Posted by Jeff (3670 posts) -
Avatar is, as you'd expect, the easiest S-Rank of them all.
The time has come! If you've been listening to the podcast lately, you've heard about our upcoming achievements feature. And today, it's ready for your Xbox Live accounts and your World of Warcraft characters.

Start by going to your profile and hit the achievements tab. Once you're there, click the button marked Manage Your Accounts. From there, you'll be able to enter your Xbox Live account name or tell us the server and character name for World of Warcraft. After that, I suggest you go make a sandwich. Perhaps eat a banana, watch a few minutes of TV or something. Behind the scenes, we'll grab the data for your accounts, crunch a bunch of numbers, build some pretty bar graphs, and collect it all onto that profile page.

Once you're successfully processed, your games page will show everything you've been playing on those accounts and the achievements you've earned. You'll be able to see if you're above or below the Giant Bomb score average for each game. And we'll also give you a letter grade that quickly shows you how well you stack up against the rest of the Giant Bomb community.

The letter grades are pretty awesome because they work on a curve. So they'll fluctuate as more people play a game and they'll really let you know where you stand. If a game is really easy and most of the people who played it have most or all of the achievements, it's going to be harder to maintain a good grade. Check out my page, for example. After reviewing Ninja Blade, I earned 510 points, or 32 of the game's 50 achievements. As it turns out, that's pretty good. I'm ranked at a B for Ninja Blade. After reviewing Too Human, I went back in and farmed some more achievements, getting up to 790 points (35/50). Despite being played by over 300 users on the site (as of this writing), my 790 is still high enough to warrant an A rank.

And hey, how about all those games that I've completely cleared? If you collect every achievement in a game, you'll earn the coveted S-Rank for that game. The big S. The checkered flag. This signifies that you're the best of the best... at least until some DLC comes along and adds some more achievements. Even though we're just launching this today, I'm already looking at the various D's I have in games and thinking about what I want to go back to for more points.

After hours of grinding races, I somehow pulled an S in Full Auto. I'm not proud... OK, fine, I'm totally proud.
There's more to all this stuff than just profile hooks, though. You can also go to a game page and view all the achievements for a given game. They'll be color-coded so you can see which achievements are totally common, which ones are a little tougher to come by, and which ones are downright rare in the Giant Bomb community. And if you need help getting a specific achievement, you can pop into a page for each achievement and post comments. Ask for help, answer some questions, or generally hang out and assist on pages like the Defeat Clarence Callahan "Razor" from Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

We've been really loving this stuff as we've been putting it together, and we think that you'll like it, too. So sync up your accounts and get cracking. But, obviously, we're not done yet. There are a few things we're working on to make this stuff even better in the near future. Here's a list of a few of the features that we'll be adding down the line.

  • Support for European World of Warcraft servers.
  • Support for Steam accounts and achievements.
  • Way more stats, charts, and graphs.
  • Your game grades will show in our game-specific boards, letting you know at a glance if a poster knows what he's talking about or not.

And, obviously, we'd love to have PlayStation 3 trophies in the system. The only reason we're able to have 360 achievements in the system is because Microsoft has built an API and a big website around that information. Sony's been building more and more stuff along these lines lately, so I hope they eventually build what we'll need to add their games to our system. That'll be awesome, because then you'll be able to compare your games with other players across platforms. A true multiplatform achievement/trophy/entitlement future! That's what we all need!

So go ahead and dig in, and be sure to let us know what you think. Thanks!

#1 Posted by Jeff (3670 posts) -
Avatar is, as you'd expect, the easiest S-Rank of them all.
The time has come! If you've been listening to the podcast lately, you've heard about our upcoming achievements feature. And today, it's ready for your Xbox Live accounts and your World of Warcraft characters.

Start by going to your profile and hit the achievements tab. Once you're there, click the button marked Manage Your Accounts. From there, you'll be able to enter your Xbox Live account name or tell us the server and character name for World of Warcraft. After that, I suggest you go make a sandwich. Perhaps eat a banana, watch a few minutes of TV or something. Behind the scenes, we'll grab the data for your accounts, crunch a bunch of numbers, build some pretty bar graphs, and collect it all onto that profile page.

Once you're successfully processed, your games page will show everything you've been playing on those accounts and the achievements you've earned. You'll be able to see if you're above or below the Giant Bomb score average for each game. And we'll also give you a letter grade that quickly shows you how well you stack up against the rest of the Giant Bomb community.

