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Many moons ago (August 26, 2011 at 08:43 PM to be exact) I
posted a blog titled "Game Informer Online Achievements - An Introduction" that
broadcasted a rather lofty idea I had been kicking around. I solicited some
assistance from my good friend and the very graphically talented artist - Dean aka
born4this. The blog was met mostly with positive results (40+ comments) and a
few that were strongly opposed (if I recall, there were two blogs posted in the
following days about how this was a horrible idea). Ironically, the biggest
opponents of this initiative are not what I would call regulars (at least
within the blogging community), so I'm not overly concerned with the contrasting
viewpoints mentioned in those blogs. I realize not everyone will like or even support
this project. Anyway, you can read the original blog here
if you're interested. It explains the background and overarching idea behind
Game Informer Online Achievements. Honestly though, if you've been a gamer for
any length of time, you know what achievements are and the purpose they serve.
Well, the project turned out to be much more involved than I
thought. Originally, I thought it might take a few weeks and I'd go live with
it. However, being the perfectionist I am...and due to some unforeseen work
challenges, the project kept slipping to the right with each obstacle that kept
springing up. That was what, nearly 6 months ago? I am happy to report the
whole initiative is about to go live and I am going to start rolling out some
of the information - clearly more than can be posted in a single blog, so
expect a few blogs on the topic. While the blog mentioned above was the
official introduction, tonight's blog is an explanation of sorts about a few
key points that I'd like everyone to know in advance.
So, maybe you are wondering, "How do achievements promote
and grow the community?"
A fair question with an easy answer. Actually answers.
Answers that can best be given with examples. Some achievements will be awarded
for those who provide content (blogs, reviews, guides); some achievements will
be awarded for those who provide the community with podcasts and even members
who support the podcasters; some achievements will be awarded for specific
accomplishments with unique requirements that will necessitate community involvement.
All of the achievements are aimed at supporting the community in some form or
Okay, that's all well and good...how about some specifics now?
Here's how it will work.
There are 50 achievements.
There are 15 general achievements.
There are 35 special achievements.
Each of the 35 special achievements will be dedicated to a member
of the community who inspired or was the first to meet the requirements of the achievement.
Two of the 35 special achievements have already been
revealed in previous blogs. Chris Mrkvicka was the inaugural recipient of the
Ban Hammer Survivor achievement and eyros2k was the inaugural recipient
of the Comrades in Arms achievement.
I'm making every effort to dedicate the 35 special
achievements to unique members, however, some members who are more established
in the community may earn up to two. For example, Chris Mrkvicka (Demon Ragnarok) has
the Ban Hammer Survivor locked down but might be surprised to learn he has
another one in store.
I have a rather nifty (and rather geeky) Microsoft
spreadsheet that will help maintain this trainwreck. Basically, anybody that
tells me they want their "trophy case" will request one...and me and the panel
members will go through and see what achievements you meet the requirements
for, and I'll create an image that you can post on your profile page. I'm
debating on including a smaller one that can be included in your signature line
so when you post in the forums, it will show up. The small one is in the works,
so we'll see how it goes.
Let me show you a few of the screens that should clear up my
(The form used to fill out each user's award accomplishments)
(Here is what the image will look like when posted in your profile)
(Here is the signature image I'm still working on)
Okay...the final thing I'll share tonight...the list of achievements.
The 15 general achievements are pretty much self-explanatory; the 35 special
achievements are a bit more cryptic. In the coming days, I will post subsequent
blogs that explain the specific requirements and who the inaugural winners of
the special achievements are (some of them will require the user's permission
and I still need to obtain that).
And for the record, I might call them awards in one moment,
achievements in the next...and maybe even trophies from time to time. As far as I'm
concerned, the terms are interchangeable. The picture will look the same...
Achievements / Awards
Blog Count Totals
Blog Comment Totals
Blog View Totals (Single)
Blog View Totals (All)
Monthly Blog Count
Forum Post Totals
Guide Post Totals
Review Post Totals
Podcast Post Totals
Moderator Comment Totals
Staff Comment Totals
Blog on Fire Totals
Comment on Fire Totals
Rank Has Its Privileges (RHIP)
Achievements / Awards
Ban Hammer Survivor
Comrades in Arms
In The Spotlight
15 Minutes Of Fame
Paper or Plastic
Missing In Action
Music To My Ears
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Welcome To The Jungle
I'll Be Back
Seal Of Approval
Journey To The Center Of The Universe
Did You Get The Memo
Smile For The Camera
With Friends Like These
Friends In High Places
I Fought The Law
That Was Then, This Is Now
Read The Fine Print
You've Got Mail
You Have The Right To Remain Silent
Green Eggs And Spam
Heard It On The Radio
Take Me To Your Leader
I Am Legend
Official Member of the Peanut Gallery
Handle With Care
The Royal Imperial Guard
(This is the grayed out version - when the badge is awarded, it will be in color)
Hopefully I have your attention now and you're
interested, heh heh...my goal is 50 members to express an interest and request to
participate, but I'll be satisfied if I can get 25. Stay tuned for more updates
in the next few days and the announcement on how to be the very first person to
have your achievement image created (yes, they will be numbered).