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Old 01-15-2013, 02:01 AM   #151 (permalink)
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ChamPOW is the site I am working on to track all official game scores. It will not be limited to just Twin Galaxy scores. It is still in early stages.

Hopefully Twin Galaxies will use a newer version of MAME when they return. Freezing at .106 is stupid.
I really happy that someone decided to make a back up copy of the scores.

You know I really having a place where all of the official scores are listed because sometimes if you just look at TG and MARP you can miss out on even higher scores that people are not aware of.

For example there is this game where I have the highest score on TG and MARP, but I then found some Japanese site where someone even scored higher than me and I saw in inp so I'm pretty sure its legit, but I had to really search far and wide on the internet to find it.

I as a record setter would really like to know who really has the highest score on a game. You can't call yourself a champion unless you really know that you are on top.

Anyway, I think the biggest challenge with a site like yours it keeping it up to date and making sure that the scores from the various sites are all played under the same settings.

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Are you sure? Is the game not on RU at all, or is it one that just hasn't been score enabled yet? Do you want to tell us the game? We might be able to activate it so you can set the record. If you don't want to say publicly, you could private message me or another mod. Most games on RU can be played for scores and records and everything is on the level (unlike some of TG's site has been at times in the past no offense meant). We would be happy to check it out if you would like. Just let us know.
Ok, are you ready for this.

I'm going to be super honest here.

This site, Retrouprising is freaking awesome!

You can play all the games here live without ever having to download the games and such. Its pretty much hassle free. If you are ever stuck someplace and bored all you have to do is come here and have some fun. This place is definitely cool.

Now, here is the thing. Lets say that I do a huge marathon score here at Retrouprising. Okay great I did it now what? Can I now also submit that score to Twin Galaxies for verification? Are you guys using the same version of MAME as TG does? If I set a record here where can I find my inp file? I only ask this because when you do a crazy marathon that lasts like forever and is really taxing on your body you want it to of course count as an official world record right? I don't want to do that type of score twice. Anyways.......

I'll let everyone know the name of the game when I set the score.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:32 AM   #152 (permalink)
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Another update from Richie K. on CAGnet:

"I pulled the trigger with the new web design firm;

Due to financial constraints the new website will be (Rick) rolled out in phases.

Phase 1
Complete database back up online with new up to date faster search methods.
Ability to start adding new scores to the database and accepting new submissions.
For now a Word Press blog to post latest news and information.
users can login with their facebook account to post comments, like and share blog posts.
No log in is needed to search database, look up scores, see game settings etc...
join mailing list feature


target completion estimate; 30 days from today"
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #153 (permalink)
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I'm going to be super honest here.

This site, Retrouprising is freaking awesome!
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Lets say that I do a huge marathon score here at Retrouprising.
You can set marathon scores here but I do not think we are the absolute best outlet for this. Live, arcade performances and twitch.tv could be better for marathons. But you can set marathon scores here. I suggest talking to a mod first to make sure you understand all rules for the particular game in question. When doing so let us know of any tricks you plan on using.

We have not fully hashed out our rules for marathoning so try to talk to a mod at least a few days before you plan to play.

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Can I now also submit that score to Twin Galaxies for verification? Are you guys using the same version of MAME as TG does?
No and no. Hopefully they will change their rules after reopening.

However your score will automatically be submitted to ChamPOW which will have more accurate world records since it will be pulling from multiple sources.

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:20 PM   #154 (permalink)
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Hopefully Twin Galaxies will use a newer version of MAME when they return. Freezing at .106 is stupid.
Agreed. .106 came out in 2006. You don't have to use a "retro" version of MAME to do retrogaming. MAME has had a ton of fixes and new games added since 2006.

Unfortunately, I doubt TG will move away from .106 any time soon.

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Replays (INPs) of all scores are available to all donors.
Kong, is there a way to get "raw" inp files from RU submissions that would be compatible with a "standalone" version of MAME, or are things customized enough at the file/MAME level on RU as to make that technically difficult?

The reason I ask is that while TG uses a different MAME version, MARP allows submissions using any version of MAME, provided it isn't for 1st place on the game (1st place requires a version of WolfMAME). If the raw inp was available and it worked in a standalone version of MAME, those of us that play at both RU and MARP could take our RU submission and also submit it to MARP.

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #155 (permalink)
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It might be possible to submit RU INPs to MARP, or with a few tweaks it would be. I will look into it later. If I haven't mentioned anything by the time I announce ChamPOW is finished then remind me again.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:02 PM   #156 (permalink)
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It might be possible to submit RU INPs to MARP, or with a few tweaks it would be. I will look into it later. If I haven't mentioned anything by the time I announce ChamPOW is finished then remind me again.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:27 PM   #157 (permalink)
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I have made a big update to chamPOW - Main Menu.

