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Submitted by Sev 1171d ago | opinion piece

Are We All Just High-Score Junkies?

PSLS: Competition is ingrained in human history. Largely barbaric in nature, we have been competing for as long as man-beasts could grunt out “Up Yours!”. Some may be friendly competitions while others may be all out war, but we are always competing for the high-score. Mankind continues to compete today through such barbarism as American football, wrestling, UFC fighting, and chess tournaments. Video games have aptly followed suit in encouraging our competitive nature. (PS3, Xbox 360)

ftwrthtx  +   1171d ago
I am a high score junkie. Recognizing that fact is the first step in conquering my addiction....

Who am I kidding? I'll never conquer that addiction. :-)
Welshy  +   1171d ago
Well written piece!

I think to a degree we definitely are obsessed with scores and rewards in games.

This can be both a good and a bad thing.

It's fine in something like COD because random reward keeps you playing and coming back for more, knowing you could be rewarded with points/perks at any time and that hooks alot of people mentally whether they realise it or not.

On the other hand, said people who do thrive on random rewards, scores, trophies/achievements etc... It can completely hinder their ability to enjoy other things.

MGS4 or Journey would be good examples. I personally love both of the above because i can see more to a game that what meets the eye. But to someone who is high score/random reward in the brain, they may be almost completely unable to enjoy the likes of MGS4, because in their mind, story is no substitute for high score.

The same with Journey, alot of my personal friends just don't GET Journey. My best mate is of the "I'm not a gamer, i just like COD" type, so he literally saw no enjoyment to be had or even a GAME behind it. To him you walked in a straight line for 2 hours then the credit rolled and made no sense.

Thought provoking stuff, more of these articles please! =)
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ftwrthtx  +   1171d ago
I always play through a game once without paying attention to the rewards and/or achievements. I try to enjoy the game first, then come back later for things I might have missed.
dbjj12088  +   1171d ago
Yeah and now as scoring slows as a trend, I'm all about achievements.
alexcosborn  +   1171d ago
Great write up and so very true.
fresh2death93  +   1171d ago
Im not a high score junkie but im a score junkie , i don't care about how high i am in the leader boards , but i do care about how high i score during the game itself. Like in call of duty i only care about being in the top 3 during the game but i don't care about being top 3 in the leader boards.
dbjj12088  +   1171d ago
This is a good realistic approach. I'm more concerned with my friend leader boards. Ranking high on the global leader board is a pipe dream.
lashes2ashes  +   1171d ago
I love achievements and trophys but besides that I never gave a crap about high scores. Just seems like a pissing contest to me lol.
knifefight  +   1171d ago
I love high scores but besides that I never gave a crap about achievements and trophies. Just seems like a pissing contest to me lol.
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Hicken  +   1171d ago
I don't need a score of any kind. Don't need trophies or achievements.

The closest I would get is having lots of items/money in rpgs. Outside of that, none of that scoring stuff really means anything to me.

Well, I can sometimes get a little obsessive over lap times in GT5.
ftwrthtx  +   1170d ago
Or billboards in NFS Most Wanted.
ab5olut10n  +   1171d ago
i'm a heroin junkie
Zha1tan  +   1170d ago
Have to admitt when I play an FPS game like BF3 im doing nothing but being a score junkie, there is no purpose to the game other than to reach the top of the leaderboard for that 30 seconds of glory.

Once you get over the initial graphical wow and settle in to the gameplay it has no purpose or any fufillment.

However games like Red Orchestra 2, you are not sure were a single enemy is, you know they are out there and you know popping your head up to look risks taking a round to the head but sometimes you catch a glimpse of a head and a muzzle flash and you fire almost praying and then you hear a satisfying scream. The game offers an arenaline rush when moving forward and death can actually scare you in that game because it can happen at any moment. It actually makes me fear it and has real atmosphere and immersion. There is nothing like driving a panzer tank in that game, its the best tanking experience ive ever had.

Also planetside 2 is the king of purpose though, when I break into a base leading a light assault squad and we take down all the generators and place spawn beacons for our team to hot drop in and then we overload and destroy the spawn control unit. And you have won your empire that decisive victory and you get the resource bonus from that base you know you have done every one of the hundreds of players on your empire a service and you feel like part of an actual war effort as you bring up the map and watch it turn red, its a spectacular feeling.

And the best part is I can die 50 times over in that effort but so long as I know I made the difference it is all worth it because glory is eternal.
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