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Introducing The Alphabet Challenge
Today, we are excited to announce a brand new community event called The Alphabet Challenge, where everyone that enters can be a winner and earn one of our new Community Challenge badges.

Alphabet Challenge

What is the Alphabet Challenge?
The aim of the event is simple. Using the first letter of an achievement name, you have a maximum of 26 days to unlock all 26 letters of the English alphabet in alphabetical order. You can, of course, unlock any achievements in-between each letter you are going for, but they won't count for a letter later on -- they have to be earned in the correct order, all the way from A to Z.

The contest begins this coming Wednesday, June 1st at 0:00 UTC, and to register all you need to do is head over to the Alphabet Challenge hub and hit the "Register Now" button on the right-hand side of the page.

The event ends on June 26th at 23:59 UTC. You can register at any time during the event, however, all achievements must be unlocked and scanned in by the end of June 26th for them to count.

During the event, you'll have a panel on your homepage that shows the current letter you are going for, and a link to view all your locked achievements that start with that particular letter:
Alphabet Challenge

Which Achievements Count?

The achievements must be earned online and have a valid timestamp.
All game and app achievements and challenges will count.
Achievements starting with a special character (such as those with ümlauts or tilde) do not count. Only those in the English alphabet are included.

Is There a Prize?
Unlike most of our previous community events, everyone can be a winner in the Alphabet Challenge. If you manage to complete the challenge and unlock an achievement for all 26 letters in alphabetical order within the 26 days, you'll be awarded one of our new Community Challenge badges on your TrueAchievements profile.

We will be bringing more of these challenges in the future, so as you complete them the background colour of the badge will upgrade -- similar to most of our other profile badges.

Useful Links

Alphabet Challenge Hub
Alphabet Challenge Leaderboard
Alphabet Challenge Forum

Happy hunting and good luck to everyone that takes part!
Added by DaveKinetic at 12:31:09
All The Ways You Can Win Brand New Games On TrueAchievements
Everyone loves free games, right?

We love giving them out to TA members; in fact, in the last 4 months we've given away over 250 brand new games and thousands of beta keys!

If you want to get in on this free game booty, here's a list of the various places that we do our giveaways:

Lovely, lovely swag!Lovely, lovely swag!

TrueAchievements Twitter Account

We give away several games every week via the TrueAchievements Twitter account. Follow it to have a chance of winning, plus you get the added benefit of being kept informed of the latest Xbox news, new achievement lists as they hit the site, and also updates if ever we have any technical issues with the website.

TrueGaming Network Beam Channel
We're now streaming pretty much every weekday and we offer chances in the stream chat to win every ID@Xbox game that we play. You can find our channel here.

You must be following our channel to have a chance of winning.

We also do subscriber-only giveaways that give you a much greater chance of winning, but to enter those you'll obviously need to subscribe to our Beam channel. Subscribing gets you other cool stuff, too, such as custom emotes, no ads, a custom bot command, and access to our private Discord group.

TrueAchievements Podcast
We now give away two games during every TrueAchievements Podcast! There's a code giveaway at some point during every show and also another given away for the best question we receive each week from the listeners.

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, or 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. Or you can simply search for "TrueAchievements" in your pod program of choice!

Our Contest Forum
We regularly run contests onsite that simply require you to post in a forum thread. These will go up as news stories on the homepage, but if you don't regularly keep an eye on the homepage then you can add the Contests Forum to My Forums by clicking the Forum dropdown on that page. Threads from there will then appear in the My Threads page.

Our TA Pro Forum
If you are a Pro Account holder, you get access to our top secret TrueAchievements Pro Forum. We sometimes run Pro Only giveaways in the forum as a little bonus to all the other cool Pro Account perks.

Good luck for when you enter any of our contests!
Added by TrueAchievement at 13:25:41
Beam Is Now Integrated Into TrueAchievements
We've been streaming on Beam for a couple of months now (and last week received our Beam Partnership), and it's fair to say that we have been hugely impressed with the platform.

With the recent Xbox dashboard update including built-in Beam broadcasting, we expect many more gamers to start streaming their gameplay, and we've just put live an update to help integrate that into TrueAchievements, including a channel showcase on your homepage, friend feed alerts when you start streaming, and Beam channels added to our Streaming Hub!

Beam Settings Page
The first thing you'll need to do is set up your Beam channel information. You can do that on the new Beam Settings page, which you can also find as a tab on your Social Settings menu item under your GamerPic menu.

Input your Beam channel settingsInput your Beam channel settings

Input your channel name, and select whether you want the panel to show on your homepage only when you are broadcasting. You can also prevent the broadcast alerts posting to your feed should you want to.

