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Sep
13
PSA: Ultimate Head to Head Contest 3 Registration Closes Tomorrow
If you've been meaning to register for our Ultimate Head to Head Contest but haven't gotten around to signing up yet, this is a final reminder that the registration period ends tomorrow (September 14th) at 1pm BST (12:00 midday UTC).

UHH 3


Note: If you have already registered, please make sure you have enough locked games and achievements to enter
here before the registration closes.

If this is the first time that you have heard about the contest or if you need a refresher on how the contest will work, here are the details:

The Basics

Each week, you are matched against another TA gamer with similar unfinished games to you.
You are given a list of 20 achievements from those games that are locked for both of you.
You have a week to unlock as many of the achievements from the list as you can.
The person with the most unlocks from the list earns bonus points (in the group stage), or goes through to the next round (in the knock-out stage).
Changes for This Year's Event

Group Stage
The group stage consists of 4 rounds of match-ups. Unlocking an achievement from your list gives you one point.

You will not be eliminated if you lose any of these match-ups, but the winner of each match-up gets a bonus of ten points.

Knock-Out Stage
The top 256 players based on points from the group stage then go on to the knock-out stage if they have valid game collections (see rules later in the post).

Each week of the knock-out stage, the loser from each match-up is eliminated until we finally crown a winner at the end of the Grand Final.

Entry Requirements, Valid Games and Achievements

In order for us to stand a good chance of matching you up with someone else with similar locked achievements, you need to have a minimum of 2,500 valid locked achievements, across a minimum of 50 valid games to register:

Games count as valid if they are:
In your Game Collection with an ownership status of Owned or Games with Gold
On the Xbox 360 or Xbox One
From either games you've started or games you own in your game collection (you decide)
Have a minimum of 1000 gamers that have started them
Not completed by you (base game + title updates, available achievements only)

Achievements count as valid if they are:

Not currently unlocked by you
Not from DLC except for Title Updates
Not unobtainable or discontinued (according to our flags)

You must also maintain at least 2,000 valid locked achievements across at least 50 valid games throughout the duration of the contest.
Qualification Requirements for the Knock-Out stage

To qualify for the knock-out stage, you can only have a maximum of 10% of your valid games set to something other than Owned or Games with Gold.

How to Register

If you do want to enter, you can check if you meet the registration requirements and create your registration here.

Useful Links

Ultimate Head To Head 3 Hub
Ultimate Head-to-Head Contest 3 - FAQ and Rules
Ultimate Head to Head 3 Forum

Good luck to everyone who has decided to take part!
Added by DaveKinetic at 12:12:59
Sep
11
New TrueAchievements Merchandise Now On Sale - New Designs, Colours And A Mug!
With it ticking over into autumn we thought it was about time to relaunch some of our Official TrueAchievements merchandise.

This batch contains some entirely new items and the popular classic t-shirt design, as well as our very first TrueAchievements mug!

And you now get extra flexibility as you can also choose the colours of some of the items before you check out, at no extra cost.

As usual, we've created separate campaigns for the US and EU to make sure you're getting the best value for money possible. We've also managed to set up some additional colour options so you can pick your favourite for your t-shirt or hoodie.

TrueAchievements Classic T-Shirt
This is a relaunch of the class TrueAchievements design and features the site logo on the front of the t-shirt.

TA Classic T-Shirt $19.99/£14.99 (excluding shipping)TA Classic T-Shirt $19.99/£14.99 (excluding shipping)


TrueAchievements Splash T-Shirt
This t-shirt features a brand new "splash" design logo created by community member TuKraZe.

TA Splash T-Shirt $19.99/£14.99 (excluding shipping)TA Splash T-Shirt $19.99/£14.99 (excluding shipping)


TrueAchievements Splash Hoodie
This hoodie features a brand new "splash" design logo, created by community member TuKraZe, on the front and the full TrueAchievements logo on the back.

TA Splash Hoodie $39.99/£29.99 (excluding shipping)TA Splash Hoodie $39.99/£29.99 (excluding shipping)


TrueAchievements Mug
Drink your tea or coffee in style with the brand new TrueAchievements Mug. This features a TrueAchievements logo on both the front and back.

