Summer Game 2015: Take Five!

WE DID IT! Summer Game 2015 is all over and we all (as far as I know, though I haven't really looked into this much) survived! Now it's time for all of us to take a much deserved rest, trying to retrain our brains to not perk up anytime someone mentions "points" or "friend codes" or "badges". But before we take five, we should probably take a minute to reflect on how INCREDIBLE this year's Summer Game was. And we all know things aren't truly amazing without numbers, so let's have a think about:

An UNSTOPPABLE 5,442 players played!
An UNBEATABLE 75,968 badges earned!!
An UNBELIEVABLE 353,488 codes redeemed!!!
An UNPOSSIBLE 128,649,387 points earned!!!!

Those kinds of numbers are every kind of UN imaginable! So UNIMAGINABLE, I guess!!

While we're taking five, let's also talk about how this year's Summer Game was Summer Game 5! After 5 years of Summer Game, was it BIGGER THAN EVER? Since that 5 is a nice round number, let's compare this year to Summer Game 2011: 1.5x the number of players! 2.3x the number of badges! 4.5x the number of codes! 2.9x the number of points!

SO YEAH, BIGGER!!! But now we have to ask ourselves...can it be BIGGER YET? I'll answer for us all with a resounding, "Sure. I mean, probably. Probably yes." (Ahem, sorry, my internal caps lock might be a little worn out by this point in the summer.) I meant "TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY HECK YEAH! WE'RE COMING FOR YOU, 2016!"

BUT WHAT TO DO UNTIL THEN?! Well, how about you take another five:
-Download of the Day, a chance to learn about all of the great things AADL has for download, score points, and score even more points by solving a clue and finding the download a week early on the Lowdown of the Day
-Points-O-Matic, a chance to help us figure out which reviews are helpful and which are not with a click of your mouse and to help make our amazing old newspapers more searchable by entering text from hundred-year-old pages
-Streets Quest, a game that takes you to many of the historic streets panels around town and teaches you the history of the city around you
-Treasure Quest, the most mind-boggling of our games that the will have you decoding and deciphering your way through the catalog
-That's only four, huh? Weird. You'd think there'd be a fifth game that I'd mention here, what with the whole "take five" theme. I dunno, like a WHOLE NEW GAME or something. Huh.

For those of you with Summer Game points left, don't forget that the SUMMER GAME SHOP STAYS OPEN UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14! Keep your eyes on play.aadl.org for news about the restocking of popular items! And don't worry if you don't get to spend all of your points, the Shop will re-open in 2016 with all-new items and your points will still be just as good for spending!

So after five years, it seems like everyone is STILL HAVING A GREAT TIME playing the Summer Game! And that's great news for us, because WE ARE STILL HAVING A GREAT TIME MAKING IT! And the players who are having fun are what makes the Summer Game worth making, so:

THANKS FOR MAKING ALL OF THIS WORTH IT!
THANKS FOR MAKING THE GAME A FAIR AND FUN EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYBODY!
THANKS FOR HELPING EACH OTHER OUT IN THE COMMENTS!
THANKS FOR ALL OF THE TAGS, REVIEWS, AND RATINGS YOU'VE ADDED!
and THANKS FOR BEING AWESOME!

but mostly

THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!

Comments

THANKS FOR MAKING THE GAME!!!


Our family had a wonderful time playing the Summer Game! We played a lot with Legos this Summer too! Coincidence? With all the Lego reminders all about, I think not. Thank you for designing a game easy enough to engage our little one and sophisticated enough to keep us engaged for months. ... I'm already wondering what the theme will be next Summer... Legos and parks from last year are hard to beat! Good luck! We'll be counting the days. ; )


Fantastic game as always! Already can't wait for next summer. I had no clue the points rolled over either!


Just like @AprilCDB said, THANK YOU FOR CREATING THE GAME! I look forward to it every summer!


Thanks for the fun, libraryfolk!


THANKS A MILLION TIMES FOR MAKING THE GAME AND EVERYTHING YOU DO TO IMPROVE IT EVERY YEAR!!!


YOU'RE WELCOME FOR PLAYING!!! Also thank you for creating!


SUMMER GAME IS AWESOME! I just decided to leave my caps lock on. :)

Have been playing since 2012 (missed 2011 somehow!?) and loving it. Only 9 months left until SUMMER GAME 2016!


Lat and I are looking forward to "The Game". We may not get in the top five as in 2014, but we will have lots of fun.
TBB


I'm starting to see life on this page again, hooray! Due to the relative lack of buzz for the summer game 2016, both on this page, at the library and library website, I was starting to think that maybe it wouldn't happen... But then there was the usual promotion at Taste of Ann Arbor, and I relaxed. I'm sure traffic on this website has increased today, as the regular gamers refresh the page and wait for things to start happening here. I am for sure. We're ready, looks like things here are getting set(up)... and...


Great to see the game up again!