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Feb
20
New My Games and Achievements Pages
Hi!

Earlier we told you about the new Site Platform Changes, and we have built some additional functionality around those.

My Games Page
The My Games page has been completely rewritten to allow you to choose multiple platforms, and also filter and sort the list without refreshing the page, which should make it much quicker for you to find the games you want:

My Games PageMy Games Page


My Achievements Page
The My Achievements page has also been rewritten in the same way.


Completed Games homepage panel
We've added a Completed Games panel to the your homepages, which shows a breakdown of each platform:
Completed Games panelCompleted Games panel



Xbox Status panel
As you have no doubt noticed, Xbox Live has been having a lot of issues lately. We've started pulling the Xbxo Status from them and have added a panel displaying this info to several pages on the site (including all the forum pages, and the homepage). You can also add it to your homepage if you want to by changing the colour from hidden in Customize Homepage.


Comment Notification Unsubscriptions
One of our most requested features is to allow you to unsubscribe from comment notifications. We've added a couple of links to PMs and email notifications to allow you to do this for specific comment threads on Friend Feed comments, Solutions, Blogs etc.
Comment unsubscriptionsComment unsubscriptions


Have a great weekend!
Added by TrueAchievement at 13:16:16 | There are 152 comments
Feb
20
Site Platform Changes
Hello everyone!

We’ve had a number of cross-platform titles on the site for a while, but with the recent Windows 10 announcements we’re expecting a lot more. So we’ve decided it’s a great to time to future proof our platform systems by making some changes.

Previously we based our “XBLA” classifications on the base gamerscore of a title. If it was under 500 gamerscore we classified it as an arcade title, and if it was above we viewed it as retail. While this simple rule worked pretty well in the past there were always a couple of edge cases (like Pocketbike Racer and Rock Band Track Pack 2) and more recently some XBLA titles have started releasing with 1000 GamerScore! shock

So we realised we needed a new approach. Rather than using our own rules to decide a titles classification we’ve decided to adhere to Microsoft’s own classifications a little more closely. If they say it's a game, it's a game, if they say it's an arcade game, it's an arcade game, if they say it's an App, it's an App, and so on.

As expected there has had to be some reclassification of existing titles, but hopefully you’re as amazed as us at how minimal this actually is:
Xbox Live Arcade to Full Xbox 360 Game
- AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack
- Big Bumpin
- Karaoke
- Pocketbike Racer
- Rock Band Classic Rock Track Pack
- Rock Band Country Track Pack
- Rock Band Country Track Pack 2
- Rock Band Metal Track Pack
- Rock Band Track Pack 2
- Warface
- World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition
Xbox Live Arcade to Xbox 360 Application
- Kinect PlayFit
- Voice Studio
Xbox One Game to Xbox One Application
- VoiceStudio
Xbox 360 Game to Xbox Live Arcade
- Battle Academy
- Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
- Costume Quest 2 (Xbox 360)
- Geometry Wars³: Dimensions (Xbox 360)
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Xbox 360)
- JUJU
- MONOPOLY Deal (Xbox 360)
- MONOPOLY Plus (Xbox 360)
- Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360)
- Syberia
- The Legend of Korra (Xbox 360)
- Toybox Turbos
- TRIVIAL PURSUIT LIVE! (Xbox 360)
No longer Xbox Live Arcade
- All Games For Windows Live Games
- All Windows 8 games
- All Windows Phone games
Along with these core changes we’ve also updated the platform filters on most of the relevant pages. You can now select any number or combination of platforms to see just the games you want!

Overall we’re all pretty excited about this change and think it’s going to be better for the site in the long run.


Site Leaderboard changes

Making these changes has impacted on the Site Leaderboards.

We have taken this opportunity to completely rewrite the way these work, and also done the following:

• Created new leaderboard types that replace the old Retail and Arcade leaderboards (“Under 500 GamerScore” and “Over 500 GamerScore”)

• Created a combination leaderboard for 'Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Arcade' together that recreate the old Xbox 360 leaderboards

• Removed unregistered gamers from the leaderboards completely

• Automatically moved all your tracking bots and site leaderboard history over to the new system

We hope you'll notice they now load considerably faster!


