January 2016 VGS Youtube Channel Stats

So this is the first in what probably will be a monthly feature showing the number of views, minutes watched, and subscribers from the VGS Youtube channel. I started the channel as a hobby in the Summer of 2014 and have recently begun to spend more time on making videos and working on growing the channel. The type of videos I produce on the channel have generally been guides for a wide variety of games. Thus, the channel has always had a large number of views from people coming in from Google searches but a low number of subscribers compared to other channels. I have been attempting to diversify a bit and work on growing subscribers and producing different forms of content.

Here’s the Video Game Source Youtube Channel stats from January 2016:

January Video Views: 73,165 (up 3.5% from previous month)
January Minutes Watched: 163,171 [equal to 113.31 days of watch time] (up 0.5% from previous month)
January New Subscribers: 54 (up 22.7% from previous month)

January is generally a slow month coming down from December on Youtube so I’m very happy to see growth. This is especially true for gaming channels because there are very few new games that release in January. At the end of January, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers released which I made a TON of videos on. This was the first game I could really make a lot of videos on for the month and was planning to do this since the LEGO games have historically done well for my channel (and I find them fun to play). My main concern was that I was making too many videos and flooding current subscriber’s feeds with new videos. Unfortunately, this is kinda something you just have to do as a smaller channel. Larger channels can use their built in subscriber base to feed views to their new videos but smaller channels need to continually produce content to bring in viewers from Google and Youtube search. I just try to make all my videos high quality and contain content that can help viewers but the large number of videos is something I need to do to continue to grow my channel. I realize I create content on the VGS channel for a very wide variety of games that won’t appeal to everyone so I always appreciate anyone who does subscribe to my channel.

February also is a fairly slow month for games but I will be continuing to produce content for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers as well as some of the bigger releases that come out. I’m actually planning to make my release calendar public with a list of games I am planning to cover as well as content I’ve produced for each game. That should be going up in a few days and will be something I update throughout the year as new games are announced and I make new videos.

I always appreciate anyone that follows my channel or reads what I have to say here. This is the first of the monthly updates and I hope to do this again in a month!

2015 Wrap Up

2015 Completed Games
At the end of each year, I like to go through the games I played and make a list of every game I completed. I really enjoy looking back and seeing what games I played and completed for the year. Here’s the rules for what I consider a game to be ‘completed’:

– Completing the main storyline usually is when I consider a game ‘complete’. In some cases, I don’t consider the main story enough if it is super short or is intended to be played multiple times. Fighting games are a good example of this.
– If the game has no story (or an incredibly short story mode), then completing all achievements/trophies is counted as a completion.
– I must have not completed it in the past to appear in this 2015 list. For instance, I would not count Super Mario Bros 1 if I beat it this year since I have already completed it long ago. However, if a game is released on a new platform, I do count it as a new completion. Usually if a game has a new achievement/trophy list on a new platform, I consider it a new completion.

As you will see in this list, I really enjoy unlocking achievements and trophies. I’ve also noted if I completed the achievement or trophy list for games listed below.

A (+) in front of a game indicates I really enjoyed playing it and it would likely be one of my top games of the year.

X-Box One
Need For Speed (2015) [all achievements] X1
Scrabble [all achievements] X1
Thomas Was Alone [all achievements] X1
Unmechanical: Extended Edition [all achievements] X1
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition [all achievements] X1
Spectra [all achievements] X1
Knight Squad [all achievements] X1
#IDARB [all achievements] X1
LEGO Dimensions X1
Forza Motorsport 6 X1
+Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition X1
+Destiny: The Taken King X1
Nutjitsu X1 [all achievements]
Stick it To The Man X1 [all achievements]
+Forza Horizon 2 X1
+Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor X1
Batman: Arkham Knight X1
LEGO Jurassic World X1 [all achievements]
Infinity Runner X1
+Rogue Legacy X1 [all achievements]
+Borderlands 2 X1
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious X1 [all achievements]
+Rayman Legends X1 [all achievements]
Goat Simulator X1 [all achievements]
+Forza Motorsport 5 X1
Dragonball XenoVerse X1
Dying Light X1
The Walking Dead X1 [all achievements]
The Wolf Among Us X1 [all achievements]
The Walking Dead Season 2 X1 [all achievements]
Monopoly Plus X1 [all achievements]
Murdered: Soul Suspect X1 [all achievements]

