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

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May 18, 2016

022 - DEFCON Spark Infinity Zed

A couple of server closure announcements spark a flurry of action, before the achievements are lost to the infinite void. Randy talks with Karsten from indie developer Happy Tuesday.

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0:00:00 - Intro

  • Crandy’s Mug: Starbucks Paris
  • G.R.A.W. Update
  • Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” was inspiration for Butterfly Effect
  • Tarragon’s 300k achievement guessing contest: angelsk (Jo) picked it, prize still up for grabs

0:11:00 - News

0:53:24 - Recap

  • Crandy
    • Wordament Snap Attack
      • Wow, such glitch, many bug
    • Guitar Grind Hero Live
    • Geometry Wars
    • Tomb Raider
    • Saints Row 2 DE
  • Tarragon
    • The Park
    • Aquazone
    • Payday 2
    • Elite Dangerous
    • Project Spark Windows 8 and One
    • Games purchased this week: 0 - did buy in game currency for Elite though
  • Fream
    • Project Spark
    • Knight Squad
    • Geometry Wars
    • Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
    • Disney Infinity 2.0
    • Fable Heroes
    • Left 4 Dead 2

1:19:58 - Listener Feedback

  • Dan Tate - Day One Console is fine … oh wait
  • Montana97 - last full price game that didn’t trigger instant regret
  • NBA Kirkland, McLovinLegend1 on Fream’s bike accident
  • Handydarkness - Sega Mega Drive UC  and Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection will allow play of Sonic 1, 2, 3 and the delisted Golden Axe XBLA titles via Backwards Compability
  • Fream’s Feed: 130+ comments!?
  • Jjaldana - Australia Dark Souls
  • Big Ell, MightyMango - Crandy’s completion percentage
  • The Nyghty - Crandy, antisocial?
  • Big Ell - If everything could be unlocked like Fallout 3 PC, would you?
  • McLovinLegend1 - Assassin’s Creed Trailer
  • Leaderboard Feedback
  • Decoy1982 - Community Let’s Play

2:07:06 - Interview with Karsten from Happy Tuesday

2:52:28 - GamerScore Boot Camp: The Park

2:54:35 - Knobs and Discos

  • The Hight-Parking achievement in Trucking 3D (Win 8) fixed
  • Project Spark sunsetting August 12th 2016, delisted
  • Warning regarding Disney Infinity online and community achievements
  • Disney Infinity Toy Box (Win8) Disney account connectivity dead
  • Three/Fourths Home achievements completely broken now?
    • Thanks Tim Blair and KaibaChaos for the heads up

2:59:53 - Game Delays and Backwards Compatibility

  • Mass Effect Andromeda delayed to 2017
  • BC:
    • Frogger 2
    • Puzzlegeddon
    • Faery: Legends of Avalon
    • Final Fight: Double Impact
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution

3:03:45 - Zombie News Corner

  • Dead of Winter: The Long Night expansion
  • Dead Island Retro Revenge
  • Undead Labs: State of Decay contest (ends May 15th)

: - Outro

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

Songs and sounds that have been used in the show:

Glossary of Xbox Gamerscore and achievement jargon and terms

 

May 11, 2016

021 - The Forever 3/12 Club

This week Fream joins a special club, Crandy and Damien review MagNets: Fully Charged, Tarragon delves into the TA leaderboards, and lots of other stuff as usual.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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

Damien aka "Spazpol" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

Fream’s Bike Accident

  • Learning how to ride a bike, Fream got a boo boo.

Crandy’s Canada Starbucks Mug

  • #suchahomer

Fream won $15 from NastyMastaDaddy

  • Cinco de mayo winnings
  • Fream purchased Geometry Wars

Facial la Fleur - Geometry Wars stuck at 3/12 forever club

Crandy - Still in school (no surprise there)

0:09:32 - Listener Feedback

Matt Quin - Dead Rising: Watchtower - looking forward to Endgame

  • Crandy may watch it instead of grinding Tomb Raider.

Decoy1982 - Thanks for the email, going thru the binge listening.

  • Alan Wake codes to give away

TheJoeDean - likes the idea of a community stream / group.  Twitch possibly?

  • Tarragon would have to go to work on the weekend :-(

TheTVirusTyrant - Resident Evil teaser this E3?

Decoy1982 - Life is Strange - ever seen the movie Butterfly Effect (the original one)

Montana97 - do you care about uneven GS?

ozBundyBoy - other gaming platforms

  • Brandon would own everything if money was no issue.
  • Smash brothers is awesome.
  • Tarragon owns them, but doesn’t use them because they lack achievements.
  • Randy would own them if money was no issue as well

Kursed Souls - When will Fream play Bioshock?

MattQuin - Tarragon’s game addiction update

Mighty Mango - Day One Consoles

SaucySlingo - Preview Program

Keith271179 - regarding Done Unlocking!

NBA Kirkland - Dark Souls DLC have no achievements

Mclovin Legend - Games to introduce to non-gamers

Jjaldana and ChiT0wnRedneck - E3

“Boycotts”

R46CooperS11 - COD: Spacefighting Bros

1:08:25 - News

Battlefield 1

Multi-Genres Feature on TA

X1 Game Management Update “Soon”

Mighty No. 9 gone gold - June 21st

Respawn working on a Star Wars game

Battleborn Weekly Balancing Tweaks?

