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The Zed to Zed Podcast: The Show For Xbox Achievement Hunters and Gamerscore Junkies

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Jan 27, 2016

006 - Gamerscore vs Games

This week we talk about how Gamerscore affects our buying habits, whether Xbox will bring forward their next generation plans, respond to lots of listener feedback, another Gamerscore boot camp, knobs, discos, and more!

Show notes are available on http://www.zedtozed.com/

Please give us a rating or review in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success!

Contact us on Twitter @zedtozed or email us at contact@zedtozed.com, we'd love to hear from you! Also check out the Zed to Zed Podcast Leaderboard on True Achievements.

Opening/closing music: "Jive Bot" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies

Gamerscore boot camp music: "Tally Screen" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:07:13 - Listener Feedback

0:35:25 - Recap

0:55:54 - News

1:01:18 - Talking Zeds: Did lack of gamerscore devalue / make you not want to play Indie/Arcade games on Xbox 360?

1:14:42 - Talking Zeds: Will Xbox One's "Failure" Bring Forward Microsoft's Next Generation Console Plans?

1:33:37 - Gamerscore Boot Camp

1:35:07 - Knobs and Discos

  • Just Dance 2015 VIP Dancer achievements

1:36:13 - Game Delays

1:39:51 - Zombie Corner

1:41:44 - Outro

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms: http://zedtozed.com/xbox-gamerscore-and-achievement-glossary

Jan 20, 2016

005 - Guest: Jack Watling (WebChimp UK) from True Achievements, What Are Regional Stacks

We speak with Jack Watling, a developer from TrueAchievements.com, about the site and about regional stacks and what they are, address some listener feedback, news, knobs, and more!

Show notes are available on http://www.zedtozed.com/

Please give us a rating or review in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success!

Contact us on Twitter @zedtozed or email us at contact@zedtozed.com, we'd love to hear from you! Also check out the Zed to Zed Podcast Leaderboard on True Achievements.

Opening/closing music: "Jive Bot" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Guest:

Jack Watling aka "WebChimp UK" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:05:42 - Listener Feedback

  • Thanks: doughboyeeeeee, Facial La Fleur, AHP The Nyghty, the letter's zed and zee, Xtowers, @buckmarley155, @NBAKirkland, @kooshmoose, @GSPopcast, @MclovinLegend1 and the no buy challenge!, @Muetsch, @jjasonw, @jasonkerr214, @GTMontana97, @bigell69 for smartglass tip <3

0:21:25 - Recap

0:36:55 - News

1:05:23 - Interview: Jack Watling aka "WebChimp UK" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

1:20:13 - Tech Talk: Regional Stacks

1:51:09 - Knobs and Discos

1:52:19 - Game Delay Roundup

1:54:36 - Zombie News Corner

 

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms: http://zedtozed.com/xbox-gamerscore-and-achievement-glossary

Jan 13, 2016

004 - Interview: Sashamorning, pending 360 gamerscore world record holder, Snoopy goes to Boot Camp

We talk with David Dekorte (Sashamorning) about his world record attempt, Monthly Challenges, Snoopy goes to Boot Camp, Knobs and Discos, and more!

Show notes are available on http://www.zedtozed.com/

Please give us a rating or review in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success!

Contact us on Twitter @zedtozed or email us at contact@zedtozed.com, we'd love to hear from you! Also check out the Zed to Zed Podcast Leaderboard on True Achievements.

Opening/closing music: "Jive Bot" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies

Gamerscore Boot Camp music: "Tally Screen" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies.

Knobs and Discos music: "Tally Screen" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! 2 developed and published by WayForward Technologies.

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Guest:

David Dekorte aka "Sashamorning" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:05:53 - Listener Feedback

0:12:00 - Recap

0:26:17 - News

0:51:53 - Interview: David Dekorte, "Sashamorning", provisional Xbox 360 24 hours Gamerscore world record holder

David Dekorte would like to thank: InigoMontoya80; ChrisD0811; redraider104; hott Armante; fighterx93chipp; REVELATIONxJedi; TheOceanic815; Darth Maul FTS; WudYa1ookAtThat; and of course, his wife Angelmorning, who can be heard in the interview ;).

