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MyHawk.org – By The Players. For The Players!

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Mar 03, 2009 // President, LightBox Interactive

Hey Everyone! – So, it’s been over a year-and-a-half since we released Warhawk. We’ve released 3 expansion packs, several free updates, PlayStation Home Game Launching, and the Warhawk Command Center. We’ve got a rabid and dedicated fan base around the world and with the new limited-time-only $19.99 price; we’re hoping to grow our community even more!

And that’s the key word there is… “Community”

We’ve always been driven to support our community and at the same time, we’re not afraid to try out new experimental stuff. The latest result of this is our collaboration with one of our own players named Sugaboo — that’s his PSN handle, *not* his name IRL :-)

Sugaboo’s website MyHawk.org has been operational for quite some time now and he’s just rolled-out a massive update! Clan Matches & Tournaments, Daily Leader Boards, New graphs, Per-weapon stats, Stats on individual games, Game Calendar and more!

Here’s just one example of a player stats page with game calendar:

MyHawk.org Personal

Based on feedback from our player community, there was always a set of very highly requested community features that Warhawk didn’t support “out-of-the-box”. These requests weren’t forgotten!!! We were just thinking of the best and most extensible way to roll them out. And since they’re community features, it was *critical* for us to develop a solution that would allow all of you guys, our players from around the world, to customize and enhance the Warhawk community for years to come.

We think of it as the democratization of our player community – and yes, it’s global so it’s not just for American players!

So…I’m not going to puke too much technical schwag at all of you but suffice to say, we now provide you guys with the full, and raw data stream from our stats database – not just awards and medals! Every game, every clan, every player, every kill. All of this data is delivered via XML so it’s very easy to Web 2.0-ify a community website. Yeah, Yeah, I know I just said “web 2.0” don’t hate me for using one of the most overused terms on the internet — It just happens to be true in this case so cut me some slack :-)

Here’s a just a wee-little bit of the XML that the Warhawk Server Cluster generates:

MyHawk.org XML

Here’s a pic of the game summary page from a recent game. Just click a player’s name to access his stats page. Then, you’ll see a calendar that shows the days he (or she) played Warhawk. Click on specific day and you will see a link to the results of every game he played:

MyHawk.org Game Stats

Here’s a pic of the Clan challenge screen. This is where teams can schedule games and, via the new XML feed, MyHawk.org reports the official results of the match!

MyHawk.org Challenge

MyHawk.org now provides our Warhawk Community with some great new features; features that are built upon the global Warhawk XML feed that was developed by the fantastic engineers in our Online Technology Group in San Diego. They do soooo much work behind the scenes (and not just on Warhawk), that I thought it would be a good idea for you to see who they really are. And, just in case any of them show up on America’s Most-Wanted… here’s a pic of this motley crew during one of the play sessions!

MyHawk.org NET TEAM

Lastly, I want to thank Sugaboo for all of his hard work! He has been beta testing our global XML
feed for quite sometime and I’m so happy to see a member of our player community work to
extend the very community he’s a part of!!

Thanks Sugaboo!

The team and I really think that what you’ve done with our new XML streams is a great addition to
our Warhawk community and we hope that XML game streams of this magnitude are adopted by
other multiplayer games in the future!

So that’s it for now everyone – If there are any other community sites that would like to access
the Warhawk global XML feed, please hit the Warhawk forums and post your info. We have a
team in San Diego that can give you the proper server access.

Rock on!
-dylan

//Add Your Own

102 Comments   6 Replies

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+ sugaboo on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:18 am said:

Hey All, hope you like the site! There is a feedback link on the bottom if you have ideas about new features. I am reading all feedback – the community has some great ideas and many of the new features are based directly off community feedback.

