Game Updates

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Game Updates

Postby weasel on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:00 am

Hey everyone,

We're going to be releasing an update shortly - including both the FCR and the Fantastic Contest integrated into the site - and trust me, it's going to cause a huge influx of traffic. I can guarantee the scope and the prizes will be large enough that it will bring us record traffic numbers for the coming month.

We've decided to do a few things:

1. Rewrite all the database queries in the game to be faster and more efficient (a long time coming)
2. Setup a second server, so that we have one server dedicated to reading and one server dedicated to writing. Even though the game performance has been top-notch for a few weeks, our analytical software shows us that the servers slowing down are caused by delays in transitioning from a read to a write state.

Because these changes are all reflected in the .SWF game file itself and not the website, your browser is prone to caching the old version. Be sure to clear out your cache if you are having any connection issues, and your browser will re-download the newer file.

We currently have the new version up on our testing site and appears to be working normally and we'll make the transition shortly.

Update February 19th (evening): We just made the switch to the new .SWF file on the live site. Crossing our fingers!

Update February 20th (morning): We just reverted the file back to the old version. It doesn't seem to be working as planned. The testing site seems to work flawlessly but the live site is getting a permissions error from the database. We are working on a solution; for now clear your cache so you can download the old copy again.

Update February 20th 10:48am PST: Putting the new .SWF live again. For whatever reason every test we make works fine on the QA server so we have to test this baby live. Sorry if it takes things down again, crossing fingers really hard this time. Seems to be working on my end!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby darkeagle on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:03 am

Cool! I love it when the game gets updated! Let's hope all this works.
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Re: Game Updates

Postby snowball873 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:15 am

is someone posting form school?
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Re: Game Updates

Postby darkeagle on Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:17 am

No.
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Re: Game Updates

Postby tes753 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:11 pm

Is the FCR and Fantastic Contest supposed to be on the website with the update, or is it just the .SWF? I've cleared my cache, but I don't see anything different.
AHHH! FC won't save my contraptions!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby RPARLA on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:49 pm

My designs won't save either...
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Re: Game Updates

Postby RPARLA on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:54 pm

And no one has made levels in like 5 hours!!!!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby weasel on Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:14 pm

There will be no visual changes with the update. Tested at 6:13pm PST, all functions including saving appear to be working fine!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby jetstone644 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:48 pm

yay!!!!!!!!!!love updatez!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby Afronanny on Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:19 am

Congratulations on a new milestone in your inevitable growth as an awesome game!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby Crigger61 on Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:58 pm

RPARLA wrote:My designs won't save either...


mine saves perfectly
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Re: Game Updates

Postby wackjack1255 on Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:38 pm

i think weasels avatar is from a calandar cuz i have a calandar and the artistry looks just like that and it has jokes like that 2
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Re: Game Updates

Postby Afronanny on Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:48 pm

It's a cartoon by Gary Larson, a retired cartoonist. The name of the comic is "The Far Side"
I believe the caption is "God at his Computer" and there is a "Smite" key on his computer that you cannot see.

That was completely off topic, so lets get back to it.
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Re: Game Updates

Postby Paraprakrti on Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:11 pm

So.... what does this all mean? My membership has disappeared no matter how many times I log out and back in. I don't know how to "clear my cache" either. Will doing that fix my problem?
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Re: Game Updates

Postby RPARLA on Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:34 pm

Ah...100% better now :wink:
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Re: Game Updates

Postby thelaztbum on Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:26 pm

Aaarrgh! Old level solutions are gone! Gone i tell you!
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Re: Game Updates

Postby benstaples on Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:57 am

They are not gone, I think you are still using the old version of the flash file which is pointing to the old DB location.

Try forcing a cache refresh using ctrl + F5.
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Re: Game Updates

Postby jonnyd213 on Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:44 am

wheres the fantastic contest and what is FCR?
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Re: Game Updates

Postby Afronanny on Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:32 pm

look them up in the search bar at the top.
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Re: Game Updates

Postby colly89 on Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:45 pm

The game still lags for me when there is more than about 40 pieces, it's really annoying, especially when you are trying to tweak. I would pay for the game, except this problem continues to happen, and deters me from buying. Is it just me who gets this lag? Or are there others, and how do i stop it - if i can??
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