1:17:33 - Monthly Challenges

1:24:29 - Gamerscore Boot Camp: The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure

1:26:31 - Knobs and Discos

1:28:26 - Game Delay Roundup

1:35:08 - Backwards Compatibility

1:36:08 - Zombie News

1:42:57 - Outro

  • Zed to Zed would like to thank the following for their inspiration and support!
    • TrueAchievements (Rich), WebChimp UK (Jack), DaveKinetic from TrueAchievements.com; our TA friends RayvenMorrigana, seamonkeypowder, KURSED SOULS, NBA Kirkland, Montana97, Xtowers, and Facial La Fleur; Kyle, Franco, Eric, Griffey95, AHP The Nyghty, OzBundyBoy, R56CooperS11 and the rest from the Achievement Hounds Podcast; Nick Monfries; @KMDeacon, @MclovinLegend1, @cwing302, @Slimdavy and Eric Willes (@ninjeestarr) from Twitter; Jelly55tyuio from iTunes; Ben Hall, Sean Muramatsu, Dave Soto (doughboyee) and Chris Fream from Facebook; and of course, all of our listeners - that means YOU! Thank you for listening!

 

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms: http://zedtozed.com/xbox-gamerscore-and-achievement-glossary

Jan 10, 2016

 

There are many terms that are specific to Xbox Gamerscore and achievement hunting, so I've put together this glossary of terms for anyone who might be confused when we refer to a "stack", "boosting", or getting a "1K".

Glossary

  • 1K - Complete the base gamerscore in a game, typically 1000 points, thus 1K. Sometimes used to refer to a completion in general.
  • Achievements - see Cheevos
  • Bean Dive - Annual challenge on TrueAchievements.com aiming to earn at least one achievement in every game in your backlog, coined by it's creator, Beanpotter. The "dive" refers to the loss of completion percentage as a result of starting many new games.
  • Boosting - Using gameplay mechanics specifically to unlock achievements. Generally refers to the act of setting up multiplayer matches in particular ways to perform achievement criteria without interruption from regular players. Working towards achievements in lieu of regular gameplay.
  • Cheevos - see Achievements
  • Discos - Discontinued achievements - achievements that are no longer unlockable, probably due to online server shutdowns
  • Gamerscore League (GSL) - An annual gamerscore competition hosted on XboxAchievements.com
  • Great Random To Do List Challenge - A contest run by Facial La Fleur on the AchievementHounds.com community forums
  • GTASC - The Great True Achievement Score Challenge, a year-long, weekly elimination contest run by planting42 on TrueAchievements.com
  • Knobs - Unobtainable achievements - achievements that have never been unlockable due to a bug or some other issue
  • NTSC - See NTSC-U
  • NTSC-J - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles, mostly associated with Japan, Korea and other countries in that region. Also see Region Locking, NTSC-U and PAL.
  • NTSC-U - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles, mostly associated with North America, Canada, Mexico, and other countries in that region. Also see Region Locking, NTSC-J and PAL.
  • PAL - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles, mostly associated with Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Also see Region Locking, NTSC-J and NTSC-U.
  • Potentially Endless Bean Dive - A contest created on the AchievementHounds.com community forums that requires starting a new game every day. Began on the 28th of February 2013, and still going.
  • Preloading - The act of working on the criteria for an achievement until it's almost unlocked, and saving it for a later time, usually for competitions.
  • Ratio - Generally refers to the rarity of an achievement as determined by numbers of players of a game vs number who've unlocked the achievement. A statistic calculated on the TrueAchievements.com website.
  • Region Locking - Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. See NTSC-U, NTSC-J and PAL.
  • Stack - Sometimes a game is released in multiple versions, for example in different regions or on different platforms, and in these cases they can have an entirely independent achievement list. To "stack" a game describes earning the achievements on more than one version of what is, in gameplay terms, the same game. Examples: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Bioshock
  • TA - True Achievements, either the score type or the website TrueAchievements.com
Jan 6, 2016

003 - Looking Back and Forward, Rants and Boot Camp Laserlife

Show notes are available on http://www.zedtozed.com/

We look back at the 2015 and discuss what's coming in 2016, introduce the Gamerscore Boot Camp segment with Laserlife, find more Knobs and Discos, news, zombies, and more.

