We all know the distinctive sound of a trophy popping on PS3, PS4, or Vita, as well as the achievement notification on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. To some, these trophies and achievements may seem like a superfluous, insignificant feature. However, these small additions to games are immensely important. There are whole communities based solely around obtaining these trophies and achievements, and they are playing a larger role than ever as the new consoles launch. Trophies and achievements are becoming more and more a sign of how accomplished of a gamer any one person may be, depending on Trophy Level, Gamerscore, or amount of Platinum trophies. While some may dismiss trophies and achievements as unnecessary features that don’t affect a game, it is, in fact, the opposite for so many people.