Submitted by Sako 1017d ago | opinion piece

The Meaningfulness of Achievements

Eskimo Press: A few years ago I was first introduced to the concept of achievements(trophies if you‘re a PlayStation-person) in video-games. I believe it was when I bought my first Xbox 360 (and yes, I say first because as many of us know, some of those 360's weren‘t built to last) that these little badges of honor started mattering to me, for better or worse. (PS3, Xbox 360)

SlapHappyJesus  +   1017d ago
They are games within a game, and I am okay with that.

As long as I am having fun doing so, I go for whatever achievements possible. If they are going to hamper the fun I have with the game, then I don't even bother with it.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1017d ago
i find the noise they make when they pop up satisfying
Red_Orange_Juice  +   1017d ago
I've played a few gameslately with trohies turned off and I got that ps2 feeling again.
I kind off wish trophies were revamped next gen, maybe there should only be 5-6 trophies per game, be they would mean more.
greenpowerz  +   1017d ago
I dont see how not earning rewards reminds you of last gen. Do you unlock trophies every 20 seconds on PS3? Do the prompts cause the game to pause for a bit or take large parts of the screen?
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NeverEnding1989  +   1017d ago
Achievements/trophies only mattered to me when I was single. Pretty sure there is a correlation there.
BanBrother  +   1017d ago
"Pretty sure there is a correlation there."

That your partner beats you like a little girl and doesn't let you play console games? Lol I kid. O.o
Jek_Porkins  +   1017d ago
I like Achievements because it gives you something of a record of the games you've completed. I don't care about getting them to one-up someone and I don't compete in any way with them, I just enjoy them as a personal thing. I do wish the Wii U had them, I remember the hubbub when the PS3 launched without an Achievement system and people flipped out, not sure why Nintendo wouldn't eventually institute a system with the Wii U.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1017d ago
agreed. i like them as a record of what ive beaten as well but i also like them to one up my buddies. were competitive with each other like that but its all good fun

my GS sits at about 43000 right now, could be better but i do have a tendency not to finish games. i also rarely go out of my way for achievements and my fav achievements just tend to be those for beating a game at a higher difficulty because i feel i accomplished something that actually took some time and effort
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GalacticEmpire  +   1017d ago
They're ok I'm just not gonna let them affect my decision on which next gen machine to purchase first. I hate feeling like I'm locked into any one ecosystem and achievements are part of MS's customer hostage taking strategy, along with online fees and mii style avatars. I guess home, PS+ and trophies are Sony's.
kma2k  +   1017d ago
ive got both systems & my trophie list/gamerscore is about even, i actually would like it if they had a app that combined your gamerscore & trophy list into one list.
GalacticEmpire  +   1017d ago
That would be awesome but let's face it, never gonna happen :(
kma2k  +   1017d ago
i like story based achivements so i know i can talk to a friend about a game & not spoil something in the story because he already got the achivemement.
SpiralTear  +   1017d ago
Achievements really used to be pretty trivial (appealing, but trivial), but now that they've been so ingrained in gamer culture, we've come to expect them to be everywhere. But yeah, they really need to have some sort of true reward instead of just being ego fuel.

I think in-game achievements are better than service-wide achievements, since there IS a way to get a tangible and game-changing reward from them, as noted in the article.
Dlacy13g  +   1017d ago
MS struck gold with acheivements for a short period but quickly they have become more or less meaningless as time goes on. IF MS was smart they would see they were on to something with the gamerscore = discount level. But instead of that route use the acheivements points as something similar to what you see in Arcades like Dave & Busters where you can trade tickets in for prizes... 2000 pts worth an avatar item, 5000 worth a 400pt code...things like that. Maybe make those cheevo points only available to non-used games or digital only games... this way they ensure people are spending money on their platform and not just renting games to milk scores... create an economy with the achievement scores...it would be a brilliant move imo.
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Tzuno  +   1017d ago
I smell hate here.

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