Is it worth getting trophies/achievements? Discover three reasons why it's not in our newest Unpopular Opinion article!
Why do people always need to find ways to hate on Trophies and Achievements. These articles types of articles are pointless. If you don't like trophies and achievements that's fine. No one is forcing you to play.
I used to hate on acheievements, but now I see why MS fanboys loved them so much. They are a necessary feature for every game now and have you a decent reward for completing difficult tasks in games. I honestly dont know why I ever tried to get 100 completion before they existed.
Torphies/achievements are nothing but bragging rights that most of your friends don't bother looking at. BUT they do entice the player to do certain actions and play the game in a slightly different way that they normally would(on some games at least) possibly leading to more immersion.
For someone like me who's OCD, trophies/achievements can be good and bad. They're good, because if I like a game, trophies/achievements offer replayability and can force me to play a game differently offering a new experience (Ex. Demon's Souls, Infamous, Bethesda RPGs, Mass Effect, etc). That said, my OCD nature sometimes has me playing games that suck just to get those shiny trophies/achievements (Ex. Terminator Salvation). I don't go for trophies/achievements for bragging rights, I do it because it's fun and offers some sort of standard by which I can compare myself to find friends with similar gaming interests. All of my gaming friends from N4G have similar interests in games and our trophy/achievement scores reflect that. Besides the OCD crap argument above I see trophies/achievements as nothing but a good thing.
I only go for the ones in games I like. Ho hum games I could care less. When I pop in Infamous, Gears or Uncharted I go for every single one. I enjoy hearing the sound, I enjoy the feeling I get when I accomplish a task in a game I enjoy playing and I enjoy looking at my gamercard and reliving them. It's a sense of accomplishment. It would be like NOT giving out trophies at sporting competitions. No ribbon or cup. Can you imagine if after the NHL finals they just said, "Playing the game is your reward?" Screw that, give me that cup!
well, i do like trophies/achivements, why? well i think is very satisfying when friends says "OMG do you have the gadamn achivent/trophy!!! i hate you" i remmeber when i got the ninja gaiden sigma 2 platinum trophy, and the demons souls one, one guy on PSHOME (one of the less real gamers on it) said AAAAASSSSSSHHHIIITTTT THATS IMPOSIBLE NGS2 IS SOOOOOOOOOOO HARD MAN CONGRATULATIONS, and i was flattered as helll i feeled like idk when santa claus send me my gi joe fortress....hard to explain lol NGS2 took me about 7 months or more to achive... so it wasnt funny -_-
Big reason why some trophies/achievements are great... Trophies/achievements were mainly designed for hardcore gamers that complete games over and over again and try to master the whole game, such as not dying once or getting to lvl 99 on a JRPG... I completed FFVIII without leveling a single character.... that was a thrilling experience for myself but I had hope there was an achievement/trophy that would acknowledge that I did it.
I never play games for achievements or trophies. Devs put the so people play their game more.
Still , Nothing wrong with that..... it keeps "me" coming back
Me too. Because I have fun unlocking them. It's gaming. Basically, it's all pointless, outside of having fun. More ways to have fun in a game is nothing but a good thing.
Nothing wrong with replay value in a game regardless of the reason your replaying it for.
So you want to play games less? Why even game at all?
Well some people don't need trophies or achievements to want to complete a game 100%. And back then some of the devs made unlocking stuff a reward for going through all the little objectives now the only reward are the trophies and achievements. Yes most were a bit silly but I appreciated those unlockables from Jak 2 and all the other games that provided them.
Well Jak 2 was a Naughty Dog game and as far as I know, they still do that with the Uncharted games, letting you unlock several things.
But other games pre-trophy/achievements did that not just Naughty Dog. Hell you can look at God of War as an example. 1 & 2 at least had some unlockable costumes but when 3 came either you pre-ordered or you waited until it was for sale.
Pointless but when people unlock them the brain releases endorphins so it feels good. Therefore, some people like them. Just science, man.
'but when people unlock them the brain releases endorphins' Is that a medical fact?
Happiness is linked to endorphins and s/exercise. :D Not sure if it's worth it though when getting those trophies/achievements would put you up through a ton of stress and frustrations.
I probably get quite a few endorphins released then because I like sex quite a lot. Certainly moreso than trophies. Can you catch them, like pokemon? Like, can I fill a jar with them and charge my neighbours to look at them? My neighbours are quite boring people, I don't think they have a lot of sex, we have paper thin walls and we never hear a grunt. They haven't got ps3s either. Their endorphins count must be quite low.
People have fun getting trophies and achievements. If having fun is pointless, then I wonder why the author plays video games.
I was about to write this exact same thing.
Very well said
Bubble up !
I like the fact of having trophies/achievements, when i really get into a game i like to beat the game every way the developer made, trophies/achievements making it harder then just following a story line and completing it
I use trophies as a "checklist" to get as much as possible out of my game purchase AND to know what I've played before right from my trophy card.
Achievements are great and was first introduced on xbox360 and then Sony copied and came up with Trophy's anyway there great :)
You think Microsoft invented gaming achievements?
Trophies were already present from the PS1 era. Gran Turismo had them.
Ratchet and Clank had achievements on ps2,..They are even called Achievements,..Probably even a lot sooner with some PS1 games,.. Hell in a way every score or achievement system has roots in just about every sport or just about any human activity we do, where we congratulate or celebrate whatever people achieve,.. I personally really don't care much about Achievements or Trophies,.. because I think I used to really started playing my games way differently and sometimes enjoyed them less, because I would constantly check the list and shit,.. But for people who like them,.. I cannot blame them or say they are total bs,.. If you are into it and enjoy it,.. I am pretty cool with it,,.. I think some people are a bit nuts when it comes to Achievements and Trophies,.. even getting children's and really shitty games for them,... I am not judging, but it is seriously funny,..
