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Aug
20
TA Podcast: Gamescom 2016 Day Three
Guten tag podcast listeners. Yesterday was our last day at Gamescom 2016, and we once again had a full calendar of hands-on gameplay and presentations to attend.

Games discussed on this episode are: For Honor, Watch_Dogs 2, EVE: Valkyrie, EVE: Gunjack, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Prey, Dishonored 2, Steep, Farming Simulator 17, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, The Surge, Gigantic and Star Trek Online.

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Added by DaveKinetic at 18:26:45
Aug
18
TA Podcast: Gamescom 2016 Day Two
It's past midnight local time and our feet our extremely sore from walking over 30,000 steps, but we've remained true to our word and are back for round two of our Gamescom 2016 podcast.

On this episode we talk about the amazing Xbox Fanfest that we attended tonight (thanks to Aaron Greenburg and Phil Spencer for hooking us up) and the following games: Sniper Elite 4, Mantis Burn Racing, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Bioshock: The Collection, NBA 2K17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, Halo Wars 2 and WRC 6.

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Added by DaveKinetic at 22:47:36
Aug
17
TA Podcast: Gamescom 2016 Day One
It's that time of the year again! The TA podcast crew are in Cologne, and after a busy day of gaming and lots of walking we sat down over a nice cold bottle of Kölsch to record our a special edition of the TA Podcast.

Games covered on this episode are: FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Star Wars Battlefront, Gears of War 4, Dead Rising 4, WWE 2K17 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

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Added by DaveKinetic at 15:58:22
Aug
12
TA Podcast: Ben-Hur, Just Cause 3's Mech Land Assault DLC, Enigmatis
Jack is still away on his holidays, so Ash once again jumped into the hot seat to make it a hat-trick of appearances on the TA Podcast.

On this week's episode, we talk about the early Game of the Year contender Ben-Hur, Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek, the "Mech Land Assault" DLC in Just Cause 3, all of this week's hottest news and our upcoming trip to Gamescom, as well as answering your questions and much more.

Links:
TGN First Impression: Momentum
The Best of The Best
Bioshock: The Collection Trailer
Uno Delayed One Week
New Gears of War 4 Pre-Order Bonuses Announced: Get the Whole Series Again
Rocket League Rumble Mode Arriving With Big September Update
Summer Spotlight: Week Three
Rich's interview on this week's Zed to Zed Podcast
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Added by DaveKinetic at 15:23:00
Aug
05
TA Podcast: Snooker Nation Championship, Telltale's Batman and Overcooked
With Jack still away on his holidays, we were once again joined by the willing and able Ash for this week's episode of the TrueAchievements Podcast. Unfortunately, some technical issues meant that he wasn't around for the whole show (or he lied and went to play more of The Division), but being the pros that we are, Rich and I pushed on regardless.

On this week's episode, we discuss Rich's TA Hack-a-thon that has already brought four new site developments in four days, BATMAN – The Telltale Series, Overcooked, Snooker Nation Championship and all of this week's hottest news, as well as answering your questions and so much more.

Links:

Gaming Session Availability Times
Wishlist Sale Item Notifications
Rate DLC Packs
Add Multiple Difficulty Achievements To Your To Do List
Site milestones
Batman - The Telltale Series Episode One Review
TGN First Impression - Batman: The Telltale Series Episode One

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Added by DaveKinetic at 15:38:52
Aug
05
Backwards Compatible Notifications and Site Leaderboard Percentiles
This morning we recorded a podcast, so I haven't too much time, but I've still managed to crank out two more items from the Site Wishlist Forum.


Notification when an owned game goes backwards compatible

This was requested not long after backwards compatibility was first announced. When we publish a story containing games that are now backwards compatible, you will receive a notification PM like this:

PM for backwards compatible gamesPM for backwards compatible games


If you don't want to receive these, you can turn them off in the Notification section of your Site Settings.