@44 “I dig the site, but it doesn’t appear to really have a way of tracking MY stats as much as it does track everyone else’s though”

I just want to clarify, that EVERY player’s stats are tracked – you can find your player handle by using the “FIND” search box at the top of the site. You are most certainly being tracked my friend:

http://myhawk.org/profile/profile.html?handle=CitizenInsane27


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+ mywhitenoise on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:22 am said:

Please make a Double XP day once a week, or month. Why is that so hard to implement?


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+ ROLO_ONFIRE on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:26 am said:

Great, just add the ability to log in with different accounts on each controller, I hate that I can’t level-up when playin online split-screen, cause most of the time I play this game with my brother.

Keep up the good work!


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+ TheGuardianFID on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:35 am said:

Freaking awesome Dylan, Warhawk is still one of my favorite games of all time and things like this and your support are part of the reasons why, thank you very much!!! :D


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+ Dark_____Fire on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:48 am said:

Dylan , one observation , not sure what’s the deal is with http://www.warhawk.com however today’s announcements are too good to be ignored. “Latest” warhawk.com“news” are almost one year older honestly when going to the official site and realizing that there was a whole year without any big or not at all announcement is disappointing even more when you can realize that there is a big base of players hungry for new content.
Just a thought.


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:50 am said:

Warhawk is the hidden gem of this generation. Too bad it’s impossible and too time consuming to get Platinum trophy or I would go for it.


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+ jonapello on March 3rd, 2009 at 11:51 am said:

Hey dylan, remember me from twitter?
So this is what you’ve been working on hmm.
Kudos to sugaboo for having this great sight and kudos to you for making it even better.
I know you can’t respond on if you’re making warhawk 2 or not so i won’t even ask.
I would just like to know if you will ever fix the freezing on eucadia and all of the other glitches/bugs on koing’s thread.
-jonapello


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+ Fusion_ID on March 3rd, 2009 at 12:06 pm said:

Dylan, I know you cant comment on Warhawk 2, if there is such a thing so id like to know your stance and info on Warhawk 3.


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+ KingOfHearts on March 3rd, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

Any more contests comeing to Warhawk where you can win things like the ax?


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+ Strange__Brew on March 3rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm said:

Shamwow !

I’m hoping more people buy the expansions and start playing in the servers that support all of them.Those games get pretty crazy.


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+ Carnivius_Prime on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm said:

@49 The disc version takes up the same as the PSN version? Damn… I’ll probably have to wait til I can upgrade to a larger HD then as there ain’t much I feel like deleting off it at moment.


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+ Wollan on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:16 pm said:

This is pretty much the greatest community move I’ve seen in some time. I think I might try to tap into this in a couple of months from now (when I finish my web exams).


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+ bob52 on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:21 pm said:

Any way you guys can release one more patch that will put all the packs into one and balnce all the gear in the packs so that its a huge new pack


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+ Jim777 on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:26 pm said:

does your feed only worked with ranked games? becasue i want to know if all my unranked stats are gettin watched to lmao


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+ MazzingerZ on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:28 pm said:

Hi from Sweden!

I love Warhawk, the demo/tutorial sealed the deal for me!!!

Anyway, I wanted to start a Clan but I noticed that ONLY 50 of my 80 and something friends are shown…any plans to patch this?

thanks! and don’t worry if you won’t, the game is awesome regardless


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+ mckg123456789 on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:31 pm said:

sweet space warhawk FTW!! :D sorry i haven’t said that in a while but thats cool ill check it out although warhawk is still my game that i contributed the most hours, thats a good thing its hard leveling up you guy should go a little easier on the ranking system but still a GREAT GAME u you guys and girls did a AMAZING job


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+ Neo_Selen on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:43 pm said:

A most epic of wins sir. WHERE ARE THE CRYPTIC MESSAGES!


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+ DeadSpider on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:57 pm said:

Thanks Incog and Sugaboo!!! Looking good. The community can’t thank you guys enough.


