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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.


Last 10 changes on this page:

  • [2020-08-13 05:01] meleu: delete RA Staff section until someone has patience to keep it up to date
  • [2019-12-16 12:55] meleu: guess who's back
  • [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