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Rantoid: Are achievements beneficial?


And once you've done every regular thing a game offers, you start making your own games. One of my favorite examples is the Hyrule Temple stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee. With such a large level, there are so many games you can come up with independent of the regular ruleset. Some of my favorite variants are three characters on handicap 1 vs. one character on handicap 9, or having races around the level as we attack each other and try to knock each other behind. Similarly, achievements like those in Dead Rising reward you for bowling a perfect 10 zombies, something I would have never thought to try without the achievement's suggestion. The system helped me get more out of the game than I would have came up with on my own.

I know that for every game that takes the time to provide some meaningful achievements that actually bring out the game's strong points, there is another game that just slaps some in because Microsoft wouldn't let the publisher release the without achievements. But still, when it's done right, achievements can be a great way to get more out of your game before you finally get tired of it and move onto something else. And if you're on a tight budget, remember to keep that in mind.

Necros is actually Syracuse University's newest caped crusader, attending classes by day and playing video games in a tight-fitting costume by night. When people can talk sense into him, he appears as a regular on Failcast.
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About Bob Muirone of us since 2:15 AM on 01.08.2007

Bob has been hanging around ModernMethod for years and and somehow writes almost everywhere, including Japanator and Flixist. He was once lit on fire, but it's not as cool as you'd think.

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Conditions of a Review
Longevity - seven years, to be exact
Stop talking about HD-DVD
What is wrong with Japanese developers?
Are achievements beneficial?
Random topic for New Year's
Gaming changed my Christmas
Dreamcast 2 would fail
Buy more special editions
Game Length and You
Reexamining Twilight Princess
Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for being our nemesis
Do games need to be respectable?
Startgame Syndrome's dark secrets
Pre-hype is a big let-down
Why can't games have bad endings?
Why would you want a Resident Evil film to begin with?

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