Disclaimer

This is a pretty big change across the site and while we’ve tested what we can, we’re pretty sure that some bugs have probably slipped through. If you do notice anything out of ordinary please make a thread over in Bug Reports Forum.
Added by WebChimp UK at 11:09:25 | There are 192 comments
Feb
17
Achievement Unlocked - 1000 Walkthroughs Published
Good day to all of you!

Three months ago, I've replaced the previous WT Manager; thirtysmooth, who - as all of you know - did a fantastic job. Thirty served as manager since drabik and Ergo Me Smart stepped down as co-managers, and he made some fantastic changes within the team. Obviously I'm trying to continue that line, and we've finally hit that 1000 Walkthroughs Published milestone.

Before we get to that, let's do a January 2015 round-up:

- Xbox 360 Retail:
Aliens vs. Predator Walkthrough - DarkDan88
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Walkthrough - Tucky90
Nickelodeon Dance Walkthrough - Beanpotter


Xbox 360 Arcade:
Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown Walkthrough - BulgyDragonZord
Monaco: What's Yours is Mine Walkthrough - Paul Zap
Snoopy Flying Ace Walkthrough - BulgyDragonZord
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Walkthrough - Fuuldrin


Xbox One:
Lords of the Fallen Walkthrough - Ackter
KickBeat – Special Edition Walkthrough Dang3R Gaming
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die Walkthrough - SilentExiledOne


Xbox One App:
4oD Walkthrough - Nomstuff
Atari: Game Over Walkthrough - Nomstuff


Ported Walkthroughs:
Saints Row (GER Ver) Walkthrough - JamP0und32

January was a calm month due to the holiday season, so I'm expecting a lot more walkthroughs to be published during this month.

A few days ago, on January 30th, 2015, and with the publication of the the Monaco: What's Yours is Mine Walkthrough, written by Paul Zap, we’ve hit 1,000 published walkthroughs!
1000 Walkthroughs Published

Of course we don’t have any plans to stop at this amazing milestone and now that we are actively porting, that number will increase a lot more. With the previous milestone in the back of our heads, another milestone has been reached as well: we now have 400 different Walkthrough writers.
400 Walkthrough Writers

Even though I can't really say with any certainty who the last one was to join our writers, it's easy for all of you to become a writer yourself! Look through the list of published and in-progress walkthroughs that can be found here, and if you find that the game you want to write the walkthrough for isn’t on here, apply to write it in the Volunteer to write a walkthrough and as noted before, you can also apply to port a walkthrough by posting here.

Even if the game has a walkthrough published or in-progress, that doesn’t mean you can’t help with the wiki-style of this site’s walkthroughs. If you think a published walkthrough can be improved or you want to help finish off an in-progress walkthrough, just leave a message in the thread for that walkthrough, all of which can be found in the Walkthroughs Forum, and we’ll try and get you helping on that walkthrough.

I don't want to take all the credit in this post here, so I'd like to thank all the people in the Walkthrough Staff, who have made sure that all of the walkthroughs try and meet the standards that we on TrueAchievements expect. We've just recruited Dang3R Gaming as well to keep up with all our work, so expect some PM's from him coming your way in the near future.

As a last note, I like to give a big well done to the 400 walkthrough writers who have helped us get to this point, without any of you; nothing of this wouldn't have happened. Here’s to 1,000 more!

- MC0REBE, Walkthrough Manager
Added by MC0REBE at 14:19:47 | There are 61 comments
Feb
17
Privacy Issues
Hi all

as you have no doubt noticed, many people on the site have a red "no entry" symbol next to their GamerTag which normally indicates they have their Xbox privacy settings on.

This is due to an issue with the Xbox API we use returning no data for gamers' game lists. It started around 24 hours ago and coincided with the Xbox Live status update regarding Core services being down.

The Core Services have been back up for some time now, but the issue with our API is ongoing. We have therefore paused the scanners until it is resolved.

Xbox are aware of the issue and are working on it now.

Some things to note:

1. Any achievements you are earning during this time that are popping normally WILL count towards your achievement streaks when the API is back up. You will not lose your streak if you have earned at least one online achievement each day, even if we have not picked them up

2. GTASC scoring will not be affected as long as the API is fixed in the next few days. We will make sure anyone that has currently been flagged as being private is scanned and put "back to normal". Online achievements earned during the outage will still count.