TA Mug $11.99/£8.99 (excluding shipping)TA Mug $11.99/£8.99 (excluding shipping)


This is a time limited campaign and will conclude on the 2nd October 2017. As is standard for Teespring, all items will be sent out at the end of the campaign, unless you specify Rapid Shipping.

Sizing, shipping, and additional product details are available via the TeeSpring pages.

US Campaign
TrueAchievements Classic T-Shirt @ $19.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Splash T-Shirt @ $19.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Splash Hoodie @ $39.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Mug @ $11.99 (excluding shipping)


EU Campaign
TrueAchievements Classic T-Shirt @ £14.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Splash T-Shirt @ £14.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Splash Hoodie @ £29.99 (excluding shipping)
TrueAchievements Mug @ £8.99 (excluding shipping)
Added by TrueAchievement at 16:03:35
Sep
08
The Ultimate Head To Head 3 - Registration Is Now Open
First came The Ultimate Head to Head Contest 1.

Next, we brought you The Ultimate Head to Head Contest 2.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we are delighted to announce The Ultimate Head To Head Contest 3!

Ultimate Head To Head 3


The Basics
For those that have no idea why this contest has been the most popular event we've ever run, here's a quick run down of how the contest works:


Each week, you are matched against another TA gamer with similar unfinished games to you.
You are given a list of 20 achievements from those games that are locked for both of you.
You have a week to unlock as many of the achievements from the list as you can.
The person with the most unlocks from the list earns bonus points (in the group stage), or goes through to the next round (in the knock-out stage).

Changes for This Year's Event
We have made some small changes for this year's event:

Group Stage
The group stage consists of 4 rounds of match-ups. Unlocking an achievement from your list gives you one point.

You will not be eliminated if you lose any of these match-ups, but the winner of each match-up gets a bonus of ten points.

Knock-Out Stage
The top 256 players based on points from the group stage then go on to the knock-out stage if they have valid game collections (see rules later in the post).

Each week of the group stage, the loser from each match-up is eliminated until we finally crown a winner at the end of the Grand Final.

Entry Requirements, Valid Games and Achievements
In order to facilitate good match-up and achievement lists, we are setting the following entry requirements for the contest:

You need to have a minimum of 2,500 valid locked achievements, across a minimum of 50 valid games.

Games count as valid if they are:
In your Game Collection with an ownership status of Owned or Games with Gold
On the Xbox 360 or Xbox One
From either games you've started or games you own in your game collection (you decide)
Have a minimum of 1000 gamers that have started them
Not completed by you (base game + title updates, available achievements only)


Achievements count as valid if they are:
Not currently unlocked by you
Not from DLC except for Title Updates

Not unobtainable or discontinued (according to our flags)


You must also maintain at least 2,000 valid locked achievements across at least 50 valid games throughout the duration of the contest.
Qualification Requirements for the Knock-Out stage

To qualify for the knock-out stage, you can only have a maximum of 10% of your valid games set to something other than Owned or Games with Gold.

Checking Your Requirements and Registering for the Contest
You can check your totals for each of the requirements and also register to enter the contest on this page.

This page will remain accessible and up to date throughout both the registration period and the contest itself, so you can see if you are in danger of dropping below any of the requirement levels.

We will first check your requirements at the point of registration closing - that is Thursday 14th September at 12:00 midday UTC. At this point we will take a snapshot of your game collection and use that as your "game pool" for the duration of the contest. Games cannot be removed from this, but any new games you play will automatically be added.

If you do not meet the valid games or valid locked achievements entry requirements when registration closes you will not be entered into the contest at all.

If you do not meet the removed game %age requirements when registration closes, you will not be able to enter the knock-out stage.

At the end of each period, we will re-check the locked game and achievement counts and eliminate anyone that does not reach the 2,000 locked achievement/50 valid games target.

Note: You can register today even if you do not currently meet the requirements. We will not check them until registration closes so you have until that time to get your game collection in order.

