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Let's face it, everyone: the most popular game on the Xbox 360 isn't actually a game. If you look at your list of friends at any point of the day, you're more than likely to find at least one or two people to be playing this. While other games come and go with the tides, this game never goes out of style, and is constantly being refreshed with new content.

I am, of course, speaking of the one and only Netflix. Since this service has launched on the Xbox 360, it has taken over everyone's spare time, and (in my mind) gave credence to the thought that the console is more than just something to play video games on - it has a legitimate argument as being an important part of any home media center.

We have a problem, though. Netflix, the most popular game on the Xbox 360 by leaps and bounds, has no achievements. Achievements, such a necessary part of Xbox 360 games that even Final Fantasy XI has them. People, we can't allow this to continue any longer.

Here is my modest attempt at making some worthwhile achievements for Netflix. I'm trying not to deviate too far from current achievement conventions (showcasing features from the game, rewards for "critical path" usage, and so forth), so don't expect anything too crazy.

For added fun, I've made the title for every achievement a quote from a movie or TV show (with a heavy lean towards movies). Some are iconic, some are merely famous, and some are rather obscure favorites. See how many you know!

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. - 10 G
--Add a movie or television show to your instant queue.

You're gonna need a bigger boat. - 15 G
--Add 25 movies or television shows to your instant queue.

I loved you in Wall Street! - 30 G
--Add 50 movies or television shows to your instant queue.

If you build it, he will come. - 10 G
--Invite someone for a party watch session

What the **** is the internet? - 30 G
--View a movie or show that you added to your instant queue from netflix.com

It stinks! - 10 G
--Rate one movie or show.

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers! - 15 G
--Rate 25 movies or shows.

Whoa. - 30 G
--Rate 50 movies or shows.

Worst. Episode. Ever. - 25 G
--Watch any movie or show with a rating of two stars or less, and then rate it.

There's always a choice. - 25 G
--Watch any movie or show with a rating of four stars or more, and then rate it.

And the Oscar goes to... - 15 G
--Watch any movie that has won an Academy Award for Best Picture. (pending legal sign-off from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - 50 G
--Watch an entire season or series of a TV show in a single day.

Do you know what your sin is? - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Sci-Fi & Fantasy"

That rug really pulled the room together, dude. - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Comedy"

You trying to say Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball? - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Sports & Fitness"

Hang on to your turban kid, we're gonna make you a star! - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Children & Family"

But...this one goes to eleven. - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Documentary"

What kind of place is this? It's beautiful: Pigeons fly, women fall from the sky! I'm moving here! - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Foreign"

A man once told me that the only causes worth fighting for are the lost causes. - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Drama"

Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood. - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Independent"

Movies don't create psychos, movies make psychos more creative! - 20 G
--Watch any movie or show classified as "Thrillers"

Where we're going, we don't need roads! - 55 G
--Watch 1000 movies or TV shows.

There. It's not a comprehensive list of all of the achievements you could make for Netflix, but this should be enough to ship achievements for this, the most popular game on the Xbox 360. Currently, the gamerscore adds up to 500. I figure since this is more content than an XBLA title, but isn't actually a game, this is a good compromise for your score.

If you have some awesome achievements (complete with quotes!), throw them in the comments and I can try to balance them in. Remember, though: try to keep them within the standard flavor of Xbox 360 achievements!
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About Alakaiserone of us since 1:32 PM on 03.15.2010

The name's Tom. I used to work as an industry guy, and am currently on the hunt for my next paying gig. In the meantime, I'm working on a bunch of different projects that don't help me pay my bills. I write a lot. I'm a musician, although certainly not of the professional variety. I like trying new things and meeting new people. I'm still somewhat new around Destructoid, so sorry in advance if I don't know something I probably should.

About my blog:

I update daily (not really, but I like to pretend). Generally, my updates get pretty long-winded, but hopefully not to the point where they're unreadable. I'll wax poetic about whatever's on my mind, like current events in my life, things that are happening in the video games I like, or whatever happens to pop in my head that day. With a few exceptions, I write my entries the same day I publish them, so they're pretty fresh content-wise. It also might help explain the occasional typos. I do my best to avoid any errors, though.

About my work:

I worked at Harmonix Music Systems as a tester on a year's worth of DLC, The Beatles: Rock Band, Lego Rock Band, and Rock Band Network. Feel free to ask me questions about it, but remember: I'm still under NDA. Also, if you know of a job opening, please tell me about it. I'm flexible.

About my contact info:

Want to collaborate with me on something, big or small, related to the site or not? I'd love to. I like working on any project that I'm even remotely capable of working on, and would love to help you in whatever way I can. Feel free to PM me here, or otherwise send me an email at alakaiser(at)gmail(period)com. Even if you don't want to work with me on something, I'd love to just chat. I'm a pretty friendly guy!

What happened to that thing you did? You know, that one thing?:

I wrote an article that ended up getting promoted to the front page of the site, which is pretty damn cool. It removes it from my cblog archive, though, so I'm throwing a link in this here sidebar for the sake of an archive (and in case I lose the link myself).

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