- 5 years, 9 months ago
I do not know if anybody here did something for this, but since a few days, the Game Center seems to have begun to clean some AB game leaderboard from obvious fake scores.
This is not (yet?) the case for AB Classic, but the AB Space and ABSW leaderboards (non HD version) now seem to be clean.
I do not know how fake scores were selected, but the point is that for the AB Space general leaderboard, there are now 6 ABN members in the top 8 scorers. The ranking differs however from the one here since there is no cap there of the Anchors Away level. Actually, some flingers who had not cheated but used the AA glitch might have been removed from the leaderboard by incorrectly having been considered as cheaters. It might actually be the case for some people here.
Great news. I hope they clean up the other scoreboards, too!
I use Android so I can’t see Game Center scores, but I’ve always wondered how our scores here compare to the larger community of OSX users. It’s nice to know that the best players are all here :-)
Apropos, congratulations on winning an Underdog badge yesterday!
P.S. Does the AB Space leader board list @Rat9? That’ll tell us if insane S-15 scores disqualify users. (Rat also tops that chart with a whopping 7.6 million points.)
It seems that the Game Center makes the difference between the iPhone AB Space and the iPad AB Space HD versions, so that I never saw iPad users on my Game Center leaderboard.
Now, to answer your concern, on the leaderboard I saw since I play AB Space, there was a Korean guy (I think) who had a huge score on the Pig Dipper leaderboard (maybe 7M if I remember well), and who is now gone. So I presume that @rat9 might have disappeared or will soon as well on the AB Space HD leaderboard once it is cleaned. All I can say is that I now happen to be on top the the Pig Dipper leaderboard with 3.9M points (I got “only” 500k for the AA level). Maybe they put a cutoff at 4M, which sounds reasonnable if they had a quick look at our ABN leaderboard. Distinguishing what is the most relevant cutoff to take must have been difficult for them. For example, the new Top Scorer on Pig Bang is at 2.541M, which is suspiciously impressive, as it is only 3k below the sum of all our ABN Top Scores on every level of this episode (goavs4 ranks 2nd here).
(And thank you for the Underdog badge; I thought that if I had to get it one day, it would be from some AB Space level, but obviously with people like you and Rat, there are just too many top scores which are just unbeatable in a single day of effort.)
Yes, this was my interpretation. So in case we have some contact with these people, maybe we could mention them that the Pig Dipper threshold should be raised to, say, Rat’s standards + 10% (i.e., 12M, I would say), and check whether some other game episodes (Moon of Endor?) should also deserve an equivalent change.Kelani@kelani
@sglouk last time I checked, I saw @Rat9 in there, but didn’t check Pig Dipper. I agree with Slim’s score threshold cleanout. Most of the obvious fake scores were in the trillions or higher. I’m sure they’ll be back before long. I saw some scores cleaned out in Rio a month ago, and they were all back a few days later.
@AMslimfordy @sglouk @Kelani and last, but not least @Burpie
I checked my Game Center standings. I’m no longer first on the overall Space leaderboard. They didn’t just remove my Pig Dipper Anchors Aweigh score, they removed all my Pig Dipper scores. I’m no longer ranked in PD. This took me out of any hope of contention in Space. Whaaaaa!!!!
So in their zealous effort to remove hackers, they removed the #1 Space leader. I appreciate their efforts to clean up the leaderboards. They were useless with all the hacked scores. Now the pendulum has swung too far the other way. They are now useless because they removed the top scorers.
Any thoughts @AMslimfordy?
@Kelani I’m not sure what citeria Game Center used. @Romo and @Ollygod were also removed from the Pig Dipper leaderboard and they don’t have ridiculous Anchor’s Aweigh scores. That eliminates their ability to compete in the overall Space leaderboard as well. Game Center evidently cut off the top end too low.burpie@burpie
@Rat9 Apple should cap the score on S-15, just like ABN did and for the same reasons. Your score of 7 million points for level S-15 is just silly. Anything over 160k was obtained by waiting for a bug to rack up points – not by playing.
Perhaps BirdLeader can send a quick note to Rovio and Rovio can forward it to Apple.
@rat Thanks for letting me know this. It’s good news to clean it up. Too many hackers were ranked with fake points. One bad thing is we can’t see some of real flinger’s records.
My guess is that only the episode total score is sent to the Game Center. Even if your S-15 score is high, it may not matter in case the total is not too high.
Btw, I would be curious to see how the GC deals with the NaN score one can get when experiencing the exploding planet glitch on 3-10 or 8-27.
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