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How exactly does the statistics mechanic gather its information?

  • Does it matter if I'm actually 'logged in' or 'playing offline'?
  • Does it matter if I'm playing in any one particular world I've created?

My stats seem to be all over the place, and sometimes I know for a FACT their wrong, as annotated in this question.

So... what gives?

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Good question.. Ive just always gone 'Well it works about as well as the rest of the game' and ignored em :) –  James Jan 26 '12 at 1:51
    
@James: Normally that would be my take on it as well, except if I can possibly answer this question, I can possibly answer my other question which is linked. –  Ender Jan 26 '12 at 2:08

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The statistics are stored in your Minecraft data folder under stats, and Minecraft Wiki has some details on the format. We can see from the filenames (e.g. stats_kpreid_unsent.dat) that they are stored per-user. It does matter whether you are playing offline, because if you are offline it is as if you are playing the default username “Player” and so those statistics will be kept separately.

The statistics are collected across all worlds.

I agree that the statistics are screwy in some cases, but I don't have any specific info. Besides various obvious general flaws (e.g. counting all dyes as Ink Sacs), Minecraft thinks I've crafted more sugar than torches...

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when you say collected across all worlds, do you mean, for example: that my mob kills statistic is the total mobs from every world? not just the mobs that particular character in that particular world has killed? –  Ender Jan 26 '12 at 13:41
    
Yes, exactly. Actions in creative mode also count. –  Kevin Reid Jan 26 '12 at 13:48

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