmobile and got to work on Monday (he doesn't celebrate Labor Day, apparently, though whether it is due to his aristocratic blood or a distaste for hot dogs, we don't know) and with a satisfied "MWAHAHA" of finality he has today delivered the final tally (finally).

So how did it all GO?  Was Summer Game 2019 a SUCCESS?  Truthfully, that is a question we must each ask of ourselves in the long dark hours of the night...OR WE COULD JUST DO THE MATH.  We here at SGHQ are pleased, our statistician seems pleased (though who can tell, he never actually stops laughing), and we hope YOU, dear gamer, are pleased as well.  But in case you feel doubts, here are the numbers:

9,491 players scored points in Summer Game 2019! That's a 16.5% increase over last year for yet another all-time high!

Players earned 203,883 Summer Game 2019 badges this summer, up a WHOPPING 26.3% from last year! SGHQ created a total of 232 badges that were possible to earn, so that means that each badge was earned an average of 878 TIMES!! This year's top three badges were the Spot TheRide badge (5,420 earns), the Log Jammer badge (4,405 earns), and the Super Summer Reader badge (4,243 earns)--incidentally, these were also the top 3 badges for Summer Game 2018, though Log Jammer and Spot TheRide swapped positions!!

Players redeemed 976,579 codes in Summer Game 2019! That's an increase of 22.8% over last year, so not to get technical, but, like, HOLY COW! This year we gave you 1,267 codes that could be redeemed, which means that each code was typed in an average of 770 times!  CODETASTIC!!

Exactly how much logging went on in Ann Arbor this summer?  Well they apparently don't call it Tree Town for nothing, because players logged 49,682 times this year!!  The most common things logged were Harry Potter, the New York Times, and YouTube, so that just shows you how much we branch out in our media consuming is around here!  We're going to go out on a limb and say this might be the best logging summer ever!

And, as always, we'll end with the biggest number, the one that exhilarated our statistician: this year's total points earned came in at a simply STUPENDOUS 181,500,686 POINTS!! That's a FRANKLY UNBELIEVABLE increase of 50.8% over last year!!  As always, SGHQ is both AMAZED by and A LITTLE BIT WORRIED about you all!

The sad thing is that you've got all those points and NOTHING to do with them, right?  I mean, the Summer Game is done and...what?...WHAT'S THAT?  YOU SAY THE SUMMER GAME SHOP IS STILL OPEN?!  And it is still loaded with COFFEE and TEA and ORBS and TRUCKS and SCARFS and PINS and ALL SORTS OF THINGS!!  If you are still sitting on those points, head on over there and get yourself some STUFF!

But apart from the spending, Summer Game 2019 is truly over.  BUT THAT'S OKAY. It was a GREAT year!  CODES were FOUND!  BADGES were EARNED! PUNS were PUNNED! And hopefully FUN WAS HAD!!  Once we've paid our statistician his fee (always in pennies, more to count that way), we will begin our long winter rest and start working on jokes and badges and codes and new ideas for SUMMER GAME 2020!  We'll SEE you then (see what we did there, with the 2020, come on, we've been doing this all year).  Until then, all we can say is THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!


WOW!!! We entered almost a million codes this year??!?!?! That's kinda freaky amazing. Thanks SQHQ for all you do!

Oh cool! I was secretly wishing to see lots of Summer Game stats, but the library staff already does so much work on the Summer Game that I didn't want to ask you to do any more, so I didn't ask. But you posted them anyway! Thank you!!! For all that you do!!!!!

Summer Game was AWESOME as always.
Was the 9491 players a typo? There are only 9194 listed on the leader board. Maybe digits transposed? But two didn't earn any points and there were 171 on the staff leader board, (and the wonderful staff should certainly count!) so that would make it 9363.

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