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+ HEAVY7666 on March 3rd, 2009 at 2:15 pm said:

The site is beyond Epic. I use it frequently and will continue to do so.
My questions are, Why has the Official Warhawk Site been Abandoned, and where is all the Pie and Punch. . I usually only attend these functions if Pie and Punch are avaialble …


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+ Katoh21 on March 3rd, 2009 at 2:46 pm said:

Will we ever see an XML feed like this for PlayStation Network Trophy stats?


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+ Blazebrova on March 3rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm said:

Wow are you serious? This is that next level stuff! i love the way you guys have embraced user content (along with Sony and other affiliates actually), but with this feed even I can build an integrated community site!


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+ trikimiki11 on March 3rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm said:

There are a fantastic and dedicated community of warhawkers here in Australia/New Zealand who use myhawk to look at the performance of clan members and to discuss how they can improve etc. It is a great resource, thankyou!

Dylan, pretty PLEASE could you answer this question: is warhawk still being actively developed/improved? Yes/No is all we need! I’m NOT asking about WH2 or other projects, but just whether there are improvements planned for the current game!

Thanks Dylan and team for a wonderful wonderful game.


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+ Thrasher20 on March 3rd, 2009 at 2:58 pm said:

Yayuh! Dylan I missed you! By the way, this is epic!


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+ ADR143 on March 3rd, 2009 at 3:06 pm said:

nice


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+ D-Squad3 on March 3rd, 2009 at 3:09 pm said:

Um, how about bringing back the original servers like medium CTF?!! I can’t play this game unless those servers are back from the good old days.


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+ StonTemplePilot on March 3rd, 2009 at 3:34 pm said:

Dylan you are my michael jordan.. my joe montana.. you rock i for one am greatful for all of the efforts of team incognito looking forward to V1.6 also.. you know just whenever you guys get around too it lol. you should meet me on the CTF MD servers sometime bro! ill kick your @ss lol peace man!!


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+ mywhitenoise on March 3rd, 2009 at 3:35 pm said:

^yeah they need to bring back more servers, and the ORIGINAL Warhawk theme. That really brings back memories.
They could really increase user base by adding DOUBLE XP days!


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+ Mr_BurnZ on March 3rd, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

You should fix some of the year old bugs.
- Random PSN disconnects
- Random PS3 freezing
- Random Warhawk disconnects
- Server list showing low ping servers that are not really low ping


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+ PVictorB on March 3rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

Nice,good job Sugaboo.


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+ challen on March 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm said:

Congratulations sugaboo!

It’s a great site, and I hope the XML streams will allow cool new things that no one has thought of yet.

I also hope your hard work is rewarded.


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+ KidCommando on March 3rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm said:

Thank you for such a great game. Warhawk is probably the most FUN I have had with a single game. There is so much to do and so much to master in the world of Warhawk. The support for this game is AMAZING. If there is anyone who has NOT picked up Warhawk and you consider yourself a real gamer; your NOT!! Your card is pulled until you GO GET THIS GAME!

It would be great to have some double XP days Dylan….hell, triple XP days! :P

Great Job Sugaboo!


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+ Midgetguy on March 3rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm said:

THANK YOU SUGABOO!!!!

And, thank you to everyone involved with Warhawk!

I love the idea of “community” behind games, because all gamers really are a part of a community! The gaming community!


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+ poisonedsodapop on March 3rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm said:

I’m planning to download the demo of Warhawk but I don’t know if I’ll be interested in this discount. I’d rather get the game on disc so if I need to uninstall it for some time I won’t have to worry about the license only allowing me to download it 5 times. I also kind of wish there were female models but I guess I can’t ask for much.


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+ Params7 on March 3rd, 2009 at 7:38 pm said:

Go Sugaboo baby!! Nice work man.

@DJ : Warhawk 2 teaser trailer NAO.


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+ MidnightBlues on March 3rd, 2009 at 8:00 pm said:

I am a seargent major?!


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+ CURTROCK on March 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm said:

Hey Dylan !!!!

