Although we may not all admit it, we’ve all chased an achievement. Some of us will not rest until we have got all 1000 Gamerscore (or higher depending on DLC) while others simply hear a blip blop sound and a pop up reminding them they just done something to earn a few more points. For many gamers, achievements are cited as the reason that the Xbox 360 is their console of choice for multiplatform games while others have grown tired of them and now see them as an annoyance more than anything else.
So what has changed that has turned so many gamers against them?
Well quite frankly, nothing has changed and that’s the point. There is a growing consensus that Microsoft have mostly ignored the achievements and gamerscore since launch, despite updating just about every other feature of the console. Twitter, facebook, ESPN, Sky TV are just a few of the ‘enhancements’ made to the Xbox Live service since the Xbox 360 launched. We’ve seen avatars added and the marketplace is jam packed with countless items of clothing you can buy for them. Up there in the right hand corner of your xbox live dashboard is a figure that, although will have increased over the years, it’s effectively unchanged in the message it represents.
If we stop right here and take a quick straw poll of everyone who has registered several of the achievement websites that slice, dice and summarise your gamerscore in every way possible, you can guarantee it will not be a small number. So why have Microsoft left our Gamerscore to rot in the top right hand corner of the dashboard?
Would it not be an improvement to at least have the option to drill down on the score to see online and offline scores? How about subtotal by genre? There are probably many more ways to summarise the score but these couple of ideas highlight the potential behind the achievements and just some of the ways the gaming world expected Microsoft would develop the idea when they unlocked their first achievement.
Think about bragging rights among friends lists about who has the most sports gamerpoints, or FPS achievements. On the flip side you could see who has been playing kids games just to increase their score.
PlatformNation wants to hear your opinion. What do you want Microsoft to do with Gamerscore and achievements or should we just forget it and move on? There will almost definitely be a dashboard update to support Kinect when it is released so let’s start the speculation right here, right now and demand that Microsoft gave up more bang for our Gamerscore.