XBox 360 Achievements – do they *really* matter?

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I’m in the process of writing a blog post about Xbox Achievements and as such would like to know your thoughts on the following, especially in terms of online achievements.

– Has your style of gameplay changed because of XBox achievements?
– Do you grind through games even if you don’t like them very much just to get as many points as possible?
– Have you played a game in a specific fashion just to get an Achievement (eg the Rocket Man achievement in Half-Life 2)
– Do you become obsessive about achievements where you have to collect things (orbs in Crackdown, feathers in Assassin’s Creed II, etc)
– Are you competitive about Achievements, do you have someone you’re in constant competition with?
– Do you get frustrated if a game has a large number of online achievements?
– Do you go onto forums to get players to help you with online achievement or do you write them off

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~ by moviegrrlreviews on August 12, 2010.

2 Responses to “XBox 360 Achievements – do they *really* matter?”

  1. I like that I get rewarded for doing things throughout games like Mass Effect and Halo as it adds to the sense of accomplishment. I’m not however that attached to the points system and I don’t go out of my way to accumulate points.
    I have maybe 6 friends on XBox Live but I don’t have a points race against any of them.

  2. Personally, I can’t stand them. I think the main problem is they have no value… You can get a higher score than someone simply by buying more games. Being told I’ve achieved something is great, but finding out I get 20 points for 100% on Rockband expert drums when someone else can get 400 points for a “one-timer” goal in NHL’07 just doesn’t make sense. The future really needs to be leaderboards in games, not an external counter that shows nothing more than how much time/money someone else has. Leaderboards let you compare your abilities and “achievements” effectively against the rest of the world or even just your friends, encouraging competition.

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