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I have had it up to here with achievements and badges! They have corrupted every game and become a staple for any newly developed game.
Let me explain, an achievement is a concept not an item that can be measured, an achievement is only an achievement if YOU feel that you have done something epic but the addition of achievements have caused people to forget the true meaning only to be replaced with what you are told is an achievement. I may or may not be impressed with what you have accomplished as that is entirely subjective and the real value is how the individual sees his deed.
A great example of this is vanilla and burning crusade in world of warcraft, there were no achievements until wrath of the lich king and was the game in a sad, empty state where nobody had any motivation to play? Of course not, people felt accomplished by doing something they saw as an achievement, They explored entire regions or tried to finish every quest even if it was below their level. They would try to take down the biggest baddest monsters and they didn’t need a lightshow with a pop-up ad and a token on their profile telling them that they were awesome to feel a sense of accomplishment.
fast forward a few years and look at what has happened, achievements are rewarded for every stupid thing you do, if you fall off a building and survive the fall, you get an achievement, if you kill several chickens in under a minute you get an achievement, if you let death wing kill you, guess what? you get an achievement. Now be honest with me, do you think that was worth doing? Was anything about that fun? do you feel like you accomplished something on it’s on right or just because blizzard told you how to feel?
and now achievements are being used to take the place of content, Why spend all that time and money to create quality content when you can you just throw in a crappy achievement system in? In world of warcraft they would rather you run the same dungeon 8 different times killing the bosses in different orders or doing some obscure pointless thing rather than creating 8 new dungeons. Blizzard has no need to make content when they can convince you that clucking like a chicken and standing on your head is content.
Sadly, peoples completionism takes over, also called the pokemon syndrome, you gotta get them all and the developers know that by constantly stoking your ego every 14 seconds they can keep you as a customer.
Think of the warlock and paladin epic mount quests, you had to go on a long and expensive journey to get that mount and those who got it felt accomplished by it’s own right but soon the quests were removed and the only compensation was an achievement for doing it before it was removed while the mounts are now handed out to everyone on a stick with no quest to obtain it.
When people go on achievement hunts they are not doing what they are suppose to be doing, Having fun, rather than have fun playing the game they spend their time running the same piece of content over and over or hunting down chickens for achievements rather than what they want to do but after they get the flashing lights their ego was once again placated to so they continue their hunt as the real concept of achievement has been forgotten.
Look at games like cookie clicker and adventure capitalist, their system revolves around achievements and people will boast about their “highscores” when in reality all they did was click on a cookie for 8 hours. was clicking that cookie 50,000,000,000 fun for you? Why do you feel like you have achieved something? because they game told you to feel accomplished but all you did was click on a cookie endlessly.
Now observe the kongregate system, people will stick around playing a game they don’t like for the sole purpose of getting the badge, If I am not having fun with a game I am not going to sit there and play it for the achievements sake.
and I most certainly don’t care about the “Kongpanions” Just a carrot on a stick.
This fad needs to die!
They need to take all of those achievements and badges, and throw them down the garbage disposal, immediately!
madjedi: Good job; you have a pulse. Here’s an achievement.