Chalk Talk - Achievement Unlocked

In game achievements, GameSpotters discuss if they are a waste of time, an awesome addition, or simply something to collect and nothing more.

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This weeks Chalk Talk we took on in game achievements, asking GameSpotters how they felt about what they added to the game, and their effect on gamers as a whole. Some users felt the lack luster achievements missed with the skill based ones caused conflict in their gaming experience, while others felt that they made fantastic bragging rights but could also be put in the game to simply troll the gamer, and some simply felt that the rewards should reflect the challenges appropriately.

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zyxe: Every gamer will internally utilize this differently, while some will simply enjoy obtaining a large number of achievements, others are more concerned with the kinds of achievementsread more.

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CamoBullo: Do these achievements really give someone any satisfaction whatsoever? Well, continuing on from the example in the previous paragraph, the achievement I unlocked was at the start of the game and truth be told, it was very easy to achieve, though that's what you can expect from an achievement at the start of the gameread more.

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2ndWonder: The more achievements the more time a person is likely to spend playing a game to earn them. Some people think achievements are a waste of time. In my opinion they aren'tread more.

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ZanarkandTidus: They can be used for bragging rights.You can show people you've beaten a game on the hardest level or have achieved every possible thing there is to achieve within the gameread more.

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Gelugon_baat: Personally, I find most of them to be superfluous, but some stand out as being particular noteworthy as they highlight some tricky things about a game, and/or nuances in its gameplay read more.

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The Peanut Gallery

In addtion to the fantastic blogs on GameSpot we also took a quick Community Poll via Facebook and Twitter to find out what others had to say on the subject.

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More Chalk

A very special thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's Chalk Talk! To read all of the entrants, you can check out this link here.

Extra Credit

Sometimes a good blog is simply a good blog, and these GameSpot members deserve recognition for their efforts and contributions:
- First Impressions: Resident Evil 6 By: pokecharm
- SW Debates is LIVE!!!! By: Jonwh18
- The Real All-Stars By: stephenage

Last Week on Chalk Talk: Big in Japan

Next Week's Assignment:

Video game reviews. Sometimes we love them; sometimes we hate them, sometimes we are confused and confounded by their logic when it comes to the games we love as well as the games that we thought were absolute trash. This weeks Chalk Talk we're going to spend some time reflecting on the art of the game review. Need some inspiration? Talk about your process when it comes to reviewing games, perhaps you wish to talk about how amazing you think reviews are and how important they are to our industry, or even talk about how terrible they can be and what a bad review means for the community. Special thanks to GameSpotters -Saigo- and Supermassive20 for suggesting this weeks topic! Be sure to mark your blog as editorial and sound off in this roll call thread here with your awesome Chalk Talk entry.

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