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Community Chronicle: 02/02/14

2014 Leaderboards are go!

Tonight’s the night that a bunch of heavily padded, tights-wearing Americans go to battle over a ball in the Super Bowl. If you’ll excuse my slightly disparaging witticisms, I’ve actually quite enjoyed watching the championship decider for the last few years. It’s an unashamedly flamboyant and excessive spectacle, and a little peak into American culture.

Who will you be supporting, as the Denver Broncos’ attack goes up against the Seattle Seahawks’ defence?

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Before we get to tonight’s shenanigans, we have something new to introduce here in the Chronicle. It’s not anywhere near as fantastical, but for those of you who take part in TSA’s regular trophy leaderboards, you’ll no doubt be curious to see what we’re doing in 2014.

There’s a new leaderboard in town, thanks to the tireless efforts of TSA community member a inferior race, which will focus on your personal trophy collecting efforts for the year and the percentage gain that you can achieve.

To see the initial starting place for the 2014 leaderboard and to get an explanation of all the rules from AIR, head over to page two now. You can also pop over to the forum thread to discuss this, ask questions and get involved.

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This week saw Sony announcing the launch of the newer and slimmer PS Vita in the UK. It’s thinner, weighs less and has better battery life, but doesn’t feature the OLED screen from the original model. It also has a £180 SRP at launch.

Since we’d seen this model launch in Japan last year, a lot of the same points were raised, with a focus on the different display technology. Many were also disappointed by the launch price, given that the original model has been bundled with games and been sold for noticeably less than this over the past few months.

Youles weighed in, saying:

After just buying a PS4 and with my Vita being used for only a few hours a week, I have absolutely no desire to spend money “upgrading” to this Slim Vita, with a worse screen. The 1GB built-in memory is a good idea but will be used up quickly anyway, my Vita also has 3G which this doesn’t, and if mine was any smaller I’d probably be unable to hold it!

I’m not even sure this is good for new buyers seeing as nearly-new Vita’s are going for £95 on eBay and HMV were selling them new for £100 recently. Undoubtedly another version is just around the corner, which happened with the PSP and pissed me off.

We will be seeing the new model being added to bundles as the original stocks clear out, so the value in buying a newer model will change over the next few months. However, he quite rightly states that this is not something that many will want to upgrade to. It’s simply not a big enough shift for that to be Sony’s real goal in launching this hardware revision.

At the same event, Sony were also able to announce the dramatic shift in their UK home console fortunes. While the Xbox 360 held a 1.51:1 advantage over the PS3 during the last generation, the early PS4 figures showed the opposite, with 1.5:1 in Sony’s favour over the Xbox One.

But some of this will be down to Microsoft’s missing features. Ghost5 said, “I’m sure Microsoft will get a boost later this year when they get the TV service up and running,” though I’d personally say that Titanfall’s launch and other exclusive games would be a bigger draw.

However, he continued to say that “if the xbox does not catch up in terms of graphics soon, the constant bad press will play on a lot of people’s minds who are still to make a decision.”

So this wasn’t exactly the best time for Microsoft to see a lot of the secret plans leaked all over the internet. What sprang out from this was a story that Microsoft might already be planning a revision of their Xbox One hardware, with a new SKU that removed the disc drive from the machine planned for later this year.

How they would go about that exactly is uncertain, but Starman and plenty others thought this was the wrong direction to go in. He said, “I don’t know who this would appeal to. A cheaper disc-less version would cost you more by having to buy the games at top price from the store. If they want to lower the price just remove the camera.”

After stating a similar opinion, ij_001 went into more depth on why it would be the wrong decision:

An Xbox One at close to price parity with a PS4 could start to make the argument on performance and games. Despite the recent poor showing the Xbox One eSRAM still seems to be an unknown quantity currently – though it has to balance out lower bandwidth main memory. It’s not an argument I’d expect Xbox to win, but it could be made.

If both consoles were competing at the same price, it would certainly make the sales battle more intense. Brand loyalty could start to play a much bigger role, and the exclusive games would also be able to go head to head on a more level footing.

