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Feb
21
The Community and Events Team Are Recruiting!
Hello everyone!

There has been a little reshuffling happening behind the scenes of the Community Events Team. Our fearless leader -- Chad and Jessie -- has unfortunately had to step down from the role. The management of the team is now shared between two members to help bring you the best site events we possibly can!

With new leadership also brings the need for a few members to help us plan and run these events. If you are interested in helping us out, please take a look at this application form and submit it if you would like to be involved.

We're all hoping you'll join us for the awesome events the team will be bringing to you this year! If you have any suggestions or feedback for events, please don't hesitate to post in the Community Events Forum.

And now, here are Freamwhole and planting42 to introduce themselves:

Hello, this is Freamwhole – one half of the new Community Events Management team!

I’m super pumped to be working with Planting on spearheading some new great community activities this year and beyond. Let’s save the daydreaming and pocket full of wishes for a later post – I figure I should probably introduce myself.

I’m still rocking my original Gamertag – Freamwhole – since I joined the Xbox community in 2006. My friends bought me a 360 as a wedding gift with Dead Rising. It was just glorious. I wasn’t much of a gamer until I found TA in March 2011. That was the time I finally got sick of playing Call Of Duty every year and noticed achievements. I was cleaning up Dead Rising when I kept banging my head against the wall trying for 7 Day Survivor, so I did what any red-blooded gamer would do – TO THE INTERNET!

The TA solution was great, my ability to devote that many consecutive hours was not so much, but that was the moment when thirst for achievement hunting became an insatiable craving. Now, I’m in my mid-30’s with a wife and two kids in grade school. I’m an engineer / mad scientist to pay the bills, but I’d be remiss to not be thinking about gaming nearly every waking (and sometimes not waking) moment.

My community development background took hold when I joined the Achievement Hounds Community and subsequent community podcast. I lurked for a while until becoming more active in that small subset of TAer’s. That place gave me the opportunity to begin my new passion of creating contests and events/activities for gamers. I developed a ton of fun contests – some worked, some didn’t – but they gave me some great insight on some cool ideas to engage people in achievement hunting, from both the casual and hardcore alike. The Hounds community began to die off and fellow TA staffer zzUrbanSpaceman and I started up a new podcast and community to continue my silly contests and events. From that, the Zed To Zed community and podcast was born and I continued to test out ideas and events.

I also approached the TA community team with an idea – that idea eventually became the Ultimate Head To Head challenge, and got me a spot on the TA Community Events Team. Side Note: Huge thanks to Rich (TA) and Jack (Webchimp) for taking my idea and making it awesome, but I totally regret not slapping my name all over it like Beanpotter did with his Bean Dives. The original name of the UHH was Freamwhole’s Achievement Tournament Challenge (FAT Challenge), but I digress.

You can probably glean from my gamerscore (I’m not winning any awards for crazy points) I just don’t have the time to devote with all my garbage “real-life” responsibilities. I do have an obscene passion for gaming, if not a nasty addiction, so I raised my hand to help take over the vacated post of Chad And Jessie for the Community Manager Position. So here we are: an idea man with some fun contest plans for all gamers. Like I said before, my goal is to create activities where both filthy casuals like myself, the crazy hardcore, and everyone in between can win prizes and participate.

I can’t wait to reveal some of our plans for this year and I look forward to gaming with you in the future.

Howdy! I'm planting42 and the other half of the Community Events Management team. I'm glad to have the opportunity to keep bringing events to the TA community.

I started my Xbox career when my beloved MMO died a horrible death thanks to something called WoW. Between new management (EA bought Mythic Entertainment) and the competition Warcraft was bringing, the community I was a member of was declining rapidly. I needed to find something else to occupy my time. Thankfully for me, the Xbox 360 had recently came out so I started down the path of achievements with games like Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Quake 4. Back in those days, my local stores actually kept gaming magazines in stock. As I read OXM often, an article on the back page caught my eye in one issue. It was an interview with TrueAchievements, a website dedicated to achievement hunting. I joined the site proper in April of '09 and promptly got into the thick of things boosting the aforementioned Guitar Hero III and Ace Combat 6. My first taste of grind had me hooked and I'm still pushing forward.

