Signatures that are bigger than the player's posts, as appear on most forums? FAIL. Little images that can be discretely placed on a player's avatar or website, much like a Gamertag (maybe even smaller)? Win.
Edit: critters aren't a good idea.
I'd just go with their current position on your preferred ELO tracker (Xth out of X, not their score), an icon for their hours-rank (the normal bars/stars approach), and a set of icons for their preferred mods. Use their preferred map as a backdrop, faded if necessary.
Joined: 17 Sep 2008, 03:36 Location: your imagination
It would probably be a good thing to have skill/elo be game-dependent, as I know some people will be afraid to play new spring games because their skill level in one game won't reflect their skill level in another.
I know what mods you play, what game sizes, your ELO skill etc.
What would mod specific icons be? 2 most played mods?
Isnt it too much data?
I was thinking 3, and keeping stuff small, but I like too-much-data. Besides, the lobby-images you have available already (faction icons, rank icons) are pretty tiny. I still think a simple X of Y would be the best indicator of ELO rating, rather than some critter... except either way, the problem is _which_ ELO rating?
Mod-icons don't exist, you're right... but the faction icons do. Only prolem with that would be CA's "?" icon.
So I'd have
C<?> B<Core> K<Hacker>
along the bottom, in order of how often I play what mod.
Including player-count would be better highlighted by a nice image of their fave map - just plaster it as the backdrop behind the actual content.
Joined: 10 Sep 2008, 02:11 Location: Bayesian space monkeys
The have-it-all solution: game independent critters, plus the option for game devs to submit achievement-type things that unlock special game-specific critters. The user could choose which to put in his/her signature. Overkill? Is that a kind of fruit?
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