Introducing Slice-and-Dice Persistent Leaderboards

We have wanted this feature forever. This is another example of something we just couldn’t do sensibly on Google AppEngine. Windows Azure with MVC3 and Razor make this feature so terrifically simple and great. We are so happy to finally have consistency in the look and functionality across all of our leaderboards: both real-time in-game and persistent for post-game.

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This also addresses a number of requests we’ve had over time to have “better Frenemies views.” As you can see, we now show you “information about you” at the top, then Frenemies, Top players, and Players Near Your Rank across all of our leaderboards. In the Top Players’ leaderboards, you need to be in the top 2500 players to get listed. In the “Best of” leaderboards, you will show if you played.

We sure hope you like this improvement. This has been an impossible dream for some time, so we are really happy to release this now. Thanks for listening,

— Black Snapper
Engineer / Gamer
You vs. the Internet

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Wordament is a fun and addictive word game from You vs. the Internet, a Microsoft Studio.
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10 Responses to Introducing Slice-and-Dice Persistent Leaderboards

  1. Ssmallfry says:

    I love how you can see people’s best word in the rounds, but find myself constantly jumping back and forth between the main menu and the in game scoreboard so I can see the words people got in the last game. Maybe there would be a way to work that in to the after-game scoreboard?

  2. Autogrin says:

    Nice one! On my way to check it out.

  3. Wordament says:

    If only we had an awesome client update coming at some point… Gee… I wonder what it might do. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion. It’s already done.

  4. ghorithegreat says:

    There should also be an option for people who’ve added you as a frenemy to keep track of people who are viewing us in their frenemy-list. This would make the game more competitive and interesting. 🙂

  5. ghorithegreat says:

    Or a mutual frenemy-ship i.e. one person adds a frenemy and both could view each other in their post-game leaderboard.

    • Wordament says:

      We just announced Wordament coming soon to Xbox LIVE on the phone which will support Xbox LIVE Friends in addition to frenemies.

  6. Player(InsertRandomNumber) says:

    Interesting pull down menu in those screen shots. I’d say that’s Aero, not Metro. Are we looking at Wordament for Windows? =D

    • Wordament says:

      Hi there,

      These are screenshots of the live persistent leaderboards in Windows Phone 7. We changed the look, but it’s still absolutely Metro. It’s the phone’s dropdown control, for example. To be clear: Metro is both a design language and a design philosophy. Wordament lives and breathes the design philosophy: Metro basically says “the content is king” and “don’t have any unnecessary visuals.” Simplify it to it’s most minimal so that the most important content — the user’s content — is the focus of attention.

      As a design language, we are true to the Phone’s visual look and colors. But, with only 480×800 to work with on a > 4″ screen, we decided to simplify our 8 leaderboard options into the three main categories, and use the dropdown as the way to “go deeper.” It’s absolutely Metro. In fact, arguably, it’s even more Metro now — it’s been simplified with fewer options, but all the functionality you had and need.

      • Player(InsertRandomNumber) says:

        I don’t think you quite got my meaning. The ‘down arrow’ on the pull down menu looks like it does in Windows Vista or 7. Metro’s arrows have a different look.

        To be clear I think you guys do a great job displaying all that data in the manner that you do.

  7. Wordament says:

    Got it… sorry for my confusion on that one. I agree with you that the combobox isn’t appropriately Metro-ified. That’s the browser on the phone doing that. We tried theming it to no avail.

    It’s not Wordament on Windows. That’s progressing very nicely. We will drop some screenshots in the next week or so. You can’t imagine how excited we are to get to device / screen #2 and still play with everyone.

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