Do you consider video game success, a real life achievement?

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#1 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

Like if you're really good at a game, do you think you're better than others?

#2 Posted by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

Do I think I'm better than others at a game I'm good at? Sure. Life in general? No.

#3 Posted by freedomfreak (38198 posts) -

Well, duh.

#4 Posted by Liquid_ (2247 posts) -

If I am better than you at a video game, I am better at real life.

#5 Edited by AdobeArtist (22738 posts) -

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

#6 Posted by Sweenix (5395 posts) -

Yes, when i finished uncharted 2 on crushing, i felt like i was superior to everyone else, to this day, i still think that.

#7 Posted by NameIess_One (559 posts) -

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

Yeah, this sums up the whole thing.

#9 Edited by ihsanqueen (866 posts) -

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

This x1000

If I meet people with 1000 platinums on PS3 and people who won Nobel peace Prize, I'll definitely respect the people with Nobel peace prize MUCH MUCH MORE

Morover, I had no respect for guy with 1000 platinums

#10 Posted by FinalFighters (1314 posts) -

Actually,i think the opposite. if i see someone on my PSN friends list with 50+ platinum trophies then imo they have WAY to much time on their hands.

#11 Posted by Gue1 (9130 posts) -

Actually,i think the opposite. if i see someone on my PSN friends list with 50+ platinum trophies then imo they have WAY to much time on their hands.

I've been playing PS3 since 2006 and I still don't have a single plat. Seriously, I have no idea how people do it because it takes lots of time but I've seen people with more than 20!

#12 Edited by Gue1 (9130 posts) -

@ihsanqueen said:

@AdobeArtist said:

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

This x1000

If I meet people with 1000 platinums on PS3 and people who won Nobel peace Prize, I'll definitely respect the people with Nobel peace prize MUCH MUCH MORE

Morover, I had no respect for guy with 1000 platinums

Nobel Peace Prize area a joke. Hitler and Stalin were nominated for one, and Obama won one the same year he became president of the USA.

#13 Posted by Krelian-co (10008 posts) -

no, it gets me entertained and thats all i need from gaming.

#14 Posted by XxR3m1xInHDn3D (1967 posts) -

I feel like League of Legends "pros" are a joke because the games is so easy and I have played with most of the EUW ones in the past in matchmaking and the skill gap is just too low on that game. Starcraft, Quake and DotA players (for example) that compete and win at events are just as much of a success as sportsmen/women.

#15 Posted by dogfather76 (588 posts) -

Um, no.

#16 Posted by FinalFighters (1314 posts) -

@Gue1 said:

@FinalFighters said:

Actually,i think the opposite. if i see someone on my PSN friends list with 50+ platinum trophies then imo they have WAY to much time on their hands.

I've been playing PS3 since 2006 and I still don't have a single plat. Seriously, I have no idea how people do it because it takes lots of time but I've seen people with more than 20!

yup, same here. i owned a ps3 since launch and i still don't have a single plat aswell. The closes i came to getting one was with Batman: Arkham Asylum, And i wasn't even trying to get the plat, i just enjoyed the game so much that i played non-stop and was accumulating most of the trophies in the process.. This girl on my friends list has 53 plat's and she only had a PS3 for about 4 years!

#17 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (8609 posts) -

Nope ! But the lines do get blurred when you score 10 consecutive headshots in a row.

#18 Edited by withe1982 (450 posts) -

Being good at a game is great but I'm not playing them for that reason. Whether I'm getting my ass handed to me or decimating everyone in sight as long as it's fun who cares. There's 7 billion people on the planet. Chances are that someone is better than you no matter how good you think you are at a game.

I'm also another player without a single platinum and have been on ps3 since 2007. I've also only 100% one game on 360 (the walking dead). I'm not sure what the fascination is with grinding for trophys/achievements but if it makes people happy then more power to ya.

#19 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

I have a few platinums, but they are from really easy games.

#20 Posted by withe1982 (450 posts) -

@mrintro said:

I have a few platinums, but they are from really easy games.

Yeah any games I've got lots of trophy's for are generally very easy . Although I've known a few people who buy games that they know are terrible (Terminator Salvation) just because they are easy Platinums.

I just question why they would waste good money just to grow their e-peen.

#21 Edited by ihsanqueen (866 posts) -

@Gue1 said:

@ihsanqueen said:

@AdobeArtist said:

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

This x1000

If I meet people with 1000 platinums on PS3 and people who won Nobel peace Prize, I'll definitely respect the people with Nobel peace prize MUCH MUCH MORE

Morover, I had no respect for guy with 1000 platinums

Nobel Peace Prize area a joke. Hitler and Stalin were nominated for one, and Obama won one the same year he became president of the USA.

