Good morning all! Just a quick note from everyone here on the PlayStation Blog team to wish a very happy Christmas to all those who celebrate it. And for those who don’t, our best festive wishes to you too, of course.
I do hope everyone has an enjoyable day, gives and receives lots of great gifts, stows away plenty of turkey/nut roast, and manages to stay awake during the Downton Abbey Christmas special. If you can spare a minute between shovelling the next chocolate reindeer down your neck, do let us know if you found any new games under the tree, or even a PS Vita perhaps?
While I’d love to give you all a personalised Christmas parcel (well, most of you anyway ), as way of thanks for coming on here and making the Blog such a fun, lively place, obviously that’s just not practical. So, instead, I’m going to give you the next best thing – the gift of data! Everyone loves data, right?
- The EU PlayStation Blog welcomed nearly 1.4 million new readers in 2012. If any of you are reading today, thanks for stopping by!
- We published 1,154 posts, to which you left 58,861 comments.
- SCEE staff and Blog contributors responded to 6,057 of those comments.
- Our most regular commenter was… *drum roll*… Catkiller1, who posted over 1,000 times. We take our hats off to you!
- We uploaded 987 trailers to YouTube and 3,866 images to Flickr.
- The most-read Blog post (not including Store or Plus updates) was, believe it or not, the Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation announcement.
- The most viewed PlayStation 3 trailer on our YouTube channel was for Wonderbook: Book of Spells. For PS Vita, it was Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the developers who’ve lent their precious time to come on here and talk about their projects. I hope you’ll agree that we’ve had some really fun guests over the past 12 months – ranging from true industry legends such as Keiji Inafune, Ken Levine, Warren Spector and Sony’s own Shuhei Yoshida, to plucky young indies showing off their labours of love.
It’s hard to pick favourites but I feel it only right and proper to mention the irrepressible Gordon Midwood – Head of Fresh Produce for humble indie studio Different Tuna – who reduced me to tears in the comments thread beneath his launch post for cute PSN action title Derrick the Deathfin. A true hero!
Anyway, that’s enough from me. Please enjoy the rest of the day, try not to eat too much, and if you find time to try out a new game or two, I hope they meet expectations. See you back here on New Year’s Eve!