The letter grades are pretty awesome because they work on a curve. So they'll fluctuate as more people play a game and they'll really let you know where you stand. If a game is really easy and most of the people who played it have most or all of the achievements, it's going to be harder to maintain a good grade. Check out my page, for example. After reviewing Ninja Blade, I earned 510 points, or 32 of the game's 50 achievements. As it turns out, that's pretty good. I'm ranked at a B for Ninja Blade. After reviewing Too Human, I went back in and farmed some more achievements, getting up to 790 points (35/50). Despite being played by over 300 users on the site (as of this writing), my 790 is still high enough to warrant an A rank.

And hey, how about all those games that I've completely cleared? If you collect every achievement in a game, you'll earn the coveted S-Rank for that game. The big S. The checkered flag. This signifies that you're the best of the best... at least until some DLC comes along and adds some more achievements. Even though we're just launching this today, I'm already looking at the various D's I have in games and thinking about what I want to go back to for more points.

After hours of grinding races, I somehow pulled an S in Full Auto. I'm not proud... OK, fine, I'm totally proud.
There's more to all this stuff than just profile hooks, though. You can also go to a game page and view all the achievements for a given game. They'll be color-coded so you can see which achievements are totally common, which ones are a little tougher to come by, and which ones are downright rare in the Giant Bomb community. And if you need help getting a specific achievement, you can pop into a page for each achievement and post comments. Ask for help, answer some questions, or generally hang out and assist on pages like the Defeat Clarence Callahan "Razor" from Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

We've been really loving this stuff as we've been putting it together, and we think that you'll like it, too. So sync up your accounts and get cracking. But, obviously, we're not done yet. There are a few things we're working on to make this stuff even better in the near future. Here's a list of a few of the features that we'll be adding down the line.

  • Support for European World of Warcraft servers.
  • Support for Steam accounts and achievements.
  • Way more stats, charts, and graphs.
  • Your game grades will show in our game-specific boards, letting you know at a glance if a poster knows what he's talking about or not.

And, obviously, we'd love to have PlayStation 3 trophies in the system. The only reason we're able to have 360 achievements in the system is because Microsoft has built an API and a big website around that information. Sony's been building more and more stuff along these lines lately, so I hope they eventually build what we'll need to add their games to our system. That'll be awesome, because then you'll be able to compare your games with other players across platforms. A true multiplatform achievement/trophy/entitlement future! That's what we all need!

So go ahead and dig in, and be sure to let us know what you think. Thanks!

#2 Posted by FallopianTube (106 posts) -

This is such a great new feature

#3 Posted by natetodamax (19220 posts) -

Awesome work, guys

#4 Posted by Pyroph (23 posts) -

This is awesome, thanks GB

#5 Posted by MutenMiller (217 posts) -

Damnit, this thing is amazing! You've instantly made MyGamerCard redundant in my eyes!

#6 Posted by SamuraiBudgerigar (129 posts) -

Now you guys are just showing off.... Incredible work! Looking forward to the FUTURES!

#7 Posted by Kohe321 (3533 posts) -

This is an AWESOME new feature. Keep up the good work Giantbomb!

#8 Posted by Hexogen (766 posts) -

I don't have S-Rank in any single game. I'm not sure whether to be ashamed or relieved.

#9 Posted by dwashba (11 posts) -

Does this apply to games for windows live?

#10 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Hot damn! This is a really nice feature!

#11 Posted by TobyD81 (1231 posts) -

Guys, you're really going above and beyond the call of the typical gaming website. Well done.

#12 Posted by Captain_Fookup (1519 posts) -

Ballin!!

#13 Posted by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

but PlayStation does have that info even with gamer cards see

#14 Posted by Psynapse (1064 posts) -

Awesome work GB, i'm loving it already!!!

Damn those D grades!! I'ma boot up the old games tonight and get some more achievements!!!!

#15 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Ooh, another nice feature. And don't worry Jeff, we've all played games we're not proud of playing. Hell, I have Kung Fu Panda up there, along with a bunch of old school crapfests (hooray for the lack of Internet features for those consoles :P!).

Oh, and am I the only one who doesn't give two craps about achievements, yet still cares (slightly) about this new feature? Or am I weird?

