1 million gamerscore and my thoughts.
So on September 6th 2020, I finally hit 1,000,000 gamerscore. I started my account in January 2009 and played for achievements from day one. The first 2 games played on my account being avatar TLATBE and TMNT. I did have an account with 30k gamerscore before starting this account, but I never connected to Xbox live to retrieve it and I lost the memory card that account was on.
Gamerscore for me was awesome. I got into it because the kids in my school at the time were all comparing what they had, the highest being 20k. I just had to beat it. So I played a lot from early 2009 - early 2010 and hit 100k gamerscore.
From that day I always thought to myself about getting a million but I wasn’t even sure it was possible. I stumbled across trueachievements and signed up. I seen all the top dogs with pretty big scores and realised that there’s a big interest in achievement hunting and that a million maybe possible one day.
I really enjoyed achievement hunting, there was always something extra to do once the main story line was beaten. There also wasn’t many easy games so I had to try and get as many points from each game played back then. Retail games had 1000G and arcade games had 200G which I’m sure you all already know.
I went on to reach 400k gamerscore just before the Xbox one launched. Still motivated to get achievements, I would download lococycle, one of the first easy games on the Xbox one. Now that downloadable games had 1000G and were no longer 400G, gamerscore just got a lot easier.
As the years passed and more games would release, gamerscore just got silly in my opinion. Way too many easy games are being released and having 1 million gamerscore doesn’t even feel like a lot. I just had the goal from the 360 days and knew I had to see it through.
Sure, I don’t have to play the easy games. But when they’re released and some being less than 30 Mins to get all achievements, it’s so tempting.
For me personally, the value of achievements isn’t there anymore. I know they didn’t really mean anything anyway, but now there’s so many easy games, you could probably get 500k in a year if you had the cash.
When I reached 700k I would say that gamerscore was no longer fun for me. Games started to annoy me more. I would stay away from games that were more than 2 hours long and needed to follow a guide. I could just no longer sit through it. I’d find myself getting frustrated easy. If they didn’t need a guide I would play them.
So along the way, that feeling I once had of feeling accomplished after all achievements in a game were unlocked , I no longer had. I missed out on some very good games as they were too long to complete.
So from here on out, I will no longer be gaming just for achievements. I feel like there’s nothing else to aim for.
I could never see myself just putting a game into my Xbox and not looking at the list, or aiming For 100% on that game. So, I will no longer be buying games just for achievements. But in the games I do play, I will try and complete them 100%. If you do see me playing an easy gamerscore game it was probably gifted to me. I still get free games from certain devs.
there’s some games I’ve missed along the way, that I was interested in playing but Were too long to complete or looked to hard. There’s also some games on PlayStation that I want to try.
I might only put up 1000G a month, cause the games I’m playing are really long. I’m also playing warzone a lot and trying to find some other multiplayer games I can play regularly.
I’m hoping I can move forward and enjoy gaming again. Deciding what I play and what looks good, instead of what’s the easiest game and least time consuming for achievements.
Thank you for reading.