When Microsoft first released the Xbox 360 back in 2005, a very unique feature by the name of “Achievements” came along with it. This unique feature rewarded gamers for completing certain tasks within the game, such as; completing the game, defeating a boss or even pressing start on the main menu such as EA’s Fantasy Football. This small and new innovation feature became so popular within the gaming community that Sony soon released their own version of achievements for the PlayStation 3 called “Trophies”. Although slightly different, the concept remained the same. For every trophy or achievement the gamer unlocks; the gamer increases their trophy on the PS3 or their gamer score on the 360.
5 years later on the Xbox 360 and 2 years later on the PS3, the question remains the same; what is the purpose for achievements and trophies, besides bragging rights? The Initial concept appeared to be a brilliant idea, but other than a spice challenge back in 2007 for the Xbox 360, and some random website urls on the PlayStation 3, how is Microsoft and Sony planning on rewarding gamers for countless amounts of hours spent unlocking these so called achievements and trophies?
Both Microsoft and Sony know how important these trophies and achievements are to many gamers, yet both companies’ plans appear to have been implemented for one reason and one reason only; to expose bad games to gamers that are willing to hunt for trophies and achievements on even the worst titles. At the end of the day, it is the developers that get the big reward–regardless on how good or bad the game is–it exposes the game to those who would have never even cared to rent the title. If these supposedly rewards didn’t exist– would we go back to a bad game and play it twice in some cases even more? Although Developers should get all praises for their hard work, gamers should get a piece of the pie for their hard earned money.
Sony and Microsoft should give us the ability to “cash” in our points/trophies in exchange for actual rewards.
10 15 ways that we can truly be rewarded.
1. Unlock accessories for our avatar
2. More powerful and stronger armor within the game
3. Main character’s residence becomes available within HOME. (Example: Bat Cave)
4. Free Arcade or PSN games.
5. Exclusive Game Content
6. Game discounts
7. Free Movie rentals
8. Blu-Ray coupons
9. Access to early Betas and Demos
10. Free Slurpee at 7-11
11. E3 badges
12. Signed video games from developers
13. PSN and Microsoft points
14. Free Access to GameCrush.com
15. Game Fly dollars
What other ways can Microsoft and Sony reward us?