Leaderboard Percentiles on Personal Pages

This request received 37 upvotes and no downvotes at all, and was simply to add a column to the leaderboard summary section on your homepage that shows the percentile of your position compared to the entire leaderboard:

Leaderboard PercentilesLeaderboard Percentiles



Bug fixes

I've also fixed a couple of bugs from yesterday's To Do List development - sorting by Gamerscore wasn't working and the algorithm will no longer include DLC achievements from packs you don't own. And I also made it look prettier on the dark theme.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Added by TrueAchievement at 15:18:52
Aug
04
Add Multiple Difficulty Achievements To Your To Do List
It's Day 4 of the Hack-a-thon, and with it brings not one, but two of your Site Wishlist requests!

If you go to your to do list and check the buttons at the bottom, you'll see a couple of changes:

New sort optionsNew sort options


New Sort Options

Firstly, you can now sort the list by Ratio, GamerScore or TrueAchievement (both high-low and low-high).


So far, so dull, right?


But also, the old Add random achievement now says Add random achievements - if you click it you'll be taken through to a new page:


Add Multiple Achievements Of Specific Difficulty*
Create a UHH-style achievement listCreate a UHH-style achievement list


This page separates all your unearned achievements in games you still own (according to your Game Collection) into various brackets of difficulty, based on their TA Ratio.

*And yes, I know ratio is actually rarity but it's usually a reasonable approximation of difficulty.

You can use the sliders or type in the numbers you want for each bracket, and we'll choose them randomly and add them to your to do list!

We'll even leave out any that are unobtainable or discontinued. Because we're nice like that smile

See you tomorrow!
Added by TrueAchievement at 18:13:30
Aug
03
Wishlist Sale Item Notifications
Day 3 of my crazy Hack-a-thon brings another popular Site Wishlist item - Notify me when items on my wishlist go on sale.

This one is nice and easy to explain...

When we publish a Sale news story, we'll compare all the games and DLC that's in the story with everyone on the site's wishlist - if you have at least one of those items on there, you'll receive a PM that looks like this:

You'll get a PM when items on your wishlist go on saleYou'll get a PM when items on your wishlist go on sale


It includes a link to the news story itself so you can check the exact discounts for your region, and the news team also helpfully put the store links onto the story too to make it even easier for you to purchase.

You can of course also see all of the sale info on the Xbox Sales Hub - this page includes filters for platforms, regions and excluding content you already own.

I'll be back tomorrow with another new development - see you then!
Added by TrueAchievement at 12:45:01
Aug
02
Rate DLC Packs
After yesterday's very well received new feature for setting your gaming session availability times, I decided to tackle another popular request from the Site Wishlist Forum - The Ability to Rate DLC.

While this one involved a fair amount of database and code changes, at least I didn't have to convert a gaming session into 108 different timezones, so I have enjoyed today's challenge considerably more than I did yesterday's!


Rating your DLC packs
There are two places you can rate your DLC packs - the My DLC Packs page or on the DLC pack's page itself.

Rate your DLC packs out of 5 on the My DLC packs pageRate your DLC packs out of 5 on the My DLC packs page


DLC Page showing the average rating. You can also rate the pack from hereDLC Page showing the average rating. You can also rate the pack from here


Scores are aggregated on the DLC page itself so you can see the average score given by other users on the site.

I've also added a new Friend Feed notification for DLC Ratings:

Friend feed item for rating DLCFriend feed item for rating DLC


I realise there will probably be more developments that lead on from this one (such as a way to sort un-owned DLC by site rating), but that's for another day!

Onwards and upwards smile

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Added by TrueAchievement at 15:42:02
Aug
01
Gaming Session Availability Times
Hi all

Yesterday, I promised to attempt to deliver a new feature every day this week in the inaugural Rich Stone TrueAchievements Hack-a-thon!

I'm here to announce the first of those developments...


Gaming Session Availability Times

Gaming sessions are a huge part of TrueAchievements - over the last 8 years or so we've run well over half a million sessions, helping over 50,000 members of the site to earn millions of online achievements.

What are gaming sessions?

