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Re: Do high scores matter? Behind the Leaderboard™ Discussion 2

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Good question.  I have often wondered why AARP has not addressed this.  Maybe they think those scores are obtainable. Maybe they have no way of controlling it. I would like to know how they do it.

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I completely agree with you truthseeker66.  I'm not sure which game you are referring to but I think your analysis probably applies to all the AARP games.  It certainly applies to the game I play most, WordWipe.

 

Following is an excerpt from one of a couple of long posts I made regarding how WordWipe is scored and the unbelievable scores we have seen.  If you are interested, you can read my longer posts that lay out how I arrived at the conclusions below.  They are posted under the title "WordWipe Scoring".  I have suggested one way those who are reporting the highest scores day-after-day might prove their validity by posting a screenshot of their score page.  No one has yet taken me up on that.  I have also commented on how it's the same "people" (bots?) every single day.

 

"I’ve come to the conclusion that it is highly likely that there are some bogus scores being reported for Word Wipe.

Scores above 60,000: Most likely bogus
50,000 to 60,000: Very hard to believe
40,000 to 50,000: 40,000ish, maybe; 50,000ish, probably not legit
30,000 to 40,000: 30,000ish - Believable; 40,000ish - Very difficult but not impossible
20,000 to 30,000: Humanly possible
10,000 to 20,000: Very possible

In the past week, the AARP leaderboard has contained scores of over 70,000 and over 90,000 twice – by the same person. I’m not buying those at all."

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My theory is that these scores cannot be achieved without the help of some sort of computer program/cheating.  If this speculation is incorrect, I implore some of the high scorers who are always on the leaderboard and DO NOT have the help of technical aids to please chime in on this conversation and prove me wrong.  So far we haven't heard from anyone defending their legitimate playing techniques and to me that speaks volumes.

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Hello. If you are indeed one of the AARP "Game Officials" you and others have obviously seen the many complaints from members about the proliferation of ridiculously (and seemingly unattainable) high scores. It's so obvious to many of us that something's rotten in the state of Denmark yet our concerns are continually ignored by the powers that be. Instead we get a blithe, airy letter thanking us for our comments and inviting us to start a second thread. Why is that?

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I find the extremely high scores frustrating as I can't imagine ever being able to achieve.  It is a little rewarding to see my name there briefly at the bottom of the top 10.   I would love to see videos of how these high scores are being achieved without help from a computer program.

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Hi Gamers! 

 

Thanks to everyone for chiming in about your gaming style and high scores. Please come join us in our most recent Behind the Leaderboard forum thread where we're sharing more about what gaming means to us personally. What's your story?

 

Here's the link: 

https://community.aarp.org/t5/Games/What-s-your-personal-story-Behind-the-Leaderboard-Discussion-7/m...

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Exactly! Also, the AARP regulators set the plays, points, etc to help the high scorers!

 

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I play Scramble Words, primarily, to improve my score.  but I get really frustrated when I see 99% of the leaderboard in the 52000-64000 range (my highest score is 51,950, so it keeps me at least trying), and then one or two people, who it appears have created some kind of an algorithm to play for them, with scores well into the 80,000-100,000 range.  It's not fun, it's discouraging, and if they really do have something that plays for them to get those scores, it's cheating and they should be gone.  

 

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I get the same frustration with Word Wipe and Scramble Words.  I put in a well-known, common word and it gets rejected.  Now, that is frustrating!

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Probably have been playing for a year or two.  One loses track of time......thanks. 

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