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Life is Strange: Episode Three Achievement guide

May 26 // Brett Makedonski
Chaos Theory: Finish Episode 3: Chaos Theory This is the only Achievement that's earned through story progression. Just finish the third episode. It shouldn't give you any trouble at all. Parallax View: Find optional photo #1 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory Break into Victoria’s room after finding out that she snuck off campus. She has a glow-in-the-dark action figure sitting on her desk. Shine your flashlight on it for a few seconds, then take a picture of it. Lenscrafted: Find optional photo #2 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory Awww, it’s our little squirrel friend again. He’s sitting on the bench to the right after exiting the dorms. Coming close will cause him to scurry away, but rewind time to get him to pose for a picture. The Reflex: Find optional photo #3 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory After meeting up with Chloe and entering the school, take a quick detour to the science room. Max wants a photo of the fish, so turn on the light in their tank and snap a quick pic. Histogrammar: Find optional photo #4 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory While you’re still in the science room, let’s grab another photo. Head toward the back and take a picture of the skeleton with a cigarette in its mouth. Smoking kills, kids! Bokeh: Find optional photo #5 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory In the principal’s office, take a picture of Chloe behind the bronze hawk. It’s not easy to line everything up; it pretty much has to be arranged exactly like this screenshot. Pinholed: Find optional photo #6 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory After getting dressed in Rachel’s clothes, stop off in the upstairs bathroom for a quick selfie. RAW Strength: Find optional photo #7 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory Just like the squirrel, our bird friend is back too. Before eating Joyce’s breakfast, scare the bird from the top of the cabinet, off of the fireplace, and out the window. Then, it’ll land on the fence in the backyard. Go take a picture of it. Viewfinder: Find optional photo #8 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory Try taking a picture of the big rig across the street from the diner. The trucker standing outside will stop you. Talk to him, rewind the conversation, and casually bring up the make and model of his semi. He’ll be so impressed that he’ll let you take a picture for real, as long as you also bring up Rachel Amber. Cross Processing: Find optional photo #9 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory Immediately after the last photo, move around the side of the diner. There’s an unfortunate birdie being swarmed by a million ants. Snap a picture of the carnage. Flash!: Find optional photo #10 in Episode 3: Chaos Theory Toward the end of the episode, Max will discover that her abilities range beyond what she previously thought. After a bit of revelatory dialogue, pick up the camera on the kitchen counter and snap this episode’s final picture. Camera Eye: Find all optional photos in Episode 3: Chaos Theory This one unlocks as soon as you nab all ten photos. Bonus Achievement!
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Point camera, earn Gamerscore
We're at the halfway point of Life is Strange, and while the story is moving right along, the Achievement lists remain similar. Ten optional photos to snap in every episode, and Chaos Theory is no different. This guide s...

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Hack

Locked Steam achievement requires you to hack game's code


Invisible, Inc.
May 26
// Steven Hansen
It's not to say that secrets are no fun anymore, but the internet sure can take the luster out of 'em. I mean, what would have been the point of my dog eared, note scribbled Myst notebook if I could solve the whole thing cons...

