HackCenter – Yet Another Reason to Use Our Leaderboards

Let me preface this by saying that we at AngryBirdsNest.com don’t endorse cheating and do everything we can do stop it. But who are we kidding, it happens, and will continue to happen. Here on ABN we see a lot of comments and forum posts about the cheaters who have invaded the Angry Birds Game Center Leaderboards. I decided to post this video about the HackCenter app to raise awareness and to show you just how easy it is to falsify your Angry Birds scores on Game Center. If we all raise a big enough stink maybe something will actually be done by Apple to rectify these issues. Until that happens, it is yet just another reason to compete on our leaderboards.

Tags: Articles, Game Center, iPhone
Category: Blog, Videos

    Comments (46)

    By qqwww

    Actually, the Hack Center app was never released because the developer didn’t want to because of bad feedback as you can see n the description.

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    By FujiToast (@fujitoast)

    Oh good to know. Keep that crap out of the hands of….well…..everybody.

    By BlackBird

    no honestly!!!! :(((

    By Anthony

    What a shame. That’s precisely why I hate leaderboards in all video games. Someone is always going to come long and hack a fake score and miss everything up. Oh well.

    Rank: Flinger with 80 points
    By rmac (@rmac)

    Thats how #1 is 999,999,999,999,999 or whatever it is

    Rank: Deputized with 125 points
    By Birdman565 (@birdman565)

    Thanks for the leadersboards on this site everyone!

    Rank: Pig Leader with 11200 points
    By FujiToast (@fujitoast)

    Thanks for this article @BirdLeader. I saw this video in the comments and I had to go to youtube and click the “thumbs down” a bunch of times. I hate that something like this exists. I just don’t understand why you would even want to do something like this. Don’t these people have any pride? Yeah, you see your name at the top, but it’s UNdeserved. A Hollow, Worthless Victory. Come on Apple, block these guys out. I want to see something like microsoft does with xbox, get caught cheating? You’re out. Account terminated.

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    By FrithaB (@frithab)

    I couldn’t have said it better, FujiToast. I, too, went on to youTube to see the comments only to find that they had been taken down. Interesting that the developer, in a most defensive tone, said that he had only done it ‘for fun’. It seems to me that playing this game is more fun!

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    By sal9 (@sal9)

    With every game you’ll have a wise guy somewhere trying to hack it unfortunately.

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    By bigbrotherbird97 (@bigbrotherbird97)

    Yep, there is in about every game

    Rank: Flinger with 85 points
    By vezok1090 (@vezok1090)

    I hate stuff like this. I got in the top 25 Doodle Jump Hop leaderboards when it was released, WITHOUT CHEATS. It makes me sad when I see people can just ‘win’ easy as that I don’t see why Apple allow this to go on for so long.

    Rank: Flinger with 25 points
    By Grayson (@grayson)

    cheaters exist in every game, ESPECIALLY when there’s a leaderboard. In fact, I’m having trouble thinking of a game that I have played that has a leaderboard that didn’t have tons of cheaters, hackers, freezers (in multiplayer games) etc.

    It’s good to raise awareness. But most of us know who the cheats are and who are not. Sadly, cheats will try to one up the other cheats, and their scores are stupidly impossible. There are ppl on Gameceneter w/ scores 1000x what others have. It’s hard to tell if the scores look almost ligit.

    That’s the great thing about the leaderboard here. There’s accountability and transparency. There’s also a sense of community that Gamecenter and Crystal just do not provide.

    In the end, it’s a game. Yeah, get mad at the cheaters, but don’t let them ruin your fun. It’s what they want.

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    By Sean (@seangoldendragon)

    It is cool, but it is cheating, that guy in the video didn’t even do anything. I guess his buddy did alot of work to get 286. And WHAT DID HE DO?!!!! He just put in the score he want and just send it. So CHEATING!!!!!!!!!

    Rank: Flinger with 0 points
    By AngrybirdsCJS (@angrybirdscjs)

    That is SO cheap!

    By stryver

    LOL, that’s why the GameCenter leaderboards are spammed with 2bil scores!

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    By Harrystar6 (@harrystar6)

    thats not good no wonder they have big scores on game center i hate cheating

    Rank: Explosive with 2325 points
    By MUFC (@mufc)

    I am a Android user so the ABN leaderboards is the only leaderboards I can use to post scores.

    By Just Joan

    I came here to check this out, and it says private video.
    I had a cheater over on G+ AB`s. He even explained how he did it in a post. I just un-friended him. But in GC it is registered from your iOS and then those that cheat do cheat rather outrageously. Just to prove they can. Low intelligence, and nothing to do with their time, I guess.
    Thanks to birdsnest, you tried to show the video, but it will not play. That`s okay. The guy on G+ was in your face about cheating, so I saw his version.
    I really cringe at the thought of cheating. Hate it!

