Giant Bomb: Now With Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support

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Posted by Jeff (3419 posts) -

 Platinum's cool, but an S-Rank is cooler.
Mark it down--October 5. That's the day that we rolled out full support for the PlayStation Network's trophy system onto Giant Bomb. This means that, after you've given us your PSN account name, we can help facilitate your PlayStation 3 trophy acquisition addiction.

For those of you familiar with the system we put in place earlier this year for Xbox Live, Steam, and World of Warcraft, you already know what to expect. Give us your account names and we'll keep a robotic eye peeled for your gaming accomplishments of the achievement and trophy variety.

Once we've done that, you'll be able to compare your trophy progress to the Giant Bomb community. We'll assign a letter grade based on your level of achievement versus the site average for every game you've played... well, every game you've played that has achievements for trophies, that is. But you probably already assumed that.

If you want a look at an honest-to-goodness trophy page, might I direct you to our page for inFamous?

You'll see that we're listing the type of trophy, which is something that we had to build specifically for PS3 support. You'll also notice that we're assigning point values for trophies. Here's how that breaks down...
And hey, just in time for the return of Nathan Drake! Surely that can't be just a coincidence, can it? 
  • Bronze = 10 points
  • Silver = 40 points
  • Gold = 75 points
  • Platinum = 100 points

 ...sharp-eyed trophy aficionados will undoubtedly notice that this doesn't quite line up with the secret math that Sony uses on the back end of the trophy system. We're doing this because we're trying to get the relative total points scores at least in the same ballpark when you look at them across platforms. In this case, inFamous has a total of 925 points across its 50 trophies. That's pretty close to the thousand that most of the games in our system have. Some games will go over 1,000 points, but like I said, we're aiming for the same ballpark. We may adjust these point totals in the weeks to come to try and get all of these different gaming platforms to line up. Our eventual goal is that you should be able to look at a person's point total in their Giant Bomb profile and directly compare it to yours, regardless of which platforms you play on.

Unreal Tournament 3's main achievement page will serve as a pretty good example for my next point. When you first click on the achievements tab on the left side of a game page, the page you see is sorted to show the most popular version of a game first. In UT3's case, that's the PC version, which interfaces with Steam. Then there's the US 360 version, the PlayStation 3 version, and some foreign 360 version from some other region... Germany, maybe? Heck, I don't know. Point being, you're going to always see the Steam version first on that page, unless, say, you were to get all of your PS3-playing, UT3-loving friends together and get them all to sign up for accounts.

I, of course, highly recommend this course of action. Seriously, tell your posse.

Lastly, there are some quirks with the way that Sony presents its trophy data online. First, you may need to occasionally sync your trophy data manually. You do this on a PlayStation 3, by going to the trophy icon, hitting triangle, and selecting the "sync with server" option. But this only updates things on Sony's side of the equation. We run regular daily updates, so all you need to do is make sure you're up to date before our robot sweeps across your profile and scoops up your info. But we're also seeing an issue where trophies aren't showing up, even after this process. We're continuing to monitor it, but so far, it looks like there's some sort of disconnect between the public trophy page that other users see and the page that you see when you're logged into Sony's site and viewing your own profile. In these cases, we'll probably just have to wait it out and hope for the best. But like I said, we're continuing to monitor the situation and if there's something we can do to increase the speed and accuracy of the system, we'll do it.

OK, I think that should address most of the major points with our system, so go ahead and go to your profile, then hit the achievements tab to sync yourself up. Hope you have a good time with it, and thanks for using the site.
Staff
#1 Posted by Jeff (3419 posts) -

 Platinum's cool, but an S-Rank is cooler.
Mark it down--October 5. That's the day that we rolled out full support for the PlayStation Network's trophy system onto Giant Bomb. This means that, after you've given us your PSN account name, we can help facilitate your PlayStation 3 trophy acquisition addiction.

For those of you familiar with the system we put in place earlier this year for Xbox Live, Steam, and World of Warcraft, you already know what to expect. Give us your account names and we'll keep a robotic eye peeled for your gaming accomplishments of the achievement and trophy variety.