Six new games added to Video Game Hall of Fame

1:30:28 - Recap

Leap Frog

Fream

  • Geometry Wars
  • Enslaved
  • The Escapists
  • Project Spark
  • Overwatch Beta

Tarragon

  • Project Spark
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Prize: Fruit Ninja Kinect code for the person to guess his 300k achievement

Crandy

  • Wordament Snap Attack
  • Tomb Raider
  • Saints Row 2 DE
  • Dead Rising 2

1:44:15 - Feature: TA Leaderboard Movements Update

1:51:30 - Shovelware Cemetery

  • MagNets: Fully Charged

1:58:34 - Knobs and Discos

  • Alekhine’s Gun - Chameleon to remain unobtainable?
  • Screen Cheat - Sky Captain fixed

2:03:08 - Backwards Compatibility & Game Delays

2:04:56 - Giveaway

2:05:30 - Zombie News

2:08:28 - Outro

 

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

 

May 4, 2016

020 - That Ol’ Pax Aroma

Damien (Spazpol) joins us to talk about his experiences at PAX East 2016.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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! 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

Damien aka “Spazpol” - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:15:42 - Talking Zeds: Pax with Damien

  • Instant  messaging
  • Aroma
  • History
  • Xbox booth
    • Cuphead
    • Gears of War 4
  • The Behemoth
    • Pit people
  • Gearbox
    • Panel
    • Battleborn
    • Rock Band is dead to me (and so is Gearbox and Harmonix [Rock Band 4 is still dead to me])
    • Borderlands 3 (what a surprise)
  • Jackbox team
    • PAX community Quiplash
  • Indie booths
    • Tinybuild - Speedrunners
    • Patching on Xbox is hard
    • Flinthook
    • Bad history with indie on Xbox 360
    • Piranaking - Lastfight
    • Deathstate
    • Forced: Showdown
    • Buy Madden, keep EA alive
  • Major Nelson Podcast (don’t ask about day one consoles)
    • Overwatch beta
  • Twitch lines - Midipaw
  • Lines to trade Pokemon cards with Midipaw
  • Midipaw
  • Overwatch demo - Midipaw?
    • Press vs. gamers
  • Capybara Games - Below - Xbox One (semi?) exclusive
  • Compulsion Games - We Happy Few
  • Daedalic - Air
  • Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick (Monkey Island devs) - Thimbleweed Park
  • Death Road to Canada
    • Shovelware Cemetery

1:32:10 - Recap

 

  • More notes to come

 

2:02:30 - News

2:34:55 - Listener Feedback

3:02:17 - GamerScore Boot Camp

3:05:05 - Knobs & Discos

3:06:20 - Backwards Compatibility and Game Delays

3:08:55 - Zombie News Corner

3:10:36 - Code Giveaways

3:12:10 - Outro

 

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

Apr 27, 2016

019 - The Cost of Gamerscore? (So. Many. Toys)

This week we are covering an introduction to home mortgage refinance as it relates to trying to complete games in the Toys to Life genre.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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.

Show notes by Randy and Jo and Tarragon.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Jo aka “angelsk” - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Damien aka “Spazpol” - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:11:59 - Recap

  • Crandy (week 2 post GRAW)
    • Hexic (sort of)
    • Guitar Hero Live
    • Universe at War
    • Killer Instinct
    • Gears of War 2
    • Ghostbusters: the Video Game
    • Bioshock Infinite
    • Party Hard
  • Tarragon
    • Project Spark
    • Elite Dangerous (like project spark and/or drinking tea in space)
    • Mirror’s Edge Beta
  • Brandon
    • Battleborn
    • DOOM
    • Spongebob Squarepants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge
    • Destiny
    • Project Spark
    • Nobody has time
    • Stikbold
    • Mirror’s Edge Beta

0:43:15 - Listener Feedback

  • Thank you to: IXI Falcon IXI, SiNaCiDe IiI, Keith 271179, Mighty Mango, Big Ell, Facial Le Fleur, Daniel Proulx, Mclovin Legend, LordChabelo13, Arsenic 17, Daniel Tate, and everybody else that participated on our social media.
  • SiNaCiDe IiI - Live shows in the future?
  • Keith 271179 - What game from another platform would you like to play with achievements?
  • Mighty Mango - What is your favourite non-Xbox/pc game?
  • xxx420B1G 311420xxx - What are your favourite Xbox 360 and Xbox One launch titles?
  • We can’t spell Facial Le Fleur or say Daniel Proulx
  • Mclovin Legend - Elite Dangerous
  • New 24 hour long Zed to Zed episode
  • Daniel Tate - Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn (NOTE FROM JO: Seriously, does no-one read the show notes? I said this last week ;)
    • No-one has the Griffin as a national animal sadly :( - JC
  • Facial Le Fleur - Various comments

1:19:08 - News

1:27:40 - Talking Zeds - Toys 2 Life

  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Very important note: It is "LEGO" not "LEGOs" ;)
    • I DO WOT I WANT! :P -TA
    • It's a BRAND NAME - The LEGO company themselves have said DO NOT DO THIS :P - LEGO® - JC
    • LEGO doesn’t own the English language ;) I “google” things too. Google didn’t want that to be a verb, too bad. Language is used by people, not companies. RARAAARAAA! I have many legos. MANY. LEGOS. -TA
    • You have many LEGO® bricks! I have many LEGO® minifigs ;) - JC
    • Bah. Humbug. -TA
  • LEGO Dimensions Tracker - figure out your minimum number of packs required for various 100%s
    • Only need Starter Pack and Level Packs for 100% achievements
  • LEGO Portals:
    • Console specific for Xbox (one for 360, one for the One), but will be forwards compatible with new seasons
    • PS3/4 and Wii U are shareable
    • All level/ fun/ team packs are cross-platform - you only need to buy the starter pack multiple times
  • Disney Infinity Series
  • Disney Infinity Compatibility Guide - figures, bases, play sets, etc
  • Can get 100% achievements with starter pack/ base game
    • Easier if you have extra characters as have more choices of feats. Feets?
    • Also XP bonus.
  • 2016 is a year without a Disney Infinity release
  • Best to get Disney characters with ranged abilities (primary)
  • Windows 8 version can be done for free (as maps/etc cycle)
  • Skylanders Series
  • Portals (on the same platform) - newest game portal should work on the oldest game (backward compatible) - compatibility guide
  • Character Compatibility
  • Recommend: Teraffin and a giant
  • Can 100% achievements with base game/packs
    • But easier with more characters as more characters = more lives! (That's a cool way of doing it)
  • DI: Characters are locked out of content (in Story, not Toy Box), LD: You can have Gandalf in the TARDIS in the Portal universe, or Batman riding around on K-9 shooting the flying monkeys in Oz. *pew pew pew pew*
  • Lots of Gamerscore in this genre
  • Jo's full LEGO Dimensions Collection (some of collection with Portal)
  • Player 2 achievements? Best to check the achievement tags on TA. Most seem to be Co-op+, DI levelling is linked to your account
  • Use of the LD Portal is very cool
  • Metal Gear Solid controller trick

