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TA Podcast: November Edition - Part Two
We're back with our second TA Podcast in seven days, and this time around Rich, Jack and myself put aside our hectic social lives in order to bring you our thoughts on some more of this holiday's biggest releases.

On this edition, we discuss why Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a fine return to form for the franchise, what Call of Duty: Black Ops III has to offer (or not), our time with Halo 5: Guardians, and the recent new Xbox One dashboard.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a nice review to that will help us feel warm inside this holiday season.

If iOS isn't your thing, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site or download them here.
Added by DaveKinetic at 15:08:52
What was your #My1stAchievement?
This week, the Xbox 360 celebrated it's 10 year anniversary.

And that means it's also been 10 years since it's been possible to earn Xbox Achievements!

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To celebrate that, some folks (including Xbox Live's e) took to Twitter to share the first achievement they won with the hashtag #My1stAchievement.

Finding your first achievement on is a tricky business, so being the helpful guys we are, we've made a page to make it easy for everyone to find and share theirs.

Simply go to My First Achievement - if you are logged in you'll see your first (online) achievement here along with share buttons to share it to social networks and your feed.

Sharing #My1stAchievement on TwitterSharing #My1stAchievement on Twitter

We'll also made it possible for those crazy gamers that don't actually have a TrueAchievements account to just put in their GamerTag and find and share theirs too!

Most Common First Achievements
Of course, being the stat-heads we are, half of the reason we wanted to make this page was so we could do some analysis on what the most common first-popped achievements are!

So, here are the top 10 most common first popped achievements:

And here are the top 20 most common first popped achievements in detail:

Halo 3GraduateThe Graduate achievement in Halo 3 worth 12 pointsEarn 5 EXP or finish 10 games to complete the requirements for basic training (Online).

Hexic HDCluster BusterThe Cluster Buster achievement in Hexic HD worth 5 pointsGet a total of 25 combos across all of your games.

Project Gotham Racing 3Rank 10The Rank 10 achievement in Project Gotham Racing 3 worth 20 pointsGet to Rank 10

Gears of WarPrison BreakoutThe Prison Breakout achievement in Gears of War worth 10 pointsCompleted tutorial level on any skill level

Gears of WarAlways Remember Your FirstThe Always Remember Your First achievement in Gears of War worth 15 pointsFinish playing a versus ranked match

Call of Duty 2Completed TrainingThe Completed Training achievement in Call of Duty 2 worth 50 pointsComplete "Red Army Training" in Moscow

Halo 3MVPThe MVP achievement in Halo 3 worth 7 pointsEarn the MVP in any ranked playlist (Online).

Halo 3Up Close and PersonalThe Up Close and Personal achievement in Halo 3 worth 6 pointsKill 5 enemies by melee or assassination in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).

Grand Theft Auto IVLet Sleeping Rockstars LieThe Let Sleeping Rockstars Lie achievement in Grand Theft Auto IV worth 14 pointsKill a Rockstar developer in a ranked multiplayer match.

Hexic HDStar GazerThe Star Gazer achievement in Hexic HD worth 5 pointsForm a cluster of three bonus-star pieces.

Grand Theft Auto IVOff The BoatThe Off The Boat achievement in Grand Theft Auto IV worth 5 pointsComplete the first mission.

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEarn a Winged DaggerThe Earn a Winged Dagger achievement in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare worth 20 pointsComplete 'F.N.G.'

Gears of WarZen and the Art Part 2The Zen and the Art Part 2 achievement in Gears of War worth 22 pointsPerform 5 perfect active reloads in a row (on any difficulty)

The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionEscaped the Imperial SewersThe Escaped the Imperial Sewers achievement in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion worth 50 pointsEscaped the Imperial Sewers, Main Quest Beginning

Halo 3Fear the Pink MistThe Fear the Pink Mist achievement in Halo 3 worth 6 pointsKill 5 enemies with the needler in a ranked free for all playlist or in campaign.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Back in the SaddleThe Back in the Saddle achievement in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 worth 15 pointsHelp train the local militia.

