Achievements, And Why They Suck
According to various forums and sites, achievements are one of the most anticipated features in Wrath. I must admit it puzzles me - what the heck are you all looking forward to?
There’s always something you never did in the game, a boss to kill, an item to replace, a pattern to loot or reputation to grind. That’s the beauty of this game, there’s always something to do even when you’re bored as hell. Most of the time we don’t care about small things - so what if I’m not exalted with Sporeggar? Achievements might change our way of thinking. That hellish achievements interface will always be there to remind us of the things we never did, and things we never thought of doing. The game is addictive enough as it is, and giving me more reasons to play it might do the opposite (reverse psychology anyone?).
Worst of all, you can compare your own achievements with other players, which will serve as another reminder.
Sure Horns, you don’t have to complete the achievements if you don’t want to. Well that’s true, but then again that’s my point, why are they there in the first place? There’s currently over 500 different achievements (here’s a list), some of them reasonable and even fun, while some are pure grinds.
I do welcome the statistics type achievements, for example:
- Average gold earned per day
- Number of auction purchases
- Total auctions posted
- Total gold looted/spent on flight/respecs etc.
- Total talent tree respecs
- Largest critical hit
You get the idea. The following purely cosmetic or vanity achievements are complete bull and serve no purpose other than boosting your epeen:
- Fall 65 yards without dying.
- Collect 25 unique vanity pets.
- Collect 25 unique tabards
- Complete 2000 quests
- Complete 140 quests in Boren Tundra.
- Explore (insert every zone here)
- And about 400 more.
It’s similar to daily quests - we all pretend to like them, but only because it’s the easiest way to make gold in WoW; other than that, they are primarily designed to slow your progress gaining reputations, and give you another reason to log on every day. Achievements are nothing else than a well-thought plan of making you play the game more. It’s impossible to complete them all, and serve no purpose other than displaying everyone how much time you wasted on this game. What we need is real content in this game, not recycled instances, repetitive grinds or shady mechanics which make us hate ourselves even more.
Please share your thoughts: do you really think achievements will benefit this game? Can you honestly tell me that’s something you’re looking forward to?