Homepage Panel
Once you've added your channel info, you will see a new panel on your homepage containing your Beam channel name and your channel icon:

Homepage panel

When you start broadcasting, you'll get an alert to your friend feed:

Beam Images

and your homepage panel will indicate that you've "gone live":

Beam Images

Streaming Hub
We've also updated our Streaming Hub to include all the Beam channels. You can filter to show just the channels that are currently broadcasting, and also see the games they are playing.

Streaming hubStreaming hub

We hope to bring you even more Beam integration soon!
Added by TrueAchievement at 16:41:55
Introducing Easter Egg Hunt - A New TrueAchievements Contest
With Easter fast approaching, we wanted to mark the occasion here on TrueAchievements with the introduction of an egg-citing new contest called Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt

What is Easter Egg Hunt?
Easter Egg Hunt gives you the chance to gain some value from those annoying 0 GamerScore achievements that have previously seemed worthless -- I'm looking at you Quake II -- and conveniently for us, they kinda look like the shape of an egg.

Can you see where we're going here?

The contest begins this coming Friday, April 14th at 0:00 UTC, and to register all you need to do is head over to the Easter Egg Hunt hub and hit the "Register Now" button on the right-hand side of the page.

Once registered, the goal of the contest is simple; you have until April 27th at 0:00 UTC (two weeks) to unlock as many 0 GamerScore achievements as possible. At the end of the contest, the person who has unlocked the most 0GS achievements wins and is crowned our Easter Egg Hunt 2017 champion!

Which Achievements Count?
The achievements must be earned online and have a valid timestamp.
Only game and app achievements count -- Xbox One Challenges do not 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.

Is There a Prize?
Of course!
First Place: A gold Easter Egg Hunt 2017 badge to show off on your profile, 12-months of TA Pro and a TrueAchievements t-shirt from our next merchandise run.
Second Place: A silver Easter Egg Hunt 2017 badge to show off on your profile and six-months TA Pro
Third Place: A bronze Easter Egg Hunt 2017 badge to show off on your profile and six-months TA Pro

Useful Links
Easter Egg Hunt Hub -- For registration and a full list of the contest rules.
Easter Egg Hunt Forum
Easter Egg Hunt FAQs

Happy hunting and good luck to everyone that takes part!
Added by DaveKinetic at 08:41:13
TrueAchievements Is Now Partnered With Beam!
We are delighted to announce that TrueAchievements (as part of TrueGaming Network) is now partnered with streaming service Beam!

LEGO CITY Undercover

Our Beam Channel has been rapidly growing ever since we started streaming on the platform in February, playing brand new Xbox titles every weekday at 3 PM. Our custom built achievement tracker and the range of titles we play has helped to provide something a bit different to the channels offered by most streamers.

Being an official Beam partner is great for many reasons - but primarily because we now have direct access to Beam's support and development teams, which will allow us to bring cool Beam features to the site in the coming weeks.

It also gives people the option of subscribing to our Beam channel - subscribers receive the following perks:

Weekly subscriber-only giveaways
Access to our private Discord group
Early access to Beam features
Custom channel e-motes
Your name highlighted in chat more to be announced soon

To celebrate the partnership, and also the launch of the Beam Xbox One app, we're giving away over 40 codes for various games, Xbox Live Gold and Beam Pro during our streams today.

So please join us now as we stream,SkyKeepers and LEGO CITY Undercover, and find out why we are dressed up like this:
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:16:14
Join the Newshounds Team!
Yet again that time has come where we're looking for more people to join our volunteer news team here on TA. We need people who would like to devote their time to helping us get all of the Xbox related news and information onto the front page in a timely manner. You'll get to see your name on the front page of TA, although you can choose to write under an appropriate pseudonym if you prefer.

You can also be part of a growing Editorials team that is ready and waiting to post their opinions on the latest hot topics. As such, we are also looking for hounds who specialize in long-form content, such as opinion pieces.

Any applications can be sent to me, punkyliar, here on TA via PM.

Here are the application questions:

1) What is your name, age, location and timezone?

2) How much time could you give per day and what times would you generally be available?

3) Why do you want to be a newshound? What contributions would you bring to the team?

4) Are there particular genres/gaming topics you favor? All newshounds are expected to cover everything, but what would be your comfort zone?

5) Is there anything that the team doesn't currently cover that you'd like to see? How could you help to cover this area?

6) Have you written news previously? If so, where? Please submit examples if this applies to you.

7) Have you been on TA/TT/TSA site staff before? If so, please tell us a little bit about your experience.

8) Where would you go to find news? What sources would you consider?

9) What improvements / changes do you think we can make to our news coverage?

