Platinum Trophies: Do You Bother?
I have a shocking truth to confess, and one that’s sure to destroy my prominent standing in the games industry. I know I am the most popular writer in the world and am, in fact, King Of All Games, but… sigh… I don’t have a single platinum trophy.
But this is all set to change, thanks to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I currently sit on 91% of trophies earned and, once five more shouts are found and four more dragons bitch-slapped, will have 100%. And with that comes a platinum. My first. My only.
Am I in a minority here? I’m still of a decidedly old-fashioned viewpoint on the whole trophies/achievements thing in that I see them as pretty much wholly unnecessary and the sorts of things that are often implemented in the most pointless, lazy way imaginable.
Sometimes they do, don’t get me wrong – but often trophies add nothing more than a compulsion to do something you wouldn’t normally do in order to get some plinking noise and a fleeting sense you’ve achieved something. Like playing through one of the worst games ever made on hard just so you have more invisible willy-waving props at your disposal.
As such, I’ve never gone out of my way to earn a platinum. On (*spit*) Xbox 360 I 1000-pointed Oblivion (notice a pattern here?), but other than that, nothing on Microsoft’s console – not even on Fallout 3. Though I got quite close.
I see no compulsion, I have no real drive to get everything in most games. There are exceptions, as I’ve mentioned, but the general rule stands: I do not care about platinum trophies. Am I alone?
It doesn’t stop me from being proud that I’m about to earn my first though, which is quite annoying.