2:11:49 - Shovelware Cemetery

  • Featuring Damien (Spazpol)
  • Soda Drinker Pro
    • Even YellowLegoGuy (an 8yo) thinks this game is awful
    • VERY BURIED
    • Long loading times, particularly given...
    • Graphics are terrible, and there’s nothing in the levels
    • 5.5GB, why?
    • 3 years in development, and it shows. Wait, no it doesn’t.
    • Contains a secret game within the game called Vivian Clark
      • Probably the best part of the entire game
  • Party Hard
    • Really fun, simple concept that is executed well
    • Both Damien and Crandy really enjoyed this game
    • Relatively quick completion (12 hours or so) but mostly fun
    • 5.25 inch floppy disk for loading screen ++ - Crandy
    • Music is inspired by Rockit by Herbie Hancock: 80s cheesy beats
    • Has zombies! @Freamwhole
    • Some hidden people a little frustrating to find, needed to be looked up
    • Bugs: dead bodies flail around sometimes, not game breaking
    • To the Sanctuary! 

2:37:00 - Knobs and Discos

  • What are you laughing at Jo? :P
  • Halo 4 challenge achievements are discontinued: challenges have not updated for months, 343 has not been responsive to the issue.
    • Unsure how/if this affects Halo:MCC
  • Kinect Nat Geo TV series 1 and 2 discontinued
  • Party Hard Vivian Clark achievement unobtainable at time of recording
    • Appears to be fixed at time of writing these notes
  • Bike Mayhem 2

2:40:34 - Backwards Compatibility and Game Delays

  • Rayman: Origins
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst delayed … 2 weeks
  • Lumo delayed - thanks for the tip QuiCkz Ninja

2:42:44 - Zombie News Corner

2:46:32 - Outro

 

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

 

Apr 20, 2016

018 - Oh No… BETA!

This week's show is all about betas. We look to have a good fruitful discussion about alphas, betas, server tests and the like. Maybe it'll even turn into a "de-beta" *groan*.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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

Break music: "Game Cool Dubstep Mode Logo" by Sparximer

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

Jo’s Review music: "Dalmation Station (It Gets Better Mix)" 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.

Show notes by Jo and Damien and Jo and Tarragon…  

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Also featuring:

Jo aka "angelsk" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:09:16 - Housekeeping

  • What do you think makes more sense: 'Fream Early Access' or 'Tarragame Preview Program'?
  • Great Random To-Do List (beta) - need some testers - sign up on the Leaderboard (exclusive): Zed to Zed Presents: The Random To Do List (Beta)
  • Dark Souls Fream-cast - April 23rd 10PM Central Time (Zed to Zed Twitch Channel)
  • Achievement Hound Community Show #100 featuring Fream - available to download now (Tarragon was on episode #98)
  • Game Trials you can earn achievements (incomplete, via Sinacide), also thanks to griffey95. Send the Z2Z crew your messages.
  • PSA: Dirt 3 VIP Pass is currently free (was GwG)
  • Donations of game codes from WaterDrip37 and BuckMarley155, thank you
  • Lots of codes to give away, keep eyes peeled on our Twitter feed

0:17:24 - Backlog and Recap

  • Tarragon
    • Elite: Dangerous
    • ZHEROS (local co-op) - non-stacking achievements, *boo*
    • Threes!
    • Tachyon Project
    • Whispering Willows
    • Elite: Dangerous!
    • Blast 'Em Bunnies
    • Project Spark
    • Elite: Dangerous (GRAW in space, Destiny with Spaceships)
  • Crandy
    • Not GRAW
    • Killer Instinct (Ranked matches)
    • Red Faction Guerilla (completion)
    • Perfect Dark Zero
    • Universe at War: Earth Assault
    • Pool Pro Online 3
  • Fream
    • Destiny (new patch) - you need to sleep!
    • Ben 10: Rise Of Hex (speed run walkthrough?)
    • Project Spark
    • Quantum Break
    • Stikbold (only the first player gets achievements, *boo*)

