Saboth wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 14:12:
I've never understood it. Going by Steam Forums, people get really worked up about trading cards and achievements. Who gives a crap about either?
I genuinely enjoy achievements for three primary reasons....
One, even back playing TV Scoreboard, Space Hawk, or Legend of Zelda it was fun finding new ways to challenge myself. A no hit boss fights, bring it on. Complete Zelda with the wooden sword, why the hell not. Achievements sometimes give you an interesting perspective or twist on a game that takes you outside your standard approach or comfort zone.
Other times an achievement can reveal that there is other content or even ways of solving a scenario than you were aware. There was one in Path of Exile about killing two bosses at the same time......which I had forever.....because I didn't realize it was an option to kill them one at a time. Or entire side quests or storylines I had no clue about until I glanced over the achievements.
Finally, sometimes the percentages give you an idea of how the overall gaming community progresses in a game. One game...can't remember which...had a super high percentage on all of the achievements....until one quest where it dropped to 15%. Then the next quest it jumped back up into the 80's. I was curious and did a little research and found that the 15%'er seemed to be skipped over just due to narrow focus on the main storyline. Other times you run across a super high percentage on teh first achievement and a drastic dropoff on the next few and you suddenly realize the vast majority of the playerbase stopped....and have to wonder why.