The sound, familiar to us all, the beloved “ba-loop” of the Achievement Unlocked. I’m not the only one who never gets tired of the rush, who doesn’t tire of watching my Gamerscore grow. In an April 1st article on Gamasutra, Aaron Greenberg, director of product management at Xbox said that an approximate 2.5 Billion achievements have been unlocked, leading to an estimated 52 billion Gamerscore points.
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bragging right, or it makes one gamer any better than another. But I do love the gamerscore races, challenging my friends unlock specific achievements. And, as a friend and I have discussed, in prior console generations, we used to make up similar challenges. Particularly in Xbox Live Arcade titles, pacifist style achievements like those seen in Geometry Wars Evolved, or killing three pterodactyles in Joust – these were the kinds of things people have been coming up with for decades. It adds just another reason to keep playing a game, or to try a game you’ve never played. The addiction takes hold when you find yourself simulating 30 years of Madden 2006 for two hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Others are trying to emulate it, now, but I have not found myself as enthralled with my PS3’s Trophies… yet.
So, yesterday at work, I’m listening to The Booom!BoxCast (if you haven’t, you’re missing out, click the link, or check out their AnalogHype page, or even download them on iTunes). As I’m listening, I was pleased to hear myself mentioned during some shout outs. Then I was shocked when I heard co-host “DaPhilth84” (that’s his PSN ID) mention my name, some how, in discussion of the NHL Playoffs.
Now, I’m a hockey nut, it’s true. But when Philthy started listing off teams who had play off potential, I didn’t anticipate “NuAngel” would be among the teams. Evidently, neither did my co worker.
Before the work day was out, I was presented with these fun little tidbits. Enjoy.
Check the filename… NuJersey, get it?
Thanks to QualityBeats84 & DaPhilth84 for the shoutouts during the podcast, and Dalimatrix for the insanely entertaining graphics.
I have been surprisingly not surprised, lately, with all of the news in the gaming industry. Everyone wants to talk about games coming out in ten months, or the most popular games of the year, even though we’re barely in to it. Rather than sit by doing completely nothing, I have been doing even more “back end” work on the website.
The forums have been completely fixed up and should now be easy to use, without appearing cluttered. I have also worked out some plans with my hosting company as well as done some work on the server settings themselves. These changes will allow me to provide you with an even broader selection of downloads and file types, allowing me to expand the type of services I can offer in the future as I grow the site.
Look forward to an interesting article later this week, which will show my promise to expand who I am able to provide services to. I might have a clue in the poll I just posted above. 😉 Not directly, but it should suggest that something ahead might be available for a select audience. Real news coming again, soon, but finally having some time off from work has inspired me to take the time to work on the website!
In 2008, the Summer of Arcade was a smashing success for Xbox. They’re getting ready to do it again, by releasing several long anticipated games over a six week period, beginning March 18th, 2009. During this year’s Days of Arcade, seven new Xbox Live Arcade games are going to see their release, including Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, Hasbro Family Game Night, Lode Runner, and Uno Rush.
Uno Rush has been on people’s minds since the announcement of the NXE, and this new Uno title. What would it be like, how would it play, can you finally play multiplayer LOCALLY, and not just over Xbox Live? I have the answers to all of your questions in this rarely seen Fact-Sheet from Microsoft. I happened to have it laying around and I just thought some of you might find it interesting, the things that were considered “final” back on July 3rd, 2008 – when the game was expected to be released along side the NXE, in the fall. Uno Rush_Fact Sheet FINAL.doc. Give it a quick read, and get excited for the upcoming Days of Arcade, and Uno Rush.