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Achievements have completely ruined video games for me.
Being a completionist personality type, getting achievements is the only thing I can focus on now, rather than just enjoying the game itself and having a fun, relaxing time. It's a carrot-on-a-stick obsession that I never had before even in some of the most addicting games like WoW vanilla. Since WoW added achievements, I've had to quit it because my achievement whoring made the game not fun anymore. Since 90% of Steam's games have added achievements in recent years, I've had to stop using Steam.
Fuck this bullshit. I just want to be immersed in games like I used to, without score points telling me what's worth accomplishing, and artificially extending my playtime.
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So, Charlie Brooker (a long-time media columnist, topical comedian and presenter in the UK) is doing something on British TV right now called "How Video Games Changed The World", on Channel 4. Here's some snippets of information I'm blindtyping whilst I watch and editing in the ad breaks.
- For some reason, they used the Robocop Gameboy Colour theme for the opening and break titles.
- He's picked 25 games which he says are the most influential in the world of computer games. They seem to be chronological rather than ranking order.
- 25, 24 and 23 are Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man, and he's not just giving them superficial once-overs - there are even guests talking about games.
- Peter Monyleux is talking about Space Invaders.
- There's an Official Xbox Magazine UK staff member I've never heard of talking about stuff, too.
- He's talking about BASIC and the ZX Spectrum. 22 is Manic Miner.
- Hover Bovver?
- Owners of the BBC Micro were dicks. (OH MY GOD MONYLEUX HAD ONE.)
- 21 is Elite. It would also turn you into a dick, it seems.
More as it comes.