One of the fun things to do at the end of the year is pull up the site stats for all of 2016 and see which stories resonated most in our community with the best metric we have: How many unique page views a particular article got. This year was absolutely dominated by Pokemon Go [Free]. The amount of traffic this game generated for us was so extreme that it actually broke a lot of the automated reports I use to figure out which direction we should be steering TouchArcade. In trying to get more analytical about optimizing our content to fit what people seem to actually want to read, I was using all these tools to figure things out like, "Oh hey, this game's upcoming release announcement saw abnormally high traffic outside of the standard deviation of similar articles, we should focus on this game more than we usually would when it's released." I've got a bunch of other tricks up my sleeve, but that's the general idea behind it. Pokemon Go messed all this up, with random two paragraph news stories doing 100 to 500 times the traffic anything else we posted that day, which has really complicated using all these tools and training them to just disregard anything to do with Pokemon to generate any sort of useful report.
If you found yourself angered by the amount of Pokemon Go coverage you saw around here, it was for a good reason- Each article was breaking new traffic records, and love it or hate it, Pokemon Go was responsible for the largest overall growth spike of new readers in TouchArcade history. Here were our top Pokemon Go stories of the year, which again, blew everything else out of the water to an extent that's really just hard to fully comprehend:
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