X-Box 360
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor X360
Monopoly Plus X360 [all achievements]
+Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions X360
Goat Simulator X360 [all achievements]
Borderlands 2 X360
GRID 2 X360
Forza Motorsport 4 X360
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction X360 [all achievements]
The Smurfs 2 X360 [all achievements]
Men In Black: Alien Crisis X360 [all achievements]
Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear X360 [all achievements]
Generator Rex: Agent of Providence X360 [all achievements]
Rise of the Guardians X360 [all achievements]
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious X360 [all achievements]
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks X360 [all achievements]
Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix X360
Eragon X360 [all achievements]
Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince X360
Feeding Frenzy X360 [all achievements]
+Rayman Legends X360 [all achievements]
+Forza Horizon X360
Assassin’s Creed 2 X360 [all achievements]
Phantasy Star Universe X360 [all achievements]
Civilization Revolution X360 [all achievements]
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes X360 [all achievements]
Dreamworks Super Star Kartz X360 [all achievements]
The Walking Dead Season 2 X360 [all achievements]
Murdered: Soul Suspect X360 [all achievements]
The Wolf Among Us X360 [all achievements]
+South Park: The Stick of Truth X360 [all achievements]
The Walking Dead X360 [all achievements]

X-Box 360 Kinect
Jillian Michaels’s Fitness Adventure [all achievements]
Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked [all achievements]
+Dance Central 3 X360
Kung Fu Panda 2 X360 [all achievements]
Self-Defense Training Camp X360 [all achievements]
Nickelodeon Dance 2 [all achievements]
+Dance Central X360
+Dance Central 2 X360
Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Me X360 [all achievements]
Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush: Snapshot X360 [all achievements]
Kinect Fun Labs: Googly Eyes X360 [all achievements]
Kinect Fun Labs: Bobble Head X360 [all achievements]
Victorious: Time to Shine X360 [all achievements]
Hulk Hogan’s Main Event X360 [all achievements]
Kinect Adventures X360 [all achievements]

Windows Phone
Shark Dash (WP) [all achievements]
Temple Run 2 (WP) [all achievements]
Fruit Ninja (2013) (WP) [all achievements]
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (WP) [all achievements]
Cut The Rope (WP) [all achievements]

Windows 8/10
Make It Rain: The Love of Money (Win 8) [all achievements]
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Win 8) [all achievements]

Steam
+One Finger Death Punch

PS4
+Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions PS4
Need For Speed PS4 [all trophies]
The Wolf Among US PS4 [all trophies]
Whispering Willows PS4 [all trophies]
+Borderlands 2 PS4
Sound Shapes PS4 [all trophies]
Until Dawn PS4 [all trophies]

PS3
Sound Shapes PS3 [all trophies]
Hannah Montana The movie PS3 [all trophies]
Rise of the Guardians PS3
The Wolf Among Us PS3 [all trophies]
Generator Rex: Agent of Providence PS3
Sonic the Fighters PS3 [all trophies]

Vita
Taco Master Vita [all trophies]
+Virtua Tennis 4 World Tour Edition Vita
Sound Shapes Vita [all trophies]
Paint Park Plus Vita [all trophies]
+Geometry Wars 3 Vita
Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Vita
+Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 Vita
Home Vita
The Walking Dead Season 2 Vita [all trophies]

[108 total games completed in 2015]

So to break down this list some:

– Overall, I played mostly on X-Box platforms for the year. I have a slight preference for Achievements over Trophies mostly due to having more history with Achievements than Trophies. I like both systems a great deal though.
– PC games are under represented in this list because I put a large amount of hours into a small number of PC games. For example, Hearthstone is a game I will usually play 30 minutes a day.
– I expect to be doing more on Steam in 2016 and start working on my backlog there. For a long time I didn’t care about Steam Achievements but I am starting to enjoy them more.
– A lot of these games this year were backlog games. I missed out on many big games this year. Next year, I hope to focus more on 2016 releases.

Here’s a wrap up of my favorite games of the year:

Games that were released in 2015 that I really enjoyed:

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: For some reason, I just really enjoyed exploring the open world in this game. I went into this game with extremely low expectations based on AC: Unity but kept wanting to go back to the open world of this game. I actually never even completed the main story but had a ton of fun exploring the open world.

