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Happy AchStats Day!

Today is our 6th anniversary! And another year means another version! Most of the features are already well-known and deployed, like the achievement spam handling. Currently are 493 games marked as spam and not tampering with your hard earned cheevos. See the full announcement here.So what are the newer features of 1.19? We have now a dedicated view for deleted achievements of a single game. The most notorius example would be Rise of the Triad[www.achievementstats.com] dropping from 95 to 80 achievements.Other enhancements include substraction of voided achievements in your extended stats and bug fixes for displaying time periods in the calendar.Hope you like the new release! See you next time!

Written on February 18, 2018 at 08:47 PM

Merry Christmas 2017

We wish you all a merry Christmas! Enjoy the festive achievement hunting season and don't forget to unlock all the x-mas related ones!

Written on December 24, 2017 at 08:29 PM

Maintenance downtime

The current maintenance downtime is required due to some necessary database work. We've no idea how much time this will take, but you should expect at least several hours. We're converting the encoding of our database to utf8mb4, which allows us storing every existing character in the world.Stay tuned!

Written on November 12, 2017 at 02:07 AM

Get free Distrust game and enter Achievement Contest

Just a quick heads-up, the developers of Distrust[www.achievementstats.com] are giving away ten free copies of their game in our group right here:http://steamcommunity.com/groups/achstats/discussions/0/1520386297683107146/They are challenging you to unlock the Lucky ticket[www.achievementstats.com] cheevo and getting a chance to win a real (!) cruise to Antarctic. Please note that this prize is limited to US and Russian citizens only.Since this is not a spam game, I'm feeling free to promote this nice contest by an announcement.

Written on September 28, 2017 at 09:42 PM

Spam games removed from Steam

Regarding the recent removal of 173 spam games by Valve, I would like to point out that AchStats has tracked more than 260 spam games plus another 60 spam DLCs. You can see the list here (it's a long one, beware of loading time):https://www.achievementstats.com/index.php?action=games#spamMore important, you might not want to touch them. Besides of not wasting your money on worthless spam, it is possible you get a lot of unobtainable achievements. Just minutes before being banned, the developer updated some of his "games" with spam achievements without making it to the depot builds, i.e. you're now stuck on a lot of dead cheevos in that case.

Written on September 28, 2017 at 12:11 AM

A new type of achievement spam?

I recently notified an increased rate of games having exactly one achievement only. So what's suspicious about them? Where is the spam you might ask? Well these achievements are pretty meaningless, i.e. named after their game, and seem to fulfill just one purpose: Cranking up the number of 100% completed games as fast as possible. *ba dum tss* Go figure.And guess what? AchStats has been upgraded with game completion spam detection to nip things in the bud. Those "games" are now also marked as spam and consecutively excluded from all rankings, stats, etc, too!

Written on September 18, 2017 at 09:10 PM

Two new features from upcoming 1.19!

While working on the next feature version it was quite itching to get the new stuff out ASAP, so here it is! The biggest change is the aforementioned FINAL handling of achievement spam games. Those are now exactly listed as beta games. They have their points back, but are totally ignored for ranking and all other calculations. Even your total number of unlocked achievements is now "fixed" again. Just like beta cheevos, the spam ones are noted in your extended statistics and displayed in a separated table listing at the end of your profile.The other enhancement targets the DLCs of a single game. There's now an additional listing for a quick overview of DLCs having any achievements plus their owners and even a filter! An improvement like this was requested a couple of times, so there you have it! The other DLC listing by their smaller game logo remains btw untouched and continues to act as a quick jump/selection to a specific DLC.Enjoy these early features from 1.19 while I'm working on the next fine stuff! Stay tuned!

Written on August 12, 2017 at 02:18 AM

Further handling of achievement spam

Based on the negative feedback from our giveaway we decided to cancel the second round of free keys for "Sisters in hotel". Instead we're going to nullify ALL spam games including the non-abusive ones (see first announcement on that topic).In the longer term we will list achievement spam games just like the beta games - they have even their points back, but are consequently excluded from the rankings and have their special places within the profiles and games list.

Written on July 02, 2017 at 06:20 PM


Following the release of Sisters in hotel[www.achievementstats.com] the developer was kind enough to provide us with some free Steam keys! It is a visual novel featuring a total of 7143 achievements. Check out the store page:http://store.steampowered.com/app/625400/Sisters_in_hotel/GET THE KEYS HERE - grab 'em while they're hot! RRBJZ-BYPAD-J30YYDNNRI-KJFQW-METP9YM0FR-IWQE3-CQTGWKN4ED-CPFK6-5JQ2D4LZBR-IJR27-MEM6QMissed your chance? Don't worry, there is another round coming up the NEXT DAYS! Keep your eyes open and watch our group announcements!

Written on June 24, 2017 at 10:49 PM

Dealing with achievement spam

Starting with the Zup! games[www.achievementstats.com] there is a new trend of achievement spam games: Games with a large number of achievements granted for a minimum to no action. Whether you like them or not, they have not really harmed the player ranking due to their very low value of points.The only real negative impact is the worthlessness by just looking at the numbers of unlocked achievements per player only. Nowadays you can basically buy achievements and get thousands of them with one single game. Compare this to the fact that you would need several months up to years to achieve these number with normal unlocks before.But this is not the pointThe point is the abusement of achievement spam added to already existing games having normal achievements before! For example, the GooCubelets games[www.achievementstats.com]: Quite normal ones with an established value of points based on ownership and unlockers. They have been updated recently with hundreds of meaningless achievements boosting the points like crazy. So crazy, it its shaking up the whole player ranking to its meaninglessness.It's time for counteractive measuresStarting today I've added a simple yet effective detection for these achievement spam games on an abusive level. They are scored with zero points. That also means the Zup! games and even Running Through Russia[www.achievementstats.com] is not affected by this change and not losing their aggregated achievement points. Why? Because they are spam games right from the beginning and always maintained a low score for each cheevo. It's only about the abused ones, like The First Spark[www.achievementstats.com].But what do you think? Do you agree with this change? Or have a better idea? Let me know in the comments!

Written on June 05, 2017 at 03:42 PM

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