What Do Trophies Actually Achieve?
In the good old days, before glittery vampires and Modern Warfare there were no Trophies or Achievements and by that definition there was no Caveshen. Just kidding but seriously, he’s a whore for Achievements. And that’s just the thing, before these perfunctory token rewards came along, we played games for the fun of it and the bragging rights came in being able to tell your friend that you flew through this and that level with minimal fuss. You felt satisfaction when you finished a game or when you beat it on hard difficulty.
That still exists today and sure, a lot of us still play for the fun of it but why are some people so obsessed with Trophies and Achievements? I like to call them Trophy mongers and Achievement whores. Sure, Achievements build up your Gamerscore but does it actually mean anything unless you need to compensate for a ludicrously small penis? Kidding, please don’t stab me.
Maybe games are too easy in general and the only way to actually draw any challenge out of the experience is to attempt these arbitrary tasks? Boy, there sure are a lot of rhetorical questions here. I can understand trying to get all the Achievements/Trophies in a game so as to prolong the experience but when did we start needing to go out of our way to accumulate more Achievements/Trophies. To cite an example, our resident oddball, Caveshen is obsessed with Achievements to the point where he played the Green Lantern licensed game for them. I personally don’t care much for these things but he takes his Gamerscore very seriously and that’s something he’s passionate about, fair enough.
My beef is whether this is a fad we’re going through or whether the habit of going out of your way to get every single Trophy/ Achievement in a game is here to stay and whether it is worth the effort because after all, what are you really achieving?
All thanks go to Yashaar Mall for once again providing this week’s Question of the Week.