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Have Achievements Ruined Gaming?

PopBucket writes: Hello everybody. My name is James and I am a recovering Achievement Junkie. This is my first time at an Achievements Anonymous meeting and it’s been two weeks since I last heard that sweet, sweet popping sound.

Seriously though, it’s been around 5 years since Achievements and Trophies were born, and ever since their arrival on the gaming scene, there have been two very different opinions towards their inclusion in games.

Join us as we explore both sides of the achievement coin...

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MariaHelFutura1455d ago

Not ruined, but they have definitely altered it forever.

iamnsuperman1455d ago (Edited 1455d ago )

I agree it hasn't ruined it. It really depends how you go about getting them. If you just worry about achievements and not play the game then sure it ruins the game but if you play the game and then do achievements once you have completed it then it doesn't. I just wish the achievements were different and not story related stuff. Getting an Achievement for getting to act 2 isn't really an achievement (unless the game is difficult and not many people can). An achievement is play for a stupid amount of hours, crawl the entire level, random stuff

Wintersun6161455d ago

True. The most rewarding trophies are the ones that are not necessary for the games completion, but are either difficult or just weird/fun stuff to do. Getting a gold trophy for simply completing a game feels stupid to me, unless it's on the hardest difficulty.

Gaming1011454d ago

There are a whole lot of games I would never even look at if it weren't for trophies. Then again, there were games that I used to play obsessively just for the fun of it, for my own challenge, and I never do that anymore because after I already get the material gratification from a blink on my screen and an addition to my gamer score, I feel "On to the next thing" more than anything else. A game really needs to be fantastic to keep me coming back after I platinum it.

JamesSterling871452d ago

So you're saying that crap games get more play because they have achievements to chase?

Wintersun6161455d ago

*sigh*

For the 1000th time, NO!

If you let yourself be too concerned about them to the point when you can't really enjoy the game as it is anymore, then that's your fault. If you don't like achievements or trophies, just stop paying attention to them.

GasTankKiller1454d ago

I don't think they ruin games. I think that give games more replay value.

Most of the time when I'm done with my first play through, I'm done. However, If I find that I've nearly unlocked all achievements. I'll give the game a second run just to see if I can unlock them all.

ChunkyLover531454d ago

Nope, if you don't like them, it doesn't affect you in any way. For those that do like them, they add replay value and other challenges, we actually get more from our games.

AO1JMM1454d ago

Added to it in my opinion. Adds to the replayability.

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