Created By: hyphz on May 12, 2013 Last Edited By: hyphz on May 15, 2013

Trivial Achievement Unlocked

Game awards achievement points for trivial actions.

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The idea of the achievement system is generally to give awards for reaching particular goals in games. However, the existence of the global achievement score combined with competition between games and the need to encourage further play and exploration has left some games offering trivial "goals" that nonetheless receive achievement points.

Examples:

  • Persona 4 Arena gives an achievement for booting the game up.

  • Street Fighter X Tekken gives an achievement for opening the DLC menu.

  • Achievement Unlocked parodies this type of achievement with some of its earlier awards. The player is given separate achievements for loading the game, starting the game, moving left, moving right, moving the mouse, and jumping - amongst other things.

  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has the 'Technical Difficulties' Achievement, which is awarded during the opening cutscenes, before the player is given control of the protagonist(s).

  • The Xbox version of Command And Conquer Tiberium Wars gave out an achievement for saying no to the game's "would you like to play the tutorial?" prompt.

Simulation Games:
  • X3: Terran Conflict and its expansion pack X3: Albion Prelude both give achievements for completing the optional "flight school" tutorial.

Wide Open Sandbox:
  • Garry's Mod offers one achievement each for starting a single-player game and a multiplayer game.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • May 12, 2013
    DunDun
  • May 12, 2013
    DracMonster
  • May 12, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^Actually, for once using the What Do You Mean Its Not A Snowclone name structure isn't a bad snowclone (focus on the player being surprised that the devs considered something achievement-worthy). Though we can definitely do better.

    Careful this doesn't become a complaining page.

    Simulation Games:
    • X3: Terran Conflict and its expansion pack X3: Albion Prelude both give achievements for completing the optional "flight school" tutorial.

    Wide Open Sandbox:
    • Garrys Mod offers one achievement each for starting a single-player game and a multiplayer game.
  • May 12, 2013
    Koveras
  • May 13, 2013
    DunDun
    I'm all for Trivial Achievement (sounds better than the ones I suggested).

    Whether this is an "okay" snowclone or otherwise, it's still a complete sentence and sounds weird.

    Is this trivia or YMMV, because a "surprising" anything is subjective and something about the achievement system for a game has nothing to do with the story (unless it's some kind of shoehorned thing).
  • May 13, 2013
    Palindromee
  • May 13, 2013
    arbiter099
    sounds like a ymmv to me. The Xbox version of Command And Conquer Tiberium Wars gave out an achievment for saying no to the game's "would you like to play the tutorial?" prompt. Not sure about other versions.
  • May 13, 2013
    StarSword
    ^PC version doesn't have achievements.
  • May 13, 2013
    Ryusui
  • May 13, 2013
    StarSword
    ^OOOH! Go with that last one. Poking fun at Xbox guys is always fun.
  • May 13, 2013
    hyphz
    Assassins Creed Brotherhood has the 'Technical Difficulties' Achievement, which is awarded during the opening cutscenes, before the player is given control of the protagonist(s).
  • May 14, 2013
    Arivne
    • The Web Game In3structotank! gives medals for certain achievements. Most are significant, such as finishing Standard or Adventure mode, making 33, 66 or 99 combos or 100, 250 or 500 kills, all of which take real effort. However, some are too trivial for words, such as clicking on a link to check out earlier games in the series or send a tweet or moving your mouse cursor over a codec.
  • Borderlands 2 has an achievement gained by jumping off a large tower and another one gained simply by not looking at an explosion.
  • Actually I'm not sure they are achievements in Borderlands 2, it might just be bonus experience.

  • May 14, 2013
    GKaiser
    In World Of Warcraft, you get an achievement for... getting a haircut for the first time.
  • May 14, 2013
    henke37
    There are countless games that give you an achivement for looking at the credits.
  • May 14, 2013
    NESBoy

    On a side note, can anyone verify if that particular achievement applies to the Angry Birds Rio levels, which don't have pigs, but instead have caged birds and marmosets?
  • May 15, 2013
    Trueman001
    Plants Vs Zombies has mostly awesome achievements -- but also some pretty silly ones, such as using a spud mine for the first time, and even using a certain graphics cheat (which doesn't do anything else useful).
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