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Introducing The TrueTrophies Link Frog Challenge
After the fantastic success of our recent Hangman event, our next Community Challenge is going to start today. It's a fresh take on an old classic -- The TrueTrophies Link Frog Challenge.

TT Link Frog

What is The TT Link Frog Community Challenge?
Link Frog is a mashup of the Leap Frog format and the trophy linking challenge we've used previously as an Olympic Event. The goal is to link as many trophies together as possible, based on their starting and ending letters. This is a great opportunity to work through your backlog and see how just how long a chain you can create.

The challenge begins today, Monday March 18th at 12 midday UTC, and to register all you need to do is head over to the Challenge Hub and hit the "Register Now" button on the right-hand side of the page.

Once you are ready to begin forming your chain, click the 'Start' button and unlock the trophy you want to begin the chain with. To extend the chain, unlock a trophy that starts with the same letter the previous trophy in the chain ended with. You can find an example set of trophies in the spoiler tags below.

*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

Once you've unlocked the initial trophy, you'll see a box that will take you to your 'easy trophies' on both the side panel of your homepage as well as your progress page -- this page will be filtered for the letter needed to continue the chain. Unlocking a trophy that doesn't add to the chain doesn't break it, it's just ignored for the purposes of this event.

There is a button to manually end the challenge which will finish your chain. If you do not manually end your challenge, it will be finalized for you at the close of the event. The Community Challenge is to make a chain of 10 or greater during the event.

The event will run for two weeks until Monday, April 1st at midday UTC.

Which trophies count for the TT Link Frog Community Challenge?
Trophies must start and end with an English letter to be valid.
Trophies must be won while online to be valid.
Progress will update once trophies are scanned onto the site.

What are the prizes for the TT Link Frog Community Challenge?
There is a leaderboard that will track the chains, with prizes going to the top 3 longest.3rd Place: Badge on your profile page and three months of TT Pro
2nd Place: Badge on your profile page and six months of TT Pro
1st Place: Badge on your profile page and one year of TT Pro

Where can I find out more about the TT Link Frog Community Challenge?

You can head over to the Event Hub to sign up and get more details, and you can also check out the FAQ Thread for more advice from the Community and Events team.

We hope you enjoy this latest Challenge, and look forward to seeing how far your chains can reach!
Added by kintaris at 11:25:02
Update To The TrueTrophies Forum Policy
We want the TrueTrophies forums to be a place where PlayStation gamers can chat about the latest news, help each other out with trophy hunting, and share their gaming stories.

Over the last few years some discussions (particularly on our sister site TrueAchievements) have too often descended into personal attacks and circular arguments, especially around controversial topics.

I've been asked on numerous occasions by members of our community if something could be done about that. Regular contributors no longer want to post due to the nonsense and abuse that can easily break out, sometimes for no obvious reason.

Of course, this is not an issue unique to the TrueGaming Network, so we've been checking out other gaming and technology sites that have been successful in keeping their forums productive.

We've looked at their rules and how they are moderated, and we have adjusted our forum and comments appropriately.

The new rules are below. Please read through them carefully.