Gaming sessions, in case you don't already know, are sessions created to earn particular achievements. You can see all the upcoming sessions on the Gaming Session Calendar.

A tiny part of the Gaming Session CalendarA tiny part of the Gaming Session Calendar


Hover over a session to see the summary of the session, or click on it for a full breakdown of the session details.

You can filter the calendar to just show just games you own and just achievements you need, along with various other settings. We also have various settings for you to receive notifications. Because they are so many of these, we have now moved them to a new page - Gaming Session Settings. You can get to this on the new tab on the My Settings page.

The page is divided into Calendar Settings at the top:

Calendar SettingsCalendar Settings


Followed by the Notification Settings:

Notification settingsNotification settings


Hover over the information icons next to each setting to get more information on what they do.

Session Availability Grid

If you choose Yes to the final setting - Only notify me for sessions during the times below - you will be able to set up the grid below for the times you are available:

Availability GridAvailability Grid


Once this is done you will only receive notification for sessions during those times - no more emails for sessions at 4am!

Please note: session times will be converted to your local time before we determine if you should receive a notifcation about them.

Information on how to add games to your Notification Boost List are on the right of the Gaming Session Settings page.

I hope you find this feature helpful, I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with another update!
Added by TrueAchievement at 15:07:04
Jul
31
Last Chance To Get Some Official TrueAchievements Merchandise
Hi guys

I hope you are enjoying your weekends!

I just want to let you know that there's only a couple of days left to get your Limited Edition Official TrueAchievements T-shirts.

Official TrueAchievements T-shirtsOfficial TrueAchievements T-shirts

All the details and pricing information can be found here.


Old Skool Rich Stone TA Hack-a-thon

Those of you who have listened to the latest TrueAchievements podcast will know that WebChimp UK is on holiday at the moment, which leaves me all on my own doing the site developments this coming week.

One of the things that first got people so interested in TrueAchievements when I started the site was the speed at which I used to get new features coded and live. Take a look at the Site News page and change the Date range to "Jul - Sep 08" and read from the bottom up to see what I mean!

I thought it might be fun to try to recreate that vibe this week, so I'll be attempting to put up at least one new site feature every day!

They will mostly come from the Site Wishlist Forum but I may also throw in a couple of things that I've been wanting to do myself. And it will obviously be the shorter developments that I choose to tackle.

So keep your eyes peeled to the site this week if you want to see everything that I manage to get done (and how much of it actually works first time)!

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Added by TrueAchievement at 12:21:53
Jul
29
Welcome to the New TGN YouTube Team Members
Hello everyone! wave

A few weeks ago, we announced that we were looking for volunteers to the join the new TGN YouTube team. The response was absolutely overwhelming, with well over 100 applications received from members of TA and TT.

After much deliberation and countless hours watching through every applicant's content, we have finally picked 16 people that will be joining the team. Without further ado:

AgileFawkes
Allen Poe
BruceWayne1008
Eurydace
ExtremePhobia
FredInTheHead
GChief19
JWood95
New Paralyzer
OkayEA
ParticleDuality
PrettyPanther70
SoliderAce
SoupaBuoy
SporkSan
swaggers

I'd like to congratulate every single one of our new TGN YouTube members and I look forward to seeing them contribute to our channel in the near future.

I'd also like to thank all of the people that applied for a position on the team. We had a lot of great applications but, unfortunately, we didn't have enough space to accommodate everybody.
Added by DaveKinetic at 20:16:55
Jul
29
TA Podcast: The Park, Minecraft Story Mode, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege
Jack is away this week, so we enlisted the help of Newshound Assistant Manager, Tom Clancy's The Division master and fellow northerner Dat Boi Treezy to take his place.

On this episode we discuss The Park, the seventh episode of Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series, August's Games with Gold, the Xbox Summer Spotlight and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege being free for Gold members this weekend, as well as answering your questions and much more.

Links:

TA Merchandise
Boom Boom Rocket and Syberia Coming To Backwards Compatibility Today

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Added by DaveKinetic at 14:23:56
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.

Links:

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.

Links:


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