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Sticking with last week’s piratical theme, Gaffer101 avoided catching any tropical diseases on his way to finishing the Assassin’s Creed 4 campaign. Element666 has also carried on playing, with just one more legendary ship to hunt down before he has fully completed the single player.

Lyts1985 has been killing time, polishing off the outstanding trophies for the R&C: A Crack in Time platinum, and is now working on the Jak & Daxter trilogy. Apparently the 2014 leaderboard has given him a little nudge to get after these older trophies.

Blast71 has also dived into the back catalogue and completed Resistance 3 single player, saying that it’s the most enjoyable FPS he’s played for quite some time, while ron_mcphatty found the plot to be the higlight of an otherwise unremarkable Binary Domain.

Freezebug came down from the intense difficulty of earning the Spec Ops: The Line platinum with a relaxing ride to the fastest platinum for Tour de France 2013 – 100th Anniversary Edition.

Speaking of fastest platinums, Crazy_Del put Lyts and Mitchie out of their misery, when he confirmed that his AC4 record was in fact from the PS4 version. Del has since moved on to get his 198th platinum in Star Trek, with a fair bit of help from his co-op buddy, Avenger, who also bagged the shiny.

Avenger seems to still be after co-op partners for Far Cry 3, if you’re interested in helping out, while I believe a Wipeout 2048 grinding session is also still in the works. In both cases, poke your head into the trophy banter thread and say hello.


We’re nearly done, but you can head over to page two for the full trophy leaderboards. To finish off this page, we have the usual submission form for photos and accomplishments.

If people want to keep sending photos in, I’ll be happy to post them, but gaming places is no longer a regular feature. If you fancy it, just use the submission form below, get in touch with me on Twitter at @teflon, or just send me an email out of the blue to teflon@thesixthaxis.com.

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12 Comments
  1. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I like the new trophy leaderboard as it is different and I know everyone will be fighting for top spot every month as it will certainly won’t be me…. or maybe it will be…. we’ll see xD
    Thanks for the mention and big thanks to Avenger aswell :)
    And thank you for mentioning WipeOut Vita as I need folks to give me their best days/times that are suitable for them. Same applies to Killzone Shadow Fall aswell.
    Well done to everyone on their trophies/Platinum :D
    My 199th will be Grid 2 I think as I am on Last Season.
    Cannot wait for SUPERBOWL!!!! Go on BRONCOS!

    Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 13:14.
    • Crazy_Del
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Crap forgot to say Special Thanks to AiR for Trophy Leaderboard (My bad AiR) And TSA for all their work on articles, forums, competitions. This year will be a good year!

      Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 13:16.
  2. DividSmythe
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    New leaderboard, great. Thanks AIR food idea.

    I won’t be showing any interest in that all sport but that’s just my opinion so don’t blame for it.

    Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 13:29.
  3. freezebug2
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Great idea with the new 2014 leaderboard top stuff, although I’d like to have my name removed from the 2014 list but kept on the main trophy leaderboard. Reason being that I’ll have several Vita games with immediate platinums from cross save/cross buy games during the next week when the Vita arrives and it would have given me an unfair advantage!

    Ta ;)

    Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 14:17.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      HA!

      I’m sure AIR will be happy to give you a new baseline update if you give him a shout.

      Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 16:13.
      • a inferior race
        I'm special
        Since: Jul 2009

        Yup I fine to recalculate or remove whichever you prefer.

        Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 17:53.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        That’s ok AIR, I’ll just happily keep to the main leaderboard but stay out of the 2014 list. I can’t give a guaranteed baseline start as the Vita additions might last a while. Just keep me on the main trophy leaderboard so there’s a guarantee of the same equality and opportunity as everyone on the main list with doubled up platinums.
        No probs ;)

        Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 10:59.
  4. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Go Seahawks!

    Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 15:22.
  5. bigchrissyc
    Member
    Since: Aug 2013

    So if I update my trophy card I will be added back onto the list, I was on the older list?

    Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 17:43.
    • a inferior race
      I'm special
      Since: Jul 2009

      You will need to post in the forums with your psnid and you will be readded.

      Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 17:52.
      • bigchrissyc
        Member
        Since: Aug 2013

        Sweet. Will do. Just updated my trophy card also. Cheers.

        Comment posted on 02/02/2014 at 18:00.

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