Life is Strange: Episode Two Achievement guide

Mar 25 // Brett Makedonski
Out of Time: Finish Episode 2: Out of Time This is the only Achievement that's earned through story progression. Just finish the second episode. It shouldn't give you any trouble at all. Field of View: Find optional photo #1 in Episode 2: Out of Time Simply take a photo of the bunny in Kate's dorm room at the beginning of the episode. Full Exposure: Find optional photo #2 in Episode 2: Out of Time In the courtyard right outside the girls’ dorm, there’s a garbage can with food in it. Take it out for a squirrel to eat. When the squirrel scurries over, take a picture. Processor: Find optional photo #3 in Episode 2: Out of Time This one takes a bit of placement. Position yourself by the fire hydrant outside of the Two Whales Diner, and look up at the giant sign above the building. Move around while looking at the sign until the prompt to take the picture pops up. Image Stabilizer: Find optional photo #4 in Episode 2: Out of Time Go around the far side of the outside of the diner so that there’s a fence between you and the ferocious dog. Snap a picture of the puppy from the safety of the chain link. Compressed: Find optional photo #5 in Episode 2: Out of Time Someone wrote “Firewalk with me” on the mirror in the diner’s bathroom. Snap a photo of it. Pixelated: Find optional photo #6 in Episode 2: Out of Time This is another slightly obscure one. There’s a school bus in the middle of the junkyard. On top of it is the number 142. Move toward it and a bit to the left until the prompt comes up to take the picture. Dynamic Range: Find optional photo #7 in Episode 2: Out of Time While on your junkyard beer bottle fetch quest, a doe will cross Max’s path. Follow it just a bit into the woods and take a picture of it. Colorized: Find optional photo #8 in Episode 2: Out of Time After again proving your superpowers in the bottle shooting gallery, take a picture of Chloe as she aims her gun at the heavens. Meter Made: Find optional photo #9 in Episode 2: Out of Time In the science room, talk to Warren about his science mixture. Neither Potassium or Sodium are the right answer; go up to Ms. Grant to find that out. Return to Warren and tell him to add Chlorine. Snap a picture of him with his new pink concoction. Resolution Revolution: Find optional photo #10 in Episode 2: Out of Time As you walk into the photography room, Alyssa will be standing in front of the window. Just like the last Achievement in episode one, take the final picture behind someone as she peers off into the distance. Lab Master: Find all optional photos in Episode 2: Out of Time This one unlocks as soon as you snap the last optional photo. Click, pop, Achievement unlocked!
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Point camera, earn Gamerscore
The second episode of Life is Strange has an Achievement set that falls right in line with the first episode's. Again, exploration is key, and taking some quirky photos will earn you some easy Gamerscore. The rules and p...

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Xbox One update

Xbox One is getting more descriptive Achievement notifications


Look for the update today if you're a preview member
Mar 23
// Jordan Devore
Another Xbox One system update, another opportunity to use some insane cartoon image. Microsoft is rolling out updates for Xbox One Preview Program members in two waves -- the first hits today, while the second will arrive ne...
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Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X has a giant spider and nope nope nope nope nope


Burn it all down, we're done here
Mar 17
// Brett Makedonski
Mortal Kombat X has simply gone too far this time. Look, we've put up with Scorpions and Reptiles for decades because they aren't actual scorpions and reptiles. They're just bipedal dudes fixin' to rip someone's spine ou...
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Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive gets sentimental


175 point D'awwwwww Achievement added
Feb 13
// Robert Summa
In honor of Valentine's Day and the loved ones around us, Sunset Overdrive has added a new achievement today for 175 points dubbed the D’awwwwww Achievement. The idea of the achievement is to find 12 drawings by the ga...

Life is Strange: Episode One Achievement guide

Jan 29 // Brett Makedonski
Chrysalis: Finish Episode 1: Chrysalis This is the only Achievement that's earned through story progression. Just finish the first episode. It shouldn't give you any trouble at all. Macro Eyes: Find optional photo #1 in Episode 1: Chrysalis After Max gets up from her desk in the classroom, "Rachel Amber <3 4 Ever" is scrawled into the desk in front of her. Just take a picture of it.   Wide Angles: Find optional photo #2 in Episode 1: Chrysalis After some plot developments take place, Max will be forced to go to Blackwell Academy's outside courtyard. Directly in front of her is a statue in the center of a fountain. Walk around so you can see its face and snap a photo. Telephotogenic: Find optional photo #3 in Episode 1: Chrysalis This is the first photo that takes a bit of trial and error. In the courtyard, there will be a group of skaters. Talk to Justin. After he calls you a "poser," rewind time and tell him that you came here to noseslide. When he asks what trick you want to see, select a tre flip. Trevor attempts it and, well, things don't go great. Take a picture of him in agony. Then, maybe rewind time because that looks like it hurt. Close-Ups: Find optional photo #4 in Episode 1: Chrysalis Outside of the dormitories, there will be some football players playing catch. Next to them is Kate sitting on a bench. Across from Kate is a tree that's hiding a cute little squirrel with a can. Grab a picture to snag the Achievement. Red Eye: Find optional photo #5 in Episode 1: Chrysalis In Max's dorm room, there's a mirror on the wall next to her door. Just take a selfie for this Achievement. Focused: Find optional photo #6 in Episode 1: Chrysalis When going through Victoria's room, notice the collage of photos next to the door. Select to mess them up, and Max arranges them into an...umm..."creative" design. Snap a photo of Victoria's new decor. Zoomed In: Find optional photo #7 in Episode 1: Chrysalis After leaving the dorms, one of the jocks will spike a football and hit Alyssa in the head. Rewind time and warn her to move out of the way. The football will bounce past her and break a window. Take a picture of the damage. Focal Pointed: Find optional photo #8 in Episode 1: Chrysalis There's a giant, filthy RV in the school's parking lot. Go up to it and write "Clean me" in the dirt on the window. Snap a picture of your harmless graffiti for an Achievement. Maximum Aperture: Find optional photo #9 in Episode 1: Chrysalis This is the most nuanced of episode one's Achievements (and even it isn't too bad). Inside Chloe's house, wander into her parents' room when you're on the hunt for tools. A bird will smack into a window and injure itself. Rewind time to open the window. If you did it right, the bird will fly into the room and land on top of the large wardrobe opposite the bed. Then, when you and Chloe are in the woods walking toward the lighthouse, that same bird will be perched on top of a rock. Take a picture and bask in the warm fuzzies knowing that you probably saved that little guy's life. Light Leak: Find optional photo #10 in Episode 1: Chrysalis Right next to the lighthouse, Chloe takes a seat on a bench overlooking the bay. Simply take a picture of her from behind. Visionary: Find all optional photos in Episode 1: Chyrsalis This unlocks as soon as you find the tenth optional photo. Two Achievements for the price of one!
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Point camera, earn Gamerscore
It's always great when a game's Achievements exploit the mechanic or feature that the title does best. That's what Life is Strange's set does -- at least for the first episode. Almost everything in episode one can be unlocked...

