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20 Dec 2013 02:13 #1 by blueteak
MB2D Leaderboard Update Announcement was created by blueteak
With internal tests successful (and looking awesome), I've decided to share with you the new leaderboard feature.

Normally I would wait until it was released, but unfortunately I have to wipe the current leaderboards to add the functionality, so I'll at least let you know why.
There is still a slight possibility that this won't work, as it requires adding a significant amount of data to the leaderboard with each entry.

For those of you who have played the game Dust Force, this should be both familiar and exciting.
I am going to be adding Replays for all of the High Scores.
This way you will be able to watch the top time's path to see how they did it, and potentially recreate it.

Not only is it cool to see other peoples crazy solutions, but it will make the game more competitive, since as soon as a new best path is discovered, everyone has access to the knowledge.

This is not a trivial feature to implement, especially with the requirement of quick uploads/downloads.
Also, I am not sure if my current upload system will work, as I use a php script to access the database, and that requires the input of any variables (ie username, score, hashcode) to be set within the URL. Now I will be adding a long string of potentially 50,000+ characters for the replay data as one of the variables.

Those using Internet Explorer may have to use a different web browser to upload replays, since I believe that IE is limited to 18,000 characters for a URL.

If everything works correctly, I should be finished with this tonight, if there is a problem with the URL system, it may take a day or two.

I'm just giving everyone a heads up as to why the scores have been wiped, and I hope you will find this update a valid reason to do so.

(Also, while I am messing with the php scripts and the database, it is likely that high scores will not be saved correctly, so I will be doing another wipe as I upload the final replay version)

Check out my website: alvios.com/ !

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