As some of you may know, i built a site http://xbonx.com which tracks gamertags. It creates game logs for every game you play and accounts achievements you earn.
Anyways, onto what i want to talk about.
I always wanted to integrate some xbox live stuff into my blog. A friend of mine @Cadab had already created a nice little xbox widget for his blog.
As you can see, he has a nice little widget which sits on his blogs sidebar and grabs the last 5 achievements which then link to a nice page which displays all his games from a database.
So, i wanted to create one for myself. I had all the data i needed already. xBonx was tracking all my gamerscore and achievements already so i could just select from the correct databases and supply my gamertag and boom, id have all the date.
Wordament is a boggle based game for your mobile device.
At current, the only supported platforms for Wordament is Windows Phone (WP), Windows 8 (Win8) and iPhone / iPads (iOS). You sign into the app using your Xbox Live gamertag. The game integrates with Xbox live, using your friends list to add them as ‘frenemies’ so you can see there scores inside the game.
Name: Bug Village Platform: Windows Phone 7 Genre: Strategy & Simulation Xbox Link: Clicky Progress: Clicky Compare To Bonxy: Clicky
This was a free download with xbox live integration made by microsoft. The game is based around you feeding your bugs food and this gives you a time limit. Then your bugs collect resources from piles and flowers and you earn XP. The more XP you get the higher levels you reach.
It would be a brilliant game but the fact its full of bugs is so annoying. Achievements are unachieveable and the game bllack screens often.
I got an update today and thought that it would solve all the problems that the game has but no. I have squished over 100 bugs, and the achievement will still not unlock. The game still black screens often and also seems a bit laggy.
Im running the game on my HTC Trophy 7. Its never had any problems before, only with this game!
Name: Marble Blast Ultra Platform: Xbox Live Genre: Strategy Xbox Link: Clicky Progress: Clicky Compare To Bonxy: Clicky
Marble blast ultra is one of the oldest xbox live arcade games around. @Cadab had this before me and probably influenced me to buying it so I did and started playing on the 15 May 2008. The game is based on you moving a marble around different maps and collecting gems or beating certain times to the finish line.
Watch the video below to get a feel of what i am talking about.
Yesterday/Today i was browsing on True Achievements and i found some achievements that i did not achieve but where easily achieveable.
So i turned on my xbox and started playing Marble Blast. I went on multiplayer which i dont think id ever played before and got my first achievement.
I just had to win my first online multiplayer match. Pretty simple!
Second one to achieve was to collect a total of 75+ gems in an online game. Pretty easy again!
3rd in line was a bit more difficult. Finish every game in the game. I only had one more to go but it was the Schadenfreude.
In German Schadenfreude means joy in others’ pain or pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
This is the last level in the game and the hardest. After a long long long attempt (20 mins and 36 seonds) i finally completed it.
After this was the Easter Egg achievement.Easter Eggs are hidding content that are put around the levels for players to find. They are usually in the most obscene places where no one would think to ever look. Well i used youtube videos to source the eggs and after about 2 hours i finally got the achievement! 😀
After this i had 2 achievements to go. One was to score 2000 points in total in online multiplayer matches. This will come with time so there is no real rush for this, the other was to complete all the missions, like the above achievement, but under the par time specified for the missions.
The last mission, which was the only one i had not completed under par time was infact the Schadenfreude. It had to be completed in under 3 minutes 30 seconds which if you have ever played the mission or seen it you will probably think it was immpossible. Well, I DID IT. Twice infact, as i signed in on @Cadab profile and completed it on there cos im such a good friend .
So happy i got this far. So all i need to do is complete the multiplayer one and then ill have completed the game. So over the next week im probably going to chip away at this achievement until it pops up.
Ok, this is probably my favourite game for the xbox but it is acctually full of retards.
Rallying always has been, and always will be a non-contact sport. I know this a game and sometimes people cant help it but OMG. Some of these are dumb.
You get an extra ranking as a driver which can go to a highest of ‘Honourable Driver’ which means your a good driver and play fair (No crashing into people or objects). But when other people start crashing into you on purpose because your over taking them and then you role or hit a tree you lose your ranking which is flipping stupid.
It really annoys me which is why im venting my anger on here where probably nobody will see it rather than over xbox live!
With all the family coming around for christmas it was time to bring Kinect down to get everyone involved in.
I dont have many games for it, Kinect adventures being one and Dance Central being the other. I have recently downloaded Hole in the Wall which i got discounted off majornelson as part of the christmas bundles he was offering.
So with Kinect set up we all got involved.
Here are some of the videos and pictures from today.
Today i have been feeling under the weather (Head cold, achy body, general man flu). So with xBonx having a few errors on the site i thought id try and fix them.
Well, i didnt really start fixing them, instead, i started adding a few new features.
The logic has been on the backend script for a while to check out gamerscores but never been put into use as i didnt want to much running on the script until it was fairly stable.
But as of today i have enabled it. Basically at the moment when a user creates a new log (Just by playing any xbox game) it will now get there Xbox Live gamerscore. The system will then work out if it has changed since the last time it was logged, and if so update the new count. Also, there are new badges to win for the bigger achievements you unlock.
Also, the new xBonx points system will be included in this new feature.
With points coming very soon, hopefully before new year, points will be awarded for new games added, new game streaks, achievements unlocked, badges award, leaderships gained, pretty much anything you do can get you points.
Points will just, for the time being, be a novelty on your profile to show off to your friends. But who knows what the future might bring for points on xBonx.
Stay tuned for more updates and of course, have a merry christmas!