I have a worry, a worry that is getting bigger day-by-day. I’m afraid that very soon, achievements will actually take over the world and enslave us all.
“What the hell is he talking about?!” I hear you cry, let me explain.
Anyone who is signed up to TA obviously likes their achievements and all the bragging rights that accompany them but have any have you got to the point when the lust for achievements and a good completion percentage begin to choose which games you do and don’t buy?
If you do then there’s no going back I’m afraid, you’re bound to your achievements and completion percentage forever, there is no cure. Trust me, I know.
There are several people which I know to do some crazy things where achievements are concerned. These are the people that refuse flat-out to buy a game if one or more of the achievements look like they’ll be irritating. I find this quite bizarre; you don’t refuse to go on holiday just because the journey is too long do you? No you don’t, you go along and have a great time and I believe it should be the same with gaming.
I have seen countless games thrown by the way-side just because some of the achievements looked a bit iffy, even if the gamer in question really wanted to own the game. It really bugs me; these are the people who need a really high completion percentage just to enjoy themselves but that isn’t what gaming is all about. Gaming is all about having a fun time either alone or with a group of friends.
ME – “Hey mate let’s play some Splinter Cell co-op, it’ll be great fun.”
FRIEND – “Nah, the ‘chievos look a bit cheeky, I ain’t got it.”
I believe that achievements are bringing an end to fun, you know, the fun we used to have on Halo 2 back in the day before achievements existed. In fact, that game is proof that a great time can be had without the need to chase-up gamer-score. I’m sitting here wondering how many honest gamers out there have had an evening’s gaming ruined by someone who doesn’t want to screw up some statistic on a website. Putting a number that resides in cyber-space in front of a fun time with your mates just seems a bit bad in my opinion, although I am sure that many people will disagree with me.
Furthermore, achievements also seem to be cutting down the playing-time of games. I know a lot of people (including myself I must admit) that stop playing a game once they have reached 1000G. I did this with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I got 100% completion on those games within a few months and then I just gave up playing them and went in pursuit of other achievements.
To use another crude metaphor, that’ll be like going to a game of football, buying a pie, eating it and then leaving before the game has even finished. I soon realised what I was doing and I gave myself a good talking-to and now I am back playing one of those games.
I implore you all to understand my message and re-think your gaming lives. If you don't want to then fine, I'm not going to stop you and neither is anyone else but putting statistics in front of a fun time just smacks a bit of a joke if you ask me.
I’m going to end this here. I’m sure that there are plenty of you reading this and thinking I am some sort of clown and a player who can’t earn achievements. Well, you’d be wrong. I’m very happy with my 70%+ completion percentage and my current gamer-score, even though I only have 5G on Grand Theft Auto 4!
Please understand my message. Don’t put statistics in front of what gaming is all about.....fun.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED – 100G – I’M SEEING SENSE.