When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, one of the most important new features to the console was the achievement system. At first glance, achievements seemed to be another asset that would likely go forgotten by developers—think the AR card reader for the 3DS or the motion controls of the DualShock 3. Quickly though, achievements became one of the talking points for the early 7th gaming generation. Many gamers preferred to buy multi-platform games on the Xbox 360 simply due to the achievements, thus Microsoft had a leg up on the competition for several years until others began to copy their success.
Achievements reward players with points for accomplishing certain tasks in games. For instance, completing a level in a game could give you points, while finishing the title on the hardest difficulty could reward you with even more points. Players can showcase their accomplishments via their Gamertag profiles…
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