I’ve been thinking about how trophies have been affecting the way I play my games.
According to the list I came up with, trophies make me:
– set aside games that have no trophies. Basically PSP, PS2 and Nintendo games. Save them for later after I get every trophies out of all my current games, which probably would never happen (difficult-to-get trophies and I keep buying more games).
– even if I play games without trophies (the ones I really want to play), I might rush them so that I can move on with my trophy hunt.
– generally rush through games instead of taking my time to enjoy them.
– do things I probably wouldn’t do within the game just to get trophies.
– switch to another game as soon I complete the trophies even though I may not be done with the game (at least I don’t feel that I’m done).
– buy games that I wouldn’t have bought because they have easy trophies.
– avoid games that I’m personally interested in either because they have no trophies or they have some online competitive or very difficult trophies.
– check the trophy lists of games before buying them to identify these pain-in-the-ass trophies. It’s as if I’m shopping for trophies and not games.
– obsessively watch my rankings in trophy sites.
– keep games I don’t like just because I haven’t gotten all their trophies.
Note that these might sound extreme, but in practice there are exceptions (I still play certain games even if they have no trophies) and I have restrained myself (I don’t just buy any game with easy trophies) and I don’t commit all those points at once.
But yeah, because of above points I think I should dramatically lower my obsession on trophies. I should start playing non-trophy games that I have been abandoning, actually care for the games that I’m playing etc.
It’s not that trophies are bad. Without a doubt they can prove a number of things like whether you are a dedicated fan to the series; I’ve met a number of dubious MGS fans for example (to be fair, they might have already played the non-trophy version to death and they don’t feel like redoing the whole thing).
It’s just that I think trophies have been affecting me in ways I don’t quite like.
They have good points too, and doubtless people can point them out, like they give motivations and more replay value etc, but at least in my case the negative effects seem to outweigh the good points.
These might also be a few of the reasons why Nintendo hasn’t jumped into the trophy bandwagon yet.
I may still continue to aim for trophies but only to a few select games that I really deeply care about. Even then I wouldn’t look at the trophy list in serious manner until I beat the game (and if I miss some trophies that require me to start a fresh new playthrough and I don’t feel like doing another run… too bad ^^;)
Other than that… Yeah, I think I should stop caring for trophies and start to actually be immersed into the worlds of the games I’m playing.
This might be easier said than done -.-;
But even without trophies I would probably still have to face other weird obsessions like the desire to get every items etc ^^;