I've been a background member of the CET for some time now. I was invited originally thanks to this little event I have run for the last 7 years - the The Great TrueAchievement Score Challenge 2017. Since then, I've had the pleasure of working to create the sessions for various events such as Music Mayhem, Rocktober, Viral Month and the more recent Call of Duty mega-event. Clicking boxes is my thing!
Please submit your application to join the team before Friday, March 3rd to be considered for the role. Good luck to everyone that applies!

We would also like to thank Chad and Jessie for the fantastic job she's done on the team over the years, she's made it possible for thousands of TAers to enjoy some totally unique events and helped many people to find new friends and of course unlock loads of achievements that they otherwise wouldn't have done!
Added by TrueAchievement at 16:44:45
Feb
03
Full Xbox Store Integration Including Price Tracking and Alerts
The Xbox Store is a wonderful place to spend our hard-earned cash. It does, however, contain a huge amount of different game versions and consumables, and that can make it tricky to find the best value bundle or latest sale for the games you are looking to purchase.

We are delighted to say that we have just made all of that considerably easier for you, as well as bringing you a lot of features that you won't find anywhere else!

Latest Content Page
Firstly, we have the Latest Content page. This will show you a full list of the content in the store, sorted by the most recently added.

Product ListProduct List

If there are achievements attached to the product, we'll show you how many there are and how much they are worth in both GamerScore and TA. You can then see the price in your region (don't forget to set your Offical Store Region here).

We'll also show the platforms on which you can play it, the type of content it is, and the average rating out of five from our members.

Product List FiltersProduct List Filters

Naturally you can filter this list, either by typing into the search box or clicking the View and Filter button. From here you can choose the platforms, content types and even choose to see just content that is currently free.

Product Details Page
Clicking on a product will take you through to the Product Details page where you can see loads of information about the product, including the developer and publisher, when we found it and the last time we checked the prices.

Product PageProduct Page

We'll also show the prices across all regions, with your region highlighted. You can click through to the store if you want to buy the item.

On the right-hand side, we'll show the achievements included with the content, separated into base game and DLC (including which are part of a title update).

Price Alerts
All this is pretty cool, but we've gone one step further -- you can set up a Price Alert for your region. Just set a target price and you'll be notified as soon as the item drops below that price, or you can choose Any change to be notified whenever the item is included in any sale.

Once we detect that the product has dropped below your target price, we'll send you an email letting you know.

Price Alert emailPrice Alert email


Sales Page
We've also made it easy to see exactly what content is currently on sale. Click on the Sales tab to view all the current sales:

Sales listSales list

On here you'll see some additional columns showing the discount percentage, and the sale end date if we can find it. You'll also see an indicator to tell you if it's a Gold sale only.

Game Hub Integration
You remember those awesome Game Hub Pages we added at the end of last year?

We've integrated the pricing information into the hubs, including all bundles that feature the game and the price for each:

New panel on hub pagesNew panel on hub pages


Mobile Friendly
We've made all of these page mobile friendly, so you can also check them all from the comfort of your phone:

Mobile friendlyMobile friendly


We hope you enjoy this development; we've been working on it for some time and we still have new features to add to it in the coming weeks, so watch this space!
Added by TrueAchievement at 16:02:10
Jan
16
2016 Leaderboards - How Did You Do?
Hi TAers,

Some of you will remember that last year we created annual achievement leaderboards for the first time, totaling the achievements unlocked in various ways by everyone registered on the site during 2015. This proved to be really popular, so we've just finished building the 2016 versions.

You can find the leaderboards here: Site Leaderboards for 2016

This page has all your usual TA filtering options. You can filter by platform and genre, even region and area!



You can easily find your position on the board by clicking the Find Me button. It will take you to the page and scroll down automatically to show your position in all its glory. Click the Friends only option to show just you and your buddies.

Find yourself or view just your friends


We've included all the online achievements that everyone unlocked throughout the whole of 2016. Offline achievements could not be included as we couldn't be sure they were unlocked during the year.

The page defaults to showing the TrueAchievement score leaderboard (naturally), but there are also leaderboards for GamerScore, Achievements Won, Challenges Won and TA Ratio. The links to these boards are on the right of that page.

Leaderboards for different score types


The top 10 contains some familiar names and huge congratulations to RedmptionDenied for taking home the title for the second year running!

