Sunday, June 22, 2014

Anime Central 2014 + Two Pokemon Charity Marathons

I've got several new videos. First, here's another press session from Anime Central 2014, this time with Trevor Mueller of "Reading With Comics":

This one discusses getting comics into the classroom.

Next, here's some info about two current video game charity marathons:

If you ever wanted to have your own Pokemon music on vinyl, this is your chance!

While you're here, take a listen to my favorite music track so far from Mario Kart 8:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Pokemon Adventures in Unova Volume One Releases 9/23/3014

Amazon has recently put up a listing for volume one of Pokemon Black and White: Adventures in Unova, set to be released on 9/23/2014. Like the third volume of Rival Destinies releasing tomorrow, it is a four-disc set.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Best Buy Smashfest, By the Numbers

At a recent Smash Bros "Smashfest" event at a Best Buy in Madison, WI, I collected some data regarding character selection, stage selection, and wins for a portion of the matches. There are several relevant pieces of information about this data:

-Data was recorded for 68 of the matches (I'd estimate there were between 80-100 total that day) during the afternoon of 6/14/2014. Each match included four players, and each set of four players played two matches, each lasting two minutes.
-Unlike locations in larger markets, the line at this store was short enough that players could get back in line and play another match if they wanted, which several players did.
-The data does not include the matches I played in.

As such, I am not claiming that the data is unbiased or universally applicable, however I still think that some conclusions can be drawn.

Character Selections

Donkey Kong21
Little Mac284
Mega Man288
Rosalina and Luma255
Wii Fit Trainer193
Zero Suit Samus114

*Of the six times the random option was chosen, Donkey Kong, Greninja, Little Mac, Olimar, Pit, and Villager each came up once. Greninja was the randomly selected character that won a match.

It's clear from the data above that the new characters were selected the most often, and presumably also the ones players were most interested in. Despite there being more than twice as many returning characters available, more than half (55.26%) the directly selected characters were the new ones. The only returning character that came close to being selected as often as the newcomers was Link, one selection behind Villager and Wii Fit Trainer. It is worth noting, however, that new characters were approximately as successful as returners-discounting randoms, 26.05% of returning characters that were selected won, versus 24.49% for new characters.

Stage Selections

Mushroom Kingdom U6
Wily Castle7
Boxing Ring5
Town and City6

Stages were selected more evenly than characters, suggesting a more even preference (or lack thereof).