It is time to crush, smash and bomb your opponents: Join the action at the Intel Xeon Robo Brawl.

Build your own robot and then boost it with enough protection, speed and arsenal to fight in the battle ring. Oh man … it is ruthless out there – kill or get killed. In spite of my best efforts, which lasted about 30 mins, my robot "smtbot" managed to rank only at 1293. Please note that the top 3 ranked players win a HP workstation. Game on! Play RoboBrawl!

"Robo Brawl" was built by Intel and "oh yeah" you guessed it right, there definitely is some higher level technical purpose to this game. It was designed to be an entertaining way to learn how to configure & optimize servers. "Robo Brawl" is a fun game where you earn points to unlock Intel Xeon features that boost performance, incorporate virtualization or improve energy efficiency of your robot.

You can play with some key server characteristics/configurations like the more "energy efficient" your Server .aka. Robot is the longer it will last in the battle field. I think Virtualization relates to the robot being more adaptable to the different challenges your opponent throws at you and higher agility/speed obviously relates to performance.

My first impression -- Not too bad for a flash based game and it helps to kill time when forced to attend some boring meeting. And please don't ask me why a "ladies hand bag" (or that is what I think it is) happens to be a lethal weapon, or maybe I don't know because my wife has not used it on me yet.

Do let me know if you are interested to try out the multi-player game option with me.

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About a week ago I sent an email to Intel because the Robobrawl game did some serious switching on my scores. My score that afternoon was about 355-72 (120th place) and in about 30 minutes I was over 6 mil. in points. Later that evening when I logged in I only had 5.6 mil. I shrugged it off and played 75 games straight, winning almost all of them. The strange thing that I noticed was my losses side started subtracting so that after the 75 games my new record was 430 to -3 I was excited, but did not understand why I was still in 120th place all day. I logged off, then on again, and Robobrawl completely forgot everything I had done...I am now still at 355-72 and I haven't played since. Also, I don't believe I've been contacted yet about this from Intel. What gives?


I believe Intel wants some serious media attention, maybe we should contact them I sure they would be interested in this saga. The hackers of the word need to be spanked for messing up this game they should be sued (if caught) and there parents if they are minors for not policing there kids. Intel should press charges.
I'm still waiting for a response from my first email this is my fourth.
Yea really what gives?


You will keep us posted when! ----------------------- When the game is over!
Yea pass it on to deaf ears, we are waiting, say something any thing


I am working with Pam on the RoboBrawl program. And I would like to acknowledge and respond to some recent concerns that have been posted regarding the RoboBrawl scoring system.

Specifically, some RoboBrawl players have identified what appears to be a discrepancy between the scoring accrued from a series of games played in a single session and the corresponding scoring update to the RoboBrawl Leaderboard.

We have identified one primary event responsible for these scoring discrepancies.

Recently, a patch was created to better detect a small number of RoboBrawl users that were attempting to hack the game to gain an unfair advantage in the Leaderboard standings. An early version of this patch is responsible for the scoring discrepancy. The patch affected one of the point scoring characteristics so that the point score displayed in the game (in a single session) for all players was inaccurate and higher than the actual points earned and subsequently posted to the Leaderboard. This affected all players evenly and across the board so no players gained an advantage over others during this time and no players lost their relative position on the Leaderboard.

It's worth taking a minute to address why no player's standing on the Leaderboard was affected positively or negatively by this scoring discrepancy. Points do not directly affect a player's overall position on the RoboBrawl Leaderboard. Leaderboard standings are determined by WINS divided by LOSSES multiplied by the number of battles played. In the event of a tie, rank is determined by the highest number of kills.(see Complete Official Rules at robobrawl.com/contestrules.html – "4. How to Win"). The scoring tabulation of the game was designed this way to ensure fair play and fair scoring.

Based on your feedback, we have updated the security patch in question to ensure that the local scoring of games played in a single session are consistent with the scores that are then written to the database and that ultimately update the point scores on the RoboBrawl Leaderboard.

