I just finished classic Ironman and the final scoreboard is weird:.

Classic Difficulty Mission Summary

The World average numbers shows about 146000 scientists/engineers. Same stuff for credits and few other values.

I mean, I'm sure someone sat there for a week and clicked "Mission" buttons for a month to get huge amounts of them from the council. But how come it's a 'world average'? Why are the numbers so high?

Classic Difficulty Mission Summary 2

  • Someone, guaranteed, just hacked their own game, or sent bogus values to the leaderboard. – Frank Nov 15 '12 at 0:32

The "World" scores are averages across an unknown number of players. However, the scores are not verified for legitimacy before Firaxis(Steam?) collects them for display.

Since it is possible to mod the game, including giving yourself egregiously high numbers of anything you desire, the World's "average" is affected, especially if Firaxis is using a simple mean, instead of the median.

In short: People hacked. Outliers mess up averages.

  • And it doesn't take many people - assuming 100 engineers is normal-high, and the limit is 2^32-1, you only need about 1 in 30,000 people to cheat to see those numbers. – user2640 Nov 15 '12 at 0:51
  • I've seen more than a few offers of 'hacked saves' or trainers that kick your number of everything that's tracked up a ridiculous number -- 9,999,999 or somesuch. – Shadur Nov 15 '12 at 7:51
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    quite sad, what a point in making worldwide scoreboard and doesn't protect it from hacked data, I wonder? – Sergey Grinev Nov 15 '12 at 8:45

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