I enabled access statistics analysis for Mars Explorer's Amazon S3 powered download server four and a half days ago;
Since then, Mars Explorer has been played around 8,500 times, and the dashboard widget has been downloaded nearly 3,000 times.
Along with this great news, I am also announcing that I will be experimenting with using the BitTorrent protocol to facilitate bandwidth distribution of the Mars Explorer application and widget downloads - as my bandwidth bills are getting just a little larger than I would like :)
At the time of this publishing, there are 38 players online. Just for fun, here's a formula to estimate how many players Mars Explorer receives each day:
Players per Day = (players_online * (hours_in_day * (minutes_in_hour / minutes_of_average_play))
38 * (24 * (60 / 25)) = 2188.8 average players per day.
Assuming that Mars Explorer's average "serving size" is 25 minutes, and that the average number of active players is a bit lower than the current 38, our number is very close to reality!
With exposure like this, Mars Explorer can't help but grow.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates!