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December 20, 2012

YouTube’s Top Ten Viral Videos of 2012

South Korean rapper Psy in Los Angeles, California, in this November 18, 2012 file photo.
It’s harder to stumble into viral video fame these days. But YouTube has just released a list of the top ten videos that managed to find massive viral viewership this year.

Five years ago, when YouTube pieced together its first list of the year’s top ten videos, many were accidental home videos or amateurish films never designed for widespread consumption, said Kevin Allocca, a trends manager for the company.

With nine of the ten videos that made this year’s YouTube list coming from professional producers, making a video that appears to be an accidental hit is becoming increasingly typical. The list was released Tuesday morning.

“There are more and more people who know how to build an audience, how to use YouTube,” Allocca said. “There are companies who spend millions and millions of dollars trying to do create these videos.”

The only video on this year’s list not professionally produced was “Facebook Parenting,” a brash video that shows a father shooting his daughter’s laptop after she used it to make disparaging and profane remarks about him.

It created a wealth of controversy, with some parents appreciating the “hard love” parenting style, while others saying he went overboard.

The list, topped by the ubiquitous “Gangnam Style,” was cobbled together primarily by views. But YouTube also considered how many times the video had been shared, parodied and commented on by users.

Several other trends emerged from this year’s list, Allocca said. The most-popular videos are generally growing lengthier — this year’s longest, “Kony 2012″ spanned 31 minutes. It also attracted more than 30 million page views during a single day in March, giving it the all-time 24-hour record.

Also, more of the videos are drawing worldwide appeal, Allocca said, citing “Gangnam Style.” Its catchy beat crossed oceans, even if many of the listeners had no clue what the lyrics meant.

Given the 2012 election, politics certainly tinged this year’s list: videos of Obama and Romney were viewed more than two billion times, according to YouTube. The most popular video? “Epic Rap Battles: Obama vs. Romney,” which featured two hilarious rappers — albeit ones that didn’t look much like the candidates.

“I’m not gonna let this battle be dictated by facts,” a Romney impersonator rhymes to open the video. “I’m rich. I’ve got fat stacks and super PACs.”

Here are this year’s top 10 videos, along with brief descriptions. What were your favorites? What videos should have been included?

1) PSY – Gangnam Style: Do you know what this video is really about? Do you care? Just keep dancing.

2) Walk off the Earth: This was the year’s most popular cover song, with more than 140 million views.

3) KONY 2012: Even though this video lasted more than 30 minutes, it attracted more than 30 million viewers during a single day in March, giving it the all-time 24 hour record.

4) Call Me Maybe - Bieber, Gomez, Pena: Even economic writers were using the lyrics of this song to explain the complications of the euro zone crisis.

5) Epic Rap Battles – Obama vs. Romney: Why watch the candidates discuss substantive issues when you can watch impersonators blend half-truthful caricatures into hilarious rap battles?

6) Dramatic Surprise: More people watched this video of a mysterious sign in the middle of a Flemish square than the population. Keep calm and carry on, people.

7) Why You Asking All Them Questions: Why do girls ask so many questions? Why did more than 39 million people watch this video? Where did they get that delicious fried chicken?

8) Lindsey Stirling: C’mon. You knew dubstep – mixed with a violin — would be on the list. Right? Welcome to 2012.

9) Facebook Parenting: This dad, whose daughter disparaged him on her Facebook FB -1.08% account, wasn’t happy. So he took her laptop into a field and peppered it with a barrage of bullets. Seems logical, right?

10) Stratos Highlights: Why was Felix Baumgartner jumping from 128,000 feet into our atmosphere? No clue, but eight million people tuned in to watch live.

Pumpkin's Palette: Yamaken

It feels like it's been a long time since I last drew doodled on a piece of paper with a pen/pencil.
So here is my favourite character from the shoujo anime/manga Tonari no Kaibutsu kun, Yamaguchi Kenji, aka. Yamaken.

Steam for Linux now open to all users

Valve has announced that Steam for Linux is now open to all users.
The Steam for Linux beta client is now available to all Steam users, so if you've been patiently waiting for an invitation to join us, consider yourself officially invited! 
With a growing catalog of Linux-supported games, an active Steam for Linux community group, and a new GitHub bug reporting repository, the timing’s right to jump in and share your feedback.
If you've already downloaded and installed Steam for Linux beta, you should redownload and install the latest deb available on its website, because Steam now has its own Ubuntu repository that's going to be used for updates. Well, at least in theory, because as soon as I've installed the new deb and launched Steam, it started to download an update through the client.

Supported games include Serious Sam 3: BFE, Team Fortress 2, Killing Floor and others. For a list of games supported by Steam for Linux, see THIS page.


[via WebUpd8]

2012 Top 10's of the Anime World


A Chinese TV show has asked viewers to vote for their '2012 Top 10' in all things anime related. These are the results. (Note that video commentary is in Chinese Mandarin).

