I was wondering whether all this nonsense that keeps popping up every time I play xbox 360 games '15G - first blood', "30G - My First Track' etc etc are a cool way of making you feel like you are making progress and actually accomplishing something, or just a meanless waste of time.
I was a late starter when it came to a 360, only getting round to getting one last year, but have absolutely loved it and it is by far my favourite system of all time due to the XBLA downloadable games, indie games, and online gameplay.. at first I thought the achievements were awesome, a cool way of making you feel like you are really 'beating' the game. But after seeing so many people online with ridiculous gamescore of 200,000 plus, and seeing so many achievements that you get for basically turning the game on, it does make you wonder if it is a good thing for gaming after all. Let me explain..
I think the negative sides of it are that it's really unhealthy for those OCD, completionist, types who inhabit gaming, making them go for every last achievement, even when they are having absolutely no fun doing so. I looked on an achievement site once and on the site I discovered hundreds of people bitching and moaning about how they needed to obtain 100% achievements and couldnt do so as it required too much gameplay or was too hard.. So there are a lot of people out there playing games they don't enjoy, just to get achievement points.. this is very sad.
One in ecco the dolphin on the Megadrive collection made me laugh as it is an achievement you get for eating 200 fish, something you would achieve over the course of a playthrough, yet this angered people as it was 'boring' (to phrase it politely), yet people still did it.. bizarre.
Also achievement points are listed for DLC you havent bought yet, which is a sneaky move by microsoft as the same people above (and they actually do according to the forum posts online) buy the content JUST to get achievement points.
I think a GAME ROOM style high score table, featuring accomplishments like GAME COMPLETED (HARD), or COMPLETED (No CONTINUES), would work better as achievements are basically pointless and your score meaningless due to the fact that :
Completing 100% of SUPER MEAT BOY (nigh on impossible)
gets you the same achievement points as either finishing the first level, killing your first enemy, hacking a terminal, collecting first gold coin etc etc etc for any number of games.. so there is no point to it all.
So I wonder what other people think..? I really enjoy the community aspect of xbox gaming, seeing the best times / high scores of the people in my friends list, as well as world wide, is fantastic.. But Im not so sure on achievement points.. a better system of true hardcore gaming feats would surely be better.
'40G - Reading this thread'
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on Sun May 13, 2012 11:52 am, edited 1 time in total.