For those of you who don’t care about all the stuff below, jump right into it…
What is GameDay?
For those of you unfamiliar with the service that we provided last year, GameDay is essentially a live event portal. The basic top level experience combines webcasts, live event data (scores, rankings, etc), and a chat together in one easy-to-use web interface, all in real-time. This simplifies the steps needed to track the events as they happen and immerses you in the data, providing an experience never really accomplished before 2008.
Version 1 (2008)
Originally, this was a concept that went from idea to an open prototype instantly, all on the eve of week one last season. Initially, it was intended to only handle the NJ regional. It received so much praise and attention even as a relatively featureless creation, that I just had to turn it into something bigger and worthy of official release. So, by Saturday of week one, GameDay was rewritten from the ground up, with a bunch of new features, supporting all regionals and the Championship.
v1.0 (week 1): http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65292
v1.1 (week 2+): http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65551
Aside from the occasional set of bug fixes and minor feature releases, there was little change after 1.1. It was pretty solid and served its purpose well for the duration of the season.
Here are some numbers to put everything into perspective
Period: March 6, 2008 to April 19, 2008 (Week 1’s prototype version was not setup to track usage statistics)
Days active: 21
Unique Visits: 12,243
Average pageviews: 36.15 per user
Average visit time: 34 min
Max online: The most online was 259 at 10:37am EST on April 19, 2008 during the Championship. The total number topped 200 several times during 3 different weekends.
The webcast servers were trampled, the chats were flooded, and you guys managed to flag our site as being a DoS attack target because of said usage. We haven’t collected any definitive numbers, but from what I have been able to gather, GameDay viewers accounted for the majority of the 2008 webcast viewing audience.
Version 2 (2009)
First off, I want to say you guys are pretty crazy. I just uploaded the redirect script about 2 minutes ago and there are already 20 of you in the chat.
So yes, as expected, gameday is back for another season. All of the original code from last season has been scrapped and replaced with more efficient and reusable code that not only makes it easier for me to rapidly develop, but keeps the server nimble and free of unnecessary traffic. What you will notice right away is that I refrained from using a frameset, and the UI is pretty much entirely custom made using a couple of jQuery plugins and some homemade glue. Enough with the smalltalk, I’ll get right to the features.
Browser support: Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari have all been tested on windows and working mostly fine. Please note that this does not work in IE at the moment, and a fix is not expected until next week. Sorry!
Layout: a series of resizable & collapsible panels. Please note that the state of your layout is saved in a cookie and restored when you revisit. If you have any issues, pressing F8 will reset your layout.
Video sidebar: you select what you want to watch. One regional? no problem. Two regionals? No problem. Just hit the titles on the left and the video will toggle. Expect the functionality of the video to improve over the next 36 hours.
Tabular Data: the data is in tabs, not much else to say. I am not happy with the way it functions entirely and will be altering this this weekend and over the course of next week until I am happy with it. At the moment, data only refreshes when switching event tabs. Expect it to be live, self-updated data, by tomorrow (Saturday)
Chat: I know, Meebo, yuck. It is still the easiest solution at the moment, and the chat is no where near a top priority. If you want to be a moderator, send me a PM.
The future: Video and data are my main focus for today and tomorrow. Any major bugs you have will also be fixed asap, just let me know as you find them.
PLEASE, with any feature requests or bugs, please see: http://gameday.uservoice.com/
I need to get back to work. I apologize for the sloppyness of this week’s version. Alot of things will change by next week, and I promise to deliver to those of you who have no choice but to use Internet Explorer.
Have fun, keep it clean in the chats, and help me help you by using the uservoice site to track the changes you guys want to see. I will implement what you want in a timely manner.