Forza 6: Forza games for me are very casual racing games where I can just listen to a podcast and relax. While I don’t enjoy the main Forza games as much as Horizon, this was still a really great game for me.

Destiny: The Taken King: While I don’t play Destiny hardcore, I really enjoyed the couple weeks I spent going through the expansion content at release.

Games that were rereleased in 2015 that I really enjoyed:

Rogue Legacy: I love this game and enjoyed getting all the achievements in it on the X-Box One version.

Borderlands 2: I played the Handsome Collection on PS4 and X-Box One and really enjoyed replaying the game.

Games I played for the first time in 2015 that I really enjoyed:

Forza Horizon 2: I spent a ton of time in this game. It was a very casual racing game I could pick up and enjoy.

One Finger Death Punch: Just a really fun simple PC game that I got really into for a while.

Dance Central 1, 2, and 3: These were my go-to workout games for a long time. It took a while to get into them (especially because I have never danced before) but I enjoyed the games once I started to figure them out.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor: While I did beat this game on PS4 last year, I didn’t like the game that much then. After replaying it on other platforms as well as the Game of the Year Edition, I gained new respect for the game and enjoyed each playthrough more than the last.

Games I put a lot of Hours into in 2015

Hearthstone: I probably averaged 30 minutes a day of Hearthstone for the year. Hearthstone can be super frustrating at times but I kept going back to it and will keep playing it in 2016.

Clicker Heroes / Time Clickers / Adventure Capitalist: These were the three ‘idle’ games I spent a lot of time in in 2015. For whatever reason, this ‘genre’ of games really appeals to me.

2015 Games that didn’t live up to the hype for me

Batman Arkham Knight: This was my first Batman game. While I really enjoyed the story, the Batmobile and open world missions were super frustrating for me. I stopped playing it soon after completing the main story.

Fallout 4: Unfortunately, after 15 hours, I just wasn’t having the fun I thought I would have with Fallout 4. I do think I will give it another chance at some point but I felt completely overloaded with systems I didn’t understand when playing through it which made it feel more like work. If I pick it back up again, it probably will be on PC.

LEGO Dimensions: The cost of this game was the big problem for me. The main story missions were lacking depth due to only having three characters and I didn’t care about the portal/real life figure interactions. The game felt like a stripped down LEGO game and the cost to unlock everything in the game was absolutely ridiculous. To enjoy this game, you have to really enjoy building with LEGOs and get additional fun value out of that. I am looking forward to the next main LEGO game, LEGO Marvel Avengers.

Games I didn’t get around to that I would have liked to have played in 2015:

In 2015, I worked on a lot of backlog games and games for Achievements and Trophies. That meant I missed out on some of the best games of 2015. Here’s a list of games I feel bad that I didn’t play in 2015 and hopefully will get around to at some point:

The Witcher 3, Just Cause 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Mad Max, Axiom Verge, Ori and the Blind Forest, Project CARS, Undertale, Tales from the Borderlands, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Life is Strange
+ Probably many others I am forgetting.

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So that’s my 2015 Wrap Up. This is actually the first (real) post on this blog and hopefully we’ll see more in 2016. As always, I’ll continue posting content on Youtube in 2016 and hopefully continue to see the steady growth there that was seen in 2015. Here’s where to find me on all social media platforms currently:

Video Game Source Youtube Channel
Twitch Channel
@JackVGS on Twitter (New!)
This Web Site, Video Game Source.com (New!)

Relaunching

I’ve been working on a few things and hopefully will start to get stuff going on here again. I intend for this site to be used for any articles / longer form thoughts to go along with the video content that I’ve been putting out for the past year. It will still take a little bit of time to get this all put together.

Some people may remember this site as existing back in the early days of the web providing game information / message boards. All static old site content still exists and is accessible through Google but is very outdated. There are many better sources out there for game information than the 15+ year old information that has been here but it remains up as an archive. The message boards were taken offline many years ago and no archive exists of them. I really have no plans to bring back the message boards because it seems all but the biggest message boards are dying off. I’m not totally opposed to starting a new community here at some point though.

I’ll be working some more on this site soon as well as trying to get all accounts linked up together.

There needed to be a first post so this is it.