What's your '2012 Top 10' list?

2012 Top 10 Anime: 2012年人气动画TOP10
10- Another
9 - Gintama
8 - Natsume Yuujinchou
7-  Hyouka
6- Guilty Crown
5-  Nisemonogatari
4-  Accel World
3-  Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai!!
2-  Sword Art Online
1-  Fate/Zero

2012 Top 10 Anime Songs2012人气动漫歌曲TOP10
10- the everlasting/ Guilty crown OP 2
9- overfly/ Sword Art Online ED 2
8- Bios/ Guilty Crown OST
7- Oath Sign/ FATE/ZERO OP
6- 白金ディスコ (Platinum Disco)/ Nisemonogatari OP3
5- ビードロ模様 (Vidro Moyou)/ Ano Natsu de Matteru ED
4- Crossing Field/ Sword Art Online OP
3- Eutrepe/ Guilty Crown OST
2- To The Beginning/ FATE/ZERO OP2
1- MEMORIA/ FATE/ZERO ED

2012 Top 10 Female Characters2012年人气动画女性角色TOP10
10- 《NisemonogatariSengoku Nadeko
9- 《AnotherMisaki Mei
8- 《Shakugan no ShanaShana
7-《Mirai NikkiYuno Gasai
6 -《Accel WorldKuroyukihime
5- 《Guilty CrownInori Yuzuriha
4- 《HyoukaEru Chitanda
3- 《Sword Art OnlineAsuna
2-《Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!Rikka Takanashi
1- 《Fate/ZeroSaber

2012 Top 10 Male Characters: 2012年人气动画男性角色TOP10
10- 《Accel WorldHaruyuki Arita
9- 《GintamaGintoki Sakata
8- 《Guilty CrownShu Ouma
7- 《Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!Yuuta Togashi
6- 《HyoukaHoutarou Oreki
5- 《Fate/ZeroKiritsugu Emiya
4- 《NisemonogatariKoyomi Araragi
3- 《Natsume YuujinchouTakashi Natsume
2- 《Fate/ZeroRider
1- 《Sword Art OnlineKirito

2012 Top 10 Female Seiyuus:2012年人气女性声优TOP10
10- 丰崎 爱生 TOYOSAKI AKI
9- 泽城 美幸 SAWASHIRO MIYUKI
8- 水树 奈奈 MIZUKI NANA
7- 井口 裕香 IGUCHI YUKA
6- 户松 遥 TOMATSU HARUKA
5- 茅野 爱衣 KAYANO AI
4- 坂本 真绫 SAKAMOTO MAAYA
3- 川澄 绫子 KAWASUMI AYAKO
2- 钉宫 理惠 KUGIMIYA RIE
1- 花泽 香菜 HANAZAWA KANA

2012 Top 10 Male Seiyuus: 2012年人气男性声优TOP10
10- 宫野 真守 MIYANO MAMORU
9- 梶 裕贵 KAJI YUUKI
8- 石田 彰 ISHIDA AKIRA
7- 风本 信彦 OKAMOTO NOBUSHIKO
6- 松冈 祯丞 MATSUOKA YOSHITSUGU
5- 杉田 智和 SUGITA TOMOKAZU
4- 小野 大辅 ONO DAISUKE
3- 中村 悠一 NAKAMURA YUUICHI
2- 神谷 浩史 KAMIYA HIROSHI
1- 福山 润 FUKUYAMA JUN

Facebook plans autoplay video ads

The seemingly desperate quest for Facebook to make money out of its 1 billion users has taken another twist with rumours strengthening that it will roll out video ads that play automatically in news feeds.

The monetisation imperative already is facing an enormous backlash over a move by Facebook-owned Instagram to make money out of selling user images posted on the photo-sharing site.

Will this move permanently ruin Facebook's image? What do you think of ads being played in your news feed?

[via The Australian]

Introducing the Humble Indie Bundle 7

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The Humble Indie Bundle 7 is here with more great games for you to play! Pay what you want for The Binding of Isaac (and its DLC, Wrath of the Lamb!), Closure, Shank 2, Snapshot, and the documentary feature film Indie Game: The Movie! If you choose to pay more than the average, you’ll also get Legend of Grimrock and Dungeon Defenders (with a ton of DLC)! This bundle also comes with many fantastic soundtracks in lossless (FLAC) and MP3!
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Download your complete Twitter archive

Twitter has begun enabling a long-rumoured feature that will allow you to download every tweet you have ever sent. The archive is also searchable, and tracks retweets as well as your original messages.

Annoyingly, this isn’t an option everyone will be able to use straight away; Twitter says the rollout will take place over the “coming weeks and months”. (It hasn’t appeared yet on my account.) To check if you can access it, click on the gear icon, choose Settings and scroll to the bottom of the screen to see if “Request your archive” is available.

[via Lifehacker]