0:45:11 - Listener Feedback

  • Thanks to MattQuin89, KaibaChaos, angelsk, Supernova x360a, NBA Kirkland, Big Ell, KinectKid333, Planting42, Lucky32468, Seb/The Nyghty, McLovin Legend, Spazpol, Facial la Fleur, HandyDarkness, 1updan, James Vexed, SaucySlingo, smrnov
  • Appropriate age to start on TA?
  • Catch the achievement hunter bug when first visit TA.
  • 100k nice milestone, top 10% (ish) on TA
  • Community banter is good!
  • You know you're addicted to gamerscore when you play out your living room to fit Kinect when you move house :)
  • Runescape in space
  • Crandy has a problem. 365 days of play time on Runescape
  • *tongue-face*
  • This makes no sense. I am too old to have played Runescape.
  • Crandy's 99s
    • Attack
    • Constitution
    • Strength
    • Smithing
    • Defense
    • Herb Law
    • Ranged
    • Thieving
    • Cooking
    • Prayer
    • Crafting
    • Fire Making
    • Magic
    • Fletching
    • Wood Cutting
    • Farming
    • Construction
    • Summoning
  • Threes Solver - you need to build it - watch this space
  • Quantum Break - approach, start it on Hard, no guides (collectibles are easy)
  • KinectKid333 - Crandy, how do you make the MIDI Macros?
    • To be discussed in detail in a later episode.
  • Lucky34268 - How to clean up 0GS games like on the xbox 360?
  • MattQuin89 - Finally heard my shout-out.  What are your favorite ID@Xbox title? Mine is http://www.trueachievements.com/Stick-it-To-The-Man/achievements.htm
  • Seb/The Nyghty: Cross-play concerns
    • Some games (FPS) PC may be unfair against console gamers.
    • Concerns about mods.
    • Real time strategy (RTS) are just bad on console (Tarragon + Randy agree)
  • Christian Allen feedback:
    • McLovin Legend: Best interview so far. Been waiting to see which one of you would swear first :) [It was Brandon]
    • Spazpol: listening to the Christian Allen interview podcast at 15,000 feet!  Awesome in flight entertainment. [Don’t die on your race BTW]
    • Facial: Takedown: Red Sabre game on the grounds that he seems like a likable dude.
  • HandyDarkness: Wife is home and OK.  Suggests having a 4th person on standby to avoid 2 host shows.
  • Seb/The Nyghty: Facebook vs Twitter users [Randy needs to ask his mom to take off the parental controls]
  • Daniel Proulx @1updan: 3 hour show length is good.
  • SaucySlingo & Smrnov: Ducks vs horses.  The debate continues.
  • McLovin Legend: Randy needs a rant section

1:53:49 - News

1:57:34 - Talking Zeds: Beta Season

  • Oh No... BETA!!
  • Beta Release Schedule from MajorNelson
  • If it's broken, it's a Beta.
  • Usually; beta = Software that is feature complete but known to be buggy (beta to iron out the rest of the bugs). With games it's more of a stress test
  • Beta = a good way to cancel pre-orders :)
  • Rainbow 6 Siege beta
  • Gears of War Ultimate edition
  • Evolve
  • Homefront Revolution
  • DOOM - plays like Quake, not old Doom.
    • Leaderboard achievements like Quake 4? Hopefully not.
    • Season Pass - Crandy rant
  • Exclusivity from a beta? e.g Sonic 2 Beta cartridge (this is a promo copy, not a beta)
  • Mega Hype Train *choo choo*
  • "Betas are the problem of the people who play them" - Crandy
  • DOOM - If the game is coming out in 2 weeks, it's already printed…. So the demo isn't really going to change any features.  This is where the stress test comes in, it's tweaking the servers pre-launch. And hopefully any game-breaking bugs.
  • Destiny beta - balancing exercise in multiplayer
  • Halo 5 - missing some very key user interface pieces… this is more of an alpha
  • Huge response from the community on betas
  • McLovin Legend: Achievements? No, some demos do (as discussed) - but not betas.
    • Limits play time because no achievements :)  
    • We, as a community, do have bad habits when it comes to games that don't have achievements.
    • Preview program: Elite Dangerous, Arc, Solus Project
    • "We" are backlog junkies
    • Sometimes you can get perks in the preview/ beta releases
  • LordChabelo13: Waste of time for Achievement Hunters
  • AHP TheNyghty: Preview program, still in active development (Arc, DayZ)
    • Dev state not a bad thing
    • Minecraft - for years was essentially an alpha/ beta
    • More involved when in active development
    • 3 years is not long for a large game (e.g: Elite Dangerous) - you are seeing more of the development time than with triple As
    • People yelling at clouds
  • Kez001: Avoid betas…. Or maybe keep playing if they convince you not to buy games. Only play betas for games you are interested in.
  • Decoy1982: Wizards who come from the moon
  • spankyNspronkle: Battleborn
  • MightyMango: Why bother doing a beta if retail release is borked?
  • Facial la Fleur has a good response here.
    • Where do you go to report bugs? Sometimes not obvious…. Or they're not looking for you to find bugs.
    • PvZ:GW2 beta had a really good forum for reporting bugs (Jo)
    • Time commitment
  • Dead Rising Demo
  • Term "Beta" is a marketing tool (open vs closed beta)
  • Different expectations
  • Tons of people bought Crackdown for Halo 3 beta - balance testing and marketing… something has to be exclusive
  • Abundant codes are annoying
  • Bungie good with communication and betas
  • Big Ell: Betamax and LaserDisc

2:52:33 - Bootcamp: GRAW

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • Not for completionists!
  • Cheats do not void single player achievements
  • 550 GamerScore available fairly easily
  • Avoid the multiplayer if you don’t like odd-achievement values
  • Multiplayer can mostly be done split-screen

2:55:16 - Jo’s Reviews: Final Fantasy XV

3:02:28 - Knobs and Discos

  • FIFA Street (2012): Friendly Publicity fixed
  • Project Spark (both versions):
    • Conker and Seph level 10 and level 20 achievements were broken for ages but have been modified by the developer - new criteria is based on number of times played through Crossroads, e.g. level 10 = play through Crossroads 10 times.
    • Rumours the Freamer (log in each day) achievements are buggy and not unlocking or updating progress - unconfirmed at this stage
    • Project Spark developer appears to be winding down, if you want to get the most of out Spark now is the time to do it!
  • Pure Pool: Maximum Break is fixed
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (360): Witch Trials - currently unobtainable
  • Total Conquest (both versions) - level 30 achievement popped for someone at level 100, speculation is that the level 100 achievement may unlock at a higher level again. Huge grind to get there though.
  • Panzer Geekz: We Hear You was buggy but now fixed - thanks to Montana97 for the tip and a shout out to the #forgottengladiators of the Potentially Endless Bean Dive

3:13:16 - Game Delays and Backwards Compatibility

  • New to BC:
    • Garou: Mark Of The Wolves
    • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
    • Sonic: The Fighters
    • DOOM 3
    • Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine
    • (sort of new) Lego Batman JP
  • Lego Batman JP - a confirmed sighting of the non-working version in Japanese consoles? Thanks Sinacide for the tip.

3:16:03 - Zombie News

3:18:07 - Giveaway Time!

