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SamBasinger avatar 3:04 AM on 03.17.2009
notice: achievements/trophies are ruining games

edit: for me


this may just be more of a PS3 moron (such as myself) gripe, but i have two examples of why these things are killing gaming for me. who wants to hear a story?

tonight, i was playing puzzle quest on my 360 for, no joke, four hours (don't act like you haven't). now, I've beaten this before on my psp, but this was out on the PSN for 14.99 with the expansion for $14.99 before i owned my 360. for those that don't know, the game costs 800 Microsoft points ($10) and the exp pack costs 700 ($8.75, seriously, why?). "wow, i fucking love this game" i thought. "why didn't i buy this cheaper on the PSN where more people will be playing online and whatnot?". then, it hit me. the game didn't have trophies. still doesn't. for those that don't know, the PS3, up until six months ago or so, had NO trophies. no form of achievements whatsoever, ASIDE FROM THE JOY OF PLAYING GAMES!!! then, i realized this wasn't the first time i made a stupid fucking choice when it came to video games because of these blasted things.

i bought far cry 2 instead of fallout 3 because of the trophy patch. far cry came with them, fallout would be patched in later. now that wouldn't be a problem if games on the PS3 would give you trophies based on your save files instead of actual events in game. but it doesn't. that meant if i played fallout 3, and beat it, before the patch came, i would have no trophies. i would have to beat the game all over again (which actually, doesn't sound so bad. i fucking love that game ON MY 360!). so i went with far cry 2. there was only one problem with that.

for those that haven't played it, far cry 2 is a sack of dirty dicks. its terrible. it has a buddy system, but that's one of the worst things I've ever experienced. i made my first buddy by talking to him in a bar, and the convo (conversation) literally (imaginatively) went like this...

Me: "Hey man, what's up?"
Fucking Moron: "Nothing man, I have some problems but you don't care. want me to heal you when you die randomly because I'll follow you everywhere?"
Me: "Yea dude! Buddy's ROCK!"

horrible. it's like something guy Ritchie would have written when he was twelve (note: i love guy Ritchie). but for the love of god, what a horrible script followed by horrible voice acting. now, i own fallout 3 on the 360 (dlc, cool) and that seriously may be one of my favorite games, ever. so why did i get far cry instead of fallout, exclusive dlc aside? i could have NOT bought a game and saved my money for something else. the answer is simple, trophies.

I WOULD RATHER HAVE MY PSN NAME LEVEL UP THEN ENJOY ONE OF THE MOST FUN GAMES I'VE EVER PLAYED. I WOULD RATHER SPEND FOUR EXTRA DOLLARS ON THE SAME GAME JUST TO UP MY GAMERSCORE.

am i a tool? yes. am i alone though? no. honestly, tell me that the easy 1000 GS of avatar doesn't appeal to you (please don't, just because I'm not alone doesn't mean that everyone agrees with me). even if it doesn't, tell me that you may have changed the way you play a game a little in order to get the achievement/trophy. tell me you never grinded. i know i have.

yea, I've set up custom L4D games in order to get my Man Vs. Tank achievement. yea, I've spend an hour trying to find the prince in Noby Noby Boy just to get the 100% on it. and why? because of the satisfaction. i love seeing that 100% or 1000/1000 on a game, as I'm sure many of you do. but why do i enjoy that more then just PLAYING THE GAME ITSELF? what happened to playing games for fun instead of playing games and doing weird shit for bragging rights? fuck it, I'm gonna play my Wii. and not have anything to prove for it.

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