I wouldn't call myself a leaderboard junkie, or even highly competitive when it comes to high scores, but I do enjoy seeing how I stack up compared to others in a game. And in those rare occasions where I'm actually pretty good at a game, it can be fun to put your best effort out there for the world to beat, and then trying to maintain a position at the top.

However, one major issue when it comes to leaderboards on Game Center is that they're extremely easy to hack. Why people cheat just to have some astronomical score put them at the top of a leaderboard is beyond me, but it's been a big problem for pretty much the entire existence of Game Center. It was a major problem on OpenFeint as well, but not nearly to the extent that it is on Apple's online gaming network. Because of this I pretty much relegate my leaderboard activity strictly to people on my friends list, and ignore the global leaderboards, which is a shame.

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Today Apple has taken a step in addressing this problem by giving developers the ability to directly view and manage the top 100 Game Center leaderboards in their game. Previously if there was hacked scores or some other problem with a leaderboard, the developer would have to actually contact Apple and have them fix it. Now developers themselves can delete fake scores or block certain players where appropriate.

I'm sure this won't completely fix the problem of people messing with online leaderboards, but it should curb it significantly and hopefully now Game Center can be enjoyed the way it was intended.

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    Good, i hope this gets rid of the hacked scores.Good, i hope this gets rid of the hacked scores.

    • zombierevolver

      I enjoy hacking, i always hack my score to the top 10 in the world, but somehow people always get higher than me :(

      • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

        I'll enjoy hacking your score off my leaderboards :)

      • MkRwilliams

        Did you just?

      • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

        No, I haven't hacked anything off if that's what you're asking.

  • subshell001

    Are you actually trying to tell me that lukwutz has been wrong this whole time about developers conspiring against him and altering their leader boards? Like they never actually were able to do that until now? I don't believe it. That guy seems so genuine!

    • subshell001

      err, of course I meant lukwtwz.

  • C. Stubb

    Ah, now it'll r back to the old-fashioned way then...bribes.

  • PresidentZer0

    Start by deleting the tops on dead trigger 2 :) .. Finally?

    • Joshua

      Metal Slug also!!!!

  • jdmvette

    Sweet lets get rid of all the fools at the top of Tiny Tower too!!

  • Lagoonside

    Last time I cared any bit for a leader board was with Jet Car Stunts. Finding all the path ways to shave a half second of time was Oh So Fun

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      That was a fun little game. I wish it could get updated with GameCenter and widescreen support!

  • Kane

    Finally games are worth playing..even more! for competition :)

  • B30

    At last, pest control.

  • themostunclean

    Hacking leaderboards has to be one of the most idiotic wastes of time. I imagine those people to be the same kind of moronic virgins who hang out at comic book and video game stores bragging about their sexual conquests.

  • TheBitPilot

    Still waiting on someone to challenge my high score in waves mode of Fireball SE ;)

  • sakara214ever

    At last!!!!!! So annoying not being able to compete with normal players!!!

  • Deixa

    Too bad no people like Rovio and half brick don't give a shit

  • Adan

    About freaking time. So tired of seeing these morons with impossibly high scores take over the leaderboards!

  • NOEN

    Finally!

  • swarmster

    A start, but it could really use some additional features. For example. Let devs set a max score limit. If someone submits a score better than that (impossible), they're banned,

    Also, bans should permanently affect some combination of Apple ID, device ID, IP address, credit card number, and more. Across all of Game Center.

    • saosijs

      Actually, max score limit is one of the few features that was already in place and some devs have been using that to knock off fake scores, like by lowering it and then raising it again, leaving legit top scores untouched. And I agree that a global ban on certain GC id's would be a good idea, many people hack just for fun, but do actually care about their id.

  • Drummerboycroy

    Hallelujah! Next step, GC bans for hackers!

  • PsYcHoNoVa

    It's about time. Leaderboard hacks are pathetic.

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    FINALLY!!!

  • Joshua

    Finally thanks a god !!!! God bless Apple !!!! At least we know the true scores !!!

  • Dammster

    Finally!

  • tylergood16

    Personally, I wish there was a way to just disable Game Center. I don't have any interest in sharing my scores and it's obnoxious to have to close multiple pop-ups for it every time I play a newly downloaded game.

  • TJF588

    Hello, Demons' Score and that one "player", who I've seen in other leaderboards, too, who has a meteor-stricken Earth as in avatar. Let's see where I'd rank on Beelzebub Stage1 without wonk scores...

    • TJF588

      1) Don't see who I thought there.
      2) 35th (37th, at lowest). I've some catching up to do.

  • saosijs

    "iTunes Connect maintains 30 days of leaderboard entries for your review: scores older than 30 days cannot be removed from a leaderboard ..." (quote from the link that was in the article)
    It does mean that an active developer is needed. A possibility to globally blacklist hackers still would be very welcome, but requires Apple itself to be active and from past experience ...

  • mclifford82

    Hi. Can you adjust your site so that I can actually click on the side gutters without the page reloading? It's not like it even takes me to an advertisement, it's just an unnecessarily long link running down the length of your pages.

  • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

    This is the one feature Open Feint did right, glad GC is finally adding it

  • Dale McLeskey

    Yes! Get those trolling, hacking, losers away from the legit gamers. No sense letting them ruin it for the rest of us.

    • MkRwilliams

      Trollers arent trolls at all, we are just trying to perfect our art... By.. Trolling :/

  • Adan

    Now we just have to wait for lazy developers to actually do something about it.