I confess, I’m a whore.
And I’m also a XBox 360 Achievement whore. There’s just something about being rewarded with that sweet, sweet sound of success (Xbox 360 owners know what I’m talking about) when I complete a specified task given to me by the creators of the game.
Once upon a time beating a game was the achievement in and of itself. Now you haven’t truly beaten a game until you complete all of the pre-determined tasks that have been chosen by the game creators as the definition of what it means to truly complete that game, irrespective of whether or not finishing the actual game is one of those requirements. Nevermind that there may be more important or meaningful tasks to complete in said game, or even a story to pay attention to. If those things don’t give me an inconsequential number score I can use to brag to no one about, then screw it, where’s the fun in that?
But all joking aside, every so often there is an ill-thought out achievement that I find a little irksome and that throws me out of the games-are-for-fun Bruce Banner mindset and into full-on Hulk mode with how wildly the creators of the achievements missed the point of the achievement system. So below, mined from my own personal experiences and oft-seen complaints I’ve read online, are twelve categories of achievements that I believe really missed the mark. Please note that unless the offending item is particularly egregious (or good for a joke), I have done my best to keep multiplayer achievements to a minimum.