Scores and Rankings Changing

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Postby Relee » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:07 am

I'm kind of an amatur at Team Fortress 2. I pick it up when I'm in the mood and ignore it at other times. I've been playing a lot more in the last month though, and since I've been playing on the Furry Pound servers I thought this would be a good place to ask:

Why do my listed scores keep changing?

When a new map is loading, it shows a bar graph of the most points I've had in each class, and the amount of time I've spent playing that class. This information is available in a few other places, too. But the thing is, it keeps going down! I've been improving a lot and I was really excited that all of my classes, even Spy and Medic, had at least seven points as my best score, but then I saw Scout and Soldier go down below that. I got Soldier up again, and Scout too, but now Scout has gone all the way down to five points!

I'm not sure how, but my Heavy score has gone up to 33. I don't remember ever doing that well, but it might be real.

Does anybody know what's up with this?

Also I think I got an achievement the other day that I already had. If it's loosing score information it might also be loosing achievement information. Is this normal?
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Postby Jinx » Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:15 pm

No, that's not normal. I'm not sure why you'd see your stats going down, but if the steam servers are down or the game server you're playing on can't make a connection to the steam servers then your stats won't be updated even though it might tell you in game you did better than your previous best. Achievements work the same way, so if you get one while the servers are down it won't actually save it. A good way to check and see if you've got a connection to the steam servers is if you're connected to steam friends; if it shows you as offline or down for maintenance then you can still play but nothing will be saved.
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Postby DrJones » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:37 pm

Are you sure they're going down?

The graph bars might also just be adjusting to cope for total-time played and thusly shrink visually but still match the times they're supposed to be showing.
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Postby Cryptic » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:10 pm

yanno i had this same problem a while ago, i kept loosing my pyro and sniper scores. it fixed itself over time for me so i dont know what to tell ya. its probably what jinx was talking about though, the steam servers have been coming down alot lately and i figure that'd cause it.
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Postby Relee » Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:00 am

DrJones wrote:Are you sure they're going down?

The graph bars might also just be adjusting to cope for total-time played and thusly shrink visually but still match the times they're supposed to be showing.


I'm sure. They show bar graphs but they're also labeled. It was at least 7 but then it went down to 5. I think I've gotten it back up over the last day though, because I was playing well as a scout this morning.

I suppose it's possible that I'm having a connection problem on my end, but then why would it show on the loading screen that I have one score, and the next day be back down?

Actually I had a similar problem with Portal way back when I first bought the Orange Box, but at the time I thought it was just a feature of steam. I beat Portal twice over the first day I got it, and I got lots of achievements, but after about a week the game 'forgot' and I was nolonger had the achievements I used to have, and the game's intro screen changed from the 'cake' screen back to the 'room 01' screen, the room where you wake up. Further, I couldn't skip to the later levels anymore; it was like I had never played. I thought it was really strange because I hadn't reinstalled the game or altered the save game files in any way, and I figured that Steam must be tracking my progress online somehow. Then I figured that it was tied to some kind of weekly score, and that after a week had passed your score reset to zero, but it never explained the problems with the achievements.

Looking back on it that logic was kind of messed up to begin with. ^.^;;
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Postby Purplecat » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:10 pm

Stats are kept track of both online and offline.

Possible you broke some record that was kept track of clientside, but not on Steam's own servers. And when it resynced with the steam servers, it went down again.
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