Because of this update, please clear your cache so that the score display in the game is consistent with scores recorded on the Leaderboard.

Thank you for your feedback and patience and also thank you for your ongoing support of RoboBrawl.

Sandra Lopez


I for one, do not trust that this contest can rightfully be concluded. It is not Intel's fault. The blame should be placed on cheaters that provide the need for the patches and changes in the system. I do not trust the leader board that displays the records that are there. Especially after I experienced the drastic improvement in my own record which I believed to be due to error. I wondered how someone could be 1100 and 0, then my own record went from 355-72 to 430-(-3). If I played so well that night, why am I not on the leader board? I'll tell you, I don't belong there, but how do you tell me who does belong there?


Well admitted cheater roboneo is back to cheating under the name WarriorNeos
and
seeno is a obvious cheater getting number 1 spot in 2 days flat?


PsSst Intel...Look at WarriorNeos stats configuration
robobrawl.com/php/getLeaderBoard.php

2.4.0.3.5.4.4 that zero means no weapon at all..rofl

screenshot for laughable obvious cheating
http://i31.tinypic.com/2ng4vo3.jpg


Radiohalo -

Thank you for your feedback and your overall support of the RoboBrawl game. We not only are committed to provide an engaging and entertaining game with RoboBrawl, but also want to crete a situation where everyone has an overall positive experience, which includes ensuring the scoring on the Leaderboard is accurate and that the RoboBrawl contest is fair.

As you reference in your note, a patch was created to better detect any RoboBrawl users attempting to hack the game to gain an unfair advantage in the Leaderboard standings. An early version of that patch created a scoring discrepancy. The patch affected all players evenly and across the board so no players gained an advantage over others during this time and no players lost their relative position on the Leaderboard.

As mentioned in a previous posting, Leaderboard standings are determined by WINS divided by LOSSES multiplied by the total number of battles played.

Example:

Current leader: Seeno is ranked #1 with 1112 wins and 0 losses (as of 10:43 am on 4.15.08): (1112) x 1112 = 1,236,544

Current #2: Zilog 1025 wins and 1 loss (as of 10:43 am on 4.15.08): (1025/1) x 1026 = 1,051,650

Current #3: XeonPowered 1060 wins and 2 losses (as of 10:43 am on 4.15.08): (1060/2) x 1062 = 562,860

Current #4: swannbot 713 wins and 0 losses ((as of 10:43 am on 4.15.08): (713/0) x 713 = 508,369

NOTE: These scores were captured at 10:43am PST today. From Flubby's last posting(robobrawl.com/php/getLeaderBoard.php), XeonPowered and swannbot have completed another 140 games and 95 games respectively which affect their record and standing on the Leaderboard. This amount of game play is within an acceptable range of 1-2 minutes per game. Worth noting at this point, as the content nears a close, we anticipate players spending more time with RoboBrawl, playing more games.

The above scores DO NOT reflect the scores on the Leaderboard. They are basis of how players are ranked on the Leaderboard. The scoring tabulation of the game was designed this way to ensure fair play, fair scoring and to reward those who played more games. (see Complete Official Rules at robobrawl.com/contestrules.html – "4. How to Win").

We will be contacting you directly to trouble-shoot the discrepancy you describe.

Thank you again for your patience and ongoing support of the RoboBrawl game.

Pam Didner, Robobrawl Program Manager


Flubby-

Thank you for bringing potential irregularities to our attention. Upon investigation, we do not see any suspicious activity from either player you mention. They are both completing games within an acceptable time, frame 1-2 minutes, and have not demonstrated any other characteristics that would at this point suggest they are cheating.

You note that the "0" (zero) in the configuration does not indicate a weapon. In fact, it indicates the drill. So the configuration at this time is within the realm of game play and legitimate.

That said, we will continue to monitor the game and scoring activity and as well as the RoboBrawl Leaderboard.

Pam Didner, Robobrawl Program Manager


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