Contest Hub, FAQ and Questions
You can find all the information about the event on the Ultimate Head To Head 3 Hub.

Please see the Ultimate Head-to-Head Contest 3 - FAQ and Rules for more details, and post any questions you may have in Ultimate Head-to-Head Contest 3 - Questions and Discussion.

Just-For-Fun Group Stage Continuation
If you do not qualify for the knock-out stage, you will have the option of continuing with "just-for-fun" weekly match-ups while the knock-out stage takes place. More details on this will follow.

Good Luck!
Good luck to everyone entering, this year's event promises to be the best ever!
Added by TrueAchievement at 13:37:56
Sep
07
Hover Information Added To Gamer, Game and Achievement Links
Hover Cards

After almost 10 years of site development, TrueAchievements now contains a vast amount of information and features. Much of that information is split out across various pages on the site, and it can be a pain to have to click through on links all the time to find basic information about a particular game, gamer or achievement.

To make things easier for you, we've just built and put live TA Hover Cards - summary information about the item behind a link.

Gamer hover cards
The first card can be seen by hovering over a gamer link anywhere on the site.
Gamer hover cards
You'll see their main site statistics, the game they are currently playing, and have buttons to message them or add them as a friend, or compare your games to theirs.

Game hover cards
Hovering over links for games that are not out yet, you will see an expected release date, and the latest news story about the game.
Pre-release hover cards

You can also subscribe to news about the game and add it to your wishlist from this card.

For games that have released, you'll see a lot more information, including the max TA, GamerScore and achievements, pricing for your region, and your own progress in the game if you have played it.
Game Hover Cards

If you hover over someone else's game link (for instance, on your friend feed), you'll also see their progress in the game.


Achievement hover cards
Hovering over a link to an achievement will show you it's score information, as well as the game it's from and whether it has any solutions.
TA Hover Cards

You can also add and remove the achievement to your To-do list from this card.


Toast Notifications
As part of our ongoing effort to improve the usability of the site, we've added Toast notifications for many of these buttons, and we'll be adding them to more of our buttons in the coming weeks. We think they look pretty sweet:
Hover cards


Site Performance
Although I've been away at various games conventions over the last month (have a listen to the most recent Podcasts for more info), I've been running various tools to analyse the performance of the site, and over the last week I've made a host of improvements to speed of our main database. Those changes are now live, along with a load of other small devs that you can read about on the Site Updates page.
Added by TrueAchievement at 18:41:46
Jul
26
Leap Frog 2017 Details
Today, we are excited to announce the return of one our most popular community events, Leap Frog, is returning for its third year. As with last year, we're switching up the requirements again to hopefully reduce the overall length of the contest by this time using a combination of the previous years' objectives -- a minimum number of achievements and ratio within a 24-hour scoring period -- to help determine our overall winner.

Leap Frog 2017

What is a Leap Frog?
The contest will begin at 09:00 UTC+0 on Tuesday, August 1st, and to register all you need to do is head over to the Leap Frog 2017 hub, and hit the "Register Now" button on the right-hand side of the page. Registration will close an hour before the contest starts.

Once registered, the goal of the contest is simple; you will have 24-hours to earn the specified number of achievements, each of which must be equal to or exceed the minimum ratio required. As with last year, the required ratio will start at 1.0 on the first day and will increase by 0.2 for each subsequent 24-hour scoring period. The change this year is that at the start of each week (every 8th scoring period) the number of achievements required will increase by one (1). Week one will require you to unlock one (1) achievement, week two will require two achievements that both exceed the daily ratio requirements, week three will require three achievements, and so on. An example of the how the requirements will change can be seen below:

Week One
Day 1 - Unlock at least 1 achievement with a ratio of 1.0 or greater
Day 2 - Unlock at least 1 achievement with a ratio of 1.2 or greater
...
Day 7 - Unlock at least 1 achievement with a ratio of 2.2 or greater

Week 2 (minimum number of achievements increases by 1)
Day 8 - Unlock at least 2 achievements with a ratio of 2.4 or greater
Day 9 - Unlock at least 2 achievements with a ratio of 2.6 or greater
...
Day 14 - Unlock at least 2 achievements with a ratio of 3.6 or greater

Week 3 (minimum number of achievements increases by 1)
Day 15 - Unlock at least 3 achievements with a ration of 3.8 or greater
Day 16 - Unlock at least 3 achievements with a ration of 4.0 or greater
Failure to earn the required number of achievements within the required ratio in the 24-hour time period will result in elimination from the competition, and we'll keep going until one gamer is crowned the Leap Frog 2017 winner.

