Why Unlocking all Achievements and Trophies is No Longer for Me

Playing video games will always be a hobby of mine. With that being said, I have been contemplating how I play video games today and where my priorities are with choosing the games I like to play. One of the bigger realizations that I have come to recently is how I’m trying to be less of a completionist and more focused on the games that I play. I wanted to share a little bit of what that means to me and how I got here.

For those unfamiliar, a completionist is a gamer who strives to collect every achievement or trophy in a video game. This can relate to PC gamers who may unlock achievements in Steam games as well. When I first started playing video games, I found myself motivated to unlock achievements. I liked seeing my gamerscore increase and I felt a surge of energy if I unlocked as many of the achievements as I could in a particular game. In high school, I had the time to devote that many hours of my time to a video game.

When I went off to college, I didn’t bring my Xbox with me. Therefore, if I wanted to play video games, it was playing with others on their consoles. I would come home from breaks and play Xbox every now and then. When I would play Xbox, it would be games that I felt a lot of nostalgia for such as Gears of War, Bioshock, or the Batman Rocksteady games. After college and moving into my own space, I started developing a pattern where I wouldn’t move on from a game unless I collected all the achievements and trophies in that game.

The problem I quickly realized is that I don’t have time for that level of commitment. It ended up being more of a chore to play a game through multiple times versus feeling satisfied that I finished the game and was ready to move on to something else. I found myself feeling frustrated especially if an achievement was taking more time than I realized it would. It made me go back to the basics of why I like playing video games in the first place. I don’t want to spend hours collecting every item in a game. Part of the fun of leaving achievements or trophies unlocked is now I have something to look forward to if I replay that game again in the future.

Since I have set aside my completionist ways, I have noticed that I’m motivated to play video games on the weekends. I have started playing through Resident Evil 2 and I don’t feel pressure to pull up a walkthrough and find items. I can play through the game on my time and feel fully immersed in the story. I’m able to better balance my video game backlog because I don’t spend as much time on one game. I feel a lot more relaxed than I have been in a few years.

There’s still a part of me that finds joy in collecting achievements or trophies. I think that will always be fun for me, but now I’m able to play more video games since I’m not as strict about collecting everything right away. I’m looking forward to playing Resident Evil 2 in between playing rounds in Overwatch 2. I have had my eye on some new games coming out including Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and Bayonetta 3. The way I play video games have changed, but my love for the hobby remains the same.

2 thoughts on “Why Unlocking all Achievements and Trophies is No Longer for Me

  1. I hit that same realization a few years ago so I ansolutely understand that approach. I still take joy in completing a game fully but if I can’t do it easily after I’ve beaten a game, I’m OK moving on.

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