Introducing: MySessions, Your Handy Online Social Gaming Planner

Introducing: MySessions, Your Handy Online Social Gaming Planner

Written Monday, March 24, 2014 By Dan Webb
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When the next-generation was nearly upon us last year, various members of our senior staff sat down and had a real think about our direction for the upcoming generation. Think of it like King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, except the roundtable was digital and the only nights in sight were late ones. We wanted to do three major things: create bigger and more helpful features, bring that aspect of social gaming to the forefront, and to innovate.

Ladies and gents, I present to you the next in our “My” series: MySessions, allowing gamers to schedule gaming sessions with your friends, or more importantly, seek out new gaming buddies. So, if you want to boost an achievement, play through the co-op aspect of a game with a like-minded fellow, find friends to play through an old multiplayer game, or just schedule a session for the community, the world is your oyster.

The whole idea is: you create the session for the game you want, at the time you want with the people that you want to game with. Like every good chick flick, it’s all about you.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each game has a Sessions page, where it lists all the current sessions that have been setup. Here’s Grand Theft Auto V’s.
  • Each member on the site has a page where their sessions are listed, called their MySessions page. If you’re a member and you click that link, you’ll see an empty page for now, until you populate it with sessions you want to get involved in, that is.
  • Members can setup sessions in various games by clicking on that game’s MySessions tab and then clicking create session. The creator can choose what type of session they want to create (boosting session, allowing them to choose the specific achievement/social sessions/co-op sessions/community sessions, etc.), the length of it, the date and amount of players.
  • The session creator can then accept/reject applications as they see fit (this is in case people want to create a private group).
  • If you’re looking for a session, just head to the respective game’s MySessions page and scroll through the live sessions.

The first update is the major update, and that’s upon us now, but the next line of changes will be rolled out as and when they’re complete. As always, we’re open to feedback, suggestions and what not, so please let us know in the comments below. Do give it a test run or two first though. The system at the moment has gone through a rigorous beta test and is now in final, but that doesn’t mean it’s bug free (for instance, we can only setup sessions in games with achievements/trophies at the moment, which is 99.9%, but still) and we’re sure a few more might pop up. In the meantime, enjoy the latest in a long line of planned features in our little corner of the internet.


User Comments

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Comment #1 by evilragd0ll
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 04:06:06 PM
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This is where the line gets blurred between TA and X360A.

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Comment #2 by mrbonelly
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 04:11:44 PM
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Geez about time.

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Comment #3 by littlejay
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 04:47:57 PM
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What about a separate "want to boost" list that goes somewhere too? I know the old trading threads had people just throwing in their name in case someone needed an extra and could go fishing for people that need the achievement.

I know that's not what is intended for this feature and it's setup how it should be. I am just throwing in an idea that might help ease people into the idea with the threads being gone. It's a pretty big change.

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Comment #4 by time2munch
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 05:08:53 PM
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A welcome addition. No more wading through pages of comments.

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Comment #5 by kaleido42
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 06:33:06 PM
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@3 There's still a thread in every game's forum that's to be used to advertise/coordinate for larger groups before a session's creation. I'm sure it'd be fine if someone posted in one of those saying that they could be contacted if a session is short a person.

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Comment #6 by littlejay
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 09:54:54 PM
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@5: The trading threads I have seen have all been closed due to the new system. 0.o

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Comment #7 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 10:50:39 PM
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@6: And replaced with new ones.

The new ones can still function like the old ones, they just also have instructions on how to use this new system if you wish to.

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Comment #8 by Darkness727420
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 11:12:19 PM
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cool but i like the different features between ta and this site. still should be useful

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Comment #9 by m-iichel
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 11:15:23 PM
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meh i will check this site for news and forums if doesnt have the answer im looking for :P

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Comment #10 by littlejay
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 12:03:43 AM
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@7: Ah ok. I guess the wording of said topics just made it seem like "use sessions now" and not "you can post here too"

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Comment #11 by Cavaliers07
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 07:13:06 PM
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Great idea especially for those annoying multiplayer achievements. I have setup a session on GOW3 if anyone is after Force Multiplyer

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Comment #12 by ShadowedAsh
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 10:19:43 PM
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While this is a nice addition, it is no where near the level of TrueAchievement's system. Needs a lot of work.

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Comment #13 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 02:22:46 AM
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@12: Such as?

