Celebrity Goo Game News
The following list shows all changes made within the last year. All entries are written by Scott Hardie.
December 8, 2017: Fixed a bug preventing most badges from displaying. Thanks for letting me know, Chris!
December 3, 2017: A few rule changes take effect today with the Winter 2018 season, most notably a whole new category of black badges. More information is in TC.
November 23, 2017: I fixed a process that was setting the wrong total number of solves for certain goos.
November 13, 2017: I added some code to handle ties automatically, in case multiple players have the same winning number of badges on the last day of the season.
October 25, 2017: I erred in not marking Friday's Records goo as a "multiple" goo that requires two or more names for the guess to be correct. It has been changed. Players who had pending and incorrect guesses are invited to guess again in the time remaining. Sorry for the mistake.
October 23, 2017: The lottery notice on today's goo now has a blue container around it, to separate it from the rest of the goo visually.
September 24, 2017: The Celebrity Goo Game Options page has been restored. You can control whether to hide certain current goos from display, or hide other players' badges from display, or hide extra content at the bottom of certain pages. If you'd like to see other options added to the list, please let me know.
September 17, 2017: Fixed a bug preventing "Unsolved Goos" subscription data from being re-created when a guess is disallowed.
September 3, 2017: The list of players on the new Badges page sorts by descending number of badges and now subsorts alphabetically.
September 2, 2017: The Create a Goo form has been fixed. The API service that I use to retrieve images had recently changed their terms of service, and I needed to make some adjustments for it to work again.
August 20, 2017: The Browse by Theme page was listing blank themes (name only) that were intended for Summer 2014 but that never actually happened. They have been removed.
July 22, 2017: Added links to browse old goos "by season" and "by theme" to the nav menu.
July 21, 2017: The Technology category has been renamed Inventions.
July 10, 2017: Fixed a bug preventing you from submitting the "Create a Goo" form under certain circumstances. (Thanks to Chris Lemler for letting me know!)
June 25, 2017: There is now a subscription option for Recent Goos, to notify you whenever a goo expires and the answer is revealed. I know that some players enjoy checking out details on the page after the goo is finished being played and would appreciate the reminder for it.
June 24, 2017: The Browse by Season page now includes the current season.
June 18, 2017: Broken links on player profiles have been fixed. (Goo names were linked to a non-existent page.)
June 2, 2017: The Summer 2017 season will be one week longer than usual, ending on September 2 instead of August 26. This kind of adjustment will be necessary every few years to stay on a seasonal schedule.
June 2, 2017: Hall of Fame pages now state at the top what date the induction took place, to make clear that the text was accurate as of that date. Also, several "player achievement" charts have been tweaked to better fit on the page without line-wrapping.
May 27, 2017: Player-created goos are now worth 150 points instead of 200 when they publish, but they can now publish much more often, every 7 days per creator instead of every 15.
May 6, 2017: The code that selects each day's goo for publication has been rewritten to improve randomness and variety, not just within the last 1-2 days but over the course of the whole season.
April 23, 2017: Someone managed to create the same identical goo twice by double-clicking. The code and database have been further altered to prevent this.
March 29, 2017: I tweaked the formatting of the "Previous Creations" section at the bottom of Create a Goo. Pending goos now have bullet points instead of numbers because they can be published in any order. The "Rejected Creations" sidebar is now gone.
March 18, 2017: The act formerly called "requesting a goo" has now been changed everywhere to "creating a goo," with the exception of old Hall of Fame pages where the original phrase made sense at the time it was written.
March 18, 2017: There's a new achievement on the Player Achievements page: The "Creator," the person who has added the most goos to the game. Lori Lancaster held the title for many years, but Chris Lemler overtook her in 2014 and has since doubled her total. I'm grateful to everyone who has contributed goos and given back to the game.
March 17, 2017: The Player Achievements section now offers a list of all Streaks accomplished by players, including both current streaks and personal-best streaks.
February 3, 2017: The site now does a better job of bugging me to approve a player's pending goo creation, when it's been 15 days or more since that player's last published goo. My apologies for letting the review process take so long lately.
January 13, 2017: Fixed an error in the process that scans for perfect scores at the end of each season and credits players accordingly. Ran an extra check to make sure that no one was overlooked as a result of the bug.
Changes to Celebrity Goo Game are sometimes mentioned on the Funeratic News page instead, when they're part of site-wide alterations.
Players sometimes talk about the game in Tragic Comedy, the discussion area of Funeratic. The following discussions about Celebrity Goo Game happened within the last six months:
Winter 2018 (last comment: December 6, 2017)
"Tomorrow, we'll begin the 75th season of Celebrity Goo Game! This should be fun. I have something special planned for the game's 20th anniversary in February...." more…
Badges (last comment: December 3, 2017)
"When the Fall 2017 season of Celebrity Goo Game begins on September 3, we'll have an entirely new scoring system to replace the pagoda and the lucky cats. Players will collect badges by accomplishing a variety of feats in the game, many of them easy bu..." more…
Erik, You Monster! (last comment: September 25, 2017)
"Did Russ just end his current streak on your goo, Erik? This image shows his guess pending. It currently shows no one has guessed it yet...." more…
Mincaye (last comment: September 11, 2017)
"Steve, kudos. That was genuinely the hardest Goo I've ever played, and I've never been prouder of a near-miss. I got to Operation Auca but missed on him...." more…