Please give us a rating or review in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success!

Contact us on Twitter @zedtozed or email us at contact@zedtozed.com, we'd love to hear from you! Also check out the Zed to Zed Podcast Leaderboard on True Achievements.

Opening/closing music: "Jive Bot" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies.

Gamerscore Boot Camp music: "Tally Screen" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies.

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

 

0:00:00 - Intro

0:01:12 - Achievement Sponsor

0:02:34 - Recap

0:34:11 - News

0:55:11 - Talking Zeds: Looking Back

2:01:14 - Talking Zeds: Looking Forward

2:33:07 - Gamerscore Boot Camp

2:35:09 - Knobs and Discos (unobtainables and discontinued achievements)

2:37:28 - Zombie Corner

2:40:52 - Outro

 

Jargon:

  • 1K - Complete the base gamerscore in a game, typically 1000 points, thus 1K. Sometimes used to refer to a completion in general.
  • Bean Dive - Annual challenge on TrueAchievements.com aiming to earn at least one achievement in every game in your backlog, coined by it's creator, Beanpotter. The "dive" refers to the loss of completion percentage as a result of starting many new games.
  • Boosting - Using gameplay mechanics specifically to unlock achievements. Generally refers to the act of setting up multiplayer matches in particular ways to perform achievement criteria without interruption from regular players. Working towards achievements in lieu of regular gameplay.
  • Discos - Discontinued achievements - achievements that are no longer unlockable, probably due to online server shutdowns
  • Gamerscore League (GSL) - An annual gamerscore competition hosted on XboxAchievements.com
  • Great Random To Do List Challenge - A contest run by Facial La Fleur on the AchievementHounds.com community forums
  • GTASC - The Great True Achievement Score Challenge, a year-long, weekly elimination contest run by planting42 on TrueAchievements.com
  • Knobs - Unobtainable achievements - achievements that have never been unlockable
  • NTSC - See NTSC-U
  • NTSC-J - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles. Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. Also see NTSC-U and PAL.
  • NTSC-U - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles. Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. Also see NTSC-J and PAL.
  • PAL - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles. Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. Also see NTSC-J and NTSC-U.
  • Potentially Endless Bean Dive - A contest created on the AchievementHounds.com community forums that requires starting a new game every day. Began on the 28th of February 2013, and still going.
  • Preloading - The act of working on the criteria for an achievement until it's almost unlocked, and saving it for a later time, usually for competitions.
  • Ratio - Generally refers to the rarity of an achievement as determined by numbers of players of a game vs number who've unlocked the achievement. A statistic calculated on the TrueAchievements.com website.
  • Stack - Sometimes a game is released in multiple versions, for example in different regions or on different platforms, and in these cases they can have an entirely independent achievement list. To "stack" a game describes earning the achievements on more than one version of what is, in gameplay terms, the same game. Examples: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Bioshock
  • TA - True Achievements, either the score type or the website TrueAchievements.com
Jan 3, 2016

002 - Challenges Redux and End of Year Goals

Show notes are available on http://www.zedtozed.com/

We invite Garrett (gamertag Xtowers) on the show to discuss challenges in depth, talk about our end of year (2015) goals and whether we made them or not, gaming news, discontinued and unobtainable achievement news, and more.

Please give us a rating or review in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success!

Contact us on Twitter @zedtozed or email us at contact@zedtozed.com, we'd love to hear from you! Also check out the Zed to Zed Podcast Leaderboard on True Achievements.

