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Dec
18
TrueAchievements App Update and Availability
The TrueAchievements App has been out for almost 2 months in the US, UK and other English speaking regions and has been very successful.

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We're delighted to be able to finally release it today to the following additional countries:

- Argentina
- Austria
- Belgium
- Brazil
- Chile
- Colombia
- Denmark
- Finland
- France
- Germany
- Italy
- Japan
- Mexico
- Netherlands
- Norway
- Poland
- Portugal
- Spain
- Sweden
- Switzerland
- Turkey

Please note that the app content is still in English in these regions.


Additionally, we have pushed out a Title Update to the app for all regions which contains the following:

- Invite gamers to chat button on a gaming session page when it is running or about to start
- View Xbox Profile button on other gamer's game pages
- Change Account button
- Numerous styling and bug fixes
- Stability improvements

We hope you enjoy these improvements and look forward to bringing you more in the new year.

Happy Holidays from everyone at TA! toast

Rich

P.S. If you like the app, don't forget to give us a rating in the store
Added by TrueAchievement at 17:27:31 | There are 96 comments
Dec
12
Title Update Achievements and Completion Poll
November last year not only marked the launch of the Xbox One in a number of regions, but also a new era for achievements and their supporting systems. With the changes made to the achievement systems between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One we've decided it's time to re-evaluate one key area on the site; how we handle Title Updates.

As this will affect core statistics on the site it's not something we're taking lightly, and we want to get all of you involved too!

In terms of achievement ratios, we currently treat Title Updates just like any other Downloadable Content, calculating the ratio using the geometric mean. This is a combination of the base players of game multiplied by the players with an achievement in the DLC pack, all divided by the players with the achievement in question raised to a power of two, with the result being raised to a power of a quarter - here's a diagram if you're more visually inclined.

With Xbox 360 Title Updates this model is still accurate as you can decline an update and continue to unlock achievements offline, but with an internet connection required to unlock achievements on the Xbox One this is no longer the case. In the majority of cases if you're unlocking achievements on the Xbox One, you're also running the latest version of the game with all of the currently released Title Updates applied. The small edge case surrounds offline play, while you can meet achievement requirements offline, even those added without additional content while you've been offline, the achievements won't actually unlock until you're next connected to Xbox Live - while you might decline a Title Update at this point, we think it would be pretty rare too and isn't something we're looking to account for.

You might be thinking, "Well, what does this even affect?". The short answer is ratios. By only accounting for those with at least one achievement in the Title Update, and disregarding the edge case, we're actually slightly lowering the achievement ratios. And this is something we want to resolve.

To add a bit more perspective here's an example for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While we're tracking (at the time of writing) 50,000 gamers with the title, there are only 33,000 who have unlocked an achievement in the Title Update in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Halo: The Master Chief CollectionGoat RopedThe Goat Roped achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection worth 409 pointsHalo CE: Halo CE: Complete all Halo: CE Legendary campaign missions in under 3 hours.

Looking at just the Goat Roped in Halo: The Master Chief Collection achievement, this is worth 30 gamerscore and has a TA ratio of 14.87, giving a TA score of 446 using the geometric mean. If we instead use the same formula to calculate the ratio as we do for the base game achievements we end up with a ratio of 16.53 instead, which gives a total TA score of 496. So there's a bit of a difference, with the ratio being 1.7ish higher than the current.

Below are the approaches we've discussed internally and think could resolve this, we've noted any implications of the approaches too. One initial idea was to base the gamers in the calculation on the time that a user started the Title Update, but we've ruled this out due to the complexity involved. So, question time, which do you think is best?

A) Should we account for all users when calculating Title Update achievement ratios and include them as part of the title completion requirement?
- This would increase the achievement ratios, but you would lose a completion if a new Title Update was released.

B) Should we do A, but just for Xbox One Title Updates?

C) Should we account for all users when calculating Title Update achievement ratios, but not include them as part of the title completion requirement?
- This would increase the achievement ratios and you would not lose a completion if a new Title Update was released.

D) Should we do C, but just for Xbox One Title Updates?

E) Should we leave this as they are, keeping Title Updates separate from the base game for both ratios and completions?


Please cast your votes here and use that thread for all discussion.

Thanks! toast
Added by WebChimp UK at 15:59:56 | There are 3 comments
Dec
06
Improvements to Pro Account Benefits
As many of you will know, we spent quite a lot of time over the last few months upgrading our infrastructure and refactoring our database in anticipation of the additional users and traffic due to the TrueAchievements Xbox One App launch.

These upgrades in hardware and site performance have allowed us to handle the 800% increase in registrations quite comfortably, and with quite a bit to spare!