Share your positions
You'll probably want to share with the world that you made it into the top 1,000 of the 2016 European GamerScore in Racing Games Leaderboard and why not? Once you've found yourself, click the share icon to be taken up the page to the share panel:

Share Panel


From here you can share to facebook, twitter, etc. and the shares look pretty cool and link through directly to the correct leaderboard and position:

SharingSharing


Can you do even better in 2017?
Added by TrueAchievement at 17:30:58
Jan
13
TA Podcast: Exclusive Interview with ID@Xbox Community Manager, Kristen Jenson
Hello and welcome to a special episode of the TrueAchievements Podcast, in which we interview ID@Xbox Community Manager, Kristen Jensen, about how the program helps developers bring their games to the Xbox platform, her hidden gems of 2016 and what is coming up in 2017 that we should all be looking out for. We also discuss unobtainable achievements on ID titles and what we can do to attempt to get them fixed.

We also go through this week's biggest news announcements, what we've been playing to hopefully stay past week one of this year's GTASC, take a look at what games will be coming our way next week, and answer your questions.

Links:
Scalebound Has Been Cancelled
New Xbox One Controller Colors Announced
Elite: Dangerous Gets First Alien Contact
Injustice 2 Release Date Announced
For Honor Closed Beta Weekend Approaches
ID@Xbox on Twitter
ID@Xbox on Beam

Please note that we are posting this as Site News as it contains an interview with the ID@Xbox Community Manager that includes important discussion on what to do about unobtainable achievements on the ID@Xbox Program
If you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a nice review.

For those of you who are using other operating systems, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site, on YouTube, or you can download them here.

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Added by DaveKinetic at 15:42:00
Jan
05
TrueAchievements Has Now Tracked 1 Billion Achievement Unlocks
Today we passed a rather impressive milestone: we have now tracked over 1 BILLION Xbox achievement unlocks! That's a staggering 1,000,000,000 achievements that we have stored in our rather hefty database and that means that it's time for us to do some analysis on all of that lovely data (and there's a handy infographic here)...

Please note, you can click on most of the chart bars or pie slices to be taken to a list of relevant games, achievements or gamers.
1 Billion Tracked Achievements - The Analysis

Achievements Won By Year


The striking thing about this graph is the drop off in the number of achievements that were won during 2016: it is down almost 20% compared to 2015. With more games than ever released last year and more gamers than ever on TrueAchievements, what could be the cause of this? We are guessing that gamers are sinking more of their time into large multiplayer games such as Tom Clancy's The Division and Overwatch: Origins Edition and perhaps are not starting as many games. We'll be looking into this in more detail in a future article.

It's also interesting to note that in the first four days of 2017, there has already been almost three times as many achievement unlocks as there were in the forty-odd days after the Xbox 360 was released in 2005!


Achievement Unlocks By Platform

As you would expect given its age and popularity, the vast majority (almost exactly 75%) of the achievements were unlocked on the Xbox 360. Impressively, the Xbox One is doing a pretty good job of catching up with over 23% of the unlocks. Windows Phone is a distant third, with Windows fourth, but we would expect the latter's share to grow as Microsoft continue to promote Xbox gaming on the PC.


Games With Most Achievement Unlocks

The Halo Series dominates the top 10 of the games with the most unlocks. Halo: The Master Chief Collection takes first place, something that is unsurprising given that it has a whopping 600 achievements spread across its five classic titles. It is also the only Xbox One title in the top 10, with Xbox 360 titles comprising the other 9 places.

The Gears of War and Call of Duty series also each have two entries in a top 10 that is dominated by classic shooters.


Achievement Unlocks By Game Genre

Given the top 10 games chart above, and perhaps proving the stereotype of the typical gamer, most achievement unlocks (27%) come from Shooters. Right on the tail of that comes the Action-Adventure genre with 25%, and Role Playing games also take a healthy piece of the pie with a not-inconsiderable 12%. Sports and Racing games only account for around 6% of unlocks each.


Most Won Achievements

Interestingly, the top 5 most won achievements all come from different games, with Xbox 360 freebie Hexic HD taking the number one spot:

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

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

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

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

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Two Birds with One StoneThe Two Birds with One Stone achievement in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 worth 10 pointsKill 2 enemies with a single bullet in Single Player or Special Ops.


Unlocked Achievement Gamerscore Distribution

As you may have guessed, 10 Gamerscore value achievements make up a large percentage of the achievement unlocks. Almost 30% of them are "regular" 10 pointers.

