Here's a list of reasons why playing video games is a lot better when there are specific achievements and trophies involved in the gaming experience.
I'm a real completionist so getting 1000gs from a game is my way of knowing that I've got everything out of that game and am ready to trade it in.
I'm one of the few out here, despising achievements. Haha. I get it, though! I just don't care.
Achievements doesn't make any game better. You can lose yourself playing a great game. Achievements really don't add to that. In fact, they can get in the way if you let them.
Achievements don't make games better, but trophies do. ;)
Good thing in every aspect as it gives more replay value to any game & keeps me playing even after beating a story mode. Achievements/trophies are sometimes the thing that motivates me to try a games hardest difficulty or to try modes I wouldn't have otherwise. Only downsize of achievements are if you have both a Xbox & Playstation, the question comes to mind, do I want this particular game to raise my trophy or achievement count? If it's a multiplayer game it different because Id just get the version ppl around me would get. Wish both systems shared a trophy system sometimes :( lol
Before Xbox and Playstation implemented achievements/trophies, games had replay value, too. 100%ing a Mario game or finding all secrets in a Zelda game was a good motivation to play those games over and over again. Getting that last mask in Majoras Mask? Took me ages without the internet and all. But then, finding out that all masks could be traded for another one which could make you super powerfull was a real achievement. So what is the benefit of putting achievements on top of each game, which are most of the time no more than "kill <#x> people with weapon <y>" or "finish game on <difficult x>". Sure you can show it to your friends. WOW. Sorry, but achievements/trophies do little more than making people feel they did not really complete those games where they have not the platinum trophy or all achievement points.
Achievements/trophies are extrinsic to games and therefore are incapable of improving the experience. They can only ever have either no affect or a detrimental affect when they distract from the content of a game. They only exist to sucker consumers into thinking games have more content (and therefore value) than they actually do.
Nah man Achievements can make you play more of a game then you might have otherwise. Or it leads to multiple playthroughs solely for them etc.. I go so far as to play games just for the achievements sometimes (the free gold games)
agreed their's plenty of games that i wouldn't have played without trophies, and some games i wouldn't have played as much.
Exactly. They provide the illusion of content to encourage people to play the games more. There's no actual in-game content to incentive further play--that would be good game design. Relying on trophies to accomplish this is bad game design.
Video games have gotten so similar to eachother over this past decade, and achievements have only made it worse in that sense. Same engines, same controls, and now they all have the same shallow achievements. Achievements/Trophies have been such a burden for developers. They also can ruin darker/creepy/serious game moments when a giant pop up with flashing lights rolls over the screen. It was cool doing something like glitching on top of a building you werent supposed to get to and showing your friends, now its like "Oh hey climb 68 watchtowers and gain ________ achievement." The games that had stuff like that were well though out and seperated themselves, and letting player explore. Few things are more frustrating to me when I DONT do anything special, and am simply following the level design.... "Complete mission A achievement!" Yuck. These articaps make me sick. Cant wait for the inevitable Nope sorry if you want to publish your game to XBoX you are going to need a multiplayer component.
only if the achievement involves an actual in-game reward! for example, beating bayonetta 2 in hardmode/3rd climax unlocks that wonderful chain chomp as a weapon! if its just something to place on the scoreboard I kinda dont care, not that im saying scorekeeps arent important, but if all I get is a shiny trophy just to look at I just wont bother
I find them useful to give some single player value to multiplayer oriented games.... like I like fighting games but I'm not good enough to play online, dont' really like playing online... so unlocking the single player achievements give me something to do with the game beyond playing matches against the AI just cause
I care not for them. I will only attempt them if I think they provide a fun challenge but will never use them as a reason to play a game.
I can't really see any harm in them anyway, unless you go overboard and spend time doing something you hate just for that one trophy.
I will go for them if they are fun but if its something tedious that means i have to play 1000 multiplayer matches or get 100 kills with a boring weapon i wont. The majority of achievments just play on peoples hoarding mentallity, some people play games they dont even like or games that have an easy 1000g just to increase their gamerscore.
Trophies/achievements were made for idiots who don't know what real replayability is and gaming as a whole is suffering for it. They are completely worthless.
What an idiotic article. All four things are either bs or nitpicky. You mean, I'm supposed to battle with friends to see how many more useless things I can 'accomplish' more then my friend? You mean, I know there are 12 chapters, and I'm on 6, so does that mean I need something else to tell me I'm halfway through? (despite the fact that some games only have a few achievements and you can get them all in a few hours) You mean, I don't get to enjoy all the features of the game unless I track down every single hidden item in an open world game? Guess what, video games are for FUN, not for 'achievement'. If you want to achieve something, do something. Like push for Glass-Steagall, or impeaching our Wall Street-War Criminal Neo-Con president. You don't achieve anything...EVER in video games. It is fun, pure and simple. If you think you achieve something by playing a video game and getting all the 'achievements' you are a moron.
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