Some of you will have noticed the new Xbox Live Status box that is on the forum and scanner pages - we will add our own scanner status to this box from now on and also add this box to more pages in the next site update.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, unfortunately this is out of our hands currently, but I will keep you posted as to progress.

Thanks

Rich
Added by TrueAchievement at 08:58:57 | There are 105 comments
Feb
10
Join the Newshounds Team
Yet again that time has come where we're looking for more people to join our news team here on TA. We need people who would like to devote their time to helping us get all of the Xbox related news and information onto the front page in a timely manner. You'll get to see your name on the front page of TA and in our Xbox One app, although you can choose to write under an appropriate pseudonym if you prefer. If you are successful, some of your articles will also be posted on the TrueTrophies front page, so you will need to set up an account over there if you do not have one already. Of course, this profile doesn't need to be active, so don't feel like you must own a Playstation console to be able to apply for a position writing news for us!

Any applications can be sent to me, punkyliar, here on TA via PM.

Here are the application questions:

1) What is your location and timezone?

2) How much time could you give per day and what times would you generally be available?

3) Why do you want to be a newshound? What contributions would you bring to the team?

4) Are there particular genres/gaming topics you favor? All newshounds are expected to cover everything, including some PlayStation news, but what would be your comfort zone?

5) Is there anything that the team doesn't currently cover that you'd like to see? How could you help to cover this area?

6) Have you written news previously? If so, where? Please submit examples if this applies to you.

7) Have you been on TA site staff before? If so, please tell us a little bit about your experience.

8) Where would you go to find news? What sources would you consider?

9) What improvements / changes do you think we can make to our news coverage?

10) Please let us know anything else about you that makes you stand apart from the crowd! While we're looking for staff to manage news now, we expect all our staff to be able to handle our other responsibilities, so what special skills or knowledge do you bring to the table?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly (so it's bolded for you), please write a sample news story using the format that we use here at TA. In addition, include how you went about finding the story and checking its authenticity. You can write anything, but the newer the news, the better. Don't feel that you have to limit yourself to Xbox news for the sample article.
Please send us your applications by no later than February 27th.

We are a team that has a variety of interests in and around the Xbox world, be it the games themselves or the gaming industry as a whole, and we look forward to adding more talented and enthusiastic volunteers to our staff. Good luck to all those who apply!
Added by punkyliar at 18:26:45 | There are 66 comments
Feb
06
TA Podcast: Less Rich (But Not Poor) Edition
The cold, icy grip of death winter is officially among us, friends. What better way to fight off its chilling embrace with a lukewarm red hot podcast!

This month, Rich was tragically (and at the last second) snowed in at his in-laws forcing us to pull in super-sub Dave who chats us up about his review of Gat out of Hell while Michelle regales us with tales of attempting to become an Übermensch in Wolfenstein. We also come full circle and discuss everything surrounding the 2014 Game of the Year. Finally, slayer of dragons, knower of Jack, and all around jerk-face, Jonathan, (Yeah, I went third person, so what?) manages to keep the ship upright through sheer force of will and jerkiness.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast while hanging out with Snow Miser, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a review saying how we might not be the cure for the common cold, but neither is chicken soup and people still swear by that stuff.

If you're fingers are too frozen to be able to work the touchscreen/scrollwheel of your i-Device, you can always listen to our podcasts here on the site or download them here.
Added by osubluejacket at 14:58:58 | There are 14 comments
Jan
27
Full Game Clip Integration
One of the coolest features of the Xbox One is the Game DVR system that constantly records your gameplay and allows you to store clips at the press of a button or a call to Kinect.

When we were developing the TrueAchievements Xbox One App, we were given access to the Game Clips system, but unfortunately at the time we were too busy working on the app to make use of this data.

Last week Doomful and I started looking at the system in more detail, and we are pleased to be able to bring some game clip functionality to the site today:


Gamer Clips Tab

Gamer Clips TabGamer Clips Tab

You will see a tab on Gamer pages that takes you to a list of their clips which you can filter by game and sort on various different parameters (duration, age, number of views etc).

