Questions tagged [leaderboards]

Another term for a high score table, a ranking system that displays how a player's performance compares against previous runs of the game. This is for questions about the the ranking system.

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How can I prevent false score reports to global highscore tables?

Browser and mobile games commonly have global highscore tables. It's also common for those tables to contain scores of 2,147,483,647 — where people have figured out the webservice call that ...
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Sanitise a high score table to remove offensive terms / usernames

I'm building an app for a client, which they've requested to have a publicly-visible high score table. It'll be displaying their username, which is a free-text field that the players can input. Player ...
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Why are leaderboards often separated between platforms?

I noticed that many games (if not most or all) are employing different leaderboards for different platforms. For example, different leaderboard for iOS and Android. Different leaderboard for Xbox and ...
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Online leaderboard systems for (small/indie) PC games? [closed]

Are there any free/affordable systems/libraries out there for adding online features to a small PC game? (most likely, for a small primarily-Windows-based indie game) I'm not concerned about ...
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How can I implement a global high score ladder? [closed]

Are there any existing frameworks I can build on? Should I build my own? How can I prevent fake scores from being posted to it?
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ELO algorithm for handling people who don't play often

I'm using the ELO algorithm to rank players in an ongoing pong competition. Most players play every day, but we've got one player who hasn't played in a month. My algorithm currently only tracks ...
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What score/level function is often used?

In many games you raise a level when you reach a certain score, and later levels are harder to reach than in the beginning. I am suspecting that it is some sort of exponential function that is used ...
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should users be asked to submit high score to leaderboard?

If a user gets a new high score in a game, should they be asked before having their score submitted to the leaderboard? Originally I was just going to submit their score to the leaderboard without ...
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How are you handling scores that can worsen (e.g. Elo rating) in Game Center?

Currently, Game Center leaderboard scores can only change one-way (e.g. increase). This makes it impossible (I think) to deal with Elo ratings and the like. How are you getting around this in your ...
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Where to start the coding of online leaderboards?

I NEVER, EVER did ANY sort of network code in C++, I don't know even the libraries that exist, but a popular demand for my game is online leaderboards... So, what sort of libraries I should research ...
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How can I prevent a buggy old version of my game from posting scores to the Gamecenter Leaderboards?

I found that an older version of my game has a bug that causes some crazy scores to be posted to the leaderboard. I can delete these scores by editing the acceptable range in iTunesConnect and my ...
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How to design a leaderboard where lower is better?

In a classic high score leaderboard, the player with the highest score is leading, followed by people with slightly lower scores. In short, higher is better. But in a game I am working on, the player ...
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Adding a new highscore before or after an equal score?

I'm making a highscores list for my 2048 replica. An entry in the list consists of a name and a score (e.g. "John" and 2100.) When I add a new entry, the code runs through the list and inserts the new ...
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Can I query the Game Center APIs from C++, without Objective-C?

I am writing a game that needs Game Center leaderboards. These however, are not very extensive leaderboards. I just need the ability to submit a score automatically when the player completes a level. ...
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How to make hard to hack leaderboards [duplicate]

Okay, someone tasked me to make a leaderboard for their game. However, the one I have right now is really insecure. All it does is check if someone is in the top 100, and if they are, post the score ...
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How can I let a player post their score to Facebook at the end of the game?

I have an HTML5 game on my site, and at the end, I want the user to have the option of posting their score to their Facebook wall. Is there an easy way to ask to post something to Facebook?
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How can Highscores be more meaningful and engaging?

I'm developing a casual Android game in which the player's success can very easily be represented by a number (I'm not more specific because I'm interested in the topic in general). Although I myself ...
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How to evaluate a user against optimal performance?

I have trouble coming up with a system of assigning a rating to player's performance. Well, technically there is is a trivial rating system, but I don't like it because it would mean assigning ...
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Integration my application with Facebook

So I recently developed this game which I would like to launch into Facebook but am having a hard time figuring out how on earth do I get the basics right. Like extracting user data i.e friends ...
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Integrating a leader board with FaceBook?

Think like how Bejeweled 2 does its Blitz mode where it connects to Facebook, pulls your friends names and their top scores for the week. Are there any libraries, etc. that already help facilitate ...
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Google leaderboards, up to a maximum of 70?

I see in the doc that the limit for the number of leaderboards on Google Play Services is 70. However, I am able to create more than 70 leaderboards and they are all working when I test my app. Is ...
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Math > Logic for a Logarithmic Score Meter

I'm trying to implement a score meter whereby I specify a maximum value (say 15,000) and I can render values on it in a logarithmic manner ie: ...
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How can I remove scores or ban users from Google Play leaderboards?

I have included Google Play game services in my Android game. I see lot of users posting fake scores. Can I ban them or can I delete these scores somehow?
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Bitmap Font Displays in Center Always Without Coding it Manually (Fix Coordinate Problem onText)

Is there a way on how to stay the texts in center without manually coding it or something, especially when making an update? I'm making a display for the highest score. Let's say that the score is 9. ...
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Scoring and purchased hints?

