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Trophies = Epic Fail?

Submitted by on Thursday, 27 November 200812 Comments

Trophies, in their current iteration, do not work.

I realise that statement is a sweeping generalisation. It is meant to be. So go ahead and wipe the spattered coffee off of your screen and read on before spouting profanities at me and saying untoward things about my mother. I know she’s fat.

The whole concept behind trophies and achievements is that people get trophies and lord over friends how awesome their gaming prowess is. For the most part this works really well. It’s exactly what I shall be doing when I FINALLY beat Zico.

But this starts to fall down very quickly when you look at the games which currently have trophy support.

Games like Ferrari Challenge would normally be skipped straight past in the store and are now instead being given a chance because they have trophies ‘in them there (gaming) hills’. With a metacritic of 70, this game is decidedly average. Whilst mediocre games garner more interest on the back of the trophy horde, potential gems are left out in the cold if they do not include trophies.

I have seen this with my own peepers so don’t try to dissuade me!

What I’m getting at is that until trophies are in every game without fail, the results are skewed. There are no trophies for seminal games like CoD 4, Singstar, Guitar Hero World Tour and Tomb Raider: Underworld to name a few (ahem). But you see my point? There is a distinct mismatch of trophies to games. If I happen to play a lot of games which do not support trophies, I look like a doofus*.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that I am some kind of gaming cabbage unable to R1 my way to the top of a leaderboard. Nor does it mean that I can’t tear about a track carving opponents singing ‘I’m a little teapot’ as though it is costing me little to no exertion.

No. This simply means I’m not playing that many games with trophy support and therefore my gaming abilities are not being rewarded or represented in my trophy cabinet.

Naturally this is a stop-gap between the introduction of trophies and their full integration across the full gaming spectrum. Don’t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed going back to games like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, but I have found my gaming habits completely alter when on a trophy spree.

I think that even the most die-hard trophy worshipper would have to agree with me that the sooner trophies are rolled out across all games the better. By the looks of it we will be seeing trophies in all games after January. Above all, it would mean that people could buy any game and know that there would be trophies to be had somewhere on that shiny, shiny disc.

To steal a phrase from a certain jellied sweet “BRING ON THE (proper integration of) TROPHIES”.

Comments in the comments box, and leave my Mom out of this!

*Ok so I look like a doofus anyway, but that is neither here nor there. Just get back up there and read on!