GameStats poll down, OCM poll up

by snout on 16-08-2006, 15:56
Topic: MRC
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Two weeks ago there was a bit of commotion in the MSX community concerning a feature request for emulators called GameStats. What was it all about? The proposed feature would allow emulator users not only to gather information on the games they played from e.g. Generation MSX, it would also enable users (after activation) to share information on the games they played for statistical purposes (e.g. profile-based stats on MSX Resource Center similar to last.fm).

A heated discussion followed, during which the ethics of letting an emulator transmit data over the web were discussed. We asked our visitors how they felt about it all. After 153 votes, the results of the poll 'Gamestats. Yes or no?' are as follows:

  1. Yes (54.90%)
  2. No (45.10%)

It is clear that the poll could have done with a bit more nuance, as there is no saying in whether the people voted 'No' did so because of privacy concerns, no interest in the feature itself or a combination of the two.

Our new poll is about (what else) the One Chip MSX. 5 days ago, the new, improved One Chip MSX was demonstrated for the first time, revealing its transparent-blue casing and the new specifications. Our question to you, this time, is 'With the improvements announced and the casing revealed, will you buy the One Chip MSX?'. Happy voting!

Relevant link: Gamestats. Yes or no? - Results

Comments (5)

By mth

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16-08-2006, 20:51

One thing we did in the discussion is separate it into two features: the ability to access information from Generation MSX can be implemented separately from the ability to submit info about the games you play. The latter is what we refer to as "GameStats".

By snout

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16-08-2006, 21:11

Indeed, thanks for pointing that out, Maarten! Perhaps it's a good idea to do a clean, short and objective summary on the current 'status' of the discussion? Personally, I think it would be a great thing to at least implement the game-info feature (and from what I read there are little who have a problem with that).

By Patsie

Master (248)

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16-08-2006, 22:36

'accessing information', as mth so elloquently put it, is giving information as wel. It is feeding sites where the info is gotten from, with info as what game was played, when it was played, what IP was playing it, and with a little ingenuity, how many times a person has played this in the last day/week/month/year. All from just fetching the info from a site.
Personally I think the feature is nice, as long as the user is made aware of the fact and the default settings are 'off'

By [D-Tail]

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16-08-2006, 22:44

Patsie - you tend to forget one thing: obtaining info from a website or database requires an anonymous connection. As in: only your IP will be revealed. IPs are bound to change often, and even if not, you can PPTP to some random VPN point or get behind an anonymous proxy. No more worries then.

By Patsie

Master (248)

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16-08-2006, 23:03

As long as the user is made aware of the fact and the default value is off, I don't see a problem with it either Smile