You're right, but is still means something though, more than platinum trophy at least

#22 Posted by X_CAPCOM_X (6001 posts) -

@mrintro said:

Like if you're really good at a game, do you think you're better than others?

Depends on the game:

Arcade shmups are the definitive model of a video game followed by 1on1 fighting games pertaining to dedication to execution, skill, and score.

#23 Posted by LustForSoul (5786 posts) -

I find the notion of video games not being real life kinda vague.

#24 Posted by HadOne2Many (1168 posts) -

Getting good at Rocksmith is a real life achievement, so yes.

#25 Posted by madsnakehhh (13973 posts) -

@mrintro said:

Like if you're really good at a game, do you think you're better than others?

Mmmm, yeah? i'm better than others who play the same game, as easy as that.

#26 Posted by GarGx1 (2382 posts) -

Unless you're getting a shed load of money for winning game tournaments, then gaming success is irrelevant in real life.

Good for kudos if your mates play the same games though ;)

#27 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (5885 posts) -

@Sweenix said:

Yes, when i finished uncharted 2 on crushing, i felt like i was superior to everyone else, to this day, i still think that.

Then you started putting up cat gifs. My how the not-so-mighty don't have far to fall.

#28 Posted by Netret0120 (1890 posts) -

I feel good when i knife a sniper repeatedly to the point he leaves the match cuz his K/D ratio is taking a massive hit:-)

#29 Edited by lx_theo (6211 posts) -

What matters is relative. What is meaningful in life is a personal thing. Do people have warped views that lead video game accomplishment's impact to be unjustified? Yeah. Are there people who keep things in perspective while also making the accomplishments important to them? Yeah, plenty.

Personally, I don't care for it. I just like me a bit of escapism and enjoyment. Its not like people who are jerks about their accomplishments are unique to gaming.

#30 Edited by psymon100 (6138 posts) -

@Gue1 said:

@ihsanqueen said:

@AdobeArtist said:

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

This x1000

If I meet people with 1000 platinums on PS3 and people who won Nobel peace Prize, I'll definitely respect the people with Nobel peace prize MUCH MUCH MORE

Morover, I had no respect for guy with 1000 platinums

Nobel Peace Prize area a joke. Hitler and Stalin were nominated for one, and Obama won one the same year he became president of the USA.

You're right, but is still means something though, more than platinum trophy at least

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/facts/peace/

Joseph Stalin, the Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922-1953), was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 and 1948 for his efforts to end World War II.

Adolf Hitler was nominated once in 1939. Incredulous though it may seem today, the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939, by a member of the Swedish parliament, an E.G.C. Brandt. Apparently though, Brandt never intended the nomination to be taken seriously. Brandt was to all intents and purposes a dedicated antifascist, and had intended this nomination more as a satiric criticism of the current political debate in Sweden. (At the time, a number of Swedish parliamentarians had nominated then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin for the Nobel Peace Prize, a nomination which Brandt viewed with great skepticism. ) However, Brandt's satirical intentions were not well received at all and the nomination was swiftly withdrawn in a letter dated 1 February 1939.

#31 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6735 posts) -

No.

Get a job.

#32 Edited by AdobeArtist (22738 posts) -

@AdobeArtist said:

Anybody that thinks being a gaming champ is some kind of meaningful life achievement really REALLY needs to get some perspective. There are far more noble pursuits, as in ones that contribute to society.

I mean sure it feels good to accomplish things in games, but that's on a personal level, and shouldn't be taken beyond that.

This x1000

If I meet people with 1000 platinums on PS3 and people who won Nobel peace Prize, I'll definitely respect the people with Nobel peace prize MUCH MUCH MORE

Morover, I had no respect for guy with 1000 platinums

I wouldn't take it so far as to disrespect someone with 1000 platinum's (or a gamerscore of 80,000+). It's just realizing that as good as it feels to you, it's a minor accomplishment in the grand scheme of things. As long as the gamer has perspective, then no real harm :)

#33 Posted by I-AM-N00B (410 posts) -

Things you do in games are unimportant in the grand scheme of things, as great as it feels beating that final boss or getting that game winning kill, the only person that cares about those achievements will be yourself, whereas all of your family and friends would for example be happy for you if you earned a promotion at work.