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Jul
22
TA Podcast: Tumblestone, Unravel, Alto's Adventure and EA SPORTS UFC 2
The UK is currently basking in the one week of sunshine that we have during the summer, but despite that we've closed the office windows and endured the uncomfortably hot conditions to record our record breaking (according to Rich) fourth podcast of the month.

On this episode, we discuss Tumblestone, Alto's Adventure, Touchdown Hero, the Xbox One S release date, the plethora of Dead Rising games that are coming to the Xbox One, achievement flags 3.0 and much more.

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TA Merchandise
Achievement Flags 3.0
Battleborn Patch Notes Reveal Major Changes to Achievements
Eight More Games Now Backwards Compatible
Three More Games Are Now Backwards Compatible
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Added by DaveKinetic at 13:55:00
Jul
20
Achievement Flags 3.0
Since they were first added, achievement flags have been a huge part of the site and are an absolutely awesome resource for achievement hunting! At a glance, they provide some great key information about achievements without the need to delve into their solutions.

With achievements constantly evolving, our flags have evolved too, although with just small changes here and there we've ended up with a system that is, to put it bluntly, pretty difficult to use...

As such we're back with "Achievement Flags 3.0"! This is the next update to the system and aims to revert some of the previous changes and jump us back toward the "glance at" feel that the achievement flags should provide.

Firstly, in the last big update, over two years ago, the concept of the synergies was introduced. The idea was that a number of component flags could be used in combination to convey an entirely different meaning. While great in theory, they never really worked that well in practice and, as such, we've decided to remove them entirely.

Secondly, we've lowered the overall number of flags on the site by removing a couple of the more obscure ones. We've also logically combined some others into single flags. For example:
The Time Sensitive & Date Sensitive flags have been combined into a single Time/Date Sensitive flag. While this does broaden the meaning we've also added the ability for dates to be directly attached to achievements, meaning there's minimal loss of existing data.
The Versus and Cooperative flags have also been dropped in favour of a "Host Only" flag, which indicates that only the primary player will earn the achievement.

Thirdly, we've overhauled the Players Required flag. Rather than having distinct 3+, 6+, and 9+ Players Required flags, we've swapped the checkboxes (on the submission pages) for a neat dropdown. Here you can select the exact number of players required for an achievement instead and we can assign that directly to the achievement.

Finally, we felt that with the above changes it was also a good time to tidy up a couple of the existing definitions - hopefully making them a bit easier for everyone to understand.

For the full list of current flags and their definitions please take a look at the achievement flag definitions page.

If you have any questions about the above, or you feel like some of the flags don't make sense to you, please let us know and we'll do our best to explain them further (and tweak them if necessary).

Alongside all of this I'm also looking to freshen up the game information team - specifically for flagging. So, if you've got some knowledge of achievement flags and a passion for them, please get in touch with me via PM.

Thanks,
Jack
Added by WebChimp UK at 16:37:01
Jul
15
TA Podcast: Halo 5: Guardians, Trials of the Blood Dragon, Spectra and More
Time was our enemy this week. Rich and Jack were both busy working on new site developments until late in the afternoon, and then my children turned my normally short walk from school into a 15 minute hunt for Pokemon, but as promised, we still put aside some time to record this week's show! That's three for three in July, C'mon!

On this week's show we talk about Trials of the Blood Dragon, Pac-Man 256, Halo 5: Guardians' recent title updates, the stunning Gears of War 4 Limited Edition console and controllers, Killer Instinct's Definitive Edition, the new site merchandise, our revamped newsletter and much more.

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TA Merchanside
Rich's appearance on the official r/XboxOne subreddit podcast
Newsletter registration in My Settings
10 Second Ninja X Preview

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Added by DaveKinetic at 20:15:56
Jul
12
Limited Edition TrueAchievements Merchandise
Last year, for the first time, we produced some very limited edition Official TrueAchievements Merchandise.

It's been almost a year since we ran those initials print runs, and we've had lots of requests since then to produce some new designs.

Summer is here and because of that we've chosen to make two different T-Shirt designs rather than include a heavy hoodie, and to help keep the prices down we've gone for a simpler, one-sided design on both.

The designs
Official TrueAchievements long sleeve t-shirt - $26.99 / £19.98Official TrueAchievements long sleeve t-shirt - $26.99 / £19.98


Official TrueAchievements grey t-shirt - $14.99 / £9.99Official TrueAchievements grey t-shirt - $14.99 / £9.99


We're using TeeSpring again for this campaign as we were really impressed with the quality of the products they made for us last year, and again we've produced separate campaigns for the EU and the US to reduce your shipping costs.

US Products
TrueAchievements Official Long Sleeve T-Shirt @ $26.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Official Grey T-Shirt @ $14.99 (excluding shipping)

EU Products (still including the UK!)
TrueAchievements Official Long Sleeve T-Shirt @ £19.98 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Official Grey T-Shirt @ £9.99 (excluding shipping)

Remember, this is a time limited campaign concluding on the 2nd August 2016 - you will not be able to order these T-shirts after that date.

As is standard for Teespring, all items will be sent out at the end of the campaign, and sizing, shipping, and additional product details are available on their pages.

We hope you enjoy your shirts!
Added by TrueAchievement at 10:14:04
Jul
08
TA Podcast: Hawken, GTA Online Cunning Stunts, Red Dead Redemption and more
As mentioned by Rich on last week's show, the TA Podcast is now being recorded weekly! For you, the listener, it means that you get at least twice the number of shows per month, and for us it means that we can talk about more time sensitive news items and it also forces us to actually play some games.

On this week's show we talked about the new free to play title, HAWKEN, my thoughts on Inside, Jack's ongoing search for a decent Certified item in Rocket League, the announcement that all future Microsoft published games would be coming to Play Anywhere (and their subsequent backtrack, GTA V's new "Cunning Stunts" update, this year's Bean Dive, and next week's new releases.

Links:

New Xbox Sales page
Bean Dive 2016

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Added by DaveKinetic at 14:53:58
Jul
01
TA Podcast: Inside, Bean Dive 2016, Bioshock: The Collection and more
Bang on schedule and just in time for the weekend, the TrueAchievements podcast crew of Jack, Rich and myself are here with our 29th episode for your listening pleasure.

On this episode, we discuss what we've been playing, including the critically acclaimed Inside, as well as the ongoing Leap Frog contest, the upcoming seventh Annual International Bean Dive, Microsoft's vision for the future, our YouTube team recruitment and all of the latest news from this side of E3.

Links:

Do You Want to Join the TrueAchievements YouTube Team?
Bean Dive 2016
Microsoft's Vision for The Future - Where's the Benefit?
Eight Titles Added To Backwards Compatibility
Four More Titles Added To Backwards Compatibility

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Added by DaveKinetic at 16:57:57