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TheIcemanCometh
03-04-2006, 10:05 PM
I have completed the first beta of the Gamer Grid. You can try it out at http://www.cimba.com:8380/flgs/friends.jsp. Here's a quick screenshot from the output of the application, with a short explanation below.

http://www.cimba.com/testing/gamergrid1.png

The concept starts with the idea of a 'primary' gamer, which will be the gamer that all of the shown games will initially be based on. This is the name you will see in the header and the first row of the table, and will be highlighted in pale green. The remaining gamers will be shown in the alternating gray and white rows as you've seen in my work before. The cell that contains the gamertag will indicate their level of Xbox Live, with a regular xbox.com account being white.

The games that are shown in the grid work on the following logic:

1. The table (currently) only contains eight games. This could be expanded, based on how long it takes to retrieve the additional data.
2. The primary gamer will get first ''crack" at filling in the games. If the primary gamer has eight or more games, nothing else will be used, and you skip down to Step 5.
3. If the primary gamer has less than eight games, the second gamer in the list is scanned to any additional games that the primary gamer does not have. The second gamer also gets his/her crack at filling up the remaining games, up to eight.
4. Step 3 is repeated until the list of eight games is determined.
5. The table is built.

Based on this logic, if you re-order the gamers in the list, you will most likely get a different look table, as far as the games that are filled in.

The percentage you see at the bottom of each game cell shows the achievement percentage, not the percentage of gamerpoints collected for that game. Cells that are filled correspond to the games in the header.

Go ahead and try it out (remember, it's beta), and let me know what you think.

One thing to keep in mind. The XML feed we are getting only keeps track of the last 16 games anyone has played. So if you're doing a grid, and a game you know someone has played has not shown up on the grid, that's why. It's the same on the xbox.com website. It's a limitation of the data Microsoft is providing us - not our (my) fault.

Also, I have decided to set aside the development of the gamer 'card' I was working on. There seems to be enough of those out there right now. I appreciate TechIsCool putting together the graphics for that.

scoobydiesel
03-04-2006, 10:19 PM
Really really really cool idea, i only added like 6 friends to mine so i have room for more, but tis cool not sure how fast the datat will get to it to update but it seems to work otherwsie perfect. now i gotta go and play normal games so no Arcades are listed lol

killerjt
03-05-2006, 05:24 AM
That is great and works good, but when I use the gametag xxbox,, it will show the total gamer score, but not the score for the games.

k_dog
03-05-2006, 05:28 AM
Very nice, I look forward to it improving!

TheIcemanCometh
03-05-2006, 05:44 AM
That is great and works good, but when I use the gametag xxbox,, it will show the total gamer score, but not the score for the games.
Very simple explanation. The gamertag 'xxbox' doesn't exist. If that was a typo, and it's supposed to be 'xxboxx' instead, the xbox.com site deosn't show that person has having played any games either. And since I get my feed from the same site ...

I can't show what I don't get. :p My guess is that that person's Privacy Settings have been turned on so that we can't see what they're playing. Just a guess...

http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=xxboxx

TheIcemanCometh
03-05-2006, 05:45 AM
Very nice, I look forward to it improving!
If it needs improving, where are the suggestions? I can't 'improve' it unless I have some. ;)

pmpboarder
03-05-2006, 05:55 AM
Very, very awesome. Great work!

killerjt
03-05-2006, 05:56 AM
It would be neat if we could have a grid for each game. You would pick a game from a pull down list and then enter the gamertages. After that it would show who has what achievments for that game.

TheIcemanCometh
03-05-2006, 01:15 PM
It would be neat if we could have a grid for each game. You would pick a game from a pull down list and then enter the gamertages. After that it would show who has what achievments for that game.
I agree that's a great suggestion, and I have thought about something like that, but Microsoft hasn't provided a feed to us yet that includes the details of each achievement.