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Comment #14 by DarkGin87
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 11:39:31 AM
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@12 - its the same just without the fancy styles

I'm happy about this feature as it was the only reason I used TA

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Comment #15 by Shinnizle
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 08:57:04 PM
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@13: Feedback is one thing that comes to mind. I understand it's an arbitrary number, but as long as there isn't an indicator of people's "dickness", dicks will keep being dicks.

Of course there are jerks on TA too, but from my experience, there are a lot more here. Because they can't be held accountable for their actions (or inaction).

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Comment #16 by Foxxy kyle
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 02:48:02 AM
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@15 There is a place to send feedback. It's called the complaints forum. Any issues that are to be had with a player, I would imagine would be dealt with there.

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Comment #17 by Armchair
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 10:31:12 AM
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@13 Well for a start people dont have to put up with you on TA?

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Comment #18 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 01:32:19 PM
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At least TA has auto-update/ scans so it is always up to date. This site still uses manual updating, and I still have that blue avatar picture above in the left corner.

And the homepage is such a superior setup than anything XBA has done. Nice to see they are trying, but I don't think it will ever be as good as TA has done. They've pretty conquered it all.

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Comment #19 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 03:23:01 PM
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#16 is correct, if you ever have a problem with someone while boosting, use the Complaint forum and they will be dealt with. We don't stand for people dropping once they get their achievement. We do plan to add more features to this as time goes (such as session reminders via e-mail), so perhaps a feedback system could be added.

@17: If you don't want to put up with me, stay at TA then? I didn't put a gun to your head and make you sign in to this website.

@18: We use manual updating because auto-scans are against Microsoft's XCDP program. They do not offer a feed that shows what individual achievements a user has unlocked, only their total score in each game, and total score overall. TA uses screen scraping tools to get their information.

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Comment #20 by zIHenasIz
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 09:01:41 PM
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@19 I'd like a feature where you can disable the achievement counter for DLC. For example, I have 1000G on Saints Row 4, but because I haven't bought any DLC, my completion for the game is like 70%. If you could choose to disable any DLC you don't own, your game completion score would be more realistic. Just a thought I've had when looking at my completion rate

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Comment #21 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 09:13:26 PM
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@20: We've been asked that a lot in the past, but as we follow with our lists, we will not do this. DLC achievements are added to a game even if you don't own the DLC, and the percentages reflect that on, so ours do as well.


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Comment #22 by THE DEADLY DOG
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 09:15:23 PM
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So happy to have sessions rocking on XBA. A great addition we've been waiting ages for!

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Comment #23 by ImAPirateSoSueMe
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 10:30:09 PM
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So, I've been in dozens on top of dozens boosting sessions over the past few years, whether it be for 360 games or Ps3 games.. and last night, I was in the worst session I've ever been a part of. Needless to say, it went horribly wrong. Not only did I not get ANYTHING I needed done in the FIVE hours(The boost was only suppose to be 3 but we went over that) we were boosting, but most of the people were just constantly fucking around and going about things how they wanted so it prevented a lot of people in the group from finishing up what they needed. That's not how a boost should be.

I personally think this site should have a reputation system like Microsoft's for Xbox, and we judge people based on their attitude on the site, and their ability to contribute during a boost. If someone specific is messing around and screwing others over and whatnot, we (the people getting screwed) should be able to hammer on that person and allow them to be flagged as a "bad booster"(or something of the sort) so people can avoid them in the future.

That's just my two cents on it.

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Comment #24 by IRA GUNNER AFC
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 08:19:44 AM
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With no FB to give people will just show up if they feel like showing up, which will waste a lot of peoples time.

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Comment #25 by Selections
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 11:21:25 AM
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If anything more could be implemented, take it from #23. Even something similar to eBay feedback would be a welcomed addition.
Other than that, top job guys. Look forward to using this when I pick up my next batch of boost worthy games for the One :)

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Comment #26 by Major Bones
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 03:56:19 PM
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This is great! But be carefully with the feedback system. What often happens is if you hand out feedback on somebody that is negative for a good reason (no show, leaving early, team killing) they will retaliate against you for it. That's a huge drawback for me on "other sites". I gave a guy bad feedback for not showing up, he gave me bad feedback for not inviting when I wasn't even the session organizer.

