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What are people using for leaderboards? It doesn't seem like there is much out there unless you want to get involved with Mochi or a service like that.

I was thinking about releasing a small, open source, leaderboard script in PHP. Totally flat file, no MySQL. Easily Accessible via POST and JSON.

Would people be interested in something like that?

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How will you handle the fact that every single game out there (clones of other games notwithstanding) is going to want to store a totally different set of stats on its leaderboard?

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Don't be so quick to the gun ApochiPiQ.
Game Center does a fairly decent job of it. You basically have choices on whether your scores are integral or time-based, and the format for the integers and times, and a postfix string, one for singular and one for plural.
Then the choice to sort up or down (higher scores tend to be sorted high-first while times tend to be low-first) and a slew of other micro-properties that can come together to suit nearly any scoring system.

It would be worth the original poster's time to take a look at it.


I would say there is a demand for such a system, but after seeing how thorough Game Center is I would caution you that if you plan to make one you are in for a ride.


L. Spiro

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Apparently I was misinterpreted. My apologies.

I'm not trying to suggest that the idea has no merit - far from it. I simply was curious how much thought the OP has put into the scope of the project.

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How will you handle the fact that every single game out there (clones of other games notwithstanding) is going to want to store a totally different set of stats on its leaderboard?


The fact that it's open source and easily customizable. It would come prepackaged with like name/score, but anything else would require a bit of customization. Probably via a config file or admin area.


Don't be so quick to the gun ApochiPiQ.
Game Center does a fairly decent job of it. You basically have choices on whether your scores are integral or time-based, and the format for the integers and times, and a postfix string, one for singular and one for plural.
Then the choice to sort up or down (higher scores tend to be sorted high-first while times tend to be low-first) and a slew of other micro-properties that can come together to suit nearly any scoring system.

It would be worth the original poster's time to take a look at it.


I would say there is a demand for such a system, but after seeing how thorough Game Center is I would caution you that if you plan to make one you are in for a ride.


L. Spiro


Thanks, I see what you mean. I will have to take a long look at Game Center.

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Don't be so quick to the gun ApochiPiQ.
Game Center does a fairly decent job of it. You basically have choices on whether your scores are integral or time-based, and the format for the integers and times, and a postfix string, one for singular and one for plural.
Then the choice to sort up or down (higher scores tend to be sorted high-first while times tend to be low-first) and a slew of other micro-properties that can come together to suit nearly any scoring system.

It would be worth the original poster's time to take a look at it.


I would say there is a demand for such a system, but after seeing how thorough Game Center is I would caution you that if you plan to make one you are in for a ride.


L. Spiro


Thanks, I see what you mean. I will have to take a long look at Game Center.

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Ah, so you're talking about providing a leaderboard kit that others could run for themselves, rather than a hosted service?

Sounds like a plan!

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Ah, so you're talking about providing a leaderboard kit that others could run for themselves, rather than a hosted service?

Sounds like a plan!


Exactly. Thanks.

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