Happy Holidays From TrueAchievements!

By Sam Quirke,
Happy Holidays

It's almost Christmas, which means the TA offices are closing up for a week until the new year. It's been a crazy 2019 for the TrueGaming Network, with new teams, new offices and new site designs. With two major new consoles releasing next year, 2020 is sure to be a busy one as well.

We rounded up a few key staff members to send on their festive greetings. As always we want to send a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteer staff members working tirelessly to make TA the biggest and the best Xbox community site on the internet.

During the break, we will be welcoming in new Xbox owners with a series of beginner's guides to the system. Regular news coverage will return from January 2nd.

TrueAchievement (Site Owner, Development Manager)

2019 was another amazing year for TrueGaming Network. We opened our second office in Bournemouth for our brand new news team, and the development team completed one of the largest projects we’ve ever worked on as we rewrote all three of the TGN sites to be completely responsive.

December 10th saw our busiest day ever for traffic on TrueAchievements, and we are also on track for December to be the busiest month ever. Of course that’s all down to our amazing community and we want to wish all of you a very Happy Holidays!

kintaris (Content Manager)

It has been a rollercoaster year for News and Content on TA and TT. Rich and I opened a second physical office in the UK, down in sunny(ish) Bournemouth on the south coast. I took over as Editor, and we hired two new writers, Heidi and Sean – which means we have doubled our full-time staff in 18 months.

This year we saw the Xbox Gameplay Chart take off in earnest, providing some of the only gameplay-based analytics out there in an industry shifting away from the retail purchase market. Our X019 coverage this year was one of the busiest traffic days in the history of the news and content team.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our volunteer news team who tirelessly churned out news in their spare time all the way through to E3 this year. I'd also like to personally thank Heidi and Sean for jumping in the deep end with news and content coverage. In 2020 we will be doubling down on unique site content using the wealth of data at our disposal on site, and we will push forward with plans to grow our sister site, TrueTrophies, as well.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. We'll have some beginner's guides going up in the next few days to welcome in new Xbox owners, and regular news stuff will start appearing again from the 2nd Jan.

planting42 (Community Events Team Manager)

Howdy TAers!

As we approach the end of another year its good to look back and reflect on what we've accomplished during it. In our little corner of the TAverse, we were able to offer up 4 Community Challenges this year and hosted 4 events, one of them of a completely new design. Hopefully you were able to play along with us but if not, never fear, we'll be back in 2020 with a whole new calendar of goodies for you to enjoy.

We started off the year with a new event, TA Hangman, where we had to spell outselves out of trouble using achievements. We had a relatively large pool of phrases to ensure that the fun didn't stop once the first few players figured out what they were given. It seems that some of you really wanted to keep the puzzles coming. There were lots more ideas surrounding this concept so we'll likely revisit this in the near future.

A month later we were back at it with the Link Frog event. This time, instead of adding on achievements with higher TA scores or ratios, we were adding on achievements starting with the last letter of the previous achievement to build chains. Some may have nightmares still searching for just one more that starts with 'E', as it turns out that there are many many achievements that end with that letter. Rest assured we'll see another Frog themed event.

Next up was the annual Bean Dive hosted by none other than our Beanpotter where we try to add the unstarted games we've acquired to the official backlog. Its easier to find these games once they are in your collection proper. Have you recovered from your dive yet?

For the eagle-eyed among you, there was a Community Challenge hidden inside the Great TrueAchievement Score Challenge this year - anyone who entered the Solo event and survived until Period 10 (so 9 weeks) earned themselves another level to their Challenge badge. Sure made the earlier weeks a bit more interesting.

Finally, we're running the now annual 12 Days of Christmas event. If you haven't yet got into the action, you have until the end of the month to register and get your Christmas progress in. Don't wait too long though as there are 12 individual challenges that must be completed in order - some of them may take some time to complete. Many find these open ended events a great way to work through their aging backlog or to rediscover games that have been sitting idle for far too long.

Wready for action in 2020 and hope you'll play along with us. Happy holidays!

Game Information Team

Note from the Editor: We weren't able to catch the managers of our trusty TGN Game Information Team, Shadow Kisuragi and BulletLukey, before they headed off on a well-earned holiday rest. But it'd be remiss of us not to recognise the huge amount of work the entire team achieve on a daily basis. Not only was this year stuffed with games and announcements, we had some entirely new concepts for the GI team to wrap their head around – from Xbox Game Pass for PC to xCloud and even the Xbox Series X, turning up right at the end of the year. The GI team have worked tirelessly to stay on top of all of these new developments as we create new categories. They have also been incredibly welcoming to Heidi and Sean and have helped the content team daily, helping us source and craft the news and getting us the latest achievement lists before our competitors.

We will for sure see a heck of a lot of announcements and new games in 2020 across TA and TT, so we're sure it'll be another busy year for Team GI. Please join me in thanking the entire team for their support – without all of their work keeping the site up to date, we simply wouldn't be where we are today!

Dang3R Gaming, RadicalSniper99 and Shh I am Batman (Walkthrough Management Team)

The Walkthrough Team would like to thank everyone for their hard work and willingness to help the TA community this past year. We had over 90 newly published walkthroughs alongside numerous ports and improvements to old ones along the way. We're looking forward to a great year and hopefully see more and more WT's come out. We're always excited to see new volunteers help and hope that the new handout system will continue to improve the response time on all ends. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone!

Beanpotter (Reported Content Manager)

Happy end of the year from the Reported Content Team! I hope you get everything you ever wanted. Do you know what I get lots of? People complaining about solutions not being solutions. I absolutely love it! Can't get enough. Seriously!

This year has seen a big rise in 'This is story related, can't miss' which is no solution at all, or 'Could someone help me boost this' which is even worse! Sorry to everyone who has gone looking for assistance or tips and found something like this. It must be truly disheartening. But fear not, for help is at hand! Simply report that solution and I will swoop down in my beer-stained leotard and matching sparkly Tutu and whisk it away in front of your very eyes. It'll be like it never existed and you get to feel all warm and fuzzy that you did good.

Thank you to all you regular reporters, you help make TA a better place. Here's to another great solution/review filled year. Lead on, brave adventurer.

Clever Jake (Moderation Team Manager)

Hi TA'er's,

As the decade comes to an end*, it’s time for a brief annual reflection.

It's been another busy year for me and the moderator team. The new rules went live in April and have hopefully gone some way to making the community even more awesome than it already was.

It turns out what we do is quite repetitive and secretive and doesn’t make for good public reflection articles. I’d love to tell you all about the juicy mod gossip, but I can’t as that would make me a terrible person. In the unlikely event that you are still reading this, I’ll end it by asking you to continue to be awesome and hopefully you can all stay on our nice list throughout 2020.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Love, CJ and your friendly Moderator Team

*Yes, I already know the technicalities of it not being the end of the decade, I read the Game of the Decade thread too!

N0T PENNYS B0AT – TA Playlist

2019 was arguably our best year yet of TA Playlist in terms of games lineup. We started the year with last-gen conversation pieces like Sleeping Dogs and L.A. Noire, played some of the best indies like The Banner Saga and Oxenfree, dove into one half of the Arkham series (Arkham Knight and Origins in 2020, yeah?) and ended the year with the blockbuster of all blockbusters, Red Dead Redemption 2.

As I step away from hosting duties, I’m thrilled to see new hosts carry the torch and continue TA Playlist for our community that loves it as much as I do. I’ll still be in the forums regularly and I look forward to seeing how the monthly game club grows and morphs in 2020. Thanks for playing along all these years! I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!

Enjoy the holidays everybody, and see you in 2020!
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.