There's a healthy spread of other values too, with almost 1% of our unlocks coming from those beautiful 100 Gamerscore achievements! Interestingly, while 0 Gamerscore achievements make up over 2% of the total achievements on the Xbox platform, they only make up 0.6% of our unlocks. Developers take note: please give your achievements some score!

Are you stuck on an odd numbered Gamerscore? Use our handy achievement filter tool to easily find odd numbered achievements that you've not won in the games that you've played!
Gamers With Most Achievement Unlocks

Top Gamers By Achievements Won

The top 5 gamers based on achievements won holds few surprises. These guys have spent years dedicated to Xbox. The sound of the bleep-bloop is what makes them tick!

A particular mention must go to Stallion83 and smrnov, who have been duking it out at the top of the tree for as long as most of us can remember.

To see the full leaderboard for achievements won and to see where you place, please click here.
Ponderables

5.8 million of the achievements were unlocked in TrueAchievements gaming sessions - wow!
86% of the achievements have been unlocked online
33% of the achievements have been classified as Rare by Xbox (click here for the list)
Only 14% of the achievements would be classed as Rare across only TrueAchievements members
Over 26 million achievements have been removed for cheating by our investigations team

Average TrueAchievements Gamer

Average TrueAchievements Gamer

Have you ever wondered how you stack up against the average TrueAchievements gamer? Register for free to find out.
We would like to thank everyone that's been involved in helping us to get to this incredible milestone, not least the awesome TrueAchievements Community, and of course Microsoft and everyone at Xbox for making such a fantastic platform.

Here's to the next billion!
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:41:41
Jan
03
The TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2016
Hi TA'ers,

Firstly, I'd like to give a special thankyou to everyone who voted in this year's awards. It's great to see so many of you give your thoughts on what has been another fantastic year for games on the Xbox platform.

As always, the Game of the Year, as well as the rest of the winners, will receive TrueAchievements rosettes on their respective game or achievement pages.

TrueAchievements Game of the Year Awards 2016 Winners

Without further ado, the TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2016 is...

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 -- congratulations to Playground Games on an excellent game and a thoroughly deserved win.

The runner-up to the overall TrueAchievements Game of the Year was Gears of War 4 and it also took home the coveted Shooter of the Year title.

Gears of War 4


Individual Genre Awards

Genre | Winner | Runner-up
Best Shooter | Gears of War 4 |Battlefield 1
Best Action & Adventure Game | Inside
| Dishonored 2
Best Role Playing Game | Dark Souls III | Final Fantasy XV
Best Platformer | Unravel | Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Best Racing Game | Forza Horizon 3 | DiRT Rally
Best Sports Game | Rocket League
| FIFA 17
Best Action Game | Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 | Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Best Adventure Game | BATMAN – The Telltale Series | Firewatch
Best Music & Rhythm Game | Just Dance 2017 | Let's Sing 2017 Achievements
Best Simulation Game | Overcooked | Farming Simulator 17
Best Puzzle Game | The Turing Test | The Witness
Best Strategy Game | XCOM 2 | Kingdom: New Lands
Best Card & Board Game | Prominence Poker | Lies of Astaroth
Best Vehicular Combat Game | Carmageddon: Max Damage | Rebel Galaxy
Best Party Game | The Jackbox Party Pack 3 | Drawful 2

Miscellaneous Game Awards

Best ID@Xbox game - Rocket League
Runner Up - Inside

Best Windows Game - Gears of War 4
Runner Up - Forza Horizon 3

Best DLC - Blood and Wine for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Rise of Iron for Destiny

Achievement Awards

Proudest Achievement - The Dark Soul in Dark Souls III
Runner Up - ...Becomes the Master in Titanfall 2

Most Fun Achievement - Butcher in DOOM
Runner Up - All the Trimmings in Overcooked

Most Original Achievement - Get Up, Mr. Bubbles! in Rocket League
Runner Up - Seriously 4.0 in Gears of War 4

Best Achievement Name - I'm Drumpf in Gears of War 4
Runner Up – At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified in Gears of War 4

We'll be bringing a much more detailed game of the year voting breakdown in the coming days.

We hope that you've had fun voting and will join us again next year!
Added by Clever Jake at 18:57:58