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Short Historylink

The RetroAchievements project was created by Scott Davies in 2012. He hacked some open source emulators to add the RetroAchievements feature and coded all the backend/website mostly alone.

By January 2014, there were 4 RA emulators, over 5000 achievements to earn (thanks to the devotion of many passionate achievement developers) and over 1000 players registered. After a couple of years Scott was called by the real life the website development went into a period of hiatus with just a few sporadic improvements (the achievement developers were continually working on more and more games, though).

In late 2015 leiradel started to work to integrate the RetroAchievements feature into RetroArch. And, as RetroArch is able to run on a wide variety of platforms (such as Mac and Linux) and devices (such as Android phones and Raspberry pi), it helped a lot to increase the popularity of the RetroAchievements project.

As the site slowly grew, so did the bandwidth costs, so in late 2016, Scott reached out to the community and they suggested doing a Patreon to keep the site going. After implementing it, the community response was fantastic, which allowed the site to continue completely ad-free.

Mid 2017 the RetroAchievements Discord server was started and it made communication across the community much easier. Since then, many knowledgeable members (coders, web developers, etc.) joined the scene volunteering to contribute to the project.

Up to this point all the achievement creation knowledge was scattered in several forum posts, making it very tough for a newbie to learn how to create achievements. Then in the late 2017 meleu started the RADocs project and thanks to contributions from many experienced achievement creators it is now a reasonably solid resource of information. Helping dozens of Jr. Developers (and even the experienced ones) to create content for our community.

In the early 2018 Scott opened the source of the back-end/website, which was a turning point in the history of the development of the whole RetroAchievements project (see us at github).

Later in the same year a more concise staff began to take shape and is now an awesome team. These talented guys keep the ball rolling and make it very clear that the RA community is alive and stronger than ever.

In some areas the project may still look like a beta version, but we are continually working hard to make things better.

RA Stafflink

Here's a list of the current staff members in alphabetical order.

BenGhazi: Admin, Discord mod, fledgling site programmer.
caricatur: Hash database manager; updates game's forum posts with ROMs checksum info.
Dexterspet: Former Admin, Adviser, major achievement developer; he's created achievements for over 70 games!
DrPixel: Discord moderator and Discord's icon-gauntlet manager.
Flara: Admin, Discord moderator and Achievement of the Week maintainer.
Hotscrock: Admin, Developer Compliance manager. He's helping developers to follow the Developer's Code of Conduct.
ikki5: Discord moderator and Achievement of the Week maintainer.
Jamiras: Admin, and main RAIntegration/RAEmus developer.
kdecks: Admin, moderator, community manager.
Keltron3030: Admin, Lead code reviewer - helping users to become jr. devs and helping them qualify to become full developers
LordShin: Discord moderator, and HotCheeves Flash news manager.
luchaos: Admin and webmaster. Currently working on the version 2.0 of the website.
Salsa: Admin, Discord moderator, and the most experienced achievement developer on site, having developed achievements for over 110 games.
👑 Scott: Creator and owner of the RetroAchievements project. Admin, webmaster, maintains the site. Father of two and most of the time is very busy being busy.
StingX2: Adviser, former admin, maintains the challenge league contest.
televandalist: Admin, Entry database manager. Sorting out the database, hiding and renaming bad and false entries, among other things.

Site developers and Integration Contributors Creditslink

AlanRoxdale: Helped build support for RAMeka with GameDragon.
Euclide: Built and stabilized the integration for Apple II and PC-8000/8800.
GameDragon: (former) RAIntegration/RAEmus developer, former admin. Got all RAEmus under under one integration file.
Jamiras: Admin, and main RAIntegration/RAEmus developer.
leiradel: (former) RALibretro developer/maintainer. And the guy who integrated RetroAchievements feature into RetroArch.
luchaos: Admin and webmaster. Currently working on the version 2.0 of the website.
meleu: Discord bot developer, site developer, RADocs maintainer.
👑 Scott: Creator and owner of the RetroAchievements project. Admin, webmaster, maintains the site. Father of two and most of the time is very busy being busy.
salvadorc17: Initiated support for Nintendo 64, build support for Neo Geo Pocket, and more.
SyrianBallaS: RAintegration/RAEmus developer.


Last 10 changes on this page:

  • [2019-06-24 00:22] Kvon: updated the staff list. Added all the major programmers/integration contributors I recall. I'd like to add more specifics later
  • [2019-06-08 17:54] meleu: remove meleu (for now)
  • [2019-04-19 13:45] meleu: remove KingDice :wave:
  • [2019-03-12 22:37] meleu: add a paragraph about RADocs history
  • [2019-02-18 00:54] meleu: cosmetic
  • [2019-02-18 00:53] meleu: cosmetic
  • [2019-02-14 11:24] meleu: cosmetic
  • [2019-02-14 11:23] meleu: cosmeti
  • [2019-02-14 11:21] meleu: fixing formats
  • [2019-02-14 11:14] meleu: cosmetic