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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:02am 05/08/08 | 12 Comments
In more MTV-related Blizzard news, World of WarCraft lead designer, Jeff Kaplan, told the site Blizzard's new achievement system, something that will be newly introduced to WoW with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, would eventually be used across all their games and available to anyone with a Blizzard account.
When the new Blizzard Accounts are active, a player’s 'WoW' points can be added to an overall score dubbed an account holder’s "Blizzard Level". "It's basically a gamerscore," Kaplan said, after a reference to Xbox Live’s Achievement system. "For now the points are just a 'WoW' character score. As we graduate to that Blizzard Account system, which is right on the horizon, it will switch over to a Blizzard Level."
Looks like Microsoft were onto something with Achievements. Sony have recently announced their Trophy system while a bunch of Games For Windows titles have started including Achievements for PC gamers, leaving Nintendo the only company not following any sort of suit (though this idea really is up their alley). What do you reckon? Are achievements worth their weight in gamer's gold?












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parabol
Posted 11:08am 05/8/08
I read the link and I don't get it, what's the purpose?
trog
Posted 11:15am 05/8/08
I think it's to offer achievements across all games
darkjedi
Posted 11:15am 05/8/08
They're adding XB360 (and now Steam) style achievements to all of their upcoming games, which will be viewable by all on your "Blizzard profile". Good stuff I say, as I find I tend to be more motivated to play a game several times if there's achievements to be earnt. Now to work on getting me a Bear mount before Wrath comes out.....
parabol
Posted 11:21am 05/8/08
I think it's to offer achievements across all games

I know that, I'm just wondering what the point is. A quote in the link says:
You’ll have this Blizzard identity, and you’ll be able to see things like ‘Oh, this guy was great at Diablo III, but he never played Starcraft and he was mediocre in WoW.’ That sort of thing.”

So does it have any functional purpose? Do these achievements unlock certain things in-game like in TF2? Or is it purely there just to show off your shit to other people and nothing more?

Crakaveli
Posted 11:25am 05/8/08
it's just for waving your e-dick

waste of fucking time.
Thundercracker
Posted 11:26am 05/8/08
Sounds like just an e-penis score, if they are comparing it to the xbox gamerscore.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:28am 05/8/08
I don't think that's a bad thing, I always look at what achievements people have unlocked on xbox live - it's the reason I play 360 more than ps3 in my spare time
Thundercracker
Posted 11:30am 05/8/08
I personally don't feel the need to get achievements unless they unlock content. Its funny, throw in an a little extra something here and there and I'm at it like there's no tomorrow. I call it pokemon syndrome (gotta get them all).
deadlyf
Posted 12:51pm 05/8/08
It's a way of encouraging people to play their game more without adding more content. Personally I think it's fucking brilliant.
Mantis
Posted 01:09pm 05/8/08
ViscoS
Posted 05:27pm 05/8/08
That is the first good comic Buckley has written in a while.

Seriously, just a ruler for people to measure their e-penis.
Reverend Evil™
Posted 05:49pm 05/8/08
Sounds like it will be a complete waste of time. I play WoW for fun and I don't give a crap about unlocking shit. Same goes when playing xbox stuff. If it comes up that I've unlocked something I don't give it a second thought.
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