Do Xbox 360 achievements really matter?
With it being confirmed that the PlayStation 3 is not going to have a system of achievements, does it really matter? I most certainly believe so. Why is that you might ask? Well, here’s the skinny.
If you look around the web on any number of gaming websites, you’ll read ton’s of people saying “achievements do not matter”. I say hogwash. Sure, if your sole gaming experience is everything prior to Xbox 360, no will most likely be your response to this question. I to, once had the same reservations toward the notion of getting points for accomplishments in games, but not any longer.
I found myself in a local Gamestop much to my dismay recently with the intent to only pre-order Gears of War. Knowing the fact that I try to avoid Gamestop and pre-ordering with a passion, I had a look around anyway. During my time there I looked around for a PS2 game I might have wanted to play at one time or another, but never got around to. After nearly 15 minutes of looking through what they had to offer I found myself thinking, “but, what about the points”. I never thought I would find myself thinking twice about buying a game whether or not it had point’s attached to it or not.
The reason for the longing for points is pretty simple once you think about it. How many times have you said to yourself. ” Color, I don’t need color on my television”. Or how about ” This electricity thing is overrated. I can live without it”. Of course you haven’t. Those examples don’t directly have anything to do with achievements, but they can be correlated to in the same fashion very easily. Once anyone begins to take advantage of anything without thought of it not being there, not having it will show you how much it matters when it’s not available. Even with something as trivial as the gamer-score concept is it gives you a sense of accomplishment when thing’s are all said and done.
Sure, if you finish a game on any platform you’ll get some sort of sense of accomplishment, but how do I or any of your friends know that. The ingenious concept of the gamer-card is what makes the achievements system work so well. Having the ability to see what my friends or anybody else’s achievements are remotely are what give’s this notion the leg up on not having them on any other platform. Who doesn’t want to have a higher score than that of there friends? That’s what made gaming what it was from the very start in the arcade and now at home. I for one will go for the Xbox 360 version of a game just for this reason versus a potentially prettier version on any other platform.