Opening/closing music: "Jive Bot" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Guest:

Garrett aka "Xtowers" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro and recap

0:39:29 - Talking Zeds: Let's Meet Xtowers and Challenges Redux

1:06:09 - Talking Zeds: End of year goals

1:26:53 - News, Knobs and Discos

2:01:14 - Outro

Jargon:

  • 1K - Complete the base gamerscore in a game, typically 1000 points, thus 1K. Sometimes used to refer to a completion in general.
  • Bean Dive - Annual challenge on TrueAchievements.com aiming to earn at least one achievement in every game in your backlog, coined by it's creator, Beanpotter. The "dive" refers to the loss of completion percentage as a result of starting many new games.
  • Boosting - Using gameplay mechanics specifically to unlock achievements. Generally refers to the act of setting up multiplayer matches in particular ways to perform achievement criteria without interruption from regular players. Working towards achievements in lieu of regular gameplay.
  • Discos - Discontinued achievements - achievements that are no longer unlockable, probably due to online server shutdowns
  • Gamerscore League (GSL) - An annual gamerscore competition hosted on XboxAchievements.com
  • Great Random To Do List Challenge - A contest run by Facial La Fleur on the AchievementHounds.com community forums
  • GTASC - The Great True Achievement Score Challenge, a year-long, weekly elimination contest run by planting42 on TrueAchievements.com
  • Knobs - Unobtainable achievements - achievements that have never been unlockable
  • NTSC - See NTSC-U
  • NTSC-J - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles. Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. Also see NTSC-U and PAL.
  • NTSC-U - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles. Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. Also see NTSC-J and PAL.
  • PAL - One of the three regional variants of Xbox 360 consoles. Games can be locked so they only play on specific region consoles. Also see NTSC-J and NTSC-U.
  • Potentially Endless Bean Dive - A contest created on the AchievementHounds.com community forums that requires starting a new game every day. Began on the 28th of February 2013, and still going.
  • Preloading - The act of working on the criteria for an achievement until it's almost unlocked, and saving it for a later time, usually for competitions.
  • Ratio - Generally refers to the rarity of an achievement as determined by numbers of players of a game vs number who've unlocked the achievement. A statistic calculated on the TrueAchievements.com website.
  • Stack - Sometimes a game is released in multiple versions, for example in different regions or on different platforms, and in these cases they can have an entirely independent achievement list. To "stack" a game describes earning the achievements on more than one version of what is, in gameplay terms, the same game. Examples: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Bioshock
  • TA - True Achievements, either the score type or the website TrueAchievements.com
Dec 29, 2015

001 - The Challenges of Challenges

Show notes are available on http://www.zedtozed.com/

Our first episode! We introduce ourselves and the podcast, discuss the ins and outs of the Xbox One challenges system, some news, our first "Knobs and Discos" (unobtainable and discontinued achievements) report, and more.

Please give us a rating or review in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success!

Contact us on Twitter @zedtozed or email us at contact@zedtozed.com, we'd love to hear from you! Also check out the Zed to Zed Podcast Leaderboard on True Achievements.

Opening/closing music: "Jive Bot" by Jake Kaufman from the game Mighty Switch Force! developed and published by WayForward Technologies

All audio production and podcast backend support provided by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro 

0:17:51 - Recap

0:44:15 - Talking Zeds: The Challenges of Challenges

1:19:24 - News, Knobs and Discos

Glitches and bugs:

Knobs (unobtainable achievements):

Discos (discontinued achievements):

Games with Gold:

Other news:

Game delays:

Backwards compatibility:

1:41:41 - Wrap up and outro

Shoutouts:

Jargon:

  • "1K" - Complete the base gamerscore in a game, typically 1000 points, thus 1K. Sometimes used to refer to a completion in general.
  • "TA" - True Achievements, either the score type or the website
  • "Knobs" - Unobtainable achievements - achievements that have never been unlockable
  • "Discos" - Discontinued achievements - achievements that are no longer unlockable, probably due to online server shutdowns
  • "Bean Dive" - Yearly challenge on True Achievements aiming to earn at least one achievement in every game in your backlog, coined by it's creator, Beanpotter
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