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For eons it seems, I have been forced to listen to 360 fanboys declare the glory of Achievements. What a joke. Achievements? Anyone can achieve something. Just think of Little Lebowski’s Urban Achievers. Proud we are of all of them? I THINK NOT. Aren’t Achievements what they hand out at the Special Olympics in lieu of medals?
Now Trophies are something different. It takes a man to WIN a Trophy. Anyone can EARN an Achievement. All they seem to do is EARN them by playing crap for kids like My Little Pony: Pinkie’s Pie Party, which is a real game, but sounds like something I get as a bonus for my subscription to a certain adult website. You know, the kind of website the 12 year olds on Xbox Live can’t see without stealing their dad’s credit card.
Did Michael Phelps get any Achievements for breaking all those World Records? No. He got Trophies. Sure, they were shaped like medals, but I know a Trophy when I see one. Those were Trophies. He didn’t achieve anything, he WON things. And that’s why Trophies are better than Achievements. Yeah, I know that only 3 or 4 games currently have Trophy support, but more are coming every day week month. This allows us all to start on a level playing field.
So remember that anyone can earn an Achievement, but it takes a real man to win a Trophy. Even if what you have to do to win a trophy is the exact same thing you would have to do to earn an achievement, it’s still different. Because of the spelling.