As TA Pro Subscribers have helped to pay for these server upgrades, and because it's the season of goodwill to all gamers, we have decided to increase a lot of the Pro Subscriber Perk limits!

The new limits are:

- You'll be able to have up to 70 items in your Trophy Case (up from 49)
- You'll be able to have up to 250 friends in your friend feed (up from 150)
- You'll be able to have up to 100 active Gamer Goals at any one time (up from 20)
- You'll be able to have up to 50 site leaderboard tracking bots (up from 30)
- You'll be able to have up to 1000 items in your To-Do List (up from 500)

Of course, Pro Subscribers also don't see any advertisement on either the site or the TA App, and also have full access to the TrueAchievements Mobile Site.

They also get their scanned automatically every 10 minutes or so, and have unlimited forced scans!

All this for only $15 a year (UK and EU pricing also available).

To purchase a TA Pro Account for yourself or another gamer (they can be gifted too), please click here.

Note: These new limits are now also in place for existing Pro subscribers, and we've also done the same over on TrueTrophies.

Thanks all!
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:42:51 | There are 141 comments
Dec
05
The TA Walkthrough Team Are Recruiting
Good Morning / Afternoon / Evening!

There are a few things I need to announce in case you aren't a regular visitor of our Walkthrough Forums. Unfortunately, thirtysmooth has stepped down as Walkthrough Manager (both on here, and on TrueTrophies) and will soon be leaving our team.

That being said, we are moving quickly to reform the team so we can keep serving the community in the best way we can. Firstly, it is with great pleasure that I can announce that I have taken the position as the new Manager of the team (and Assistant Manager on TT). I thank the Admins for trusting me with this responsibility. I can also announce that we have appointed two new Assistant Managers to help run the team.

Ackter will directly replace my previous responsibilities, helping to ensure that all volunteers have access to editing their walkthroughs in a timely manner, chasing up unfinished walkthroughs and to help manage the rest of the walkthrough staff. Meanwhile, CLOWN TASTIC 08 (whom is the new Manager on TT) will help coordinate management-level decisions.

We will continue to do our very best to continue and improve the good work and efforts the former managers have put into this team.

Our next piece of big news is that we are ready for a new round of recruitment. After the recent changes the departures of a few other staff members, we have decided that we are in need of some new team members to help fill the gaps. If you are interested in joining the team, please apply by answering the following questions, sending them to me via a Private Message:

Private Message to MC0REBE

Questions:

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. How old are you and where are you from?
2) What languages can you write/speak and are you fluent in the English language?
3) How much time would you be able to spend on our team during the week on average?
4) How many times in an average week do you check your messages and threads?
5) What is your motivation to join the walkthrough team?
6) How would you work to check spelling and/or grammar mistakes?
7) What methods would you use to discover content that is plagiarised from other sources without content?
8) Have you applied for other teams on TA or have you been active as a staff member before?
9) How would you feel about proofreading a walkthrough for a game that you have yet to play or finish?
10) Do you feel that you could correctly determine that information given is correct about a game that you have played?
11) Have you been involved with any walkthroughs on TA in the past?
12) Are there any suggestions you think that may be worth it to look into?
13) How do you feel about working in a team and what is your stance about the communication within?
14) Proofread the following section:
When starting the game make sure to set you're dificulty to the easyest setting. Whilst this will make the game boring to play, i personally feel that it is will make the achievements more easier to obtain. it must also be noted that the servers for game has been closed down, meaning that the achievements are now unobtainable.Please get your applications to in before the 19th December.

Good luck to all that apply!
Added by MC0REBE at 11:12:59 | There are 54 comments
Nov
21
The TA Investigations Team Are Recruiting
Hi all

I have an important message from the TA Investigations Manager:

Good day TrueAchievements users!

As you are likely aware, TrueAchievements has released its own app onto the Xbox One marketplace - creating a surge of new users. This wave of new users has added quite the backlog to our own investigations. With this in mind, we are looking to add a few new members to our team.

There are several main differences between this team and others on site. There is no staff badge. For several reasons, the identities of the Investigations Team are kept confidential. Because of the level of trust involved, the team is seeking mature applicants. Due to the nature of the work we do, we are seeking applicants that are very active site members.

If you are interested in applying to help protect the ratios on-site, please take a moment to fill out this application.

We will be accepting applications for 2 weeks - at which time the application will be closed.

Please note that we are not able to reply to each individual that applies. After the application window closes, the team will discuss the applicants. We may contact applicants to clarify responses as the team deliberates.

