Long post, get ready! TLDR at bottom :)
Years ago (2007) I made a Halo stat tracking website called HaloCharts. It was a fun hobby project that turned into a pretty big website and community. It was a great ride and a lot of work, but ultimately had to close down in 2011 (for a number of reasons I won't get into). After nearly 3 years of dabbling in various other projects and websites, I've decided to build a new site in the same vein as HaloCharts, but with a few differences to keep things manageable.
Since HC's closing in 2011, I actually reopened the site twice in different ways. The first
was just a forum that a few of the old HC regulars hung out at, but that only lasted a few months. Then about a year later it opened again
in a more private, invite-only fashion that has been up and down with activity since then. I rebuilt a few things for Halo 4, including some basic stats and a signature maker. I also built a Halo Career
tool that essentially went viral for a day and attracted some 30,000 people in 24 hours time. I've been torn on reopening HaloCharts in a more public way for about a year, essentially watching to see where Halo goes and what else is on the horizon, like Destiny.
At the same time, I actually created a Destiny site called Cult of Destiny, that was invite-only and really was a place for me to write some code that I'd been wanting to write. I started that site prematurely, around the time of the first Destiny leaks and didn't do much to really push it anywhere since it was built around a game that was 1.5 years away still. Hard to run a site on a game that isn't out! I bought a few other Destiny related domain names in the last year as well, really unsure on what I wanted to do and which game franchise I wanted to focus on.
Then it dawned on me to do something like HC, but not around any single game franchise. I attempted this once before, I think around 2010, called FPSCharts. It had some Halo stats and some Battlefield stats in a single place. It hosted a forum that got taken over by spammers too and was a big mess. I still felt like the idea was sound, but the execution failed. FPSCharts in name forced me to stay with FPS games, and at the time really limited me. So all of this has just been thoughts and ideas in my mind building up over time, but nothing was working out.
I really have to consider where I'm at with things in order to build something that is compelling and fun. If I'm not enjoying the work it takes to build something like a HaloCharts, then I will fizzle out and move to the next thing. A hobby has to be fun right? I felt like going with HaloCharts again or CultofDestiny could be fun in their own ways, but also essentially forces me to pick a game franchise and go all-in, which isn't how I operate anymore. I play a ton of different games, usually at the same time, and rarely do I finish a game. Nothing wrong with that, haha, but I know that in order to build something fun I need it to be flexible enough to allow me the freedom to work on what I feel like working on and not get bogged down with any one thing too much. Like I said, HC was awesome, but it was more work than I can describe. It was a 2nd full-time job without the pay.
With all that said, it was clear I need to build a website that focuses on more than just Halo or Destiny. Those games can have a lot of focus, but they can't be the only focus for what I'm wanting to make. Finding a good name was pretty hard, honestly, because just about every domain with the word game or play in it has been snatched up and usually just by a squatter. I went through hundreds of combinations before I found LegacyStats.com was available. I think it speaks to what I want to make clearly. A site to show your Gaming Legacy, with the inclusion of as many different games as possible (with at least basic stats for each). The second focus being more on Groups and Clans. HaloCharts had a strong group system, and I believe LegacyStats can have this, but even better. These 2 focuses can lead to a site that is easy to use and should be compelling to players of many different games out there. It can also act as a jumping off point to larger, more in-depth stats sites like BF4Stats
Lastly, the site will steer away from things that caused drama and extra work, the biggest of those being global leaderboards. There will be other sites that offer those for Halo and Destiny, so I don't feel the need to attempt to tackle them, especially for the number of games I hope to grab stats on. I'd like to believe LegacyStats can be a fun place to just come and hang out, talk about a lot of games, check out a lot of high-level stats and start a group or clan for whatever you're playing at the time.
So that's the history of where my head is at currently. I think the name is spot on, I'm happy with the logo and initial look and feel of the site. I would love to see LegacyStats work together with other gaming communities out there also, similar to what HaloUnity did (another site that I started but didn't work out). Time will tell!
TLDR: HaloCharts is now LegacyStats, except different.