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Halo Achievements

It's going to take so long to unlock every Achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection


There's, uh, more than 400 of them
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
After looking over IGN's full list of Achievements in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, yeah, I won't be earning all 4,000 (!) Gamerscore points. Hell, I knew that after reading the literal first Achievement description: "Co...
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Forza Horizon 2 demo coming to Xbox One on September 16


Achievements announced
Aug 27
// Dale North
A demo for Playground Games' Forza Horizon 2 is coming to Xbox One on September 16, just ahead of the September 30 release date. They promise a "brief taste" of what to expect in the full version.  You'll find an Achievements list for Forza Horizon 2 below. Some of the names are super silly.
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Xbox One update

New Xbox One update snapping to life in a few days


Hope you like Snapping
Jul 08
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft sure is on a roll with updating the Xbox One. For several months in a row now, it's continually refined the console's infrastructure to rectify what consumers have identified as its shortcomings. July's update is r...
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Xbox One

You can now view your Xbox One achievements online


I'm sure everyone was waiting for this feature
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
When the Xbox One launched, it didn't have full feature parity with the Xbox.com website. One of the chief complaints was the inability to view achievements online off the consoles -- but starting this week, you can do just t...
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Xbox One

Future Xbox One update will let you snap Achievements


With real-time progress tracking
Jun 09
// Jordan Devore
Here's a rundown of an Xbox One update in the works for later this summer that'll enable Snap mode functionality for Achievements. As shown in the video, they'll be automatically sorted by how close you are to unlocking them...
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MGS trofees

Platidumb! Metal Gear Solid V won't have platinum trophy


I've become so comfortably platinumb
Mar 17
// Steven Hansen
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes won't have a platinum trophy. Hopefully that doesn't bother you lot that planned to infinitely replay the short, replayable game. Kojima explained on Twitter: The reason GZ doesn't have Plat...
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1M Gamerscore

Stallion83 becomes the first person to cross 1M Gamerscore


Made up of 43,598 Achievements
Mar 13
// Brett Makedonski
Something special happened on Twitch in the wee hours of the morning today. Raymond Cox, better known on the Internet as Stallion83, became the first player to break one million Gamerscore on Xbox. Cox, who has been the paces...
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Stick of Truth

Stick of Truth Achievements have you 'join the KKK'


Also, farting on a whole lot of people
Feb 09
// Brett Makedonski
The Achievement / Trophies list for South Park: The Stick of Truth have just been uncovered, and it looks like "New Kid on the Block", what seems to be the very first one you'll earn, is for joining the KKK. Well then, ...
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Dark Souls

I'm dreading some of Dark Souls II's Achievements


My inner completionist is sad
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
"This is Dark Souls - Die for the first time." Perfect. The Achievements / Trophies for Dark Souls II have come out and this is not a link to click if you're one to fear spoilers. Locations, bosses, friendly characters, and c...
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Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes achievements leaked


A short list, but not the easiest
Jan 16
// Abel Girmay
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' Achievement list has been leaked, and it's a curious one. Provided nothing gets shifted, the full 1,000 points are broken down between a mere 15 Achievements. Curious still, with the excepti...
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Dtoid badges

Help us design an awesome badge for the Dtoid community!


