The concept of Achievement Points and a Gamerscore has become more popular than Microsoft ever imagined. Group Product Manager Aaron Greenberg and Epic Games lead designer CliffyB chime in on why gamers are seemingly obsessed with these points.
appeals to our inner collector. Its a badge of honor. Its many things to many people, all different but the same!
One word : Addictive
I enjoy watching my acheviement points go up, but some folks are crazy with it. My bud MUST GET ALL achievement points he can from every game. I am not knocking him .. hey I wish I had as many as him, but I guess some folks are just not that worried about it ............. but we still love to show off the ones we have.
ahh.... crack feels good.... wait... its so cold now.... must play more...
should extend your playtime with the game. You know how people do idle stuff in games just for personal enjoyment? Well, now you get rewarded for it!!! Brilliant!!! (see guinness commercials).
Some games do it better than others. Gears of War's achievements were so-so: some for completing every chapter on different difficulties and then the multiplayer ones. COD3's are great, though. They force you to play the game in different ways using different weapons and styles of play. Makes the game seem fresher longer.
it's just a colossal d1ck waving contest showing everyone how sad your life is that you have nothing better to do than play video games to run up your gamerscore. All it serves to do is ensure that everyone in the gamerscore race will be buying every game as soon as it is released in order to get the points and achievements so they won't fall behind. Maybe that's why the 360 attach rate is so high.
I don't go out of my way to get achievement points... most of the time... but I do enjoy trying to catch up with a friend who always seems to be ahead of me by exactly 1,000 points... damn you, ELEETE!
Soooo is that not the point of being IN BUSINESS? Selling units... selling games in this instance? Its a brilliant system and it ONLY works because they thought ahead and its been a part of EVERY game on the 360. I would guess that you dont have a 360 right? Because all my friends... from those that have 500 points to those that have 20thousand plus.. when we are playing online and the "Achievement Unlocked" logo comes up they say.. hey I got an Achievement and everyone in the room goes.. "Cool, what did you get?" and we discuss what it is and who has it. It has me playing through games in ways I never would have before, playing games LONGER than I would have and getting much more out of my money. Why are you so bitter about this?
I do have a 360 and the gamerscore and achievements mean nothing to me. Why should I care what other people think of me when I go online?? I have two gamertags on my system. One for offline and the other for online. When I go online, my gamertag has 0 points and no achievements. What points and achievements I do have are all recorded on my offline tag. The reason I don't like it is that people get caught up in the race for gamerscore and are pressured into buying more games, games that they may not really want (cough Pimp My Ride cough) just to get the gamerscore and achievements in them or else they won't be able to keep up. I don't enjoy being pressured into buying things. I don't see how anyone can enjoy playing a game if they are in it strictly for the gamerscore but wouldn't buy the game otherwise.
none of my games have all the achievements, that makes me a pimp!
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