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Comment #27 by R0KETM4N
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 05:04:32 PM
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Lots of good things. Thanks for the responses Pants, love the practicality.

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Comment #29 by KillrNut
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 09:30:45 PM
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TrueAchievements is also a member of the XCDP. So how are they able to get away with it if they use "screen scraping" methods?

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Comment #30 by Callumpy
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 10:10:05 PM
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As above, TA is a XCDP member and wouldn't get away with scraping.

Also on, we have access to user achievement data without scraping. You really should take a better look at the API as all of the information is there and would save you and your other staff a lot of time.

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Comment #31 by Capn Doug
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 11:35:31 PM
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@29 TA started scraping before they were a member of the XCDP. They use the method of "It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission" mentality. We asked for permission several times and were told that does not have the ability to handle XBA scraping the way TA does to get achievement data.

@30 there are several APIs that include achievement data. Last I heard, the XML feed (which is provided to all members of the XCDP) was not one of them. You may want to look into how gets their information.

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Comment #32 by thenutman69321
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 11:42:13 PM
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Meh. You guys would need to add a ton of stuff just to get MySessions up to the level of the system TA has had for years. I'll stick with TA for sessions and this site for guides.

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Comment #34 by Callumpy
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 12:13:12 AM
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I know how MGP gets information, I'm an Admin on there. XCDP members get access to XML or JSON feeds that DO have achievement information on them.

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Comment #35 by XEN610
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 01:14:37 AM
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Wonderful addition to the site. It will be so helpful. Personally I will use this site and the other for those hard to get the numbers for boosting for my session. Hopefully I am not violating any rules of either. On the feedback notion, it would best to have an option of Unavailable-Offline. Personally I do not give Negative feedback for no shows that are not online. If someone has family emergency, my gaming session should be the last thing that should be on their mind.

Looking forward to utilizing this function. Cheers!

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Comment #36 by jackanape
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 10:44:27 AM
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@29 and @30 TA blatantly admits to screen scraping though they claim that they don't need to do it 'as much' as they used to. Doesn't mean they aren't still wilfully doing so - so I've no idea why you would try to defend them. When TA joined the XDCP there was a big uproar from a number of sites, including ours, as we had ASKED to get additional information for years and were denied.

Just being a member of XDCP means nothing as MS offers practically no support/help to those sites before. Look what happened to mygamercard - they followed the rules and sites like TA that do what they want put them out of business. Kudos to them for killing other community sites.

As for the information the feed provides. It can tell you about the number of total achievements and score in your most recent games but I'd DOES NOT tell you every specific game and achievements unlocked in those games for your entire gamer card. End of. Only way to get details of EVERY single specific achievement is via scraping.

Now did the TA boosting system start as a magical, perfect dreamland? No. So I'm sure ours will evolve too.

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Comment #37 by jackanape
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 10:46:44 AM
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Also I love how people keep saying "you need LOTS of additions to make this any good" but the only suggestion so far is to add feedback. A system that is clearly abused over at TA by friends just creating sessions and rating each other. Any genuine additions would be appreciated.

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Comment #38 by Callumpy
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 12:08:59 PM
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You clearly haven't seen the Xbox API.

How can TA be scraping, they have Xbox One achievements like we do at MyGamerProfile, and there isn't any Xbox One achievement information on the Xbox website to scrape.

Use some common sense.

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Comment #39 by jackanape
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 12:37:45 PM
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@38 Ha ha, so information is ALL in the feed is it? How about you use common sense. We have good coders, we have servers that could deal with the information and a site that would love the stats. We are also already in the XDCP. So if we already had legit means to get all the achievement information we wanted from people's profiles then why wouldn't we do so?

I've no idea why you are delusional so I'll say it again. Rich (TA himself) has admitted that they use HTML scraping - it has been brought up over there a bunch of times. He also said that since joining the XDCP they don't do as much, which would be true as the feed has some information but not all, but the point is it still happens. If they SAY it happens then your argument is void.

Put simply anyone that signs up there, or is signed up, has their profile on scraped for information. End of. And yes they have Xbox One stats, which are part of the MS feed but not everything is. Even your own site, when talking about tracking, said it's actually profile tracking as I looked at your forums - so it seems you aren't getting all your info purely from the MS feed either.