The winning design will earn an exclusive Legendary Dtoider badge
Nov 27
// mrandydixon
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I sure do wish I could wear my love for Destructoid on my sleeve"? Well soon, that might be a reality! Honored is a cool new system that tracks your "achievements" across multiple pla...
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Cheevos

Xbox One achievement interface shown in photos


Very, very, large
Nov 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Over the weekend, Microsoft Studios' Mike Ybarra tweeted out a pair of photos demonstrating how achievements will be represented on the Xbox One. Instead of a simple list, there is a less helpful grouping of huge images, allo...
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Gamerscore

XBLA games on Xbox One will have 1,000 achievement points


This is good, I think
Nov 14
// Joshua Derocher
It looks like the limit on Achievement points for Xbox Live Arcade games on the Xbox One will be rising to 1,000, instead of being only 400. On Twitter, PopCap Games tweeted that Peggle 2 will have a Gamerscore of 1,000,...
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Xbox One

Earn Xbox One Achievements by watching TV


Best part? No Gamerscore for them
Nov 08
// Jordan Devore
With such a strong focus on television viewing, it's predictable to hear that Microsoft will allow Achievements that are earned through watching media, as shown in the image above. "We're going to have more achievements for m...
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Achievements

Xbox One will record all the Achievements you unlock


That'll be handy for video guides
Oct 07
// Brett Makedonski
One of the the most prominent trends accompanying the arrival of next-generation consoles is the native ability to record gameplay video. We've known for a while that Xbox One will automatically capture and locally store the...
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Xbox One Achievements

Xbox One's Achievements designed to evolve with games


As titles are adjusted, the Achievements are too
Jul 25
// Brett Makedonski
One of the biggest changes to the Achievement system in the transition from Xbox 360 to Xbox One is the ability for developers to add Achievements whenever they feel fit. Microsoft has already said that there will be restrict...
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Fable

Here's the winning fan-made Fable Anniversary Achievement


It's pretty straightforward
Jul 19
// Jordan Devore
Earlier this month, Lionhead Studios put the call out for fans to design their own Achievement to be integrated in Fable Anniversary. The results are in, and the winning entry "Are you not entertained!?" will require players ...
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Fable

Design an Achievement for Fable Anniversary


You have a lot of faith in us, Lionhead
Jul 09
// Jordan Devore
Lionhead Studios is taking the crowdsourcing approach to coming up with the last Achievement for Fable Anniversary. Now through July 14, you can submit ideas on the company's forums. "We'll be handing the creative baton to ou...
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Xbox One Achievements

Xbox One Achievements detailed, will carry over from 360


Achievements can now unlock more content (gulp)
Jun 13
// Chris Carter
Brace yourselves, tons of Achievement info is coming. Major Nelson dropped a novel of information on Achievements recently, and it goes into a lot of detail on how the new system will work. There's a lot of stuff to comb thro...
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Xbox One Achievements

Microsoft: Devs have monthly cap for adding Achievements


'We don't want to overwhelm gamers'
May 31
// Brett Makedonski
With the impending change of guard of Xbox consoles, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to revamp its Achievement system. There have been plenty of rumors surrounding Xbox One Achievements, but Microsoft shed a bit of light ...

