Excel powers advanced Halo 2 stats system

An unlikely union of Halo 2 and Excel has been capturing the interest of statistically minded Xbox Live fans for whom Bungie.net's seven-day online game stats service just isn't detailed enough. Sam Radakovitz, a program manager on Microsoft's Excel team, in conjunction with his colleague Joseph Chirilov, has developed an advanced spreadsheet which collects data from the Bungie.net's RSS game stats feed and uses it to present data that the developer's website currently does not - including average kills, deaths and rankings over time.

The data can be repeatedly refreshed as new games are completed, and even displayed as various charts and graphs. According to Radakovitz, speaking to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the spreadsheet began life as a lunch-hour project which caught the attention of his fellow Halo 2 fans at Microsoft, and subsequently became a popular draw on his personal website - even receiving links and praise on Bungie's own news pages.

News source: Eurogamer.net

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