  • Congratulations! Alan Wake: American Nightmare code winners:
    • Facial La Fleur
    • @ShelbyGT5252

3:19:32 - Outro

  • Elite Dangerous
  • Thanks for all of your feedback! Sorry if we missed you.
  • Freamwhole is now a member of the Community Events Team on TrueAchievements. Sell out.

 

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

 

Apr 13, 2016

017 - The GRAW Special with Christian Allen

Christian Allen, CEO of Serellan LLC and lead designer for Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (amongst many other things) joins us for a chat about GRAW, achievements, game development, and lots more. Oh, and Crandy finishes GRAW (spoiler alert!).

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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

Break music: "Game Cool Dubstep Mode Logo" by Sparximer

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

Show notes by everyone!

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Guest:

Christian Allen of Serellan LLC

0:00:00 - Intro

0:02:52 - Talking Zeds: Guest Christian Allen

0:51:27 - Talking Zeds: Achievements Suck

  • GRAW Terminology - Cycle: Moving up and down four levels (In ranked matches)
    • Invisible XP points
    • Based on ELO system, not TrueSkill
    • Designed before Xbox and Microsoft knew what achievements were going to be - Gary Stelmack driving the show on achievements
    • Originally layered achievements for the leaderboard - before 50 achievement limit
    • Seriously?
    • Shipped with 890GS
    • First time doing a ranking system in Ghost Recon
    • Set up like Chess (LINK)
    • GRAW Terminology – Blocking: Intentionally trying to prevent others from climbing a leaderboard and preventing others from earning the achievement.
    • Kane & Lynch Blocking Clan
    • BAFTA Game Of The Year Win and Worst Achievement Awards

1:07:15 - How Have You Seen Achievements Change and How Much Do You Hate Them?

1:14:10 - Are You Surprised At The Lengths People Go Through For Achievements?

1:30:02 - Microtransactions according to Christian

1:43:40 - Voice Acting in Epsilon

1:47:45 - Talking Zeds: The GRAW Journal

    • Starflight
    • 5.25” Floppy Disk
    • The GRAW Journal
    • Boosting
    • ~300 traditional cycles for for team/solo leaderboards
    • Yes GRAW is still possible! (just extremely time consuming)
    • Time to complete GRAW ~five months playing eight hours a day
    • Christian Allen thought "achievements are stupid" on original pitch from Microsoft
    • GRAW consistently winning worst achievements ever
    • Committed (Multiplayer) was not supposed to be eight consecutive hours
    • What achievements have become
    • Christian Allen on gaming habits of a game designer
      • Arcade games
      • The Division
      • Fallout 3/NV/4
      • Dead Rising 1/2/3
      • Ryse

 

  • "I'll get to it after GRAW"

 

  • Crandy's post GRAW ratio dive
    • My Horse and Me 2
    • Hannah Montana
    • Monster High
    • Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue
    • Even more!
  • Christian Allen on Takedown: Red Sabre and Kickstarter
    • Gaming nostalgia
    • Social media harassment
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Ubisoft corporate training
    • "you-be-soft" not "oo-be-soft"
    • Toilet logo
  • Ad nostalgia in GRAW
  • Dodge® cars are good cover in GRAW 2

2:37:25 - Talking Zeds: Zombie Interlude

  • Zombie books
  • Threat matrix (includes zombie apocalypse planning)

2:40:46 - GRAW IS COMPLETED

  • 3389 days 21 hours 29 minutes later

2:43:40 - Shovelware Cemetery: Hotel Blind

3:10:10 - Shovelware Cemetery: GRAW

  • Too Brown
  • Looks like a ten year old game
  • Those achievements, wtf
  • Too many big maps
  • Can’t use rockets akimbo
  • Gunplay, damage and movement is “unrealistic”, unlike COD

3:15:43 - Talking Zeds: Wrap up

  • Brandon offering guided tours thru Destiny
  • Randy offering to play GRAW 2 (More Drinking!)

3:17:01 - Housekeeping and Recap

3:27:11 - Listener Feedback

  • iTunes Canada feedback from TheNyghty
  • AB0MINAT10N: Clarify power brick tangent from Randy
    • In short, throw out the power brick not from your region on your import console, and just use an in-country power adapter.
  • Randy & Brandon explain how not to fix a RROD…
  • Sinicide IiI
    • Brandon apologizes for butchering the name.
    • When do you release the show?
      • Wednesday night Australia / Wednesday morning US.
  • Saucy Slingo: Tarragon makes a guest appearance in OXENFREE
  • Griffey95: Comprehensive list of demo games with achievements?
    • Tron Runner
    • Kung Fu Panda: Legend of the Legendary Legends
    • Dead or Alive 5
    • Killer Instinct
    • Make a ZedtoZed list?
  • Montana97: Do I need to eject external HDD before disconnecting them?
    • Unknown if you pull it while in use.  Maybe turn off the console before you remove. Editor’s note: generally it’s probably fine to pull it whenever, but you may cause some hiccups if it’s saving a game at the time. Note that game saves are always stored on the internal drive and the cloud though.
  • GRAW (Drink!) Questions
    • Facial: Favorite game in the GRAW series? Excited for Wild lands?
      • Brandon has never played a GRAW game
      • Randy has only played the original GRAW (No substitutes)
      • Jury is still out for Wild lands, but skeptical.
      • Don’t give a company money in advance for 2 years in the future.  Finance 101.
  • xXxB1G311xXx: That guy?
    • Please stop mentioning GRAW? (Drink)… Doubtful.
    • GRAW has uneven Gamerscore (So you have to do the leaderboard to be even)
  • Salsbar: How can I get the leaderboard achievements to even up my gamerscore?
  • Anno Mundi: Would you recommend I try for the leaderboard achievements at this point? How much did it cost you for the gold subs?
    • Randy says “No”. Cost of 8 accounts with Gold. So apx $80 a month.
  • jjaldana: The leaderboard achievements takes about 6 months of playing all day everyday. This account for 8 hours of sleep days.
  • YODA12320: Yes what other than graw do you talk about..
    • Listen to past Podcast episodes.  ;-)
  • IXI B1G3L1 IXI: Since GRAW is rated T for Teen, when does your mom say you will be allowed to play games that are rated M?
    • Randy’s mom will allow him to play rated M games if he chooses, since he is such a big boy.
  • People are still pulling a Fream! (Marknocturnal, Damien, WebChimp UK: did it in Roblox and Project Spark)