The ratio of each achievement will be taken at the exact moment the unlock is scanned into TrueAchievements.

Which Achievements Count?
The achievements must be earned online and have a valid timestamp.
All game and app achievements and challenges will count.
N.B. If you have only earned 0 GamerScore achievements with no other achievements in-between, you will need to manually request a scan for them to be seen by the scanners.

Some games do not provide timestamps even when played online. The list of them can be found in the Leap Frog 2017 FAQs.

Is There a Prize?
First Place: A gold Leap Frog 2017 badge to show off on your profile, six-months of TA Pro for each week completed and a TrueAchievements t-shirt from our next merchandise run.
Second Place: A silver Leap Frog 2017 badge to show off on your profile and one-month of TA Pro for each week completed.
Third Place: A bronze Leap Frog 2017 badge to show off on your profile and one-month of TA Pro for each week completed.
Useful Links
Leap Frog 2017 Hub
Leap Frog 2017 FAQs
Leap Frog 2017 Forum

Good luck to everyone that enters!
Added by DaveKinetic at 05:44:14
Jul
19
Site Update Log And Gaming Session Improvements
Site Update Log
It's not all fun and game streaming here at TGN towers -- we actually spend the vast majority of our time working on improvements to TA, TrueTrophies and TrueSteamAchievements.

We log everything we work on in a project management system called Asana, and we thought it would be very useful for the community to be able to see everything we put live with each site update, including new developments and bug fixes.

So we now have a new Site Updates page where you can see a list of devs and fixes, including additional information such as the thread it was requested or reported in.

New site updates pageNew site updates page


You can see the current version number of the site down in the footer, and this also links through the updates page.

You might be wondering why it says we are currently on version 5.0.1 of the site. I had to choose a starting point, and I think that we've probably had at least 5 huge site design changes over the last 9 or so years, so that's what I've gone with. Large updates will increment the second number, and smaller ones the last number.

And now, some devs you actually asked for......


Gaming Session Features

Clone Gaming Session

We've had a thread in the Site Wishlist Forum for a while about being able to clone an existing gaming session - that is, to take an existing session and copy all of the information from it (apart from the time and participants) into a brand new session.

If you go to any gaming session page (click through to any from the Gaming Sessions), you will see a new Clone session button:

Clone Gaming Session


This will take you through to the session creation page, and copy over the following information:
Game the session is for
Session type
Length of session
Gamers required

Additionally, if the session you are cloning is one you made yourself, the following data is also copied:
Session notes
Friends settings
Approval settings
PM settings

We think should be a particularly useful feature, and thanks to Phil the Bear for suggesting it.

Changes to Session Score Calculation
When we updated all of the site badges, we made a change to the feedback score badge that had been requested -- that is, to make it a percentage rather than just an aggregate of your feedback scores. The new calculation we used for that was effectively double counting negative feedback, so we have made a change to that calculation.

It is now worked out like this:

1. For every session you are in, you get a score from 0 to +1.

2. Each vote you get in each session is divided by the number of people that gave feedback.

Positive votes are worth 1 point, neutral 0.5 points, and negative are 0 points.

So, if it's a 3 person session and the other 2 give you +ve feedback you get a score of 1 for that session.
If one gives you +ve and one neutral you get a score of 0.75.
if both give you -ve you get a score of 0.
etc etc

3. We add up your scores for all the sessions that you have at least one bit of feedback from, and then divide the total sessions with feedback by that amount.
Added by TrueAchievement at 16:45:09