Most of you who know me very well recognize that I sort of enjoy unlocking Xbox 360 achievements. Alright, fine, I admit it. I REALLY like unlocking Xbox 360 Achievements. I am an active member of a great site at http://www.360voice.com where I am almost always playing in 3-4 different achievement based competitions. Here are a few of the challenges I am playing in over at 360v:
Description: Randomly formed teams try to build the biggest “skyline” throughout this 3-4 month long competition. One player from each team daily must build at least 1 level higher than his current tower by unlocking that number of achievements. We started out with 14 teams and there are now only 9 remaining. My team is the “Fantastic Four” and I have met 3 great new players that will remain on my friends list forever.
Current Standing: Top 9
Challenge Page: http://360voice.gamerdna.com/ccs/2012Buffet
Description: I never have much of a chance on this one because I just really don’t enjoy certain genres of games. However I usually can maintain a respectable top 20 and usually push into the top 10 by the end of the competition.
Current Standing: 20th
Windows 7 Phone Challenge
Challenge Page: http://360voice.gamerdna.com/ccs/WP2012
Description: This one is a new challenge for 2012 for only achievements unlocked on our Windows 7 phones. The rule is that games only count if they are released in 2012. I am holding my own on this one in the top 3. I could push a bit harder, but I try to wait until the newer games go on sale before I purchase them. Unless of course I can use the achievements on the same day I have a Skyline build and get twice the benefit.
Current Standing: 3rd
Another site I enjoy is trueachievements.com which doesn’t really have challenges on the site itself, but others created challenges based on games “True Achievement” scores. The TA score is based on how many gamers have actually unlocked that particular achievement. This is a WAY better indication of value because of the weighted nature of the points. Everyone can unlock easy achievements so they should not be worth as much as the more difficult unlocks.
A couple challenges based on TA score that I am playing in currently:
Great True Achievement Score Challenge
Description: This might be my favorite. A year long competition in which the bottom 2 teams are eliminated each week. I put together a team of all Indiana-based players, so naturally we are the Hoosiers. Kyle is a long time eBash customer, employee and close friend, JB330 was randomly put on my team last year in the Skyline and we have become good friends and the other two I didn’t know at all, just picked them from the Indiana leaderboards over at xboxamerica.com and sent them a message. They are both great and our team is doing extremely well so far.
Current Standing: 70 teams remaining
Gamerscore Super Pwnaggeddon Marathon
Description: This is a 3 player competition and I have teamed up with 2 players that I have played with in the past but never have teamed up with them before: Roku750 and MarvzMitts. Our team is Boku Mittz and we just need to maintain above 75th place before September and then push through the end of the year.
Current Standings: 54th
Honestly I am not sure I would be into the achievements that much without these challenges and competitions. I am a competitive guy and love plowing through Xbox games earning points to take out another individual or team. Just like at the old arcades in the malls of america, it isn’t that cool to be good at Pacman unless there is a high-score leaderboard to show your initials on top of the rest.