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Apr01
Grinding Difficulty
I've always classed grind achievements as an easy get, they're usually simple and straight forward. There is often no skill involved. (Unless you count determination as one.) It's almost always a case of just sheer repetitiveness, but should we take that into account regarding difficulty? I think maybe it's time I should change my ways and say: Yes. Repetitiveness can make an achievement harder, much harder.

I've done a few grind achievements in my time, most notably all the damn flag achievements in Assassin's Creed. That was truly a soul-sapping experience, so much so that I lost my appetite and couldn't eat for three days. Despite the hardship I endured, I held onto my notion that these were easy achievements, just grinds. Understandably, I think I inserted that thought into my own head to the make the achievements less demoralising while hunting them. Looking back on it, I spent the good part of week doing something that I hated. That made it hard. On the bright side I did lose some weight. (Not that I needed to lose weight.)

Currently I'm going through a massive grind in Gears of War 2 as I am trying to reach Rank 100 for (of course) an achievement. This grind is slow, boring and makes me want to kill children but my need for 'chieve will prevail and I will get that achievement. It's this recent grind that has made me reconsider how I view grinds.

Are grinds difficult? I suppose my conclusion is that if you lack the dedication: Yes, they are, but it's somewhat subjective.

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