Microsoft wisely implemented an achievement system into it’s “next generation” gaming titles. Accomplishing certain tasks, often in a certain way grants you a set number of “gamer-points“ that are attached to your profile. They are tracked and displayed in your gamer-card and on xbox.com. Each time you get one it triggers a lovely chime and a icon with the dialog of your momentous accomplishment.
When this was initially discussed I never thought I’d care, but like many I find the achievements a huge incentive to play a game more thoroughly or at all. I’m currently a pretty low scorer at 5655 (each game is allotted a total of 1000 points) but each time I hear that bell I smile.
One of the many things that disturbs me about this is the fact that I sometimes think twice about playing a handheld or non-360 title as it will be “a waste of time.” There is nothing more ridiculous then staying up late to complete a goal to get an achievement lest I retire not having “accomplished anything.” It’s an absolute embarrassment and I don’t know WTHF my problem is, but I don’t see it going away anytime soon.
Even in death I remain a loser.