Several of the developers have asked for that (along with removing the restrictions of 'last games played' to 16), but we don't have it yet.

porker con
03-06-2006, 02:47 AM
thats sweet

killerjt
03-06-2006, 04:04 AM
Very simple explanation. The gamertag 'xxbox' doesn't exist. If that was a typo, and it's supposed to be 'xxboxx' instead, the xbox.com site deosn't show that person has having played any games either. And since I get my feed from the same site ...

I can't show what I don't get. :p My guess is that that person's Privacy Settings have been turned on so that we can't see what they're playing. Just a guess...

http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=xxboxx

Opps, It is xxboxx. I have him on my friends list and can see what games he has played and what achirvrmrnts he has. I can ask him if he has privacy settings on or mess with his privacy settings and let you know.

scoobydiesel
03-06-2006, 10:29 AM
I agree that's a great suggestion, and I have thought about something like that, but Microsoft hasn't provided a feed to us yet that includes the details of each achievement.

Several of the developers have asked for that (along with removing the restrictions of 'last games played' to 16), but we don't have it yet.

well when they do try it out becuase that would be really cool :)

Tron
03-06-2006, 12:25 PM
friggin sweet iceman...nice work

TheIcemanCometh
03-06-2006, 12:36 PM
Thanks, erton. Appreciate that. And thanks to you for the nice donation for vBulletin !!!

Tron
03-06-2006, 12:37 PM
all in the name of good software, you know what im talking about.

k_dog
03-06-2006, 02:31 PM
I would also like to see, if posseble, some sort of graph for each game displaying the percentile. If not, It'll still be good but I was just throwing out suggestions.

-Brian

Spitfirex007
03-06-2006, 03:44 PM
Awesome work man. This is a great idea!

DJHUNTERD
03-06-2006, 05:31 PM
damn thats smart. so much easier than having to thumb through all my friends and compare games.

ianc125
03-06-2006, 09:27 PM
good job keep up the good work

TheIcemanCometh
03-11-2006, 05:31 PM
Here's the latest tweak. I've added:

1. The grid will now show up to 12 games, instead of 8
2. There is a completion "bar" in each game cell. Green is completed, yellow is what's remaining
3. Disclaimer at the bottom about the "last 16 games played" bug

http://www.cimba.com/testing/grid12.png

As far as #2 goes, what do you think - do I need to keep the % and the bar, get rid of one or the other, etc.?

http://www.cimba.com:8380/flgs/friends.jsp

TechIsCool
03-11-2006, 07:11 PM
That is AWSOME :)

Minty
03-11-2006, 08:52 PM
yep, again i use awesome to describe your work dude

Helacool360
03-11-2006, 09:03 PM
I think it will be awesome with both the bar and %...nice work:)

TheIcemanCometh
03-11-2006, 09:25 PM
Thanks, guys. I REALLY appreciate the comments. I've got a couple more visual tweaks I'm working on. As soon as those are finished, they will be posted as well.

killerjt
03-11-2006, 09:45 PM
Could you make it where you could make a gamercard out of the info? If you hade a Rivalry Challenge you could see how far they are on a game or there overall gamerscore. You could set it up so that you enter the number that you all are racing to. It looks good.

TheIcemanCometh
03-11-2006, 10:15 PM
As promised.

1. Tweaks to the disclaimer
2. Tweaks to the Gamertag column. Hover over the cell to the left of the name - this seems to work (and look) better than coloring the entire name cell.

http://www.cimba.com/testing/grid12a.png

http://www.cimba.com:8380/flgs/friends.jsp

Comments and suggestions welcome, as always.

TheIcemanCometh
03-11-2006, 10:16 PM
Could you make it where you could make a gamercard out of the info? If you hade a Rivalry Challenge you could see how far they are on a game or there overall gamerscore. You could set it up so that you enter the number that you all are racing to. It looks good.
I'll create a mock-up first and post that. It may take a few days, but let me see what I can do.

TheIcemanCometh
03-12-2006, 04:13 PM
One last tweak, and I'll let you guys try and figure out what it is. If you look closely at the overall game information, you should be able to figure it out. :D

http://www.cimba.com/testing/grid12b.png

http://www.cimba.com:8380/flgs/friends.jsp