10) Please let us know anything else about you that makes you stand apart from the crowd! While we're looking for staff to manage news now, we expect all our staff to be able to handle our other responsibilities, so what special skills or knowledge do you bring to the table?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly (so it's bolded for you), please write a sample news story using the format that we use here at TA. In addition, include how you went about finding the story and checking its authenticity. Please don't submit a sales article, retail releases or content roundup; aside from those you can write about any subject, but the newer the news, the better. Don't feel that you have to limit yourself to Xbox news for the sample article.
If you're interested in writing editorial features for TA (in addition to news) we'll be requiring a bit more from your application. In addition to the requirements for the Newshound submission, candidates who are interested in becoming editorial/feature writers for TA should also submit the following:

A sample feature: either an Opinion-Editorial, a Top Five, or an ICYMI.

Opinion-Editorials can be about virtually anything, so long as they state an opinion and back it up. For recent examples check out Leaving Well Enough Alone and/or How Hard is Hard?.

Like Op-Eds, TA Top Fives can be a "Top Five" list of virtually anything. Our most recent examples are TA Top Five: Villainous Leaders and TA Top Five: Most Exciting 2017 Games

In the case of ICYMI articles, we pick games that have fewer than 30k tracked gamers but have a great quality to them. Be sure to stick to the formatting structure. Our most recent examples are ICYMI: Warhammer End Times - Vermintide and In Case You Missed It: Toy Story 3.

It should be noted that Editorial/Feature writers will still be required to pull some weight with news writing, but will be primarily focused on longer-form work.
Please send us your applications by no later than April 21st.

We are a team that has a variety of interests in and around the Xbox world, be it the games themselves or the gaming industry as a whole, and we look forward to adding more talented and enthusiastic volunteers to our staff. Good luck to all those who apply!
Added by punkyliar at 10:57:21
The TA Playlist Hub is Now Open
Earlier this month, we introduced our newest community event. It's called TA Playlist and it's an entirely new way to jump in and be a part of TrueAchievements. Every month we'll play through a game, selected by a community vote, and together we'll share our thoughts and video highlights of us in action. Did you love it? Did you hate it? What story moments moved you? What of its gameplay did you find innovative? No matter your experience, the TA Playlist is all about sharing a game with the community. Each month will be capped off by a podcast hosted by an entirely new crew featuring Mark, Will and myself.

The first vote was held and the community cast over 3,500 votes to select the first addition to the Playlist, Alan Wake. With the game selected, that leaves only one little detail left open -- how do you participate? That's where the TA Playlist Hub comes in.

The Hub
The hub will be the home for all things TA Playlist related. You can find it under the community tab running atop the site, or right here. The home page will show the latest news so you can easily follow along. You can also choose to get notifications for Playlist-related news by clicking on the button for news updates. And, of course, it's where you'll access all the ways to participate. Plus, in the near future we'll have a countdown timer for the end of the month and you'll be able to vote for the next month's game when there's a poll live.

First there's the TA Playlist forums. We'll have threads for general discussion of the month's game and spoiler-free discussion if that's your cup of tea. For each game, we'll also be making threads asking specific questions we hope to get your thoughts on once you've played through the game. These questions will be centerpieces in the Podcast and we'll definitely be highlighting the posts that stir the discussion. Even if you only want to share your thoughts and move on, we're happy to have them but we hope you'll stay to defend them and see what everyone else has to say. The Playlist is first and foremost about sharing the experience, and the forums will be the best place to discuss the game with everyone.


Game Clips
You'll also share your experiences by submitting game clips. Right now, you can only view recent game clips for the game but in the coming weeks this section will evolve into a major part of the Playlist experience.

These clips can come from any time and should highlight your favorite moments in the month's game. You'll record the clips on your Xbox One and then submit the best of them through the Hub. From there you can browse all the submitted clips and give a thumbs up to your favorites. The monthly podcast will come in video form on YouTube and we'll be using as many clips from the community as we can in the video, so now's your chance to get your clips onto the front page!

Stats and Leaderboards
While the Playlist is about sharing the experience first and foremost, we know many of you are here for the stats and it wouldn't be TrueAchievements without raining them down upon you. Right now, the stats are pretty basic and the leaderboards aren't yet created, but in the coming weeks we've got some nice treats in store.

The stats will come in two flavors: the My Stats page and the Leaderboards. In My Stats, you'll see your personal stats for the current game as well as the stats from your friends. These stats range from game clips submitted to completion percentage to overall TA score. In a future update, we'll also add support for overall stats so if you're participating every month everyone will know it and you can chase those Playlist achievements.

The leaderboards will let you see where your stats stand among the community. There are leaderboards for nearly everything we track in the hub. There's overall TA score and Gamerscore, of course, as well as completion percentage. There's also a unique leaderboard that tracks your participation across every month. All you've got to do is score achievements, submit a game clip, or even just chat in the forums. If you're participating, we'll make sure you get tracked. The other leaderboards will allow you to catch up on missed months later, but this one will show off who's participating regularly.

