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Well everyone, I stand at the brink of my first goal. A grand total of 9999 Gamerscore.
I’d like to first thank all of my fans for making this possible and my Xbox for never giving me the RROD. Here are the achievements that have helped me reach this milestone.
Happy Action Theatre
Wow, this was a great weekend for the Achievement Quest! I’ve picked up a few games for myself and the family as well as downloaded a couple titles from Xbox Live Marketplace. As a family we are trying to add some more physical activity to our routine and what better way to do so (and get achievements) than to break out Just Dance 3 or Happy Action Theatre (plus bonus achievements from Kinect PlayFit)!
Over the past several days I’ve managed to rack up around 650 points towards my gamerscore. My first goal of 10000 is just around the corner!
Happy Action Theatre
Just Dance 3
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Once Upon a Monster
Marvel vs Capcom 3
Well, I admit I’ve gotten off to a bit of a slow start. The past few days have been pretty busy at work so I have not spent as much time gaming as I wanted to. However, I was able to fire up a Games for Windows – Live title that I’ve never gotten around to trying before: Tinker. This free title is worth a total of 200 and in my first time playing it I was able to land a total of 4 achievements worth 40 . Not too bad of a start. I hope to spend this weekend working on a few more titles as I make my way to my first goal of a gamerscore of 10,000.
Recently Xbox LIVE Rewards announced a new program call MyAchievements as a new reward for dedicated players. The program is divided into three levels based on your gamerscore: 3000-9999 is Contender, 10000-24999 is Champion, and 25000+ is Legend. Each level of the program unlocks additional bonuses which are a little underwhelming at the moment but could improve over time.
My current gamerscore when the program rolled out got my into the Contender level. But a “special gift” (avatar item) during my birthday month isn’t enough for me so I’ve challenged myself to get the 10000 and then 25000 points needed to move to Champion and finally Legend.
After a couple of days of grinding out the easiest achievements I could find for the games in my library I’ve settled in for the long haul. My current gamerscore sits just above 9200 points so I’m getting close to reaching my first goal. I’m going to try to make a daily log of achievements gained so I can chart my progress and share with you guys.
Wish me luck!
Woohoo! I picked up DiRT3 for the XBox 360 the other day and I’m finally getting a chance to play it. Really enjoying this style of racing versus the Forza series. The Youtube upload option is pretty sweet as well.
I’m not a very competitve person by default but when it comes to achievements I like to compare my Gamer Score to people on my friend list. I found myself trying to play through games on the hardest more to unlock all of the achievements in one playthrough or sitting through dozens of iterations of the same game just to try to get an illusive combination for a particular achievement. Reading guides on XBOX360Achievements.org gave me strategies to try, but I found myself just getting more and more frustrated trying to max out this nebulous gamer score. Playing the 360 became less and less fun the longer I spent doing this and I finally realized that this just won’t do.
I’m not as young as I used to be. I don’t have all the free time I once did to game. When I can break away from life for a few minutes of gaming here and there I want to enjoy myself. So I changed the difficulty to easy and haven’t looked back since.
Video games are meant to be enjoyed, not rushed through, especially on your first playthrough. Some developer somewhere spent hours working on the code to get the tree to blow just right in the wind or to have the sounds around you be as natural as possible. If all you are doing is dodging an impossible wave of bullets just trying to stay alive on hard mode then you are probably not going to be able to enjoy the scenery, the story, and the atmosphere of this game. As a player I was so tense and twitchy that I barely registered the dialogue going on in the background, so focused was I on hostile fire.
I believe achievements are a good thing as they give you a way to show your progress in a game outside of the game. I even understand why there are achievements for completing the game on a harder difficulty setting. But they should be a reward, not the purpose for playing the game.
In short, enjoy your games. Play them, have fun with them, but don’t get caught up in something that is going to turn gaming into a chore.