I am not Hardcore.

I’ve got to come clean. I have never 100% completed an Xbox 360 game.

Not even one.

And frankly, that’s okay. I’ve never been one to chase achievements, because, with the exception of a few, they don’t really interest me. Most of the achievements I’ve gone after with intent have been the silly comedy ones on Fable.

It may just be me, but I truly don’t see what achievements add to games. Why do you need to be told you’ve done well in order to feel good? Xbox Lives gamerscore system is frequently given phallic connotations among both fans and foe alike. Hell there are even entire blogs dedicated almost entirely to chasing achievements as if they were some kind of digital viagra.

You know why I play games? to have fun. You know what chasing achievements is to me? It’s work. I spend all day at work. Why would I do it when I get home as well.

Thats probably why I’m equally likely to settle down with my tablet for a game of angry birds as I am to boot up GTR 2 for a lap of Spa-Francorchamps.

This may sound like the rantings of an old fogey, but hell, its my blog. When did gaming become so competitive? When I first played final fantasy VII, my friends and I used to spend hours discussing it at school, helping each other with tactics for the bosses. Now, it seems people are more likely to look at your tactics, declare you to be a homosexual and laugh at you.

It’s all a bit depressing, really.



  1. I kind of agree with you when it comes to Achievements being hard work. They certainly can be and some games make them unnecessarily tedious – collect all 300 flags? Yeah, get fucked.

    However, some Achievements are actually worthwhile in that they can make you explore areas of the game you otherwise wouldn’t have bothered with, or perhaps tackle an objective in a way that you normally wouldn’t. Sometimes it’s just about finishing that mission as best as you possibly can rather than letting a few mistakes slip by. Done right, Achievements can definitely add a lot to a game.


    1. I agree with that, but the problem is that 90% of Achievements are just grinding work for the sake of it. With the current generation of them the mostly have to be so general that it just comes down to performing a repetitive action for minimal reward.


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