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Benchem
06-15-2010, 03:56 PM
Hey, I've never recovered my gamertag before, and I was wondering, if I change the language on my Xbox for Halo 3 (for which I have to recover my Gamertag afterwards), would any achievements that I don't have time stamps for be lost?

I've also heard that playing offline and earning achievements is okay, as if you go online, the achievements and gamerscore is recorded on xbox.com.

Can anyone confirm this? Sorry for the thread, I'm sure there are plenty others on this topic, but I wan't to do this for my own piece of mind.

Kirye
06-15-2010, 04:06 PM
Any achievements you earned offline are safe, as long as you've logged in to XBL after you earned them. So yeah, it's safe to recover your gamertag.

Iconoclast
06-15-2010, 06:11 PM
Hey, I've never recovered my gamertag before, and I was wondering, if I change the language on my Xbox for Halo 3 (for which I have to recover my Gamertag afterwards), would any achievements that I don't have time stamps for be lost?

I've also heard that playing offline and earning achievements is okay, as if you go online, the achievements and gamerscore is recorded on xbox.com.

Can anyone confirm this? Sorry for the thread, I'm sure there are plenty others on this topic, but I wan't to do this for my own piece of mind.As long as you're recovering your gamertag on the same console, you won't lose anything. If it's between systems, there's a risk:

Something like this happened to me about a year or so ago: I had my Xbox offline for the entire summer because of where I was for work, and earned about 4,000 points in a few months because there were a lot more people using my Xbox than just me. But toward the end of the summer I gave my gamertag info to a friend so he could put DLC on my account, and when I re-recovered my tag after the summer I had lost everything that I had earned since he recovered it online. If I knew it would happen I wouldn't have bothered letting him add the DLC :(

Shinobi273
06-15-2010, 06:30 PM
As long as you're recovering your gamertag on the same console, you won't lose anything.

Not true. You do not need to sign in to LIVE to recover your account, once recovered it will attempt to sign in. You lose any GS that you earned offline since signing on to LIVE and before recovering your GT. The easiest way to determine what you will lose is to sign on to xbox.com and compare your profile there to the one you are playing. When you recover, you get what is shown there. If it is on xbox.com, you can't get rid of it.

kyboy
06-15-2010, 07:52 PM
i recovered my GT onto another xbox an lost my mortal kombat vs DC offline achievements. it dont even show that ive played it before

TOBY DA THUG
06-15-2010, 10:21 PM
your account and gamerscore will be the same as when you last played your xbox online.

EG: You play halo 3 online and unlock an achievement in a different language (which you have to be online to do) it will appear in a different language. If you then delete your account and recover it. All your achievements will the same. but in english.

PointPlaceWI
06-15-2010, 10:43 PM
I was actually on live recently when the new Skate 3 DLC came out and got all the DLC achievements and the achievement list recognized it as 51/47 & 1050/1000. I decided to delete my account and recover it (all without logging offline) and when I recovered the account it went back to 47/47 and I had to "redo" the DLC achievements. It was very very odd. Now my T/A lists that I have 1036 (TA) points in an unknown game or an errored game. I don't remember which.

Benchem
06-15-2010, 10:56 PM
That's random PointPlaceWI, and thanks for all the input guys. I'm only worried about this because for the first few months that I had an Xbox, back in 2008, I was only connected to Live about 1/4 of the time, and that was when I played multiplayer on Gears. For this reason, almost all my Fallout 3 achievements are offline, plus a few GTA IV, Farcry 2, Devil May Cry 4 (not that I'd care if I lost those achievements, stupid hard game, only got 130GS). But that was over a year and a half ago. Xbox.com reads the same GS as my console, so I should be safe. Thanks again guys.