It is still beta but is fairly usable now. All Twin Galaxy scores up to June 2012 are listed - unless there was some reason for me to remove them - such as a score of zero or the score was never verified in the first place or there was no name associated with the score etc.

Still no need to comment on usability. I know several things that need to be fixed. I just released it early since I know several people are anxious to see the old scores and rules.

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If you see anything wrong with the data, let me know. Such as a wrong score or name etc. I think I have fixed all of that but it is a lot of date to normalize and had a lot of errors to begin with.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:01 AM   #158 (permalink)
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I have made a big update to chamPOW - Main Menu.

It is still beta but is fairly usable now. All Twin Galaxy scores up to June 2012 are listed - unless there was some reason for me to remove them - such as a score of zero or the score was never verified in the first place or there was no name associated with the score etc.

Still no need to comment on usability. I know several things that need to be fixed. I just released it early since I know several people are anxious to see the old scores and rules.

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If you see anything wrong with the data, let me know. Such as a wrong score or name etc. I think I have fixed all of that but it is a lot of date to normalize and had a lot of errors to begin with.
I think its awesome what your are doing, but really just how are you going to keep up with another scoreboard?

Everytime Twin Galaxies enters in a new score you will have to document that. Without some type of automation program or something you will be doing countless hours of book keeping.

And also you have to do additional research on the scores you enter. Some scores that were in the TG data base have been challenged and or removed or changed. There was this one score for a MAME game that I pointed out to a TG referee that it was actually for another game and that it was mistakenly placed in the wrong category. I was able to tell that it wasn't the right game by looking at the inp by the way. There are some scores which may not even be credible like those crazy 1980's arcade marathon scores. I myself am willing to bet money that the top Robotron arcade score that supposedly took 3 days of playing the game without it accidentally resetting on itself is a bogus score.

Last but not least. There are some scores which are just badly tracked. I finally got the NES Back to the Future scores grandfathered due to poorly set up rules by TG. I myself would have a hard time making a site like yours simply because I would want to be 100% sure that the scores are legit. When I go to some sites and just see a score with no inp who really knows if its real or not.

Anyway just ranting and raving or whatever.

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Old 02-15-2013, 03:20 PM   #159 (permalink)
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It looks like Twin Galaxies is getting ready to get back up and running. If you read the new update on the site they "claim" that by around Feb 23 ish the database should be back up and running.

Who really knows when it will be, but at least its something to hope for.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:07 PM   #160 (permalink)
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New update:

2/15/13 Welcome to Twin Galaxies!

I just got back from my meeting with websignia.net and was blown away. The database is finished and searchable. The layout design and functionality were amazing. We are now in the administrative user phase (where we can access the database and add the new scores)
I was outvoted on unleashing this beast until a few more tweaks were completed. “ANXIETY”
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:15 PM   #161 (permalink)
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Sounds promising
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:18 PM   #162 (permalink)
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NEW Twingalaxies website is up. Still in beta phase but search options are available! Looks great so far.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:28 AM   #163 (permalink)
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Yeah, I just went to the TG website and saw the new look. Then I came here to post about it and BAM you beat me to it Barra!

Now I can get the Street Fighter 2 dip switch settings and set a NEW WORLD RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:33 AM   #164 (permalink)
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For some reason i get a 404 not found error message when I try to go to their new page.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:45 PM   #165 (permalink)
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Over all I like it. Hands down way way easier to use than the old site.

Here is some constructive feedback in case any TG people are reading this.

The only way to view the scores is to search for a game name. There should be a browse menu and search by system, player, date, genre etc.

There is no way to see recently added scores. Probably because they are not accepting new scores yet.

Search works quick and easy but the search box should always be visible in the top right corner - to the right of the ghosts. No need to toggle it off.

The search result page lists all games regardless of port - which is good but not clear. They should be listed in alphabetical order and should have system icons that show you which platform the game is on. Example if you are searching for the the Virtual Console version of Donkey Kong. All you can search by is game name so you search for Donkey Kong. That gives you an unsorted list of about 35 games. If you were unaware that the Virtual Console version was called Donkey Kong: Original Edition then you would have to click on several of those and then hit the back button and start over several times before you found the VC port. Easier to just list a icon for each system on the first game search page.

After selecting the game, the platform page works great - except if there is just one platform available then it should skip this page and take you directly to the variation page.

Variation page should be alphabetized and if there is only one choice skip the page and automatically take you to the score board.

The final score board page should show the verification method (referee, recording, inp etc) and it should provide a link to screen shots and recordings if available. Nice to see they changed there mind about only listing the top score.

The gold and blue ribbons give it a nice 80s feel. Personally I think text on top of a graphic background is a mistake - the galaxy image makes it too busy.

