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DPS Calculation Explained: Active Time vs. Elapsed Time

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Two players can do the same total damage during a fight yet have significantly different DPS numbers. You may be wondering how this is possible.

In most cases DPS is calculated by dividing the total damage by the total elapsed time. “Elapsed time” is just the length of the fight. Most DPS calculators will subtract time you spent dead, and some will start the clock from when you entered the fight instead of when your group entered the fight. But if you stay alive and pull with the group, DPS calculation is done by using the duration of the fight, which I call elapsed time.

WoW, however, has a metric known as “active time“. For DPS this is essentially the amount of time you’re attacking the target. It includes time spent doing the following:

  • Channeling/performing a TYPE_DAMAGE ability
  • Waiting for the global cooldown to finish

Some DPS calculators in WoW, and most prominently the Recount addon, default to using active time instead of elapsed time when calculating DPS, thus changing it from “damage over time” to “damage over time for those times you were attacking the target”. When defined this way, DPS becomes an indicator of how effectively you can damage, but it’s not as good for judging how well you do in a fight overall.

This was quite confusing to me at first. Many people in WoW are adamant about how it’s better to look at total damage than DPS. Normally there’s no difference between the two—DPS is simply the total damage with a common scale factor applied and the two can be used interchangeably. But if you’re used to the numbers given by Recount, that is not the case.

How to Build Your Very First Airship

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

I found that most of the existing guides for airships focus on what to do after you’ve created your first airship, and they pretty much skip or gloss over the “beginner” stuff. Here are the detailed instructions:


[SOLVED] FFXIV: Can’t Purchase Game / Can’t Login to Website / Can’t Upgrade From Trial

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

If you have a game account for FFXIV and cannot log in to the website and/or cannot purchase the game, follow these steps:

  1. Go to and log in with your game account.
  2. Immediately after logging in, you will be asked some questions to complete your account. Answer the questions.
  3. Log out.
  4. Return to and log in.
  5. You will now have full access to the store, Mog Station, Lodestone, etc. using that single login.


Firebird Mount: How to Unlock Heavensward Extreme Trials

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Looking to obtain the Firebird mount? Here’s a quick guide on which missions to unlock and complete in order to unlock Fiery Wings, Fiery Hearts.


Did You Miss Saturday’s Huge Space Battle?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Game ControllerLast Saturday (1/26/2013), there was a huge space battle in EVE Online, a massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG). What started out as a minor raid became one of the largest battles in the history of the game, involving more than 2800 ships and 3200 players. All because one player clicked the wrong command.


The Unexpected Success of Pong

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Game ControllerAtari’s famous video game Pong wasn’t intended to be an actual product. And it generated a lot of backtracking on the part of Atari, as they slowly realized how popular it was going to be. The linked article has details.


The All-Time Bestselling Video Game

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Game ControllerEver wonder what the all-time bestselling video game is, not counting the ones that were bundled with gaming systems? Turns out it’s Tetris. I purchased a copy back in the late ’80s, and the linked article prompted me to buy the Tetris app for my Kindle Fire.


Google+ Gets Games

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Social NetworkWhen I first joined Google+, I realized that its lack of games was a problem (my primary reason for joining Facebook was to play online Scrabble). Well that has now changed.

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(via The Daily Caller)

Madden NFL Video Game Predicts Superbowl Winner 88% of the Time

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

FootballEA Sports publishes the popular Madden NFL video games. Each September, they run a simulation of the upcoming NFL season using the game. Their record is impressive—they’ve picked the correct Superbowl winner seven times in the last 8 years. Note that the linked article, written in September 2010, correctly predicted the Green Bay Packers as the champions.

(via Slashdot)

Revenues Triple After Giving Away Game

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Game ControllerLast September, the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG switched from paid subscriptions to a free-to-play model. The result has been a tripling of revenues and a significant increase in the number of players. The core game is free, but you can pay for expansions or a full VIP membership.

(via Slashdot)

Duke Nukem Forever is Alive!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Game ControllerIt appears that Duke Nukem Forever, the poster child for vaporware, will finally be released on May 3rd, 2011. The game has been in almost continuous development since 1997, and was awarded a Vaporware Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 by Wired.

(via Slashdot)

Know the Odds When Playing Board Games

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

MonopolyWhich properties in Monopoly are the least and most likely to land on? In Clue, which character will give you an immediate advantage? Why don’t you want to be the first player in Jenga? The answers to these questions, and more, are in the linked article.