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Report RSS The power of stats

Running a website is all about the numbers: unique visitors, page impressions etc. Exposure to such information has made a stat junkie and the possibilities Desura opens up is really exciting.

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There is no better feeling than knowing people are reading, playing and appreciating the game, mod or website you are creating. Even better is having people post comments and provide constructive (even destructive) feedback as it helps you improve your product and provides a great sense of self worth (so comment people! help all the game developers here by discussing their work). But comments can be hard to come by as only a very small (awesome) minority post them, so in the absence of feedback i've come to really value the information stats provide.

As a result i'd say ModDB and IndieDB are probably a little "stat" heavy, and on virtually every right menu you will see a list of mostly useless numbers (one of my aims in 2010 is to change the focus more towards the play / fun side of gaming but that'll be covered in a later post). Some are helpful however, such as the stats tab on mod and game profiles, which allows you to compare profile visitors vs. downloads vs. media etc which you can see in the chart below.


While that information kicks-ass as you can post news and different content and see how it affects download counts, the numbers are still a little meaningless because once a user downloads your game or mod you get no further data. You don't even know if they install and play your title which is why Desura has me (a stats junkie) excited for the game and mod teams that use it.

For example Nightmare House 2 was recently released on Desura. Via Desura we can aggregate data (so it is anonymous) and present information like installs/uninstalls vs articles so you can see how much of a boost news posts give your mod:


We can also track demographics, so you can see the kind of players your game attracts (country, gender, age) and either focus on better catering to their needs or attempt to reach other demographics:

All information is live and these graphs only scratch the surface of what is possible with other graphs allowing you to track invites / keys and gifts usage, what version they are installing (i.e. demo, private test, public test etc) and more. Commercial games also have sales reports and much more information at their fingertips. The next step is to put these to stats to work and present more relevant information (i.e. many people want to know which mods are highly regarded, most popular etc). Want to see these stats in action for your game or mod? Contact us to get it on Desura.

Do stats help you work? Do you check them often? What would you like to see? Would you like to be able to access information directly via APIs?

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HawkeyeHawk
HawkeyeHawk

Pretty cool

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AJ_Quick

lol 1% female -__ -

but hey, haven't we seen this pie graph before?

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INtense! Author
INtense!

yeah you have, but I just fixed a bug which was causing no stats to be shown so they are all working now and I figured i'd blog. As I said I love stats and figured i'd share my thoughts.

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~DJ~
~DJ~

Pretty awesome.

Sadly low counts on the place I live. D:

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LucianoStarKiller
LucianoStarKiller

yeah
for once i thought Brazil would have a higher number

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Robots!
Robots!

Oh dear.

More Germans than Canadians. Looks like I'll be busy.

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CaptainLagfail
CaptainLagfail

Ireland not even mentioned? (Time to sign up a few thousand new email addresses....)

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lodle Creator
lodle

Just for this mods installs.

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bloodstalker
bloodstalker

cool stuff.

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Twitwi
Twitwi

Denmark is not even on top ten... I'm disappoint.

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lodle Creator
lodle

This is the game stats not global stats for desura

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flashknight33
flashknight33

so this is for mods at desura only or moddb as well ?

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lodle Creator
lodle

Desura Only. How can we track installs on moddb?

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BluishGreenPro
BluishGreenPro

Yes, comments are so nice. My games have been downloaded hundreds of times but NO ONE COMMENTS ON THEM... I hope tools like these will at least get some information of who plays my games, even if I don't know what they are thinking of them...

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Sbeast
Sbeast

Impressive stuff. I think Desura is really great and has potential to become even better. Keep it up!

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Kai-Li
Kai-Li

I really like the feature since I found out its a part of Desura distribution service. I would like to see up to 20 countries in the world map.

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darknigthmare
darknigthmare

you can add in desura a friend chat api like steam
and off course more game and mod on desura ^^

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INtense! Author
INtense!

working on it

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keren
keren

O_O

Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool, looking forward to it.

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jjawinte
jjawinte

This is a greatly under utilized tool for those devs who just simply don't have a knack for project PR ( an absolute must these days ), or may not be quite sure of how to best go about timing their self promotions. Good call putting it out there, for as you said, so few really take the time to offer up their opinions to the teams.

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Squiggers
Squiggers

That is a rather nifty tool - should be useful for most mod/indie teams when they come to release to gauge impact of what they're doing.

Lovely jubbly.

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r

agreed

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Su[)az][mA
Su[)az][mA

i rather like how you can view the stats on moddb of any mod/indie

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Katy_x
Katy_x

1% female? awwwww hell no ;(
xxx

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Warrozo
Warrozo

Great, always hoped to see demographics for desura.

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