I put my foot in when we were talking about Achievements in our premade BG the other day ( when we used to be able to queue with more than five. Fooey ><) They were asking how close we were to Master of WSG, and I had two achievements left, Frenzied Defender – get 5 flag returns and Quick Cap the speed cap one. Both were relatively easy to obtain if I asked other people in BG to make a small concession for me.
Eg 5 cap – let me return 5 flags – so no one else clicks on it.
Speed cap – pick up both boots ( we communicate when they are both up, and make sure no one from our team picks one up) use a speed pot in a clear field, and your home free.
I made the statement that it didn’t matter, and that I don’t like achievements because I don’t feel like I have actually achieved anything when I am asking other people to make concessions. Of course I was talking to a collection of people who did care about achievements, and I felt like I had made a serious social gaffe and was going to need to server transfer again.
I don’t want to rehash the Achievement topic to great lengths, but if anything my almost callous statement highlighted that we all play Wow for very different reasons and that my opinion of achievements seems to increasingly part of the minority.
I understood the need for achievements like hardmodes in Ulduar as being a real measurement of progression. I understand the accomplishment of Achievements that show true skill and co-ordination, and I find those worthy of pursuit.
Yes there have been achievements which I have chased. My Journey to Justicar, and I wanted an Icecrown drake as much as the rest of them. Even now my desire for “Of the Alliance” by getting 100k honor kills. To say ” I have killed One hundred thousand players” ( Beats standing on the river bank waiting for the bodies of your enemy to float by) .
I recently completed all the silly loving the pests, the explorations, and killing bugs achievements. I just keep running into people who like this achievement point thing, it’s important to the people I play with, and thus I feel I ought to think it’s somewhat important too.
I’m # 10 in my current guild for Achievement points, with just over 7200 points – like Gah.. and that is without even trying – it says I have done things. Been places.
I don’t know what my motivations for playing wow are. Maybe some of it is that chemical reaction that gaming is supposed to give much like a drug on our brain chemistry, maybe it’s the sociableness, maybe it’s fodder for another love of mine writing or communicating. Maybe it’s somewhere to go. Something to do, but I don’t want to be a Queen of nothing in particular. If I chase or accomplish something that matters. I want it to matter.
See here I am thinking that other people take Achievement points too seriously – I watch them eat and devour them one after the other, with little regard or passion in the accomplishment, but maybe I am the odd one because I want them all to mean something. I want to be passionate about everything I consider to be an accomplishment.
Maybe it’s not the people Achievement point chasing people that have the issue but it is I who has the issue, by trying to find meaning and justification in every 10 points when I should not.