Future Updates
We've got more updates in the future, including some in April to make sure the experience is the best it can be. If you have any suggestions for making Playlist better, let one of us from the podcast know. We'll read all feedback! Stay tuned for more information. We'll let you updated.

Frequently Asked Questions
I know you've got questions so I'll try to answer them all here. If I miss any, feel free to ask below and I'll get them answered and added to the FAQs. If you want to know how something works, this is how you'll find out.

General Questions
When does the event start? When does it end?
The TA Playlist begins a new game on the first of every month as soon as the clock strikes midnight anywhere in the world. It ends once the month ends for everyone. You can see how much time is left on the countdown timer in the hub.

Do I need to register?
No. You need only participate to get tracked.

How do I participate?
You participate by playing the game, sharing your thoughts in the forums, and uploading game clips. We hope you'll do all of it -- even replay the game if it's not fresh on your mind -- but any way you choose to participate is encouraged.

What's the podcast?
The Playlist podcast features three new hosts and is entirely unrelated to the main TA Podcast. The main hosts will be Mark, Will and Kevin. We may of course have guest hosts in the future. We'll talk about the game, the achievements, and share the most insightful, interesting, or often humorous feedback from the community. We'll also release the same podcast as background to a YouTube video featuring our favorite clips from those submitted during the month.

How are games chosen?
The podcast hosts will curate a list of four games each month on which the community as a whole can vote. These games can be themed (such as all indie games or sequels) or they may simply be a list of games we think you'd all like to play. The only hard rule is that the game must be playable on Xbox One, which means if a 360 game is not backwards compatible it won't be chosen.

Can new releases be chosen?
New releases are not completely off the table. For instance, we might have a poll featuring the biggest titles from the holiday season in December. But generally, we want to make sure we select games everyone has had a chance to purchase and that are affordable just in case you haven't quite yet. New releases will be very rare.

Will you pick games with multiplayer?
Yes. However, any game we pick will almost always have a strong single-player component. Never say never, but we do not currently have any plans to select a multiplayer-centric game such as Overwatch.

If a game loses a vote, will it come back next month?
It may or may not be the following month, but popular games that didn't quite make the cut are definitely eligible to come back if we think it's appropriate for an upcoming vote. Hope is not lost!

When does voting begin and end? How do I vote?
The vote will go live on the 15th of every month and will last for one week. Each poll will have a news article and will be visible in the forums.

When do the podcast and video come out?
We plan to record as close to the end of every month that we can, with the show going up very soon thereafter. Expect it right before the calendar turns to the new month with the next Playlist game.

Can I still participate after the podcast comes out in a month?
Of course! The forums will always be there, and like the rest of TA, we expect they'll be quite active.

Can I get notifications for news items related to the Playlist?
Yes. You can do so by viewing articles with the TA Playlist news tag and clicking the subscribe button on the right side.

Subscribe to get notifications.Subscribe to get notifications.

Technical Questions
When will the hub be fully updated?
It's being worked on all the time and we'll update it as we go with fresh ideas, valuable feedback from the community, and new features when applicable.

What if I've already played this month's game?
You can still participate by discussing in the forums or submitting game clips. Leaderboards for TA score and the like will automatically track your previous progress.

Can I play games from previous Playlist months and get credit on the leaderboards?
Only the Playlist participation leaderboard is locked in each month. For any other leaderboard, you can play at a later point and still catch up on the leaderboards. So if you don't quite have enough time to get a game completed or plan to buy the DLC later, you'll be able to get credit for that.

Is DLC included?
That depends on your site settings. For discussion's sake, we will usually leave it up to the participating community as a whole to include DLC or not. For example, Alan Wake's two DLC episodes are now free and closely linked to the main story, so it's a good discussion to have.

What version of a game is tracked?
This is done on an individual basis. For games with multiple versions (be it region, platform, remaster/definitive edition, or anything else), the version of the game tracked will be the one for which you have the highest TA score.

If I play both versions will the TA score count twice?
Not at this time. Sorry!

Does a game clip need to be recorded during the month to be submitted?
Nope, if you have an older clip you think is worth sharing, send it to the hub!

If you have any more questions, post them below and we'll do our best to get them answered. Don't forget that the TA Playlist begins tomorrow with Alan Wake. You can get info on where to get the game cheapest in the poll winner story (don't forget to check the comments for more deals) and make sure you download all the DLC, which is currently free on the Xbox marketplace for all.

We hope tyou'll join us for our first ever TA Playlist!
Added by Eurydace at 02:01:43