3:50:51 - News

3:59:03 - Game Delays and Backwards Compatibility

4:00:50 - Zombie News

4:02:52 - Outro

 

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

 

Apr 6, 2016

016 - O GamerScore, Wherefore Art Thou

What exactly is a good GamerScore? We discuss statistics, life/gaming balance, TA leaderboard movements, and much more.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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 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

0:00:00 - Intro

0:19:33 - Recap

0:34:08 - Listener Feedback

  • Zed Friends
    • smrnov, TheTvirusTyrant, HandyDarkness, Kursed Souls, Spazpol
  • Crandy would like to get Lorne Lanning on the show (Oddworld creator)
  • John Schuller @CallSignIceMan would like some DragonMania Legends help
  • montana97: Top 5 reality shows?
    • The Bachelor(ette)
    • Double Dare
    • Air Crash Investigation?
    • MythBusters?
    • Bear Grylls
    • Naked and Afraid
    • Survivor
    • Big Brother
    • The Amazing Race
    • Celebrity Apprentice
    • So You Think You Can Dance
    • Biggest Loser
  • KaibaChaos is a one man DDOS
    • Will stacks ever be cross play? Consensus: unlikely
  • NBA Kirkland wants a competition that doesn't require so much free time!
    • Scavenger hunt
    • GTASC for 1 hour a week
    • Achievement Hounds Achievement Hunt
    • Gamerscoragories
    • Who has the rarest game?
    • Achievement Relay
  • McLovin Legend and Big Ell are both hyped for WrestleMania
  • Madeyepadeye: What is a healthy amount of gaming?
    • Probably a feature topic
  • Saucy Slingo asks a question that will plague mankind for centuries
  • The Yiddler: what's that intro music. Look up! :)
  • Fream's Friend Feed went to that weird place on the Internet (Big Ell, Facial La Fleur, NBA Kirkland, KaibaChaos, Weasel Pizza)
  • Sinacide III wants Xbox 360 gamer pics to be upscaled for Xbox One: vote for it on User Voice
  • FitBit again!
  • Tim Blair @TimTum is a God among men
  • MuddyAmoeba suggests that the TTK DLC for Destiny might be available from disc
  • Ereaser NL - the UHH was great to prompt games to finish off
    • UHH hotting up
  • McLovin Legend is giving away some PAL games, check his blog
  • Facial La Fleur and Big Ell: 3 hosts is better than 2
  • angelsk hates timezones
  • Blue Thunder 7398 has a lot of GS on Windows Phone. You monster.
  • Big Ell aka Ell Gordo still thinks we should play games "properly" ;)
  • Fream would kindly like to finish Bioshock
  • iTunes Reviews
    • Thanks so much: KaibaChaos, Chiznal and Quinny19898989 - get a longer commute! ;)

1:42:46 - Talking Zeds: What is a Good GamerScore?

2:16:57 - News

2:39:30 - Cemetery

  • Guitar Hero Live - BURIED

2:53:56 - Knobs and Discos

  • Big Ell asks about developer contacts - yes, but with caveats
  • Project Spark:
    • PSA: some achievements not unlocking due to server issues, particularly Conker and Seph DLC
    • Developer Team Dakota appears to be treading water
    • Latest title update has been on hold for months
  • FIFA 12: EAS FC Youth Academy and EAS FC Starting 11 are available again
  • Guitar Hero Live Xbox 360: Bling Of The Road fixed
  • Pay It Forward in both versions of Darksiders 2 are broken again (thanks Weasel Pizza and KaibaChaos)
  • Forza 3 online achievements all discontinued without notice

3:06:08 - Game Delays and BC

  • BC: Halo Wars, King Of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, SoulCalibur II HD Online, Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Space, Saints Row IV (AU version too)

3:09:02 - Zombie News Corner

3:10:27 - Outro

 

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

Mar 30, 2016

015 - smrnov, Korea, and Fitbit

Tarragon sits down for a chat with Gamerscore giant smrnov, Korea games get some attention, and apparently a lot of people have Fitbits.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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

Gamerscore Boot Camp music: "Dalmation Station (It Gets Better Mix)" 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.

Show notes by Tarragon Allen.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Tarragon Allen aka "zzUrbanSpaceman" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:19:30 - Recap

  • Tarragon
    • UHH: Forza Motorsport 5, South Park: Stick of Truth, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Gears of War
    • Rare games week: Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kioku (HW/TW), Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (KR), Dead Rising 2: Case West (KR), Wall•E (KR)
    • Tachyon Project, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
  • Brandon:
    • Monthly Birthday Gamertag Challenge on the Achievement Hounds forums
      • Nicktoons MLB, Injustice: Gods Among Us, The Escapists, YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
    • Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Destiny

