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Achiophies: Destroyer of games

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Dictionary: a·chieve·ment – n: The act of accomplishing or finishing.

Dictionary: tro·phy – n: A prize or memento received as a symbol of victory.

Lazy-Dictionary: a·chi·o·phy – n: A prize received when accomplishing a symbol of victory…

or something like that, I have never really tried to define one of my own words… so give me some slack. A few weeks ago, I found myself in a very deep and important discussion with a friend of mine regarding Achievements/Trophies… or Achiophies as I like to call them and what positive & negative influences they have had on the current generation.

Of all the advancements made in the current generation of games, Achiophies are to most people probably one of the most important. I mean, even PC games are now starting to use them (all Steam games for instance have achievements too). Yes, we can all agree that a lot of headway has been made in graphics, physics and AI but is that what really gets us to finish a game? Or is it that feeling of accomplishment when you hear that chime and receive that symbol of victory?

I’ll admit (and most of my friends agree) that I’m a bit of a Achiophy-whore (or at least I thought so till I saw some people’s lists). Thus me being a mini-Achiophy-whore, I usually find myself trying to get most of them. I play for that wonderful, heaven-sent chime… to hear it fills me with every good feeling in existence. This causes me to play more and try for the next one. Who reading this can’t agree with me, it really is the most wonderful feeling… ok, almost the most wonderful, but I’m trying to keep this article clean.

This then brings me to the crux of my problem. Achiophies might be one of the most important advancements but is also the worst one. Let me explain.

I’m planning on purchasing Mass Effect 2 but I have not played the first game yet. A friend of mine was so gracious as to lend me the game, but unfortunately it was the PC version. The PC version lacks quite a bit when it comes to the Achiophy department. What I found was, after playing the game for a while I just couldn’t find myself willing to continue… it was as if I was playing without being awarded. This was not a one time occurrence either both Afro Samurai (PS3 version) & Valkyria Chronicles had the same effect on me, although both of them were good games, neither had Achiophies. I found myself quickly jumping to other games and totally lost interest in them. What was even scarier was that I was not the only one in our discussion that had the same problem.

Does this make us shallow or have any of you experienced the same? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated: October 27, 2009


  1. evilredzombie

    October 27, 2009 at 12:23

    I love them…
    Had close to 17000 GS on my xbox before I quite and now enjoy getting my trophies on my PS3.
    Im surprised that Sony has not yet implemented that you can also get trophies for PSP games?


  2. eXp

    October 27, 2009 at 12:44

    Achophies really lead me to get more out of my games.
    I’m sure I’d be long done with Left 4 Dead, but I find myself putting it in my Xbox at least once a week, trying to milk more out of it (on 750, still got a lot to go before I get 1000) – Plus, I have TONNES of fun trying to get the more tricky ones, so I’m all for them.


  3. DieFrikkenator

    October 27, 2009 at 13:12

    If you need achievements to keep you hooked to Mass Effect then there is clearly something wrong with you :blink:


    • Werner

      October 27, 2009 at 13:17

      No one has ever said that I’m close to normal… so you might be onto something there.


  4. Nick de Bruyne

    October 27, 2009 at 13:22

    I enjoy achiophies that are fun to do, like find things (crackdown orbs), or perform certain stunts, the kind of things that you actually do achieve. I never go achievement hunting unless the achievements are in themselves fun to do.


    • DieFrikkenator

      October 27, 2009 at 13:42

      Very true… favourites in that regard would be crackdown, burnout paradise and batman arkhum asylum


      • Macethy

        October 27, 2009 at 13:48

        The achievements in Arkham Asylum keeps me coming back for more! Only 3 to go!!! :biggrin:


  5. evilredzombie

    October 27, 2009 at 14:03

    I think the platinum trophy is a cool idea..


  6. TheMostAwesomeDude

    October 30, 2009 at 10:32

    I hate secret achievements, they keep me in the dark.


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