Any of the following guidelines can and will be used as justification to remove comments. Extreme transgressions of this policy, or repeated incidents, can and will be used as justification for a forum ban.
Be civil. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it while hiding behind your keyboard. Comments should get more civil and meaningful, not less, as a topic gets more divisive.
Keep content to "PG-13" level or lower. Avoid excessive vulgarities and inappropriate external links. Keep in mind that our forums are home to many different age groups and cultures.
When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. "The Last of Us released in 2013, you idiot” can be shortened to "The Last of Us released in 2013."
Assume good faith when responding to a comment or article. Assume the most plausible meaning behind their words, don’t jump to a conclusion that makes it easier to criticise.
Do not use any catch-all term designed only to upset and agitate people. Calling your ideological opponents "snowflakes/SJWs" or "GamerGaters" only cheapens whatever point you are trying to make.
Do not flamebait. Don't introduce flamewar topics in the forums or the comments of an article unless you have something genuinely new to say that is relevant to the original discussion. Avoid unrelated controversies and generic tangents.
Please don't post shallow dismissals of posted news, reviews or features. A good critical comment teaches us something and is always welcome, a thoughtless insult is does nothing but cause harm.
Do not use the forums to push your own political or ethical agendas. We recognise that video games invite some political and ethical discussion – just keep it on topic.
Please don't insinuate that someone hasn't read an article or played a game properly. "If you’d bothered to read the article, it says the release date is October" can be shortened to "The article mentions the release date is in October." Similarly, "Have you even played the game? The tutorial explains that..." can be shortened to "The tutorial explains that...."
Please don't use uppercase for emphasis. Your points should speak for themselves without pretending to shout in text.
Please don't imply that an author or commenter is astroturfing, or is a shill for a company linked to the topic of discussion. These comments degrade the discussion and are usually mistaken. If you're worried about it, contact us and we'll look at the data.
Avoid spoilers. If you want to talk about something that's a spoiler, clearly mark it in the thread's topic and use the spoiler tags.
Blatant self-advertising, trolling and linking to anything illegal are not allowed.
Impersonation of users, moderators, writers and other staff members is not allowed. You can find a staff list here.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before every forum post:
What is the intent of your post? Are you asking a question, informing a community member or sharing something new and meaningful with the community? If the intention doesn’t fall into these categories, consider whether it is worth posting.
Are you feeding the troll? If someone is clearly trying to agitate others in the comments section, arguing with them will only make things worse. Try to ignore their attempts to engage. A moderator will intervene if necessary.
Would this post be in violation of the PlayStation Community Code Of Conduct? If it could get you banned from PSN, chances are it can get you in trouble here.
Added by TrueTrophy at 15:28:00
Introducing The TT Hangman Community Challenge
Hello TTers!

A lot of you have enjoyed taking part in our various community challenges over the course of the past two years, and today we are delighted to reveal TT Hangman, our very own trophy-themed take on the classic word game, will begin next week!

Introducing The TA Hangman Community Challenge

What is The TT Hangman Community Challenge?
I'm sure most of you are aware of the basic premise of hangman, but for those of you that aren't in the know, it's a classic word game where one player thinks of a word or phrase and draws a blank line to indicate each letter, whilst one or more other players try to guess the answer by asking what letters it contains. If a player guesses a letter correctly, the blank spaces are filled in. If a player chooses a letter that isn't present in the word or phrase, they get a strike, and part of a hangman is drawn. If the player guesses the word correctly they win, but if they choose eight letters that aren't present, they lose.

For our TT Hangman community challenge, we're going to make it a little bit harder. Once the challenge begins, you will be assigned a random gaming-related phrase from our pool of answers. You can guess a letter from your chosen phrase by using the first character of your trophy unlocks. Guessing a letter correctly will replace the blank spaces within the phrase, whereas guessing incorrectly will use up one of your strikes and draw part of the hangman.

The challenge begins this coming Monday, February 4th at 10:00 UTC, and to register all you need to do is head over to the TT Hangman Challenge hub and hit the "Register Now" button on the right-hand side of the page.

The challenge ends on Monday, March 4th at 10:00 UTC. You can register at any time during the event, however, all trophies must be unlocked and scanned in by the closing date for them to count, and you must have filled in each of the blank spaces to complete the challenge.

While the event is running, you'll be able to track your progress by with a handy panel that will appear on your profile page once the event begins.

Which Trophies Count?
The trophies must be earned online and have a valid timestamp.
Only trophies that start will a letter are valid.
Trophies starting with a special character (such as those with ümlauts or tilde) do not count. Only those in the English alphabet are included.

Is There a Prize?
As with all of our community challenges, everyone can be a winner in the TT Hangman community challenge. If you successfully fill in all of the blank spaces from your chosen phrase before the closing date, you'll be awarded a new Community Challenge badge on your TrueTrophies profile (or an upgrade on the colour if you already have one).

