Garaph Changes Changes to game graphing site Garaph. This doesn't include new data entered into the database, but changes or additions to site functions. 360 Garaph Changes Graphs, charts, and lists covering known Japanese video game sales data, as well as hardware shipment data from around the world. en-us 2020-01-26 19:52:34 Hardware Shipment Line Graph Generator, Hardware Shipment Bar Graph Generator, and Hardware Shipment "In terms of" Generator continued to work with new hardware releases, but I didn't alter the dropdown boxes for System-Region selection because it was a pain in the butt, they were already crazy long, and the #1 use of the site (me) knew how to manipulate the URLs to get the desired results anyway. Well, I finally decided to make it a bit easier on myself. The dropdown selections have been replaced with text input, and all the System-Region combinations are listed at the bottom of the pages. There are a lot, but most are pretty obvious: Common abbreviation, underscore, region (WW/JP/NA/EU, and very little O). Another underscore and SW for software numbers instead of hardware. Since again I am the #1 user, I haven't tried to explain all the reasons there are "old" versions of some, and this far out I probably only half remember anyway. Hopefully this didn't break anything!]]> 2017-04-22 16:11:53 this NeoGAF thread. I prefer to stick with officially released numbers that can be pointed to, but these seem legit and it's extremely valuable to see numbers for these systems that don't just start in the early 90s.

On that page you can see for each system/region there's an Aggregate and Total Sold to Retailers number which don't usually match perfectly. To get rid of this difference I took whatever total comes from adding the yearly values together and subtracted the end difference of Aggregate and Total Sold to Retailers so the general sales shape remains the same and ends in the right place. Usually this is a small difference, but in a few cases they're hundreds of thousands or even over a million. I'm not entirely sure on the Why of this. However, because this does result in something that doesn't always perfectly jive with the official numbers we have, both versions are in the system. The new more detailed ones are the the default (with names like NES_NA), but attaching old to the end (NES_NAold) goes back to the old version.]]> 2013-12-09 12:51:30 I have been asked why I haven't updated the site in so long. The short answer is: For now I've lost the "sales spark". The longer answer: A combination of lowered interest, spending less time on GAF, and letting my attention wander elsewhere.

When I first started doing the database/charting stuff that eventually became Garaph, it was around the time of DS/PSP launch. There was a really interesting competition going on for a while there, followed by the insane record-breaking performance of DS, followed by the insane record-breaking performance of Wii in its earlier years. Lately there hasn't been anything nearly so interesting. Both from the perspective of sales and as a Nintendo fanboy I find 3DS and Wii U far less interesting than DS and Wii were. Without that interest, doing the necessary weekly updates to keep things up to date became more of a chore. The real biggie was when Famitsu yet again changed the layout of their page, meaning I'd have to modify much of my software that parsed the page to make updating a simpler task. I just didn't feel like getting to it right away, and haven't yet.

GAF is someplace I spent a looooot of time. After some net connection troubles kept me away cold turkey for a week or so, though, I decided to try to continue staying away more since I'd already gone through the hard part, and see what else I filled the time with. Largely this ended up being watching a lot more TV and playing more games, but that probably beats more talking about TV and talking about games. Now I visit occasionally, but I don't have the strong connection. Garaph was basically an outcome of being part of the GAF Sales-Age community, so the lessening of that connection lessened my reasoning for keeping Garaph up to date.

Something not many people seem to realize is that part of the site does stay up to date--the Media Create hardware. That is properly set up to grab the data straight from the site every week, so as long as that's continued on a pretty regular schedule and without a change in format or new systems being added, it hasn't taken work on my part. However, since the weekly sales page defaults to the last Famitsu data, you don't notice the data is there unless you go make a graph that would use it.

My attention has also wandered to new and unexpected interests. By way of the Rhythm Heaven series I ended up getting really into Tsunku's music, and finding another small niche I could fill with a database site. It's extremely different in topic and content from Garaph, but is also very obviously Garaph's sibling in terms of page design. DohBell, my database of Hello! Project music.

All the above said, I figure this will catch my interest again someday. I still try to save copies of the weekly results, so they'll be there to parse whenever I get to it. The first time I built up data I had years of old data to find and deal with--the next time I resume I should have an easier time.]]> 2013-02-27 14:00:47 as they were in a past week.]]> 2012-12-16 13:54:19 2012-08-04 03:59:42 software group lines, still needed the fix. They got it.]]> 2012-08-03 11:37:40 Group pages were broken in the same way as the other pages were needing a tiny fix, but since they tend to stay cached without change longer most of them continued showing up fine for quite a while. Fixed now.

Separately fixed, the automatic hardware data gatherers for both Famitsu and Media Create. Famitsu changed their format, requiring modifcations to the parser--and unfortunately they seem to have dropped the pie chart information on how total software sales were split. MC just needed to be told how to recognize numbers for the 3DS LL. Famitsu is just lumping 3DS and 3DSLL together as they did with DSi and DSiLL, so no worries there.]]> 2012-06-26 20:09:22 Weekly Overview.]]> 2012-06-24 05:22:30 Hardware Shipment Line Graph Generator.]]> 2012-06-23 19:18:44 Game Search has been fixed; it was afflicted with the same trouble as most of the others from a few updates back.]]>