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Submitted by pinwheelherman 875d ago | opinion piece

Achievements Breathe New Life Into Old Games

MasonicGamer.com - As I sat at home on a lazy Thanksgiving afternoon, I decided to play some games. I didn’t fancy anything too intense, nor anything that required a great deal of concentration. I wanted something comforting and familiar that would go well with the happiness of the holiday. I settled upon an old favourite – the Sega classic, ToeJam & Earl, which had recently been released on Xbox Live Arcade.

I already own boxed copies of both ToeJam & Earl and its sequel, Panic on Funkatron, but I knew that for a few MS Points I could land versions of these titles that added a few little extras. The graphics haven’t been updated, nor has the sound been tweaked. There are no extra levels, characters, or game modes. However, extra challenge is found in the form of little things called Achievements.

I should let you know that I’m not a so-called “Achievement whore”, whose only goal when playing games is to boost their Gamerscore. However, when it comes to games I like, I want everyone to know how good I am. Much as one may wear a t-shirt sporting their favourite band or movie, my achievements serve as notice to others that I’m a fan of something. In this case, I want people to know I’m an old school Sega kid. (Culture, Retro, ToeJam & Earl, ToeJam & Earl: Panic On Funkotron, Xbox 360)

TheBardsSong  +   875d ago
Agreed, achievements add so much replay value to both old and new games.
RustedMan  +   875d ago
I suppose it's entirely based on preference. I for one could care less about my overall gamerscore, which pretty much eliminates any need for "total completion" within a specific game's available trophies/achievements.

Games that test your skill work well with difficult trophies. but story driven experiences without tremendous difficulty seem to render trophies/achievements irrelevant.
Mikito11  +   875d ago
I'd rather have actual unlockables than a stupid 50g ect.. for doing things in a game... People are suckers!

Smash bros and goldeneye are perfect examples of how it should be done.. Both challenging and REWARDING!.. Not "25g you pressed start" BS..

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