Please be aware that failure is possible. You are allowed to make seven incorrect guesses. Eight incorrect guesses will result in the final piece of the hangman being drawn and the end of the puzzle. Guessing the same letter again will not count as an incorrect guess.

Useful Links
TT Hangman Challenge Hub
TT Hangman Challenge Stats
TT Hangman Challenge FAQs
TT Hangman Challenge Forum

Happy hunting and good luck to everyone that takes part!
Added by DaveKinetic at 17:11:36
Server Upgrades Taking Place This Week
Happy Monday folks!

We are completing a complete replacement of all of our servers this week, and we wanted to give you a heads up on when it will be carried out.

Monday 21st - Web Servers
12pm UTC -- we'll be switching to two new load balanced web servers with faster CPUs, four times as much memory, and brand new SSDs.
Expected downtime - None
Possible issues -- Missing images or styling/script failures -- please post in this thread.

Tuesday 22nd - Database Server
10am UTC - we'll be moving to the most powerful server I've ever seen -- 40 super fast CPU cores, 512GB RAM, and 20TB of RAID 10 SSDs. It really is a monster.
Expected downtime - The site will be in read-only mode for 2 hours while we back up, transfer and restore the database to the new machine.
Possible issues - hopefully none, but please post in this thread if you see anything strange or lose any data.

Wednesday 23rd - Email and Scanner Servers
10am UTC - we'll be switching to 2 brand new servers for the scanners and email systems. Again, faster CPUs, four times as much memory, and brand new SSDs.
Expected downtime - Email will be offline for about an hour. Scanners will be offline for around 10 minutes.
Possible issues - hopefully none, but please post in this thread if you see anything strange.

Hopefully disruption will be kept to a minimum and we'll have a much faster site at the end of this process.

Thank you for your patience during this time!

Added by TrueTrophy at 11:56:23
TrueTrophies Scanners Currently Paused
Due to external factors beyond our control, the TrueTrophies scanners are currently down. Whilst we work on a fix, the scanners have been paused temporarily.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We'll provide an update in this story once the issue has been resolved.

The TrueTrophies Team
Added by TrueTrophy at 10:30:31
The TrueTrophies Leaderboards for 2018 - How Did You Do?
Hi TTers!

It's time for our look back at how everyone on the site performed during 2018.

You can find the base leaderboards here: Site Leaderboards for 2018.

We've included all the online trophies that everyone unlocked throughout the whole of 2018. Offline trophies could not be included as we couldn't be sure they were unlocked during the year.

Site Leaderboards
As with previous years, we've included leaderboards for TrueTrophy Score, Trophies Won, TT Ratio and Number of Games Played. We also have a Completed Games Leaderboard -- this includes all the games finished during the year, irrespective of when you started them. As usual, you can change the completion DLC type from the Leaderboard Settings dropdown.

For the first time we've also added leaderboards for PlayStation Exclusives and games that require PlayStation VR. Make sure to check out where you stand in these new categories!

Filtering the 2018 Leaderboards - See How Your Friends Did!
The leaderboard pages have all your usual TT filtering options, allowing you to filter by platform, genre, region and area! You can also easily find your position on the board by clicking the Find Me button. It will take you to the page and scroll down automatically to show your position in all of its glory. Click the Friends only option to show just you and your buddies.

Share Your Positions
If like Sam, I came 4th in the 2018 England Gamer by TrueTrophy Score Leaderboard for Puzzle Games on the PlayStation Vita I'd certainly want to show it off to the world, and we've made that as simple as possible too.

Once you've used the Find Me button, click the share icon next to your position to be shown the share panel:

From here you can share on Facebook, Twitter, other social sites and email. The shares look pretty cool and link through directly to the correct leaderboard and position:

We'll be sending you a PM over the next day or so containing some of your most impressive leaderboard positions.

Let us know in the comments on which leaderboard you managed to achieve your highest position. Do you think you can do even better in 2019?
Added by DaveKinetic at 16:33:19