#16 Posted by Ossi (1229 posts) -

You guys are awesome! Great feature - now I'ma dig through peoples achievements :D

#17 Posted by andy (427 posts) -
@trophyhunter: They generate that card, but they don't seem to provide any data that we could import into our system.  Hopefully they'll do so in the (near) future.
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#18 Posted by snide (2413 posts) -
@dwashba: Yes, Games for Windows Live games end up in your Live accounts. So my warhammer achievements totally made it over. In the case where there are multiple releases of a game with achievements (fallout 3 on the PC and XBOX) we match against the game that has the largest user base. The PC version still gets calculated, we just don't show it on the Fallout 3 page yet. This will change next week.
#19 Posted by JJOR64 (19069 posts) -

Kick ass!  Just linked main in WoW.

#20 Posted by Dethfish (3697 posts) -

It looks pretty awesome so far. I have a couple S ranks and quite a few "Rare" achievements.

#21 Posted by zoozilla (984 posts) -

Nice!

Too bad I don't have enough gamerpoints to really enjoy this feature...

#22 Edited by Chaser324 (6744 posts) -
@trophyhunter: Sony themselves may have that data, but they still don't have an API that allows other web developers to access it.
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#23 Edited by Mjolnir (457 posts) -

This is where beating every Call of Duty on Veteran truly pays off.

#24 Posted by snide (2413 posts) -
@trophyhunter: Playstation does not open up their data to other sites. You can see your data if you login, but can't see others if you are not. I'm sure they'll change this soon enough, and we'll be more then happy to include that data then.
#25 Posted by Shadow (4988 posts) -

so yeah...in preparation for this, I spent the last week getting that last 5-point achievement in Too Human.  BOOYA!

#26 Posted by JJ (172 posts) -

This rocks. I could possibly get more people to join Giantbomb because of this.

#27 Edited by rargy (437 posts) -

Need to finish off the achievements in Fallout 3 for a fourth time to get my S-rank.

#28 Posted by RedSox8933 (2428 posts) -

Oh my god, I just looked at mine. This a fucking amazing feature, way to go guys!

#29 Posted by lordofultima (6285 posts) -

Genius.

#30 Posted by L (1680 posts) -

Very promising feature.

#31 Posted by Oni (2112 posts) -

WOOOOOOOO

Add European WoW accounts plox!

#32 Posted by JackiJinx (3091 posts) -

I love this site. Period.

#33 Posted by delicious_lie (160 posts) -

oh wow this was already exciting but now that you're adding steam achievements i am HELLA excited

#34 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

Sweet info. I have a few "S" ranks but I do need to get cracking on a few games that I have yet to play a lot of. This will be good motivation!

#35 Posted by ChrisTaran (1678 posts) -

Loving this new feature guys!
Thanks for all the hard work!

#36 Posted by welly (118 posts) -

nice.

#37 Posted by Death_Burnout (3800 posts) -

Haha i wont sync right now...im not an achievement seeker so i'll end up just looking bad.

#38 Posted by LegionVsNinja (55 posts) -

Can we get our gamercard in BBCode?  The forum I visit doesn't use html..

#39 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

Great new feature. Fantastic :).

#40 Posted by Depth (357 posts) -

Need european WoW characters please!

#41 Posted by Dethfish (3697 posts) -

I think there might be a bug. When I click on a specific achievement to see who has it I get a screen with Luchadeer and a big 500 on it.

#42 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

This is pretty awesome, I love it... Steam too. Freakin' Nintendo, they should jump on the bandwagon.

#43 Posted by DuderBattalion (269 posts) -

Woot !! GB never ceases to amaze me !!

#44 Posted by LeBart (302 posts) -

I have an S in Dash of Destruction ! Weeeeee !


Wait...
#45 Posted by Cincaid (2959 posts) -

Amazing feature indeed, just waiting for WoW EU to be available. :)

#46 Posted by artofwar420 (6311 posts) -

Well, I hope Sony opens up their data. Otherwise, good form Giantbomb.

#47 Posted by eznark (92 posts) -

Very cool, I think I'll be more impressive w/ trophies though

#48 Posted by Cerza (1653 posts) -

Cool feature. I could care less about achievements, trophies, and the like, because I've always seen them as a pointless gimmick that take away time and money from other aspects of game development that really should be focused on more. However, I digress, cool feature.

#49 Posted by JDUB_XL (460 posts) -

This is Rad! Thanks Giant Bomb!

#50 Posted by Skeetz (67 posts) -

Such a well thoughtout system!!! fantastic work guys!!!