    By danimario9

    I’ve reported the horrible “DarkGamingLord” which HACKED nearly all AB scores, resulting in something like over 9 billions.
    Still no sign of succesful report.

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10760 points
    By PdB (@playdbird)

    He and others have been hacking GC forever – I don’t know if GC can do anything about it (or if they even care) but I’m sure they’re aware. And those numbers are way more than billions – not sure exactly what to refer to them as…maybe our resident mathematician can nail them down :-)

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    By massive eagle (@massive-eagle)

    speaking of hackers,
    anyone ever heard of “OliverLetterer?”

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10760 points
    By PdB (@playdbird)

    yep he’s on there too – and the number is well over a trillion – what comes after that, lol?

    Rank: Debriefed with 1465 points
    By massive eagle (@massive-eagle)

    quadrillion- 4
    quintillion- 5
    etc.

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    I see mbilker at exactly 9 quintillion, so DarkGamingLord is over 9.2 quintillion. (one, thousand, million, billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, …)

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    By PdB (@playdbird)

    I figured you’d know those…

    On my GC all the hackers have the same exact score, 9,223,xxxx,807

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10760 points
    By PdB (@playdbird)

    Just to satisfy my curiosity, how do these people go about doing this?

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    You mean Hacking? I think the video answers that.

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    By PdB (@playdbird)

    That video has been inaccessible since I’ve been using ABN.

    Rank: Sling God with 32110 points
    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    I didn’t realize that. Anyways, upon finishing a level, HackCenter would ask you want score you wanted to submit. It could be absolutely anything.

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    By PdB (@playdbird)

    So how come it’s the exact same number in all those cases? Is there some significance to it?

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10760 points
    By PdB (@playdbird)

    And I wonder where the legitimate scores begin on the list…

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10760 points
    By PdB (@playdbird)

    The first name I recognize is bastieroxxor in 79th place with 30.4 million points.

    Rank: Sling God with 32110 points
    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    I was looking at Space before, but on ABo-SD, yes probably bastie or one or two higher.

    Rank: Fling King with 4000 points
    By Bill (@dollarbill2208)

    @PlayDBird, I’m pretty sure that’s where the real list starts. Even then, bastieroxxor has probably beaten many cheaters legitimately. I don’t know of anyone who has beat him with real scores, and neither does he, so he claims.

    Rank: Champion with 3420 points
    By Dorito (@dorito)

    These people are trolls, and I HATE trolls. If you want to get a high score, go honestly get one, not cheat your way into getting one. It’s a good thing most of the ABN members are honest, though!
    At least I hope…

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    By massive eagle (@massive-eagle)

    EXACTLY!

    Rank: Fling King with 4000 points
    By Bill (@dollarbill2208)

    9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible ncaa march madness brackets. The odds of a perfect NCAA bracket are slim, 9.2+ quintillion (2^63) to one. Subtract 1 from this, and you have the number the cheaters are using. But why this number? Why do several people use this number as their ceiling score when they could go higher?

    Rank: Sling God with 32110 points
    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    Aha, very good catch. I wasn’t paying too much attention. There is a very good reason for this number then: It’s the absolute limit for GameCenter. Any score entry in GameCenter is a 62-bit binary value, meaning the largest value allowable is (1 1 … 1)base2 = 2^63-1, where there are 62 1’s in that list. This length is actually widely used (for example, I think much of MSSQL has the required integer range of -2^63 thru 2^63-1).

    Rank: Fling King with 4000 points
    By Bill (@dollarbill2208)

    Maybe it’s as simple as the fact you cannot derive any logic when dealing with these types of people. They do what they want, they don’t respect the game, or the players, they probably don’t even PLAY the game, and they certainly don’t care about the effects of what they are doing, especially if they know they are never going to be held responsible.

    Rank: Fling King with 4000 points
    By Bill (@dollarbill2208)

    Nice, Slim.

    Rank: Champion with 3420 points
    By Dorito (@dorito)

    Wait, where is this page located? I can’t find it on the home page…

    Rank: Explosive with 2115 points
    By xXAngryBirdLover2214Xx (@angrybirdlover2)

    go to page 2 of articles @dorito

    By Sam

    It’s all nonsense if the leader board is a field of hackers. The good thing is I just Wana compare my score with ma friends or with the people I know. Guys do that for a while :)

    Rank: Sling God with 32110 points
    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    Or compare your scores on our leaderboards…

    Rank: Explosive with 2395 points
    By douzebb (@douzbb)

    Today, this hacker still here with the new angry bird star war !
    What doing apple? Nothing as usual !
    I hate this hacker and i’m sure, there is no brin in his head
    Someone say that the man behind is the best hacker. In game center what is his purpose ?

    Rank: Flinger with 40 points
    By Crash McCloud (@crashmccloud)

    Dig it… I blasted level after level. Copped jewels. I rolled like a rockstar….. Welcome….. Robopiv!

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