What Do Achievements Mean To People?

What Do Achievements Mean To People?

For the last year or so I’ve not spent as much time on my 360 as I once did. There’s various reasons to why my 360 time has been cut, mostly to do with games on other systems. Back when I was more dedicated to the 360 I would spend a portion of time focused on the achievement side of things. earning gamer score was a pretty big part of my 360 experience, which I’m slightly ashamed to admit, but things have since changed.

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I’ve recently spent more time on the 360, playing some of the recent releases. The difference between the way I play now, and the the way I played then, is I have no time for achievements. I used to be able to put a lot of effort into unlocking each achievement (reasonable ones anyway) to boost my gamer score. It didn’t matter how dull the achievement was, or even how tricky it was, I’d always try to unlock them. Now I find myself just disregarding most of them, unless they offer some kind of reward, such as in game content.

At the end of the day it’s just a number, granted a number I used to be ”proud” of, but never the less a number. The way I viewed achievements was that they represented a persons enjoyment of a game. It’s not a coincidence I happened to have nearly 1000/1000 in games I loved (Dragon Age for example), while the majority of games I would have around the 500 mark. Unlocking most of the achievements in a game was almost like me stating how much I enjoyed the game. It was a easy and accessible way to display how much you enjoyed a game, without saying a word.

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Achievements may have lost their meaning to me, but some of them do remain fun to unlock. Injustice: Gods Among Us has a number of achievements that challenge the player in a engaging manner. When done right, achievements can be a engaging challenge that is purely optional. The whole achievements scene has also produced a number of sites and game communities, this is purely a positive thing that should be celebrated.

Achievements may have lost their importance to me, but it has got me wondering about how other people see them. Do people seem them as something to brag about? Are they a way to show off their skills in a number of games? I’d assume everyone has their own views on achievements and their importance. One thing is for sure, achievements are seemingly here to stay.

Sean Halliday


2 Comments

  1. Justin Ross
    November 5, 2013, 3:29 am

    I love getting achievements. For me, it adds extra life to a game!

  2. Epke
    November 6, 2013, 5:50 am

    For me Trophies (yes there are Sony consoles) are a goal, and make me play a game several times, first serious then the dicking around phase.

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