Thank you for your time and good luck to all that apply!
Good luck to everyone who applies!
Added by TrueAchievement at 12:22:01 | There are 146 comments
Nov
20
TA Podcast: It's Rainin' Games!
Greetings, all.

Remember how back in September we promised, nee' swore, that we wouldn't wait so long between recording episodes of your favorite podcast (1).

Well, we've failed you. I've failed you. It could have been the distraction of awesome games coming out. It might have been the release of the AMAZING TrueAchievements App. It could be a classic case of too many cooks. Regardless, you've had to wait ENTIRELY too long for a mainline hit of the good stuff (2). We're here to make it all up to you though with a very special podcast. In this month's show, Rich takes time away from his birthday steak to chat us up about the latest with the TA App, Michelle tells us more about Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One), and (after we kick the big man out of the party), the two of us lament the woes of Destiny for the first (but probably not the last) time.

We're also hitting some of the major news stories over the past few weeks, chatting about holiday releases, and generally being cheeky monkeys since Rich left us in charge. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Enjoy!

As always, if you enjoy listening to us jabber while grinding out those Ascendant Shards and Engrams, subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and take moment to write a quick review saying how we lower cholesterol, raise the roof, and tie your mother down.

If your brand new, massive iPhone is bent in your pocket and you're rejecting the almighty Apple in protest, you can catch up on all of the TA Podcasts here on the site or download them to the device of your choice here.

(1) - ...that is hosted on this website.
(2) - We know you've been itching for it.
Added by osubluejacket at 15:35:55 | There are 33 comments
Oct
28
TrueAchievements App Now Available
We are delighted to tell you that the TrueAchievements App is now available to download for free in the following Xbox One Marketplace stores:

• United States
• Canada
• Australia
• New Zealand
• United Kingdom
• Republic of Ireland



The app contains many of your favourite TrueAchievements features:

Gamer Homepage

We bring your TrueAchievements homepage to your console - your friend feed and 6 most recent games are shown, along with some of your TA stats, and the 6 latest news stories from the site so you don't miss out on anything that's happening in the Xbox world.

Gamer homepageGamer homepage


Games List

As well as being able to browse all the games we have on the website, you can also see your personal games list, including your progress in each, and your additional stats on Xbox One games.

My games listMy games list


Achievement Solutions

When you look at a game's achievements or challenges in the app, you'll see an icon next to the name if there's one or more associated solution. Clicking through to the achievement page then allows you to view the solutions, including any videos and images.

Achievement solutions are available in the appAchievement solutions are available in the app


Gaming Sessions

Gaming sessions are hugely popular on TrueAchievements (we've run over 350,000!), and you can keep track of the sessions you've signed up for from within the app. You can also see who else is in the session, which achievements you are going for, and any other sessions for the game.

View gaming session detailsView gaming session details


Stats

We all love our stats, right? We've brought many of the cooler stats we show on TA into the app, including gamer milestones, achievement score changes, game progress. And we made them animate too, because animated graphs are awesome.

Achievement page containing stats galoreAchievement page containing stats galore



Snapping and Voice Control

Because we want to make it easy for you to game while checking those solutions, the TrueAchievements App supports both snapping and voice control!

The TrueAchievements App in snapped modeThe TrueAchievements App in snapped mode


Official Xbox One Achievements App Integration

You can now search for achievement solutions directly from within the Official Achievements App - if you have the TrueAchievements App installed then you will see a Search TrueAchievements button that will launch the app straight into the solution page for that achievement.

Integration into the official Xbox One Achievements applicationIntegration into the official Xbox One Achievements application


Pricing

The app is free to download and is supported by video adverts, unless you are a TrueAchievements Pro member - just as on the website, Pro members won't see any ads.


Achievements

It wouldn't a TrueAchievements app without putting achievements in it, would it? You can see the achievement list here. We hope you have as much fun popping them as we had making them!

The TrueAchievements App has achievements!The TrueAchievements App has achievements!



Help us to make the app better

Please post any issues or bugs you find in the app here, and any ideas you have for new features here.

We hope to bring you regular app updates including new features and achievements.


Thanks to all the TrueAchievements users for your support and for making this community, site and app so awesome - we couldn't have done this without you.

Rich Stone
TrueAchievement
Added by TrueAchievement at 17:31:42 | There are 190 comments
Oct
23
TrueAchievements App Now Available In The UK
We are delighted to tell you that, as of today, the TrueAchievements app is available for Xbox One owners in the UK as part of a phased rollout.

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Please post any issues or bugs you find in the application here, and any ideas you have for new features here.

We look forward to sharing more details about additional markets when they’re available.
Added by TrueAchievement at 16:14:07 | There are 193 comments