( I split these posts from tastyfish iLevels replay thread since they had trailed off into a separate, yet very valid discussion regarding this new section of the forum. )
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For a humble little open-source game I think the feeling these not-too-complicated setups with a web browser as the medium goes nicely. I just dont think it would feel the same to have a sophisticated system for sharing replays
I totally get this. An automated system can easily just run away with itself and make the whole competition feel lifeless. Users manually posting their own replays on the other hand adds a sense of pride, and seems to stir up a lot of good conversation between players that contributes to the overall fun of it.
I also agree about the competition dying off once the best records are maxed out. Your periodic reset idea may very well help with this. Or perhaps a poll for best upload of the month. We can also encourage different skill types as Craven mentioned. "Best time run" , "Most coins run" , "Crazy tricks run" , "Specific user request" or whatever.
The inevitably chaotic pileup of pages upon pages of threads for a 25 level set is the next major consideration. My initial plan was more or less in line with Cravens suggestion of having a reference page with an organized list of links to all the various threads and replays within. The more I think about it though, a potential long term problem emerges...
This method would require someone, or several of you, to make sure this reference thread stays organized and updated, meaning you would frequently keep up with and edit the first post of this reference thread as new topics and replays are posted. This type of maintenance could get overwhelmingly cumbersome as more and more players get involved. The original nevertable database contains over 1,700 replays. To my understanding... this very notion was a significant factor in why it became difficult to keep up with, and gradually fell behind.
That being said... I could alleviate this to some extent by creating a dedicated set of threads for each individual level, and not allowing any additional new topics to be made. This forces replays to be uploaded in specific predetermined threads, and provides an inherent level of "effortless organization" by cutting down on the possibility of redundancy and confusion. An example of this would be someone posting a new topic for their 'most coins on level 5' replay, when in fact there already was a handful of most coins on level 5 replays posted somewhere on page 2.