Celebrity Goo Game News
The following list shows all changes made within the last year. All entries are written by Scott Hardie.
February 23, 2018: The 2018 inducee to the Hall of Fame is LaVonne Lemler. Congrats, LaVonne!
February 23, 2018: I have fixed the slowdown when loading the Player Achievements page, which used to take 15-20 seconds to open.
February 12, 2018: I fixed a bug exposing the answers to current goos in an obscure corner of Celebrity Goo Game, and reviewed site code to ensure that there are no other cases of this bug. I have also checked the patterns of players guessing to see if it looks like anyone discovered this bug and took advantage of it, but it doesn't look like anyone did, so I don't think it's necessary to take any further steps at this time. (I discovered this bug days ago while I was out of town and unable to fix it, and it felt so awkward to have to ignore such a major bug until I could get home, but I had no choice.)
February 12, 2018: I fixed a bug preventing new goos from publishing at midnight. Today's goo is now visible.
February 4, 2018: For the next 20 days, Celebrity Goo Game will count down the 20 most influential goos in its history, culminating with the game's 20th anniversary on February 23. After you solve each goo in the theme, refresh the page to see why that goo was important in the game's history.
January 10, 2018: I have tweaked the appearance of theme information within a goo, in order to incorporate the theme's full text description.
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.
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: March 10, 2018)
"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…
20 Years of Celebrity Goos (last comment: March 2, 2018)
"It's been almost two full decades since Celebrity Goo Game's humble beginning as a silly little web game. It remains a silly web game, but it's not so little any more: We've had over 4000 goos an..." more…
Badges (last comment: December 30, 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…