Confessions of an Achievement whore: Demands for next-gen

May 23 // mrandydixon
Whore or not, at least I've never stooped this low; no really, here's the proof! Confessions of an Achievement whore Let me just make one thing clear before I go any further, in case there was any doubt: I fucking love Achievements. (And, to a lesser extent, Trophies -- AKA the Ben Affleck to Achievements' Matt Damon.) From the first time I heard that now-familiar "Achievement Unlocked" chime to the day I sent a little garden gnome into space, I've grown to love Achievement-hunting nearly as much as playing the games themselves, and I wouldn't trade their existence for anything. As an Achievement lover, I'm the first to admit that not all of them are created equal. Far from it, in fact. For every creative, challenges-the-way-you-play "One Free Bullet" Achievement, there's a lazy, out-of-place "Hypercaffeinated" collection quest. I'm proud to say I earned the "Neighborhood Watch" Achievement in Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (and I did earn it), but the fact that I spent multiple hours of my life checking every nook and cranny for jars of Royal Jelly in the ultra-meh Aliens vs Predator to get the "Quite a Specimen" Achievement is something I certainly won't be putting on my résumé any time soon. I hate bad Achievements. Even more, I hate that -- in spite of my distaste for them -- I still feel driven to whore myself out for them in pursuit of my completion percentage. But it isn't my fault; I'm wired this way. Luckily, all hope is not lost. At least, it doesn't have to be. Here's my list of demands: Seriously, it's that easy Achievement unlocked: Tracked our progress One of the bigger annoyances for an Achievement seeker is seeing a "Kill X amount of Y" Achievement and having no idea how many Ys you've left to kill. As more and more games approach these (and other) Achievements with a simple, in-game tracking system, there is really no excuse for all developers to not follow suit. One of the first (and still best) examples of this kind of tracking is evident in the latter Gears of War games. Beginning in Gears 2, every time you hit a pre-defined milestone towards an Achievement, a small, unobtrusive overlay would appear on the screen alerting you to your progress. Talk about convenient! And if you somehow missed the pop-up, you could easily head into the in-game journal and view it again there. Brilliant! Thankfully, this system has been implemented in more and more games as of late, but there are still a few notorious exceptions by developers who seemingly missed the memo or still insist on exporting their stats to secondary apps. (Looking at you, Halo Waypoint.) Take note, developers: we're watching you! So isn't it about time you started watching us? (No, not like that.) Art by Braccini Achievement unlocked: Didn't waste our time Nothing is more aggravating than a time-wasting collection quest with no in-game explanation, logic, or reward. While many games at least attempt to award you as you "find all the things" via incremental upgrades to your stats (see Crackdown, Enslaved, and Infamous) and others go one step further and tie bits of additional story to each item found (see the BioShock and Arkham games), others still have no value for our time at all, and it's time to put that trend to bed. Sure, it may have been fun for Remedy to hide a hundred coffee thermoses in the forests and trailer parks of Alan Wake, but was it fun for us collecting them? Hell no! And how about those pieces of "intelligence" you have to find in every Call of Duty game ever made? Doesn't sound too intelligent to me! There's really no need for these boring, time-filling side-quests. Developers, if you're worried your games will be too short or have less replay value without these mindless collect-a-thons, then that probably says more about your game than anything else. So knock it off! The part where he kills you Achievement unlocked: Timed your notifications wisely Nothing can ruin a good cutscene like a poorly-timed Achievement notification. I still remember playing through the original Gears of War and defeating General RAAM (oops, spoiler), and as soon as the movie started playing showing him dying (crap, spoiler) a half-dozen notifications popped up telling me that I had killed RAAM (dammit, there it is again), that I had beaten the last chapter of the game, that I had completed the game on at least easy mode, that I had completed the game on at least normal mode, that Marcus and Dom would live happily ever after, etc. Not only was this distracting as hell, but it pretty much told me "OK, game's over. You can put the controller down now." Why not wait until after the cutscene finishes to tell me all this shit? It was sloppy and annoying, and we deserve better. On the flip side, Portal 2 is a great example of a game that capitalized on the Achievement system to great success. By timing their notifications perfectly to specific pieces of dialog or in-game actions, Valve added extra emphasis to already humorous and noteworthy scenes. More of that, please! Don't think too hard about this one or your brain might explode Achievement unlocked: Kept achievements single player-only This is a pretty controversial one, but in my experience, Achievements that can only be unlocked while playing online are a completionist's worst nightmare and should be abolished from the planet immediately. Yes, abolished! Why, you ask? Look back at this SPORTS! story from early 2010 (thanks, Samit!) as an example. If you remember, owners of NBA Live '07 gathered in Achievement trading forums across the web to make one last push to unlock the "1,000 People Online" Achievement, which required -- true to its name -- 1,000 people to be online and in the game simultaneously. Because EA was about to shut down the servers for the three-year-old SPORTS game, this movement was literally gamers' last chance at the Achievement (which, in the end, they successfully unlocked for 100 Gamerscore). But what if Good Guy EA hadn't given a warning in the first place? What if a publisher just turns off its servers one day for no reason at all? Or what if people just stop playing a game, as is too often the case for most annual sports games and shooter franchises? Bye bye, Achievements. This has personally happened to me on more than one occasion. I buy a lot of games used, years after their release. How many of them do you think still have active servers? Yeah, not many. Single-player only Achievements -- or even ones that can be unlocked via split-screen or system link -- are the only remedy. Achievement unlocked: Separated stock and DLC Achievements And finally, we get right to the heart of the matter. As a completion-obsessed gamer, it is disappointing knowing that the next generation is going to fuck with my stats. It's already bad enough that I can 100% a game only to have DLC come by and piss on my parade, but the idea of Achievements being tied to multiple games and susceptible to constant shuffling of the numbers? I might as well just give up now. I understand the appeal of these so-called dynamic Achievements; I really do. It's more interactive (read: social), and it will no doubt inspire a new generation of gamers to achieve even more... uh, Achievements. But for me personally -- the guy who was so mad when Fable 2's add-ons released and I lost my 100% completion percentage that I bought the DLC even though I knew it would probably suck -- well, I don't even think I need to finish that sentence. I think I may have a problem. ---------- And that's it for my list! What about you? Have any Achievement pet peeves you'd like to see addressed with the next generation? Sound off in the comments!
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My list of demands for the next generation of unnecessary but addictive meta-gaming
Earlier this month, Brett shared his love of Xbox Achievements with us, and cautioned that Microsoft's rumored next-generation revamp to the system may end up ruining part of what makes them great. For Brett, the idea of Achi...

