Achievements and trophies
Achievements and Trophies are systems for measuring a player's progress in completing a game. Achievements are used by Microsoft's Xbox Live/Games for Windows – LIVE and Valve's Steam. Trophies are used by Sony's PlayStation Network. They are typically awarded to players for making specific accomplishments or reaching certain milestones in games.
Achievements[edit | edit source]
Microsoft's implementation of an achievement system was initially introduced for the Xbox 360 and later for PC via Games for Windows – LIVE (GFWL) service. Unlocking achievements contributes to a player's "Gamerscore" in their Xbox Live profile. Usually, retail games offer up to 1,000G spread over a variable number of achievements. Game developers also have the option of adding up to 250 points via downloadable content every quarter after the first year of release (for a total of 1,750 points).
Steam's implementation of achievements simply displays the achievements on the player's Steam profile. If one wants to get the GFWL achievements for Fallout 3 or Steam achievements for Fallout: New Vegas, be careful about using the console. For detailed information on getting achievements while using the console, further information can be found on the Fallout: New Vegas console commands page. Using Mods will not disable achievements.
Trophies[edit | edit source]
Trophies are Sony's version of an achievement tracking system and were introduced in the PlayStation 3 system software 2.40 update in July 2008. There are four different types of trophies: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
A gold, silver or bronze trophy is normally awarded based on the difficulty of the accomplishment, with each trophy contributing to a "level" system linked to a player's PlayStation Network profile. Gold trophies contribute more experience level advancement than silver, and silver contributes more experience than bronze.
A platinum trophy is awarded to the player once they unlock all other trophies in a game. However, smaller games such as certain PlayStation Network titles, lack a platinum trophy. Trophies are displayed on a player's PlayStation Network profile screen, which also shows their level.
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