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Achievement Whores Unite: Adding Achievements with DLC is obnoxious

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And it's happening to me pre-emptively now. I was steadily heading toward 1000 Gamerscore in Mirror's Edge, and then the DLC was released adding 250 points, and through its Achievements, actually makes some of the non-DLC parts of the game more difficult. Knowing that I have to pay another ten bucks, and that I will have to redo some parts that I've already written off, just to attain 100% completion has discouraged me from even finishing the last of the original set of Achievements.

It comes up with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, too. All I had left to earn were a handful of online Achievements, and now news has come out that I'll be barred from my precious 100% unless I want to drop another ten dollars. And similar to Mirror's Edge, this news has discouraged me from playing any further.

You might say that this issue is all in my head. Certainly, with Halo 3, I know that I completed what the original game asked of me. But when a source as official as MyGamerCard.net tells me with a neat little progress bar at just over half finished, after all the effort I put in, that I am nowhere near being finished, I can't help but feel a little miffed. What do you think? Do you like when DLC adds Achievements, or are you like me, hopelessly feeling stripped of accolade whenever it occurs?
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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