Halo 3LandfallThe Landfall achievement in Halo 3 worth 21 pointsFinish the first mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.

Gears of WarDom-curiousThe Dom-curious achievement in Gears of War worth 13 pointsComplete 1 co-op chapter as Dominic Santiago on any difficulty

Hexic HDFlower ChildThe Flower Child achievement in Hexic HD worth 17 pointsSurround one piece with six same-color pieces.

Perfect Dark Zero10 Kills in KillcountThe 10 Kills in Killcount achievement in Perfect Dark Zero worth 11 pointsDeathMatch Award. Achieved 10 Kills in DeathMatch: Killcount.

So tell us, what was your first achievement?
Added by TrueAchievement at 15:13:47
TA Podcast: November Edition
With the holiday season upon us and games flying left and right, finding time to record an amazing podcast gets harder and harder. we recorded a merely OK podcast.

In our November Show, Rich and Lara Croft's biggest fan sit down to discuss some of the big releases that have happened over the last few weeks and talk about a few of the major announcements in the "True" world.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast or use it to cover the noise of terrible relatives coming to plague your existence visit please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a review that says how the flying spaghetti monster and vidya gaymes are the reason for the season.
Added by osubluejacket at 18:26:32
Monthly and Yearly Period Summary Newsletters
When we launched the period summary feature earlier this month we mentioned that we'd be bringing you the option to receive a newsletter at the end of each month with a preview of your stats.

We're happy to announce that the option to receive these is now live, and can be customised over on the site settings page.

We have also added an option to your Friend Feed settings to post your summary to your feed at the end of each month, and as always you can hide the summary posts from your Friend Feed in your Site Settings.

Added by Doomful at 18:38:50
TrueSteamAchievements Beta Registrations
A couple of weeks ago we announced our new sister site for Steam gamers, TrueSteam Achievements, and kicked off a closed beta.

TrueSteam Achievements is our first venture onto the PC platform. It is built from the same code-base as TrueAchievements, meaning we're planning to launch with the majority of the functionality you know and love, but with some extra Stream additions too!

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With the majority of the bigger bugs now ironed out we're extending this beta access to anyone that's currently registered on TrueAchievements or TrueTrophies.

To register for the extended beta you can use the link below - you'll need to click "sign in through steam" button which redirect you to the steam site. After logging in you'll be redirected back here and we can grab the steam id (we don't see any other details!).

TrueSteam Achievements Extended Beta Registration

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If you've got any questions about the beta feel free to drop them below. toast
Added by WebChimp UK at 13:53:28
Monthly and Yearly Period Summaries
It’s been a common sight on the first of the month for many years now – gamers posting their score summary for the previous month in their status.

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We thought it would be good to allow this to be automated and (of course) improved upon!

So today we bring you Gamer Period Summaries

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This is available from the Stats part of your header and will default to the last month you scored anything.

You can choose the period from the dropdown, it will include any month or year that you scored anything in. We’ll then collate your gameplay for the period, including the games you played, best achievements, and even how you ranked amongst your friends!

Games, achievements, a friend leaderboard (friends not included) and more!Games, achievements, a friend leaderboard (friends not included) and more!

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You can share these stats to your feed in the first 3 days of the following month, or anywhere else at any time you like – they will link directly into the appropriate time period.

The future has arrived!The future has arrived!

In the coming days we will also be powering up the TA printing press to bring you a slice of these stats each month directly to your inbox.

Top games, achievements and more delivered fresh each monthTop games, achievements and more delivered fresh each month

As always if it gets a bit much you can hide the summary posts from your Friend Feed in your Site Settings and will also be able to customise your email settings over in the notifications section of the same page.

We hope you enjoy this and if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the summary then please let us know!

Added by Doomful at 13:18:35