Curious about how developers approach the use of purchased hints and scoring. Context: I have a puzzle app that allows users to incrementally reveal an optimal solution via purchased hints. They ...
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Online leaderboards for iPhone games [closed]

I'd like to add an online leaderboard to my iPhone game. Upon discovering the time and effort required to create a Game Center account I started considering other options. What do you use for online ...
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Do leaderboard sets (in Game Center) allow 500 unique leaderboards?

The Game Kit Programming Guide for iOS claims: The number of different leaderboards allowed increases to 500 leaderboards per game when leaderboard sets have been enabled...Leaderboard sets ...
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How to design a leaderboard?

This sounds like an easy thing but when I considering the following Many players Some have played many games and some just started Different type of statistics On what information should the actual ...
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Sending high scores to a web server in an open source game

I've never dealt with sending/receiving data from web servers in my games, so I absolutely have no idea how to do this. I tried googling for a good solution but couldn't find anything satisfying. I ...
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Should I scrap my own leader board and go for the Facebook built in one?

Currently I'm rolling my own score and leader board functionality in my FB canvas game. In my game, users can see what score they have, in addition I have a public leader board where everybody can see ...
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free web library for leaderboards / achievements [closed]

I would like to know if there is any free leaderboard libraries for web games developed in HTML5/JS (as openfeint is for iPhone, Android) I found this http://www.appmobi.com/, but it seems the ...
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Score vs. Kills in a casual game

I am making a simple phone game and having a conceptual argument with my partner. The argument might end up being inconsequential, but I would like to hear some opinions from actual devs who are ...
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Persisting high score table in flash game without a network. (Featuring: HttpListenerException)

this question is very programming-centric, but it's for a game so I figured I might as well post it here. I'm doing polishing work on a GGJ '11 game because it will be shown at an indie arcade ...
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Validating victory report to PHP leaderboards

I have decided to begin working on some sort of leaderboard server for my PC game. For starters, I decided to write some PHP scripts to handle it. The script doesn't actually receive a score - it ...
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How many leaderboards can I have in Android via Google Play?

Question is simple. I have one game with multiple levels(say around 90) distributed amongts different amongst different worlds. Am I reading this right and it means I can only have 70 individual ...
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What should I do with global high scores when the game has a major update?

I have a game that people have been playing for several years now. The game has a global high score list, and there has been some fierce battles among the players for the top positions. I now want to ...
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Efficient existing rating system for multiplayer?

I would like to add a rating for online version of a board game. In this game there are many game rooms each normally having 3-4 people. So I expect that player's rating adjustments (RA) should ...
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How to design rating (leaderboard)

I have a quiz online game. For each game there is a prize (number of scores). Now I have three ratings: top for the last day, top for the last week, total top (based on the sum of scores). Sum is not ...
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How to compute highscores, so that 10 matches will “correctly” compete 100 matches

When computing highscores, it is possible to: count sum of points (in every match), count average of points (across all matches). Sum is vulnerable to: multiple low-quality matches. Average is ...
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Player Ranking System

Already posted this on another forum but I'll repost it here because I'm curious if this is a good forum for game-design questions. I'm looking to design a player ranking system for my game. The ...
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AndEngine Scoreloop - java.lang.IllegalStateException: you are not calling from the main thread context

I am a very novice android developer but also created a game using andEngine successfully. Now I want to integrate Scoreloop and everything is fine with Leaderboard view and TOS view, except I am ...
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Save game state information

I'm working on my first game, and are looking into the option to save a number of game state settings. One of the things I want to save is the high scores, this will contain a list of the 10 players ...
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Flash High Scores

I have a Flash game running on a Google Sites web page right now. My main goal is to eventually convert it to an Android app. For testing and for my friends to play though, I want to store high scores ...
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Distributed Leaderboard for p2p games

I've heard about this term distributed leaderboard for p2p games and I've searched it online but couldn't find much of a thing about it.I was curious what does it really mean and didn't really knew ...
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How to securely submit a score?

We have an app with several mini-games in it and in each a highscore can be achieved. The score gets submitted by requesting an endpoint and passing the score as a json in the body. How can we be sure ...
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How does one integrate Game Center leaderboards in Monogame?

Do anyone know how to integrate a Game Center leaderboards for an iOS game using MonoGame framework? I have searched high and low yet I haven't gotten any luck of finding articles or tutorials that ...
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Google Leaderboards, Reducing the Score of a Player

I am making a strategy game similar to chess for Android. I'll be using the Google Leaderboards for rankings. I want to implement a sort of ranking system, that the player can actually lose score, ...
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Keeping high scores on Unity web player

I want the player to be able to save his score when she makes it into top 10 of high scores. Upon success, player will be asked for a name to submit. This does not need to be unique per player. I just ...
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Unity google play services login dont work properly

I have searched everywhere on the internet and I have found nothing about the problem I am encountering. I am trying to implement google play services to my game (leaderboards especially) and I have ...
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