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ALL THE GAMES 2020-2021: A Feather in Your (re)Cap

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 12:00pm by SaraP

September is upon us and with it we bid farewell to another Summer Game. ALAS! Give yourself a pat on the back and a hug because it’s OVER, it’s DONE, and it’s been a SPECTACULAR YEAR (and a half). 

That’s right, you’ve been playing ALL the GAMES not just since June 2021, but since MARCH of 2020! We’ve had BUMMER GAME 2020, SUMMER GAME 2020, WINTER GAME 2021, and SUMMER GAME 2021. You deciphered the CIPHERS, you clued in on the CLUES, you decoded the CODES, you were on point with your POINTS, you homed-in on the HOMECODES. Speaking of homecodes - they were SUPER POPULAR! So popular that we’re going to be making some changes to how they work next year so everything runs smoothly, but rest assured that they’ll be back!

Anyway, 2021 has been WILD. And now, dear players, it’s most definitely time to fluff our feathers and settle in for a nice winter’s rest. We know here at Summer Game Headquarters it’s time for a break because a little birdy (a LITTLE CHICKEN to be exact) told us. This particular chicken has visited ALL THE BRANCHES, kept tabs on ALL THE LOGS, participated in all the behind-the-scenes SHENANIGANS, witnessed all the CODE REDEMPTIONS, all the ANGST, all the TRIUMPH. This little chicken has pulled out their chicken-sized calculator and crunched some SERIOUSLY BIG NUMBERS. So here’s an eggceptional statistical run-down of 2021...

7,858 players scored points this year. Let’s just spell that out for emphasis: there were SEVEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY EIGHT players during the Winter and Summer Games!

An INSANE 266,374 badges were earned in 2021. SGHQ dropped 440(!!!) badges this year. That means each badge was earned, on average, 605 times! Keep in mind that 440 badges is about TWICE the number of badges usually dropped in a single year (thank you, Winter Game) and players still CRUSHED IT. The top three Summer Game badges were Log Jammer with 3393 awards, Super Summer Reader with 2727 awards, and Westgate Wayfarer with 2371 awards. Apparently, player dedication runs DEEP.

How many codes were floating around out there? A record 1,963. Of those, 610 were HOMECODES created by players! And GUESS HOW MANY TIMES THOSE CODES WERE REDEEMED. Well, we have to give you three numbers: 800,764 regular old badge codes were entered and 804,046 homecodes were entered, which means that a total of 1,604,810 codes were typed into devices across town. SGHQ just unlocked a MILESTONE, because that’s well over a MILLION code redemptions.

And then there’s POINTS
Players earned a staggering 141,708,438 points this year. That’s MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF POINTS. It’s like we were out there taping points in windows around town and just leaving them there for the taking! Oh right, we literally did do that.

BUT HERE’S THE THING. Those stats were just from this year - 2021. And it feels like we should take a moment to reflect on THE WHOLE ENCHILADA. All the Games since March of 2020. When life turned upside down we wanted to give it a little pizzazz (the fun kind). So we launched The Bummer Game. Then, for the first time, we played The Summer Game without getting to see any of our players’ lovely faces. We made do. Then we kept going and added The Winter Game because life still needed that extra bit of pep - that ray of sunshine on all those cloudy days. Then we rolled right into another Summer Game. And it’s been… A LOT. Just how much is “A LOT”? This much:

Since March 16, 2020 (the first Bummer Game badge drop), SGHQ has created 786 badges, which means that, on average, a new badge has been created EVERY 16 HOURS for the last 17 MONTHS. It’s all been for YOU. The best group of players a library could ask for!


And with that, we are hanging up our SG hats until SUMMER GAME 2022. For real. 

Until then, wear that (little chicken) feather in your cap with PRIDE and, as always, THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!

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