I have no reason to make this up. Ask any MS community person whether screen scraping is allowed and see what they tell you. Speak to Just Creech here - as he used to WORK for the MS Enforcement Team and they KNOW which sites scrape. Just please stop claiming that because someone is in XDCP it validates their behaviour, TA got in that program right around the time MS stopped caring about it and they use it as an ill thought out defence for their actions.

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Comment #40 by XEN610
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 12:54:48 PM
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The ability to message everyone in a session would be a nice addition as well. Very easy to setup a session. Plus keep the manual approvals.

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Comment #41 by Callumpy
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 02:41:54 PM
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Ok, now you are becoming a bit hostile so this will be my last post.

I'm not sure where you saw that on our forums, when asked I simply posted that we pull all our information directly from Xbox LIVE, referring to feeds (which are both XML and JSON). There is no scraping AT ALL from our site, and if TA use scraping, I have no idea why as they don't need to.

I'm also not going to say that TA don't break XCDP rules as they break more than just a scraping rule in that case. One of the rules is (was) that you will not use the program for business, and yet TrueAchievements is a registered UK business.

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Comment #42 by jackanape
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 10:09:02 PM
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The JSON feed you refer to (Xboxapi I assume?) is not an MS endorsed feed and it gets its info by screen scraping. You then use that info so while you are not technically doing the scraping yourself, it is still a breach of those MS terms. Just an FYI.

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Comment #43 by KillrNut
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 05:54:35 AM
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Well.... at least TA didnt take but THREE FUCKING YEARS just to get a gamercard with my achievements on it. In many ways, this site is a joke compared to TA.

But I'll still gladly participate on the forums.

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Comment #44 by Durdens Wrath
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 07:48:58 AM
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Seeing a lot of butt hurt here. Looks like site envy for all of the awesome features ta developed.

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Comment #45 by Cla55y
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 09:07:15 AM
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It's not without merit though. How would you like to run a marathon in which some guy comes along and drives to the finish while you are running legit? To then have everyone go "oh that guys time is soooo much better than yours" would piss you off. Especially when the officials are like "fuck it whatever we don't care".

What if one day they stop caring about achievement hackers? the rest of us will be getting our achs legit while others are hacking millions because MS no longer care. Wouldn't you feel rightfully "butthurt"?

It disgusts me how much shit x360a gets for following the rules. TA are breaching them willingly and get all the love.

I guess that's the fucked up world we live in.

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Comment #46 by Durdens Wrath
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 11:06:02 PM
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No TA was smart enough not to ask for permission. x360a has to follow the rules because they asked and were then denied.

Can't blame TA for taking the "forgiveness-permission" route.

But for all the valuable service they provide gamers all I see is butt hurt and jealousy.

I mean hell, this session thing is basically a straight copy of what TA has been doing for 3 years. If they're the "evil empire" then why copy them?

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Comment #47 by Cla55y
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 11:25:55 PM
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Can't blame them for taking that route? So if I go to a store and steal something, so long as I don't get caught then it's fine?

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Comment #48 by jackanape
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 08:11:41 AM
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@45 I love how you equate doing something illegitimately with being smart. Great thinking there. We could scrape any time we choose, we don't as that is the way we want to do things. MS clearly ignore the sites that break the rules so why would you assume they'd react any differently if we did the same? So please don't assume that just because we have standards we are being stupid.

Similarly we enjoy a good relationship with MS, we get news stories first hand, invited to preview events, review copies of games - all so we can get news and stories in a timely manner. As opposed to ripping them off of other sites.

The boosting thing is something the community has wanted for awhile and now it is here, no harm in that. Is it similar to TA, maybe, but I don't see you crying foul when they blatantly ripped off our Roadmap idea for getting all the achievements in a game with their walkthroughs. Nor when they ripped off the genre tracking system from 360voice. Or gamertag display from etc etc. If you think everything TA has done has been all their own work either then you are sadly mistaken. I also notice their front page has a flashbox display now - just like we have had for years. Guess I'd better rush over their and have a moan.

Plenty of sites have similar features, I don't see any of them having the divine rights to anything so people should just use what they prefer and everyone is happy.

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Comment #49 by Cla55y
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 11:42:57 AM
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Don't forget the brand new achievement streak that TA just implemented! It's such an awesome and original idea! Can't believe no one thought of it before!

I can't believe the TA bandwagon actually hangs around these parts just to say how great they think that site is.