0:29:31 - Feedback

  • iTunes reviews! Thanks Black Buff, Avenged Against, MitRialB
  • Email! Thanks Tim Blair GT: MitRialb
  • Twitter: @KaibaChaos - future guests we'd like?
      • The Dauntless
      • Microsoft Achievement people
      • Rand Al Thor 19
      • Christian Allen
      • Phil Spencer
      • Major Nelson
      • Creators of first achievements
      • Vince Curley
  • IGN Unfiltered
  • Twitter: MclovinLegend - GRAW and nyancat
  • Twitter: NBA Kirkland - twitch for Dark Souls
    • Fream will stream Dark Souls soon
  • Blog: Facial La Fleur - don't bother with Windows Phone
  • Feed: Facial La Fleur - need more lead time to give feedback!
  • Feed: Xtowers - ever bought DLC without achievements?
    • Tarragon: yep: Batman and Minecraft
    • Brandon: nope, unless it's in a season pass
  • Feed: Handydarkness - wife in hospital? Lack of movie tie-in games?
    • THQ?
    • LEGO games
  • Feed: Big Ell (THAT guy)
    • don't do more than two contests a year
    • play our games properly the rest of the year
      • There's no proper way to play games :P
      • Goal-driven achievementing
    • BeanPotter's Bean Dive responding to the same "problem" as the UHH: ridiculous backlogs
    • DLC co-op for N+
  • Kursed Souls didn't repeat a Fream

0:57:44 - Interview: smrnov

  • Interview from January
  • smrnov's statistics from TrueAchievements
    • 50k+ achievements
    • 1.25+ million gamerscore
    • 2.3+ million TA score
    • 74% completion
    • Second in the world to hit 1 million GS
    • Most completions in the world (1400+)
    • 48% of all possible achievements unlocked
  • smrnov overtook Stallion83 recently on TA score
  • Stallion83's death in the family - :( our condolences Ray, all the best
  • What over 2 million GS looks like

1:23:48 - News

1:45:48 - Gamerscore Bootcamp

1:49:41 - Knobs and Discos

1:51:53 - Backwards Compatible and Game Delays

  • BC: Assassin's Creed, Grid 2, Dark Void, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Dark Souls
  • Delayed: Dangerous Golf, Adr1ft

1:53:19 - Zombie News

1:57:10 - Outro

 

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

Mar 23, 2016

014 - Gee Dee Cee Cheer!

Crandy earns an achievement and goes to some little game conference, Fream finds out he's not alone in the world, and Tarragon gets more games.

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

Please give us a rating or review on iTunes and in your favourite podcast application, it will really help us spread the word and make the show a success, and is a free, easy way to support the show!

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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

5 Sec Crowd Cheer sound by Mike Koenig

Record Scratch sound by luffy

Nyancat song by daniwell and Momomomo

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:

Damien Knox aka "Spazpol" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

0:43:10 - Recap

  • Brandon:
    • Rayman Legends - thanks morseypoo2000 and Xtowers for setting the bar really low
    • Dived 7 games: Pneuma, Thief, Chariot, The Deer God, Styx, Battlestations: Pacific, D4
    • Revisited: Titanfall, Halo: Spartan Assault, SSX, Crimson Dragon and pulled a maerF, Child of Light
  • Tarragon:
    • OXENFREE, The Walking Dead Season 1 Xbox One, Monopoly Plus 360, Summer Athletics for the 1 pointer, ZHEROS, Tachyon Project
    • UHH: The Lego Movie Video Game, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Threes!, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Xbox Fitness, Powerstar Golf, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Rare Replay (Killer Instinct Gold), Wreckateer, D4, BattleBlock Theatre, Secret of Monkey Island, Valiant Hearts
    • I am rubber, you are glue
  • Randy:
    • UHH: Wolfenstein, Bad Company 2, Midnight Club, Aegis Wing, Saints Row 4, Saints Row 3 German, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bloodstone, Killer Instinct, Perfect Dark
    • Lucky32468 asks whether Shadow Jago will be back in Killer Instinct: yes, almost certainly. Thanks for the question!
    • CRANDY UNLOCKS SOLO CHAMPION IN GRAW YAAAAAY!
    • No more GRAW drinking game?
    • Future GRAW special
    • Twitter conversation with @Serellan about GRAW
    • GRAW - Crandy got passed on the leaderboard which added some motivation
    • 10k hours - Crandy has mastered boosting GRAW
    • Crandy to do a post-GRAW ratio dive (Barbie!)

1:04:21 - Feedback

  • Thanks Handydarkness - you know what you did
  • Marknocturnal hopes not to Pull a Fream in ROBLOX
  • MattQuin89, thanks for listening! You'll probably see this in a month. ;)
  • Thanks @AUWarEagle (Cannon Fodder 06)
  • Keith271179 asks - how about that Done... Unlocking issue? We will cover it on a future show, thanks for the question.
  • Thanks again to the TrueAchievements podcast for bringing so many listeners our way
  • Tarragon sounds like Hugh Jackman?
  • Achievement streaks: Tarragon: 320 days, Randy: 51 days, Brandon: 51 days
  • Windows Phone: not really worth it for achievements in Randy and Tarragon's opinion
  • Windows Phone had achievement syncing issues early 2015, no solution beyond wiping phone and redoing
  • R56CooperS11 asks if large sporting events inspire playing particular sports games:
    • Tarragon gets the urge to play the F1 games buuuuuut ... no
    • Randy doesn't watch sports, but wants another Fight Night game (NOT UFC)
    • Brandon doesn't like sports games, would watch real life Mortal Kombat
  • Big Ell wants episodes sooner. Here's next weeks show just for you
  • Randy only got into GDC because it was his sweet 16
  • Thanks Jo for show notes last week
  • Big Ell asks about favourite co-op games:
  • AHP The Nyghty asks about favourite underrated games:
    • Randy: Syndicate
    • Tarragon: Spec Ops: The Line, Sleeping Dogs, Bully
    • Brandon: Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine
  • Facial La Fleur discusses console upgrades
    • PS4 upgrade for 4K? Crandy coined "PS4K"
  • KaibaChaos found his headphones! YAAAAAY!
  • @MattQuin89: smrnov passes Stallion83 on the TA leaderboard, crandy graw graw crandy graw crandy
  • Randy might host the GRAW show when he turns 17
  • BIGSXY1 passes Rand Al Thor
  • Kaiba Chaos likes long shows
  • Big Ell:
    • Fitbit! GOFBC - The Go Outside FitBit Challenge
    • Zed to Zed FitBit Group?
    • Eragon isn't as bad as people think. (Yes it is! -t)
  • Planting42 emailed us! YAAAAAY!
    • Weird gamerscore updates are weird
  • Watch out for unlocking backwards compatible achievements offline
  • @GodOfCyanide waits until the last minute

