Achievements. The real reason people play video games. That, and because everything else sucks, and we’re all going to die, blistered and whimpering and probably a cannibal, in a windswept nuclear winter sometime next year, anyway, so whatever. But in the meantime, the team at Xbox is considering something that “fundamentally changes the concept” of achievements.
Talking to Windows Central about Xbox achievements, and the problem of gamers who play lots of different games, and gamers who play lots of only one or two games, Xbox platform prez Mike Ybarra explains that the numbers don’t add up.
“There’s actually bigger, more bolder changes that we have in mind. Nothing that I can talk about now, but something that fundamentally changes the concept. We are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody’s gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox,” he says.
“We can do a lot more to reflect and let people show their gaming history and their status. Whether it’s somebody who only plays multiplayer in Halo 5 at a professional level, maybe they only have 2,000 gamerscore, you want to be able to celebrate that person. You want people to be in the know. This person doesn’t play a lot of games, but they’re world top ten at Halo 5. All the way to people [with over a million gamerscore]. It’s that range that we really need to look at and celebrate … we’re going to go big in the area of letting people show off and represent their gaming history and the type of gamer that they are, far more than we do with gamerscore.”
I dunno what exactly the solution to this is, but it’s an intriguing prospect. I’ve had my own achievement-farming compulsions – and a not insignificant 90,000-something gamerscore to show for it – but somewhere between Destiny and… Destiny, I became much more invested in simply playing games instead. I don’t even have all the Destiny achievements. Me-from-2010 would be super unimpressed.