Celebrity Goo Game News
The following list shows all changes made within the last year. All entries are written by Scott Hardie.
September 14, 2018: I fixed a bug preventing some goos from publishing on schedule at midnight, which happened twice this week.
September 2, 2018: Per discussion in TC, we have switched back to the pagoda and lucky cats scoring system, rather than badges.
September 1, 2018: On the final day of each season, the Current Goos page will now announce at the top that there is a winner.
April 28, 2018: The Advanced Rules have been amended: I will disallow any guess for a fictional character who is strongly associated with or based on the real person who is the right answer (like guesses of Emily Rose for Annaliese Michel).
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.
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:
We Don't Need No Stinking Badges... Do We? (last comment: September 2, 2018)
"I asked recently about the badges scoring system and whether people would prefer to go back to an old system. I have heard no comments either way, so I presume that no one has strong feelings on the subj..." more…
What is a Possible Goo Scoring System, Alex? (last comment: August 29, 2018)
"Someone recently wrote to me with a suggestion for a new scoring system for Celebrity Goo Game. I'm more than happy to give that person public credit, but they wrote to me about it in private and might prefer anonymity, so I leave it up to them whether to..." more…
Spring 2018 (last comment: June 4, 2018)
"I never expected to have a player achievement of my own in the goo game, given that I'm not a player, but apparently it's congrats to me for getting a solo solution. Hooray? What I don't des..." more…