From time to time I will have a guest blog. It is reserved for people I think are important in the gamerscore world and community. First up is the head honcho over at www.trueachievements.com, Rich.
I listen to a lot of 360 podcasts. And something that seems to crop up in a lot them quite regularly is the achievement system - it's good points but also it's flaws.
Some games have big point achievements that are really easy to get - Avatar being a good example. You can rack up the entire 1000 GamerScore in around a minute. This 1000 gets added to your total GamerScore and counts exactly the same as the 1000 you get for earning all the achievements in Ninja Gaiden 2, which involves 8 or 9 play throughs of the entire game!
I wondered if it was possible to come up with something that was a bit more fair.
I thought it would be better to base the score on how hard an achievement is to get, as well as the points the developers gave it.
So I came up with a formula that multiplies the GamerScore by the ratio of the number of people that have won the achievement compared to the number of people that own the game. This means that if everyone that has the game has that achievement, it doesn't score very highly. If only a few people have the achievement out of all the people that have the game, it does score highly.
Adding up all these achievement scores gives you your TrueAchievement score!
Of course, www.trueachievements.com is so much more than that. We automatically keep track of your achievements as you win them. You can add your friends and see what games they are playing and see which achievements they are earning. You can create leaderboards, post in our forums and use our guides to getting the achievements. You can show off your favourite achievements in the Trophy Case on your homepage. You can even create a to-do list of achievements you haven't got yet, and print them off on a single page along with the guides to getting them!
As you can see, there's loads of functionality on the site already (and there's lots more I haven't mentioned). We listen to our members to try to add the features they want to see on the site, and they've come up with some great ideas already. Coming soon will be game reviews, leaderboads based on game genres and developers, game wish lists, and tons more!
So come on over to the site and check us out, it only takes a second to register and find out your TrueAchievement!
Big thanks to Rich from TrueAchievements! A really nice guy who seems to listen to what the community really wants. The site is original and fresh. You should go check it out and sign up. I really like the idea of the trophy case, microsoft should takes notes. My TrueAchievements score is currently 404,690. A lot closer to a million. What's yours?