I’m crazy about achievements in MMOs. When I was a serious business WoW player I never met an achievement I didn’t like, and now as a more casual RIFTer I still make an effort to keep an eye on the achievement panel.
The other day I upgraded my e-reader’s firmware and discovered that in the update it gained an achievement system. And surprisingly I hate it. Like, I am actively annoyed every time one pops up. I got an achievement the other day for completing 20% of a book and it’s like.. really? It seems so patronizing and gamey that I would totally roll back the update if I could simply for that reason.
I’m not sure what the lesson is here except apparently achievements aren’t good in everything. If something is its own reward, like reading a good book, then adding overly encouraging gamification systems seems cheesy and unnecessary.
It’s Extra Life Marathon weekend! From 8am Pacific time on Saturday morning until 8am Sunday morning I’ll be playing games and along with ThatAngryDwarf streaming everything to our Twitch TV channel. What am I going to be playing? ALL THE GAMES.
Okay, seriously, expect to see some RIFT, WoW, Mass Effect, Tropico 4, Bioshock, Amnesia, The Walking Dead, and a whole lot more. I’m also getting a guided tour of the Storm Legion beta on Saturday afternoon, and I will make puppy dog eyes and see if Trion will let me stream any of it.
My point is that you should come on by the Twitch channel chat this weekend and help me stay awake. :) We’re also going to be recording the next episode of Cat Context podcast immediately after the marathon, so look forward to weirdness.
Are you streaming your Extra Life gaming this weekend? Let me know about your channel! Want to donate? My donation page is here and all proceeds go to the BC Children’s Hospital.