Once we've done that, you'll be able to compare your trophy progress to the Giant Bomb community. We'll assign a letter grade based on your level of achievement versus the site average for every game you've played... well, every game you've played that has achievements for trophies, that is. But you probably already assumed that.

If you want a look at an honest-to-goodness trophy page, might I direct you to our page for inFamous?

You'll see that we're listing the type of trophy, which is something that we had to build specifically for PS3 support. You'll also notice that we're assigning point values for trophies. Here's how that breaks down...
And hey, just in time for the return of Nathan Drake! Surely that can't be just a coincidence, can it? 
  • Bronze = 10 points
  • Silver = 40 points
  • Gold = 75 points
  • Platinum = 100 points

 ...sharp-eyed trophy aficionados will undoubtedly notice that this doesn't quite line up with the secret math that Sony uses on the back end of the trophy system. We're doing this because we're trying to get the relative total points scores at least in the same ballpark when you look at them across platforms. In this case, inFamous has a total of 925 points across its 50 trophies. That's pretty close to the thousand that most of the games in our system have. Some games will go over 1,000 points, but like I said, we're aiming for the same ballpark. We may adjust these point totals in the weeks to come to try and get all of these different gaming platforms to line up. Our eventual goal is that you should be able to look at a person's point total in their Giant Bomb profile and directly compare it to yours, regardless of which platforms you play on.

Unreal Tournament 3's main achievement page will serve as a pretty good example for my next point. When you first click on the achievements tab on the left side of a game page, the page you see is sorted to show the most popular version of a game first. In UT3's case, that's the PC version, which interfaces with Steam. Then there's the US 360 version, the PlayStation 3 version, and some foreign 360 version from some other region... Germany, maybe? Heck, I don't know. Point being, you're going to always see the Steam version first on that page, unless, say, you were to get all of your PS3-playing, UT3-loving friends together and get them all to sign up for accounts.

I, of course, highly recommend this course of action. Seriously, tell your posse.

Lastly, there are some quirks with the way that Sony presents its trophy data online. First, you may need to occasionally sync your trophy data manually. You do this on a PlayStation 3, by going to the trophy icon, hitting triangle, and selecting the "sync with server" option. But this only updates things on Sony's side of the equation. We run regular daily updates, so all you need to do is make sure you're up to date before our robot sweeps across your profile and scoops up your info. But we're also seeing an issue where trophies aren't showing up, even after this process. We're continuing to monitor it, but so far, it looks like there's some sort of disconnect between the public trophy page that other users see and the page that you see when you're logged into Sony's site and viewing your own profile. In these cases, we'll probably just have to wait it out and hope for the best. But like I said, we're continuing to monitor the situation and if there's something we can do to increase the speed and accuracy of the system, we'll do it.

OK, I think that should address most of the major points with our system, so go ahead and go to your profile, then hit the achievements tab to sync yourself up. Hope you have a good time with it, and thanks for using the site.
Staff
#2 Posted by Akeldama (4238 posts) -

This pleases me

#3 Edited by Brunchies (2484 posts) -

Sweet, thanks Jeff for allowing playstation 3 owners on Giant bomb to put up there trophies. 

#4 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -

Good stuff GB, keep on trucking.

#5 Posted by frogsoblivion21 (88 posts) -

Woo!

#6 Edited by TerraDelu (500 posts) -

Man! My rare achievement/trophy count just SKYROCKETED! Thanks Giant Bomb! 

#7 Posted by chronix (179 posts) -

nice

#8 Edited by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

The points are a little off. 10 points for all bronzes? That's not fair, 15 would've been better. Some games don't add up tp a 1000, like they do on the 360.

#9 Posted by DanielJW (4915 posts) -

Beautiful!

#10 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

Sweet! Now when are you going to add Nintendo's reward system? : P

#11 Posted by Microshock (341 posts) -

Finally! THANK YOU!

#12 Posted by Callik (138 posts) -

Awesome, the achievements page finally feels complete.
 
