A few days ago in a blog that I published here at Game Informer titled Can You Hear (or Watch) Me Now, I talked about the evolution of the gaming console into becoming another component in the home theater/entertainment system. Gaming consoles really have a lot more features than just playing games. In that blog I made a joke about how Microsoft should make an Xbox 360 version of its Office suite and I wouldn't even need a computer at work anymore.

Apparently Microsoft was sharing in my idea but took the opposite approach. Look, I love video games...and strangely...I love Microsoft Office (it's more of a love/hate relationship, actually) but I don't know that even I am prepared for Microsoft's latest innovation.

Achievements in MS Office?



Yes. I'm serious.

It's called Ribbon Hero.

I wish I could say this was an early April fool’s joke…and a part of me somehow hopes that it is. Did my watch battery die? What’s the real date? Is this a bad dream? Is Bill Gates hiding under my bed?


"Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka "challenges"), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office.  As a concept test, this add-in is not supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea we are working on and let us know what you think.  For additional challenges and the opportunity to earn more points, download Office 2010 Beta."

Throw in Facebook integration and the transformation to the ultimate in geekdom is complete.

I feel like that scene in A Bug's Life when the mosquito is drawn towards the bug zapper...

"Frank, don't go towards the light!

"I can't help it - it's so beautiful!"



I suppose that means I'm going to have to try it out even though I admit that it sounds completely ridiculous and totally absurd, but hey...I've got to get all the Excel achievements because...well because...that's just the kind of geek I am. I love Excel. What can I say? Think I'm kidding? Well you just wait until you start seeing my achievements pop up on Facebook, and then you'll know for sure whether I'm kidding or not.

Now if you'll excuse me, I only have to get artistic 52 more times on PowerPoint to successfully complete the requirements.


That's how I roll.