Jordan Bowman writes:
"Admit it, Xbox 360 owners: every time you hear that little electric plink and see the achievement notification pop up, a tiny part of you says something like "Cool, I do some things right," or "Oh yeah, chicks dig my gamerscore." While neither of these statements is typically true, one thing is for certain; Microsoft has struck video gaming oil by drilling into our inner need to be the best. Gamers have become addicted to collecting these virtual pieces of flair, racing to see who can collect the most. But are these points actually worth anything? For that answer, I think we should look back in time at the video gamer's forgotten friend: the arcade."