There's a bit of a story behind this thread. Warning: Long post that will take time to get to the point ahead.
Tomorrow I'm off out to pick up some new releases. It's quite a big day in the UK for new releases, especially in the wake of Halo, Skate, FIFA and PGR4, all of which I bought. Tomorrow Eternal Sonata, Phantom Hourglass, Orange Box and Football Manager 2008 all hit stores. I want every single one of them (though if any particular one is a mistake, do tell me now.) I'm thinking jesus, that's a bit of a big hit. Even with my mate's staff discount of the top, that's still ridiculously expensive.
Still, I thought - I just bought a PSP Slim for FFTactics. And now I've done the Pandora battery trick and got my firmware ready for homebrew on the slim, I don't need the Phat PSP anymore. So I'm gonna go and trade that in, prodviding the price is fair. Then I turn to look at my 360 library. With the 360 I've perhaps been more outwardly crazy in my purchases than I have with any other console before it. This is due to a mixture of things - my websites really started making a handsome profit and I was also working weekends outside of my studies, and my Uni gave me some grants and bursaries as well that I never have to pay back.
Anyway, case in point, I own almost
40 360 games. Some were full price, some discount for some reason; some were free press copies. So I'm looking at them today and thinking I should get rid of some of these too, there's lots I will never play again...
But I can't. Despite the fact I'm content that Stranglehold was mediocre at best and has nothing I'd ever go back to, the fact I have only 300 gamerscore in it taunts me and being a completionist and a perfectionist I totally want to go back and get more. But at the same time I also know that I probably won't ever play it again to get the points, even if I find time to play it. Same for Overlord. And Bioshock (yes, I know... D: away) Even Sonic the Hedgehog sits happily on my shelf just in case one day I manage to play it for long enough to get an achievement before the game makes me vomit.
tldr; So essentially the fact that I've performed so abysmally in terms of achievements is stopping me reselling these games, because I know I should play them more.
In some respects this is a damn fine thing. Achievements are encouraging me to play my games more and to their fullest. In other respects all I can think is fuck this score system. Other games aren't an option for me to trade in - stuff like Saints Row and the Samurari Warriors titles are press copies with the giant yellow strip saying don't resell on pain of death on them. In games like Viva Pinata or Oblivion I have all 1000 or 1250 points, but I wouldn't ever trade the game in because I love it too much; but there I'm getting off point.
Achievements have definitely changed the way I play by a hell of a lot. I think I certainly play more often because of it, and I often strive to do things outside of the linear story path of a game like Blue Dragon or Overlord in order to pick up points. While the score means nothing it's nice to have a measure of how you're doing on a wider scale.
This little trade in debacle helped me realise though that they've become important to a scary degree; to the point where what games I keep and get rid of is directly effected by the points. There was that news story a few days ago that games that don't hide their achievements sell better than games that do and in a way I can see why.
Basically I'm just looking to get a little PA-Discuss-on going. What are your guys' experience with the points? Has it changed how you game? Are they good or bad? I know this has been done before but realising how I've been bitten by the bug has made me particularly curious. So, uh.. discuss.