The folks at Twisted Pixel have noticed that a few people have been haxxing 'Splosion Man
and have released a new update which fixes the exploit and clears the leaderboards (this is why we can't have anything nice folks) to make things fair for everyone.
A patch was also necessary as they are having a contest to see who can get through level 3-8 the fastest. The winner will receive a unique 'Splosion Man statue and an autographed post from the folks at Twisted Pixel. The contest runs from September 6th - 12th so you've got enough time to unlock the level and figure out the fastest way to get through the level. Personally I'm still on 2-2 so I've got some work to do between now and next week (assuming I get my Xbox 360 back from Microsoft in time).
TWISTED PIXEL CTO INITIATES SPLODEJEMENT DAY
Title Update and Leaderboard Wipe Coming to Splosion Man
AUSTIN, TX – August 31, 2009 – Frank Wilson, CTO of Twisted Pixel Games, learned today of an exploit that enabled cheaters to post impossibly good scores in his latest Xbox LIVE® Arcade game Splosion Man. With cold precision, he initiated a response: Splodejement Day.
On Tuesday, September 1st, at approximately 2 a.m. PDT, a title update will be released to permanently seal the exploit, and select scores will be wiped from the leaderboards, so that only legitimate scores remain. This purge will be in time for the “Speedy Splode” trophy contest, where the player with the best time in the single-player level 3-8 during the week of September 6th to 12th will win a unique Splosion Man statue and an autographed poster by the developers.
When asked, Mr. Wilson had this to say about his custom-built leaderboard-clearing application, which he affectionately calls Splodenet: “It goes on-line August 31st, 2009. Human decisions are removed from leaderboard defense. Splodenet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Pacific Time, September 1st. There is no score but what we earn for ourselves.”
Twisted Pixel also stated that this title update will not add avatar accessory awardable support to Splosion Man, as the timing of that release is up to Microsoft.