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Comment #50 by Fire Hawk D
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 01:36:18 PM
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I'm kind of surprised at the animosity shown when these kinds of debates come up. It's natural to have a preference (personally, I like the color scheme, style, individual achievement guides, and stats over at TA; but prefer the community, forums, overall guides, and news on XA) but to fight about it seems just as silly as the Xbox vs PlayStation arguments. Also, it sometimes seems like XA members get a bit high-and-mighty about using "legitimate means", but it comes off as defensive.

Both sites have their merits. Not sure on why the argument...

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Comment #51 by jackanape
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 02:20:44 PM
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@50 Personally, it doesn't matter to me which site people use. As you say it always comes down to personal preference. But what does annoy me is when people come over here with the attitude of "TA IS BETTER, THEY DO ALL THIS STUFF THAT YOU DON'T BLAH BLAH" without appreciating the facts behind why we are different. Every time we add something new to the site there is always someone saying that TA has done it first, done it better etc when in fact they have copied just as many things from other sites as they have created.

I don't mean to be harsh, but it is not exactly rocket science to be able to turn achievement information into graphs and stats. So it irks me when people laud TA for offering a service that isn't exactly difficult to do without comprehending why we don't do that exact same thing when, trust me, we could.

There is no need for us to be defensive about anything really. We were offering guides and roadmaps long before they even existed and our news, previews and reviews are professionally done to a much higher standard. We've grown as a site in countless ways so frankly it's all moot.

That's not to say that we are comparing apples to apples here. The personal achievement tracking our members can do here suffers by comparison admittedly. But if they used the exact same information from the MS feed that we do (and that they should do) and STILL displayed all the extra info we don't then maybe people would have a point. They can't do that though and if they didn't use those illegitimate means then half their functionality would be gone. It's not defensive, it's a fact.

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Comment #52 by Fire Hawk D
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 02:41:19 PM
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@51: Oh, I just said it came off as defensive. I know TA does something-something-technical-jargon I don't understand that XA won't do based on the legitimacy of it. Which is fine.

Yeah, I don't understand the whole bashing thing. For instance, when people who side with something like PlayStation, then come to an Xbox site to say how "PlayStation does it better". Heck, while we're at it, why does Sony insist on using black and blue as their color scheme. They should change it to black and green. Also, "PlayStation"? Name is stupid. Maybe some tasteful, like "XboxStation". As for their award system, "trophies" sounds like some trinket you keep on your mantle. They should use a better name, something with clout behind it. Oh, I know: "achievement". Yeah, that's better.

I mean, really, they don't seem to understand that's basically what they're doing. Same with TA and XA comparisons. TA ISN'T XA; XA ISN'T TA. That about sums it up.

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Comment #53 by jackanape
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 02:56:56 PM
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People like to feel that THEIR choice is the RIGHT choice. Then they have to go elsewhere for some reason and explain why anyone who is different is WRONG. It is what it is.

Do what makes you happy, use the site that makes you happy. It seems simple but it's the internet. What can you do?

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Comment #54 by TrevelyanL85A2
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 06:14:36 AM
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Is there a way you can get an e-mail notification about sessions?

That is:
1. Letting you know if you got accepted, and if not, why?
2. Reminding you when the session is?
3. Alerting you of sessions with the games you have?

Just some suggestions?

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Comment #55 by Capn Doug
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 06:31:53 AM
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@53 It's the internet. People have the unparalleled ability to find a plethora of people that agree with them. And usually those people are in the vocal minority. So they think that their opinion is right and they are in. the majority even though they have never listened to anyone else on the subject and don't have the resources to make an informed decision.

One stat that no one talks about? About a third of TA's "members" never signed up for the site. They were added without their consent. A few members have even asked to be deleted and prevented from being readded. Search for them on TA and you will find that TA continues to scrape for them. The rules just don't apply to them...

But, I want to say that MySessions have been a success for me. I completed Assassin's Creed 4 as a result of a session that someone posted, met someone new, and got to spread thee word a little on Community Gaming. And even though a friend warned me about one of the participants no showing in a session of his, the only problem we had was not understanding what could and couldn't be done in private matches. With my gamerscore and perpetually coloured name, I wasn't able to used the Achievement Trading Threads without getting messages for weeks after I completed the game. But this I can use. And this I will use.