You'll see information on each clip including the number of views, comments and favourites (more on these later!).

Click on a Game Clip to watch it on the Game Clip page.


Game Clip Page

Game Clips PageGame Clips Page

You can watch the clip on the Game Clip page, favourite it by clicking the heart icon or share it by clicking the share button and choosing a network to share to. You can also comment on the clip below it.

Favouriting a clip will post a notification item to your friend feed. To prevent feed spam, these are grouped in the same way that achievement wins are, but you can remove them from your feed completely in My Friend Feed Settings.

Friend Feed NotificationsFriend Feed Notifications


Game Clips Page

Halo 5 BetaHalo 5 Beta

Xbox One games now have a Game Clip tab that shows all the latest clips recorded from the game. We've also added clips from beta versions of games to our Pre Release pages where appropriate (check out Halo 5: Guardians for example).


Game Clip Hub

Game Clip HubGame Clip Hub

When you suddenly have access to almost 7 years of video content, you need a way to easily find interesting clips, so we have created the Game Clip Hub. Here you can see the top clips from various genres and also a list of currently popular game clip titles. These playlists are updated automatically every few hours.


Playlists

Game Clips PageGame Clips Page

You can easily create your own playlists of clips - just go to a clip page and then click Add to playlist on the right. Once created, you can view or edit your playlists from your game clips page. These can also be shared and even published to your friend feed.

Achievement Solutions

You can add links to game clip pages or game clip playlists in solutions and they will automatically be rendered in a player in a similar way to YouTube videos.

Blogs and Reviews

You can even do the same in your blogs and reviews to add some video action to them!


Saving Game Clips

Remember that Game clips recorded your Xbox One will eventually expire unless you save them. To keep a clip from expiring, open the Game DVR app on your Xbox One, select Show my clips, select a clip, press the Menu button on the controller, then select Save.

Disclaimer

While we have tested this development to a certain degree, there's thousands of lines of new code and there may be one or two bugs. If you find any, please post them to the Bug Reports Forum.
Added by TrueAchievement at 17:51:53 | There are 127 comments
Jan
13
Related Achievements and Trophies Panel
Afternoon TAers!

As you probably know, our amazing Game Info Team set up all sorts of information about the games and achievements in our systems.

This information includes the linking of games to their regional and platform variations, and also to appropriate games over on TrueTrophies.

That means it is now possible for us to show related achievements and trophies for games that have multiple versions, and that code has just gone live.

Related Achievements and Trophies


You can see on this panel any versions of the achievement/trophy on other platforms or regional variations, how many solutions there are and who wrote the top one.

Hopefully this makes it considerably easier for you to find guides when there aren't any good ones for the version you are looking at!

Rich
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:11:54 | There are 137 comments
Jan
09
GameCompare Relaunch and Integration
Howdy!

If you were a member of TA a few years ago, you may remember that we used to show the cheapest price you could find games online on our game pages.

Those prices came from a game price comparison website that I set up called GameCompare which unfortunately hadn't been updated for a long time.

We've done some work this week to get it back up and running with some new stores added (including Amazon). The stores are all from the UK and US, but we're looking into adding stores from other regions soon.

Games on GameCompareGames on GameCompare


You can search for games across all platforms on GameCompare, or have a browse using the platform or genre categories.

When you find something you like, clicking on the game will show you the latest prices for the game across the various stores we have prices for:

GameCompare game prices pageGameCompare game prices page


Clicking the green icon will take you through to the game on the store's website.

If you register you can also receive an email price alert when a game drops below your chosen price threshold.

We've also integrated the cheapest prices into various places on TA:

Price on game information panelPrice on game information panel


Your wish list:

Price on wish listPrice on wish list


There's also a full list of game prices on the Game Price List page, which is linked from your menu.

Full game price listFull game price list


On this page you can sort, filter out games you already have, and also see the max TA per pound/dollar available for each game!

If you don't want to see any of these prices, then there is a setting to hide them in My Settings.

Buying games through these shops also helps support the site as we receive a small affiliate fee for referrals.

Happy shopping!
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:21:42 | There are 142 comments