Please check out our clan site…its a testament to our love of WARHAWK, and we have everything MYHAWK has…and more…but its more clan based…please have a look. We would be honoured…

http://www.borghawk.com


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+ Watchmann on March 4th, 2009 at 4:09 am said:

Good Job Incog & Sugaboo. I just picked up the retail version for $20. The community support seems phenomenal. I’m not normally into shooters, in part because I suck. Hopefully there’s enough noob friendly/”casual” servers to be had– I can’t game for hundreds of hours to get as good as some!

Dylan, please correct me if I’m wrong, but from your post, and some of your responses, are we to take it that the torch as it were has been passed to the community from Incog to carry Warhawk forward? In other words, no new DLC or updates should be expected?


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+ Herbyg on March 4th, 2009 at 5:10 am said:

Awesome Thanks


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+ ndeplitch on March 4th, 2009 at 5:36 am said:

Best site on the internets!


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+ BigShynePo on March 4th, 2009 at 5:39 am said:

Thanks Dylan! Warhawk is still one of the best online multiplayer experiences out there, keep the updates coming. Do you think we will still see continued updates to Warhawk?

I didn’t see a cryptic photo at the end of this lengthy post…


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+ Bug42 on March 4th, 2009 at 5:50 am said:

Any plans to update the game to where you can play all the expansion packs at the same time?
I think most people who own one of the expansion packs, own them all. I think it would be a great addition.

Thanks


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+ FluBBa on March 4th, 2009 at 5:59 am said:

As ROLO_ONFIRE said, please add multiple account login when playing splitscreen, that would make me buy the game, have played it several times at a friends house and like it quite a bit.


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+ mywhitenoise on March 4th, 2009 at 7:57 am said:

@83 “I’d rather get the game on disc so if I need to uninstall it for some time I won’t have to worry about the license only allowing me to download it 5 times.”

You’re wrong. You’re allowed to download it to 5 PS3s, but have unlimited amounts of downloads on the PS3s the account is used on.


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+ MidnightBlues on March 4th, 2009 at 9:17 am said:

multiple account login on split screen would be EPIC!


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+ jason_ac on March 4th, 2009 at 9:39 am said:

To all of you posting questions…

A lot of your questions have already been answered (or could be answered) by other players in Sony’s very active Warhawk forums
http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board?board.id=warhawk


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+ Elsa on March 4th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

Incognito is the BEST!

I love how you not only supported the game after release, but continue to do so! It’s also wonderful that you recognize the work of a fan and supported his excellent work.

Kudos to Incog and Sugaboo!!

(and the wonderful Warhawk community feeling is due in no small part to the devs who take the time to communicate with us on a regular basis… so thanks to Dylan for being the “face” of Incognito!)


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+ PullusPardusUS on March 4th, 2009 at 11:32 am said:

New Project?! , is it a new Twisted metal:Blu? ,Jet Moto:HD?


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+ DTS_MAN on March 4th, 2009 at 12:11 pm said:

Dylan ill be honest i have not played the game in ages but its quite dificult doing long hours attending a wife a 3 kids and then fit some game time in….anyways i will try and get some game time in.

Question though, anychance of a shotgun in this game? :-)


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+ dhaosdante on March 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm said:

Awesome.


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+ Poofster on March 4th, 2009 at 3:29 pm said:

Dylan, you guys absolutely ROCK!

Warhawk is about the only game that I have been playing for such a long long time even though I hate DLC, yours has been the only one I have bought so far. In fact the only game that my brother plays is Warhawk, and trust me it takes a good game to get him hooked.

So please, for Warhawk 2 =)
make official unranked servers, more maps and thats about it.
Oh and ADVERTISE THE GAME SO MORE PEOPLE PLAY IT!
And please do not take the APC out of the single player mode and then dump it into the multiplayer for DLC, you guys had already made it you might as well have included it. Those are things that get me angry cause you could see the APC in one of the early trailers.

JUST RELEASE WARHAWK 2 ALREADY =)


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