Looks like they removed all MAME scores which is sad. Hopefully they come back.

Over all, nice job. A few small tweaks and it can be an excellent job.
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i get nothing.
no tg here....
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Was thinking about joining then I read you have to pay a fee if you want to submit you're score.
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I saw mame scores.... enter a game in the search like q*bert then select q*bert and you will see mame listed among the platforms...same for other games. it might be 100% of the database is not online(?)...not sure there.

suggestions mostly are being made at the CAGDC forums so if you already are a member there just suggest over there. Richie reads and participates in this forum regularly and already has replied to several suggestions made since site is up. some stuff they already are aware of but where it was not 100% working right in the beta so they deactivated that part until it's fixed to put back...like searching via player name.

date issues seem to be the other main issue...if a player set a score in 1984...but then beat it 2012...it lists the new score but the original date...the date doesn't seem to be properly linked with the score in the database. they are working on a fix for that.
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i've already got a challenge for a score on there.
i was number 1 in 88 games 100 meters. 8 seconds odd. my score got beaten with another 8 second time.
i immediately beat it the same day with a 7.8 or thereabouts.
i got an email from russell archey telling me the score was achieved by possibly using the "run like hell "cheat. on WOLFMAME?
anyway, the top score now is 6 seconds, which was not there when the site went down. it has magically appeared today.
6 seconds is achievable but 7.9 is cheating?
hhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...!!!!

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ok, heres a relative quote from cagdc:
"My guess would be that scores that were "removed" from the old TG were not deleted as such from the database, but were somehow flagged with a field in the database to say that the score has been disqualified. Looks as though the new site may not be picking this up. Anyone else who knows of games where scores were in and then later disqualified/removed can probably verify this."
solves my dilemma!!!
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Over all I like it. Hands down way way easier to use than the old site.

Here is some constructive feedback in case any TG people are reading this.

The only way to view the scores is to search for a game name. There should be a browse menu and search by system, player, date, genre etc.

There is no way to see recently added scores. Probably because they are not accepting new scores yet.

Search works quick and easy but the search box should always be visible in the top right corner - to the right of the ghosts. No need to toggle it off.

The search result page lists all games regardless of port - which is good but not clear. They should be listed in alphabetical order and should have system icons that show you which platform the game is on. Example if you are searching for the the Virtual Console version of Donkey Kong. All you can search by is game name so you search for Donkey Kong. That gives you an unsorted list of about 35 games. If you were unaware that the Virtual Console version was called Donkey Kong: Original Edition then you would have to click on several of those and then hit the back button and start over several times before you found the VC port. Easier to just list a icon for each system on the first game search page.

After selecting the game, the platform page works great - except if there is just one platform available then it should skip this page and take you directly to the variation page.

Variation page should be alphabetized and if there is only one choice skip the page and automatically take you to the score board.

The final score board page should show the verification method (referee, recording, inp etc) and it should provide a link to screen shots and recordings if available. Nice to see they changed there mind about only listing the top score.

The gold and blue ribbons give it a nice 80s feel. Personally I think text on top of a graphic background is a mistake - the galaxy image makes it too busy.

Looks like they removed all MAME scores which is sad. Hopefully they come back.

Over all, nice job. A few small tweaks and it can be an excellent job.
I also agree Kong. It would be really nice to also search by the system of the game and see an alphabetical list of all the games for a desired system of interest.

And small system icons would help tremendously! Many games have so many different versions on various platforms that its hard to find the one you want like for example Donkey Kong.

Also did you get my PM Kong? I want to know what you think about adding An Super Mario World Central Production, a Super Mario World Hack to the list of games you host here for speed runs or game completion.

I have been wanting to see people play this game and attempt to beat it for a long time. I want to see the game play of people runs. I know that you have to be a donor to see the recordings. If you put this game on your list then I will only be forced to donate to your site an order to watch the recordings which means more money for your site and for you. Please add this game Kong!

Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #171 (permalink)
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"My guess would be that scores that were "removed" from the old TG were not deleted as such from the database, but were somehow flagged with a field in the database to say that the score has been disqualified. Looks as though the new site may not be picking this up. Anyone else who knows of games where scores were in and then later disqualified/removed can probably verify this."
I think this sounds likely. I've noticed a couple of scores that were DQ'd are listed as #1 or wherever they would have been.
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Have you done that? Noticed many differences?
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i think i was there wolfman24
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At the very least you should have a unique and strong password for your email and your bank.

You should never ever use your email pass anywhere else. If your email pass matches say TG and someone steals your TG pass then they have your email pass then they can reset all your other passes and access everything you have. Your email pass is your most important pass, the gatekeeper pass.
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i took care of all my passwords
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