Hey guys. Sorry I’ve been a little lax on the whole “blogging” thing, but I swear, I have a good reason for it. In the last week or so, I’ve become addicted. To Achievements. Ya know, that thing on the Xbox 360 that gets you to play your games more? You know what I’m talking about. You’re probably going through the same thing right now, but are still in the denial stage. Don’t worry, it will come to you soon.
For the uninitiated, Achievements are points that you unlock when you complete certain tasks in your 360 games. Things like finishing a game on hard, or getting 100,000 points in that sch’mup all unlock Achievement points. The points then go into your Gamerscore, which is basically a barometer of how badass you are at gaming.
I didn’t put much stock into it when I originally got the 360, but over time, it slowly ate at my brain. Soon enough, more than half the reason I play my 360 right now is to unlock more Achievements. In the last week, I’ve added over 200 points.
I put a lot of time in Geometry Wars (which is too hard for its own good, btw), completely destroyed Lumines Live! (got half the Achievements in 24 hours), and just started Lost Planet. If it wasn’t for Achievements, I wouldn’t have even touched these games. Maybe Lost Planet, as that is a pretty cool game, but Geometry Wars is too damn hard, and I already have Lumines II for the PSP.
Whoever came up with Achievements, which is probably some squirrelly looking dude in an Msoft cubicle, is a genuis. He has actually come up with a whole new way for people to feel accomplished with their games. People don’t play their games to complete them anymore; they do it to unlock Achievements. And it’s not just me, as most 360 owners have become addicted. There’s gotta be some psychological term for this. It really is an amazing feat that they’ve given us a completely new reason to play video games. The person definitely deserves an Achievement for that.
After becoming an Achievements hound, I feel disappointed that Nintendo and Sony have not implemented a similar setup with the Wii and PS3. It may be semi-useless, but it gives us another reason to finish those games we have sitting on the back-burner, staring at us with puppy dog eyes.
The only thing I’d change is the point structure. Some games have too many Achievements, and when you unlock one, you only get 10 measly points. Dude, I just played for 3 hours to get that Achievement. Cut me some slack.
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