Also, about damn time Sony! =P

#13 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1140 posts) -

A+

#14 Edited by copycatzen (816 posts) -

Fuck yeah I have been waiting for this all my life LOL

#15 Posted by TheHBK (5463 posts) -

Oh shit!

#16 Posted by innacces14 (735 posts) -

Yay. =]
#17 Posted by Bucketdeth (8004 posts) -

Awesome!!!!!

#18 Posted by rjayb89 (7717 posts) -

I must know how many hours I've put into my Nintendo games.  I must.

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#19 Posted by Ockman (187 posts) -

Yay! I tend to play more PS3 games to completion than 360, so this is good news.

#20 Posted by Damien (1384 posts) -

Coolie

#21 Posted by unangbangkay (144 posts) -

Ouch. I feel sorry for Demon's Souls players who care about trophies. Getting a bronze there is like earning a gold or platinum in most other games, challenge-wise.

#22 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Bought a PS3 a week or two ago now, managed to gain a few trophies without really trying. Now you guys roll out the ability to synch up PSN accounts to the site, I am most please, most pleased indeed!
 
Good job :)

#23 Posted by Stargate174 (173 posts) -

I just though u had something on stargate when u showed that thumnail suxks u dont

#24 Posted by RedFive (140 posts) -

Finally, my lack of trophies in Noby Noby Boy can be in the public Giant Bomb record!

#25 Posted by Smallville123 (415 posts) -

Yay!

#26 Posted by Jacob816 (136 posts) -

Congratulatory comment GET!

#27 Posted by gingertastic_10 (4141 posts) -

I'll have to wait til I get more trophies to do this, I just created a new account.

#28 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Fucking Nintendo... they should play the game.

#29 Posted by JJOR64 (18911 posts) -

w00t!

#30 Posted by Elvfinal (10 posts) -

This is great now that they are on giant bomb they will mean something.
#31 Posted by AuthenticM (3699 posts) -

Yes!

#32 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

Why don't we get the "S" Rank for getting the Plat?  For Biohazard 5, I have the Plat but never bought the shitty DLC...shouldn't I still get the S Rank because I already have a Plat for B5?  The same goes for Burnout, Prince of Persia, and a few others...

#33 Edited by oopprraahh (65 posts) -

Sweet I love that you are adding point values to the trophies.

#34 Posted by MGSolid86 (179 posts) -

Love the new feature!  Keep up the great work guys!

#35 Posted by Meptron (1073 posts) -

frickin' awesome!

#36 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

About time for the PS3.

#37 Posted by Drank_Stank (69 posts) -

Trophies... another gaming innovation from Sony. 

#38 Posted by Swaboo (451 posts) -

cooh
#39 Posted by NinjaHunter (972 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" Why don't we get the "S" Rank for getting the Plat?  For Biohazard 5, I have the Plat but never bought the shitty DLC...shouldn't I still get the S Rank because I already have a Plat for B5?  The same goes for Burnout, Prince of Persia, and a few others... "
It's the same with the 360. Even if you have 1000 points, if there are DLC achievements you don't get the S rank. Maybe they'll work something out now that trophies are in the system.
#40 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

Good feature. I seems to be working well. I like that you put a number of points for each trophy so you can easily see a score.

#41 Posted by xync4 (171 posts) -

^^

#42 Edited by watertails (98 posts) -

Getting an error whenever I try to sync my PS3 trophies. :(
#43 Posted by Magnus_Bulla (112 posts) -

Yay, 100% of my trophies are rare!

#44 Posted by chililili (1328 posts) -

Awesome, thanks so much

#45 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

uh, why are you adding point values to trophies? 
why not just implement the same system as Sony just give us a trophy count and a level system. 

#46 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4886 posts) -

#47 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4886 posts) -
@TwoOneFive: Sony's system is fucked. No one really knows how it works....
#48 Posted by dantebk (218 posts) -

This is very exciting.
 
THIS IS VERY EXCITING!!

#49 Posted by LiquidPrince (15848 posts) -

Giantbomb keeps getting better. Cheers guys!

#50 Posted by brocool (701 posts) -

this is awesome news! thanks guys

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