1:44:41 - Feature: GDC 2016

2:22:47 - News

2:43:16 - Shovelware Cemetery with special guest Damien Knox

  • Punch Club
    • Thanks tinyBuild for the review code
    • Great story and 16-bit feel
    • To the sanctuary!
  • Screencheat
    • Thanks to Surprise Attack Games for the review code
    • Price is a little steep for what it is
    • A lot of fun with friends
    • One unobtainable being actively worked on by the developer
    • Great concept, reminiscent of N64 multiplayer days/GoldenEye
    • To the sanctuary!
    • Thanks to special guest Damien aka Spazpol for the extra feedback

2:55:31 - Knobs and Discos

2:57:37 - BC and Game Delays

  • Gone Home follow up Tocama delayed
  • New Backwards Compatibility titles: Alan Wake, Pac-Man, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Halo Wars (preview owners only)
    • BC emulator update in preview?

2:59:53 - Zombie News Corner

3:03:01 - Outro

 

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

Mar 16, 2016

013 - Just PAL-ing Around

This week we discuss the fallout of Microsoft’s house cleaning, and of course we have Zombie News, Knobs and Discos and a couple of pals just "PAL"ing around.

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 TrueAchievements and zzUrbanSpaceman's blog.

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

Gamerscore Boot Camp music: "Dalmation Station (It Gets Better Mix)" by Jake Kaufman (as virt) from the game Mighty Switch Force! 2 developed and published by WayForward Technologies

All music by Jake Kaufman (virt) can be listened to and purchased here: https://virt.bandcamp.com/

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

Show notes kindly collated, calmly and collectedly with 'credible candour by Jo Carter.

Hosts:

Brandon Fream aka "Freamwhole" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

Randy aka "Crandy" - TrueAchievements - Xbox

0:00:00 - Intro

00:12:35 What We’ve Been Up To

  • Randy:
    • Got a IBM Model M Keyboard - not the buckling spring version
    • GHL - 100 million on Xbox One, 92 million on 360 version. Horrible game… clearly doesn’t recommend this
    • Finished ROBLOX (Didn’t pull a Fream)
    • Kameo: Elements of Power - finished story, 600-700G in 6-8 hours.
    • Killer Instinct - hit Killer rank this week. Season 3 is out 29th March.
    • GRAW (DRINK!)  (Shoutout to McLovinLegend)
  • Brandon:
    • Rayman Legends - got teensies, doing the dailies
    • Guacamelee - finished
    • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations - collecting animus fragments

00:25:18 Listener Feedback

  • Thanks to spazpol, Griffey95, Big Ell, Avenged Against, Jellybigfoot, planting42, McLovinLegend, KaibaChaos, angelsk, Is That Hydro, Ms Dudette, JelliedBigfoot
  • We have the Fream; what is the Randy and the Tarragon?
    • The Tarragon (verb) Buy games wantonly
    • The Crandy (verb) Play a garbage game ironically
  • Fream’s Absolutely Wonderfully Awesome and Fantastic Drinking Game: tonight’s drinking words - Awesome, Fantastic, Wonderful, Absolutely
  • GRAW (DRINK!)
  • Recommend one game of all time, one game for the rest of your life?
    • Crandy: Runescape (Overall), Rock Band 3 (Xbox), Driver 3
    • Freamwhole: Destiny, GTA5
  • Longest Episode == Most Downloaded Episode; clearly due to the extra Jo ;) #jk
  • Favourite site wish list items - Regional filtering (Randy); My game collection (Brandon); Multiple ToDo Lists (Brandon - and JO!!!); Leaderboard filtering by Gamerscore/Achievement changes over time (Brandon); TrueAchievement titles (Brandon)
  • I totally did doze off at work today (LOL - Jo) - I do love sleep. Urm, 4 hours a night is not enough Brandon!
  • Earthworm Jim 3D - possibly the worst collectible task in a game (marbles); I prefer it when there’s a story to collect; 20th anniversary of Pokemon

01:00:06 Featured Content - Just "PAL"ing around

  • Shoutout to MightyMango and HandyDarkness
  • PAL Regions  - Europe, Australia and New Zealand
  • Where? Amazon UK - £5 shipping rate internationally. Also, Game will ship console internationally for £5 (also used consoles).
  • Power supply won’t work outside of Europe - will need to get a country-specific power supply.
  • Games:
    • Amazon UK/ Game, best to buy in buik.
    • Germany more difficult to get games from - Amazon DE.
    • Get a friend in Europe :)
    • Ebay.
    • One retailer in Australia - JB Hifi
  • GRAW (DRINK!)
  • Lots of good PAL games.  Notable/ Rare: Of Orcs and Men (N), My Horse and Me 2 (R), Mafia 2 (Eastern European) (R) - Platinum version with DLC (DLC removed from digital store), Solider of Fortune: Payback (AU - first run), Bloodbath and Kick-Ass 2 (unreleased on disc), Battle vs. Chess (Check vs Mate)
  • Digital games: Need a PAL account and PAL console (Games on Demand)

01:27:14 News

01:45:24 Shovelware Cemetery

  • Every 2 weeks now
  • Karsten, developer from Happy Tuesday will be interviewed next week on Hero Defense - send in your questions

01:47:12 Gamerscore Bootcamp - OXENFREE

  • Alternate with Shovelware Cemetery (every other 2 weeks)
  • Excellent guide by amenazamenor JF for the achievement "This House Is Clear" (and pretty much the whole game without spoilers)

01:49:32 Knobs and Discos

01:53:21 Zombie News Corner

02:01:30 Outro

  • Not quite under 2 hours, but close.
  • I’m not sneaky ;)
  • GRAW Count: 20
    • (I think)


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

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