I hate the rumored next Xbox Achievement system

May 01 // Brett Makedonski
For a while, cumulative Gamerscore held personal importance, as I thought that it was a nice measuring stick with which to compare to other players. However, it didn't take long before I realized that games like Avatar: The Burning Earth broke that metric. My Gamerscore currently sits at over 100,000, but I couldn't really care less about that. Instead, statistics such as 89 games with a full Gamerscore (according to my Xbox), and an Achievement completion rate of 72.7% do a much better job of painting the picture of my relationship to achievements. I bring all this up not to brag, but to let you know exactly how invested I am. And, if rumors of Microsoft's "rethinking" of next-generation Achievements are to be believed, they threaten to completely reverse all progress that they've made. According to the rumors that have surfaced, next-generation Xbox Achievements will allow developers to add Achievements without DLC, will be tied into communal events, and will feature cross-title and even cross-platform Achievements. Further, it's being said that at least one broad-scope Achievement falling under the communal event or cross-title/platform categories must be included on every list. If this is true, this will be a disaster. The reason that the Achievement system currently works is because Microsoft employs a very rigid infrastructure to maintain their integrity. Apart from a few very rare exceptions, games can't ship with more than 50 Achievements and 1000 Gamerscore. Policies are in place to regulate how new Achievements are added. It can be stifling at times, but it's better than the alternative. Without these restrictions in place, any semblance of credibility that the program has will be endangered. With developers free to add Achievements whenever they want, what's to stop them from making continual minuscule updates in a thinly-veiled attempt to keep their game "relevant"? If there is little-to-no regulation of Achievements, what's to stop companies from making their games worth an astronomical amount of Gamerscore? Admittedly, these are all very rough hypothetical questions at this point, but they're all issues that need to be addressed. From a completionist's perspective, the most disconcerting of the rumors are the ones related to community events. The very notion of missing out on attaining a full Gamerscore in a game because I didn't play my Xbox at a certain time makes me twitch. Even more agitating is the idea of buying a game several years after release and there being unobtainable Achievements because they needed to be earned at an event sometime around the game's launch. However, the most egregious offender, and the one that threatens to undermine the sincerity of the current system is the inclusion of cross-title and cross-platform Achievements. Achievements, as they exist now, reward players for accomplishing something. Some may come pretty easy, but at least they're earned by fulfilling criteria in a videogame. It feels downright dirty for Achievements to be awarded for playing multiple titles in a series, or worse yet, for using multiple Microsoft consoles, devices, websites, or applications. Those aren't Achievements; that's not achieving anything. That's being a corporate puppet. That's essentially seeing how much Gamerscore you can buy. Owning two different games or devices isn't noteworthy. And, the concept of needing to do it to have full Gamerscore on a particular title is enough to make me want to give up on the system altogether. I've enthusiastically collected Achievements throughout the years because they play perfectly to my mentality as a gamer. I'm sure I've spent hundreds of additional hours on the Xbox 360 that I wouldn't have if they hadn't existed. However, if the rumors regarding next-generation Achievements are true, it very well might turn me off for good. Your move, Microsoft.
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They had it right this generation
If I had to choose a single aspect of this generation of consoles that personally defined the past seven years, I'd immediately turn to the Xbox 360's Achievement system. For better and for worse, Achievements have completely...







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