Getting more popular in video games today, an achievement is a feat that the game records and displays for others to see that you have accomplished such a task. They are usually rewarded with points that have no real value other than to enlarge one's e-peen. Achievements were originally started by Xbox 360 Live. Other games like World of Warcraft have taken on this addition as well.
"Dude check out this achievement I just got for falling 30 feet off this cliff and dying!"
On the Xbox 360
, achievements are basically bragging rights
. Once an achievement is unlocked, by doing whatever it says in the achievement description, you get the gamerscore
the achievement was worth. Generally, normal 360 games
can have up to 50 achievements worth 1000 gamerscore
total. Arcade games usually have up to 12 achievements worth a total of 200 gamerscore
. There are a few rare cases, like Quake 2 (which has 9 achievements, worth 0 points).
It is frequently complained that sports games and kids games are too easy to get 1000 gamerscore
, and lots of games have basically got "giveaway" achievements that take no skill to get. And some harder games, like Ninja Gaiden 2
are nearly impossible to get a decent amount of gamerscore
on. Also, secret achievements
can be a big hassle, since there is no description, so you either have to look online, or guess
how to unlock them. Other achievements, such as the achievements on Perfect Dark Zero
Achievements are synonymous with Gamerscore
on the Xbox 360
When you unlock an Achievement, you get Gamerscore. To unlock an Achievement, you need to fulfil a specific task.
Achievements vary in difficulty to unlock; some take little to no effort whatsoever, whereas some are nigh impossible to achieve.
Example of an easy Achievement to unlock:
Gears of War: Prison Breakout -
Completed tutorial level on any skill level
Example of a hard Achievement to unlock:
Gears of War: Seriously ... -
Kill 10,000 people in versus ranked match total
Awards you get for fulfilling certain tasks in Xbox 360
games. They vary in score, usually more difficult achievements being higher score than less difficult ones. Most retail games have 50 achievements worth 1000 gamerpoints and arcade games have 10-12 achievements worth 200 gamerpoints, although there are exceptions (Halo 3
, Gears of War 2
, etc). All these achievements add up to your gamerscore
, which has become something to brag about with many people.
There are also people who simply buy or rent games just for the gamerscore. They are known as achievement junkies
or achievement whores
. I, being a reformed achievement junkie, don't really see the point in getting games just for their gamerscore. You should get games because you like them, not for the achievements.
Person 1: "Bob has been in his house for three straight days, what's he doing in there?"
Person 2: "He just got a new Xbox 360 game and he has to get all the achievements for it. He's an achievement whore."
Person 1: "I see."
Successfully reaching OG
during a sexual act.
"Britney Spears! Britney Spears! Britney Spears! Brit-........... uhh..... achievement!"
"Oh that's just sad."
"For ****'s sake! I'm in here! Get out!"