The Gaming Beast and why I don’t get the important things done

I like computer games. I like a lot of games. So much that it’s becoming almost like an addiction. Not the one that makes me lie to people and forces me to make morally despicable choices just to satisfy the Beast, but the kind that stops me from being a better version of myself.
Tell me you don’t recognize the situation; I got some stuff I should do, doesn’t matter if it’s important or just a little thing. I want to do it, and doing it would give me a sense of achievement. If I did it I wouldn’t have it hanging over my head. But somehow I end up putting it off and not having it done by the time I end up going to bed, which these days end up being much later than it should be. Especially considering I got two small kids to take care of.
Why is this? Games. Lots and lots of games. It’s so easy when I settle in front of the computer, which is around 8 PM, when the kids are sleeping. I feel my energy ebbing out, knowing I could be doing things with my time now, that I can’t do during the day, if only I could muster the willpowerย … And then it’s just sitting there. That little icon that promises a few minutes of fun. It starts off so innocent and BAM, the evening has passed. The wife and I have an understanding. She likes watching TV, I like my computer games. And we go to bed at the same time. Well used to anyways.

So why is this? Because I’m soft. Because I’ve put myself in a vicious loop where I don’t get enough sleep since I’m up playing games, and I play games since I’m too tired to do anything else. But I know I’m able to change this. I just need to take the first step… And this is it. So tomorrow evening I’ll refrain from clicking that little time consuming icon. If I can’t muster the energy to get the important things done first, then just shut the computer down and go to bed, or read a book, or spend time with my significant other.
So tomorrow I’ll let the Beast sleep.
And who knows, I may even get something done …

How fast do users upgrade to a new version of your app?

Hi,

About a month ago I released a new version of the 10,000 app. It contained a few things but nothing ground breaking. Nonetheless I had some assumptions about how fast users would upgrade their app, more precisely I expected that 80 to 90 percent would be running the latest version within 30 days of launch.
At the time of writing a little over a month has passed and I have some numbers to reflect on. With a total of about 10,000 active device installs (totally coincidental :)) I think there’s some basis for statistics, which I find interesting.

EDIT: I made a miscalculation the first time I ran through the numbers. I have adjusted this and some of my conclusions has been re examined and adjusted accordingly.

 

The numbers

After 1 day: 15.5 % had upgraded
After 2 days: 28.9 %
After 3 days: 33.7 %
After 4 days: 36.4 %
After 5 days: 38.9 %
After 6 days: 40.0 %
After 1 week: 42.1 %
After 2 weeks: 48.4 %
After 3 weeks: 52.6 %
After 4 weeks: 55.9 %
After 1 month: 56.8 %

What I find interesting is two things.

  1. The “curve” flattens quicker than I anticipated. After recalculating the numbers it’s not cut in half every day, but the curve still rapidly flattens
  2. A little over half the devices have been upgraded one month after the release.

 

Conclusions

I’ll be wary of what to conclude based on this, but for future reference I’ll just note that getting a new version out to all users/devices is going to take a lot longer than I first anticipated. If only 3.3 % upgrades every week from now, which is the difference between week 3 and 4, it’ll take more than 4 months total, for all devices to get upgraded.

 

Just something to think about ๐Ÿ˜‰

10,000 version 1.4 on Google Play

Hi all,

I’ve put a new version of “10,000 – The Dice Game” (there’s a link at the bottom of the post) with a few new things in it.

  • Bug Fixed! One of the user, Brian Farmer, took the time to write a review, where he described an error where the game was reset if your screen went to sleep. That bug is now fixed and your game will now live on, while your phone takes a break. Thank you, Brian.
  • Cookie Policy. A popup appears when you start the app for the first time (or the first time after you update to 1.4). This warns the user about the use of cookies and provides a link where they can read more about it. This is a requirement to comply with the European legislation and the Google User Consent Policy. I chose to not restrict the message to EU citizens only.
  • Danish Translation. I am Danish after all, so why not ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

As the astute reader may have noticed, the Google Play listing has also been changed a bit. A user, Daniel Der, made me aware the a comma is the correct digit grouping sign. That has also been corrected in the game too. Thank you, Daniel.

 

That is it for now. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the data on how fast the updates are getting to the users and maybe even make a post about that.

 

Best regards

Lars Sonne

 

And there’s the link I promised ๐Ÿ™‚

Revamping “Neurons In Action”

Hi all,

I’ve felt that this site has been a bit idle and inactive for a while. The reason for this I think is that I haven’t really felt any interest in the topic on which the domain was aimed at. I’ve therefore decided that, instead of discontinuing the site, I’d revamp it into something that I do feel like sharing my thoughts on.

At the moment I’d mentally preparing for the prerelease of “Born of the Gods”. For those of you who doesn’t know what this is, it’s the upcoming expansion for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. I’m really loookign forward to this and I’m playing a bit online to try and improve my skills, which currently is in a sorry state. The revamp will make this site into sort of a logbook of my matches and whatever research and resources I manage to come across. It doesn’t imply that Android development is totally off the table, just that you’ll probably see a lot more updates that’s got nothing to do with that.

With dedication

Lars

Merry Christmas to everyone

Hi all,

It’s that time of the year. The time when we get to spend a little time with the family and enjoy a Chrismassy meal and a few presents perhaps.

I just wanted to wish all of you a merry Christmas. I hope you and you families have a happy holiday ๐Ÿ˜€