"No value" Well to be fair gaming itself has no real value but we do it because it's fun and rewarding. It's no different than spending hours trying to complete a game, you get a sense of accomplishment once you've finished it but then you quickly move on.
Trophy's and Achievements pump a little more life into games....how is this a bad thing?
tinkle tinkle poop plop That is what i think of the article. Now while i do agree that we can live without trophy's its a nice feature to have. Seriously sometimes a see a really neat trophy and i work my butt off to get it. Then when i do i get rewarded with the satisfaction of completing my goal.
i don't mind them, but achievements and dlc ruined in game rewards in most games these days. )=
achievements/trophies didn't ruin it... It is the DLC that has ruined in game rewards. I still think that DLC is great tho. It can expand the game and add more quests/maps... hate the idea of costume packs tho.
Trophies make completing the game a little more rewarding and fun. At least that's how I feel about collecting trophies. Not that I have a lot of platinum trophies to boost about.
I think trophies and achievements are only pointless to certain people. To others they offer re-playability in the game as long as the game is fun and the trophies/achievements are fun to try and get. What is truly pointless is posting an article claiming they are altogether pointless when they are actually as subjective as what games people like. Someone saying FIFA is altogether a terrible game would be silly because it depends what you like and get out of it. Trophies and Achievements are the same, if you like them then great but if you don't then fair enough go ahead and ignore them but don't feel the need to broadcast your feelings on them to the rest of the world because guess what? We. Don't. Care.
the irony here is the only negative aspect of A/Ts the author NEVER mentions; somehow MS and Sony found a way to incorporate console spyware where almost everyone approves of it!
lol that is actually an interesting thought, I've never thought about them that way.
The article only had 3 short paragraphs explaining why trophies and achievements are pointless. In the 1st paragraph he says they have no value. In the 3rd paragraph he contradicts himself and says, "I agree that trophies and achievements do bring about more replay value". "You get a sense of accomplishment for about 30 seconds, and then realize that you spent the last few hours of your life collecting things that ultimately don’t matter." I guess that's how the author feels about trophies and achievements. For me and other countless "trophy/achievement hunters" (as oppose to whores lol), the hours spent on unlocking are where most the fun is. I agree with one thing, though. Maybe Sony and Microsoft can setup some sort of reward system. Doesn't have to be free games, could just be free avatars or dynamic themes. Most games nowadays are priced at 40ish, 50ish, and 60ish. Trophies and achievements are a great way to get extra value on pricey games. Simple as that.
that would be cool, maybe every level in playstaion or every 1000 gamerscore they give you a freebe or even the equvalent of $1.00 psn or xbox points. Why not i guess. It would be good incentive to keep buying stuff online. Its the old drug dealer aproach the first ones free, but we get you when you come back!
That would be a great incentive for people to keep games for longer. Big problem with that would be the psn/xbla games which costs a little to buy but gives you alot of points. Also you would probably just see Sony/Microsoft adding $1 on top of every game :D
They're not pointless for the devs. They're a cheap way to give you the illusion you're getting more content when you're actually getting less with most games these days. I don't care about them at all.
I see it as a Gamer's CV showing what you've achieved - They show what type of games you play which is good because if you like similar games to someone on your friends list then you can check out other games they've played and get them yourselves,like an automatic recommend system - It also shows you without asking how someone on your friend list has progressed in a game. - They add more challenges to games and increase their replayability. Yes some people just do it to say i'm better than you but they are far from useless and they're here to stay.
there pointless? wow. some how i thought they where for replayability
I look at it like this, if an older multi plat game with one of them having achivments & no trophy support i will play the xbox game just to feel like im getting something else out of playing it. Is that logical since you arent getting anything tangable out of it? No not really, but its a pshycological thing!
I could not agree more with this article. Some of my friends on XBL are chievo focused individuals & yes it does distracted from the game. It's fine to go after a chievo once in awhile but to plan for & around them is just ridiculous. I like playing a game (not working in one)& when the graphics, sound, story & gameplay come together to completely immerse you & engage you, you know it's a good one. If it's primaraly about chievos then what's the point? I suppose when a game is so good you become completely immersed in it is just a big bonus now days & a backseat to getting gamerscore. I guess OCD Achievement Hounds are the norm & majority?
I'm assuming this was a "joke" article. As far as "distracting", it doesn't distract me or ruin the experience for me at all. Well planned trophies make me play the game I probably wouldn't have played. And they add replay factor.
Is it worth getting trophies/achievements? Yes, if you like them. Stupid ****ing article, already done to death.
I feel sorry for anybody who thinks they ARE important. Play games for fun. Outside of that if you are in them to up your worthless gamerscore then you really need to get a life. Leave the house, get off the couch, get a girlfriend, a real career.
No more or no less important than any none financial rewarding past time. Why get good at golf, or learn to play an instrument etc - as far as I can see, achievemtns / trophies are a none destructive past time, and thats better than can be said for alot of things people enjoy.
hate them, they are for geeks who have nothin better to do than sit and play certain parts of a game all day, one go would do me lol , O look at me i have the super duper waste of life achievement i spent 2 days of my life trying to get it haha.
Trophies are a great bonus.......giving titles a longer life span than they might have without them.
Achievements are a tough one to look at, I've never much bothered with them myself. But for some reason I always seem to take notice when they pop up on the screen despite them being useless.
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