I know several people that I would call “trophy hunters.” One of them has more platinums than anyone else I know (you know who you are, Brad Brad the Platinum Man). Another person on my friends list has the highest PSN rank I’ve ever seen (you also know who you are, Tyler), and plays more games than anyone else I know.
I have six platinum trophies. Six. My PSN rank is 18. That’s not terrible, but I’m not even close to either of the aforementioned folks.
I would never have considered myself to be a trophy hunter. The closest I would get to that moniker would be to occasionally check the trophy list for a game I was in the middle of playing and to pick off the low-hanging fruit trophies before I completed said game.
But I realized something this week that gave me pause.
An annoying, and eye-opening, pause.
My partner and I used to share a PlayStation profile (and system) because it just seemed like the thing to do. Two of the six plats “I” have came from him (Skyrim and Bully).
But, this year, he got his own system, and PSN ID.
Once he transitioned over to his new handle, I realized something: I avoided the games he had already played and gotten the trophies for. And that was weird as hell. I would never have thought I was trophy motivated, but the evidence was there.
This became crystal clear to me when I saw this week’s sale on the PlayStation store. I saw Limbo on there (which I’ve always wanted to play), and recalled that he played it through on my profile and got the trophies for it.
So what did I do? I checked to see if there were separate trophies for the PS Vita version (there appear to be), and only then did I buy the Vita version so I could accumulate my own trophies for playing the game.
How ridiculous is that?
Even as I type that, I almost feel embarrassed about it. Would I let the absence of trophies get in the way of my enjoyment of a game? I would always say no, but it kind of seems like there is proof of the opposite here. That sort of bothers me. If I want to play a game, I want to play a game. Little digital trophies shouldn’t matter.
I mean, I play Nintendo games on my original NES (way before trophies), my Wii U (okay, I don’t use it so much, but I have used it, historically), and my 3DS. None of those systems have trophies or anything like them. Do I let that stop me from playing, and enjoying, those games? Nope. So where does all this trophy nonsense come from?
I have no idea.
I suppose that I like feeling a sense of achievement. Playing, and completing, a game provides its own sense of achievement, but it is also nice to have something to “show” for it.
Is that a justification? Perhaps. But, in this case, it’s also the truth. I just surprised myself at how much I clearly care about the darn things.
Do you like/love/need trophies? Do you sincerely not care about them? Or, are you in the complete opposite direction and dislike them? How do trophies/achievement affect your gaming habits? Are there any trophies that you are particularly proud of?
Let’s talk about trophies. I’m all ears. Well, not literally, because that would make typing incredibly difficult, but still, you understand.
I’m super interested in finding out how people feel about trophies and how they affect playstyles.
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