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Comment #56 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 04:23:30 PM
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@#54 - Working on email & PM notifications now, as well as social media push outs. Will speak to Aleks and update everyone when I have more concrete information.

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Comment #57 by Cla55y
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 05:14:02 PM
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Yeah I hate it when people see you have high gamerscore that automatically means you are there to help people. It was a hell of a lot worse when I had x360a in my tag. People thought that meant I worked for the site and that I was there to be used for help. The whole reason I dropped it was because of that.

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Comment #58 by The Deathdefyer
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 @ 09:41:08 AM
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While I do still use XBA for certain things, with regards to achievement boosting TA is miles ahead. The XBA system just feels "clunky" and as someone said previously, it still relies on manual updating. Plus, the home page and additional features on TA just feels more "streamlined" whereas XBA again just feels unfinished.

It's always something that can be worked on though.

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Comment #59 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Thursday, April 03, 2014 @ 12:47:02 PM
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I've been using x360a for years. Don't get me wrong, I love this site, and have grown with it over the years. Most of the in depth guides and achievement methods originate here, and are spread across the web.

But myself and many others that have been using TA for sessions are going to have no intention of using x360a for that same purpose. You guys haven't updated my gamercard for around 2 years. Until you guys can offer something on par with TA's sessions (more streamlined, less clunky, more reliable), I'll be sticking with them for my boosting needs.

That said, this site is still my homepage every time I open a new browser window, and my main source of news (even if the news is sometimes days late).

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Comment #60 by Hyro62th3man
Thursday, April 03, 2014 @ 03:53:08 PM
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About time they've implemented such a system quite similar to TA's, although it still needs works. Some elements are worth adding, such as the time zone differences whenever someone joins a session with a different time zone to save any confusion for instance.

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Comment #61 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, April 04, 2014 @ 03:37:29 PM
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Does someone want to elaborate on the criticism "clunky," please? We're all for improving the system, of course, but we need specifics first.

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Comment #62 by m-iichel
Friday, April 04, 2014 @ 11:34:57 PM
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i used to use this site for walkthrough guides and forums for problems with achievements not descripted in the guide.... then i discover, with user solution and guides for every achievement on (if possible) many different unlocking methods/way to do accomplish something.

now i only use this site for the news items as thats the only point you guys do faster than TA, and occasionally the roadmap for games.. other than that,, TA FTW if it comes to achievements/boosting ;)

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Comment #63 by Hottub Cowboy
Saturday, April 05, 2014 @ 11:09:11 AM
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This is a welcome addition to the site and to heck with TA's better this and better that. If this system improves in time, it would probably be better than TA.

TAs feedback is a joke with a lot of members abusing it. I have been a member here for many years and was looking forward to the introduction to a system that rivals TA.

Keep up the good work !

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Comment #64 by H4RR7
Sunday, April 06, 2014 @ 01:53:25 AM
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This is a great addition. But i do not see why the actual threads where people posted what and when they where available should be closed. They need to stay opened so people who are short on teammates can recruit and get a full party. Also, some games are so inactive that I had to go to post from months back to find people to play with, who where still waithing to get those achievements.

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Comment #65 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Sunday, April 06, 2014 @ 05:07:26 PM
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@64: As we already mentioned above, they were replaced by new threads that can function the same way, while they also explain the new sessions feature if people want to use that instead.

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Comment #66 by Aversion
Monday, April 07, 2014 @ 07:27:38 PM
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This needed to happen. About time.

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Comment #67 by HareJordan23
Sunday, April 13, 2014 @ 05:47:38 AM
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Best thing that has happened to this website. I loved it already but wow.

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Comment #68 by ProPilot
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 12:18:45 PM
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Wow, it's getting heated in here isn't it!

In the interests of balance, I can see why there would be a rivalry between Xachievements and TA, but I would hardly consider anything they have done to date to be wrong, as if their recent news articles are to be believed Microsoft actually approached the TA staff when designing the X1, and have helped them create an X1 app tying TA and the console together.

If they have been doing something 'terrible' for the last 4 years, I seriously doubt they would have struck up such a high profile partnership?

On a slightly related note, I'm surprised at some of the posters getting on their high horse about the supposed 'underhand methods' employed by TA in gathering data; haven't you guys been burned very recently for something very similar to what you are accusing them of?

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