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Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a built-in achievements system, a la Xbox Achievements or PlayStation Trophies, but the Switch version of Minecraft will soon bring Microsoft’s brand of achievements to the platform.

A set of Xbox Live achievements for Minecraft for Nintendo Switch was recently spotted by content creator Patrick Maka, who posted about the finding on Twitter, and by achievement tracking website True Achievements. The achievement list appears similar to the Xbox versions of the game as well as those on non-Microsoft platforms, like Android and iOS. (PlayStation versions of the game do not tie into Xbox Live Achievements.)



A representative for Minecraft confirmed to Polygon that the game’s Switch version will indeed track Xbox Live Achievements later this year.

“We can confirm that Minecraft players on Nintendo Switch will soon be able to earn achievements tied to Xbox Live once the Bedrock update is released,” a Minecraft spokesperson said in an email.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was released in 2017. The game’s Bedrock update started rolling out in September 2017 and allowed players on Xbox, mobile, VR and PC to play across those various platforms.
https://www.polygon.com/2018/4/12/17229492/minecraft-nintendo-switch-xbox-achievements-better-together-update


Could this lead to many more games on Switch getting XBOX Achievements?

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Unfortunate. The Microsoft Achievement system is one of the worst things to happen to modern gaming culture.

Posted April 13th by nullfather

why is that?

Posted April 13th by Q
Q

It's the modern extension of the high score leaderboards that drove previous generations to dump quarter after quarter into arcade machines. It's a psychologically manipulative meta mechanic that was hamfistedly shoved into even singleplayer games for reasons only superficially related to he actual game experience. In reality, the achievement system, like the quarter-munching arcade machines before it, encourages people to spend more time and money in order to achieve the largest useless digital e-penor. It is used as a way to make poorer games more attractive and to artificially extend playtimes.

Have you ever seen an Achievement hunter? They're sad, broken people.

Posted April 13th by nullfather

Have you ever seen an Achievement hunter? They're sad, broken people.

You learn something new about yourself every day, lmao. I don't buy games that I wouldn't play but if I do buy them I go for what achievements that I can because I choose to. For me it's just another completion thing such as people going for all the pokemon in any given pokemon game.

halp I'm broken

Edited April 13th by Fox Forever

I don't buy games that I wouldn't play


I wouldn't call you an Achievement hunter, then.

Posted April 13th by nullfather

So you mean people who buy games JUST for the achievements?

If I'm a part of an achievement community how deep am I?

Posted April 13th by Fox Forever

it's actually possible to see a list of goals and say "okay cool let's see if I can accomplish those" as a rational human being

there are people who overdo it and will, for example, buy shit games just to farm easy achievements; but that's their problem, not the system's

personally, I like when it helps me to get more enjoyment out of a game, or when it challenges me to try things I otherwise might not have. Sometimes achievement goals are tedious, stupid, or unrealistic, but that's when I'm free to say "lol fuck that" and just...not do it. I'm not being locked out of bonus content or anything, it's simply an optional challenge I'm ignoring. It's like a difficulty setting or extra mode I don't use. Maybe someone else will want it; the fact that it exists does me no harm.

Posted April 13th by Pirate_Ninja

"Have you ever seen an Achievement hunter? They're sad, broken people."

Interesting how you are judging an entire group like that.

" It's a psychologically manipulative meta mechanic that was hamfistedly shoved into even singleplayer games for reasons only superficially related to he actual game experience. "

Says who? You? Maybe achievements are there to give people a goal to reach, and for those that are competitive to get all the achievements in a game for bragging rights, or the same for trophies in a Playstation game.

"It is used as a way to make poorer games more attractive and to artificially extend playtimes."

Achievements were meant to do this? Or maybe it gave people a reason to play some games they normally wouldn't play.

I like Achievements as it gives me something to work for in a game besides beating it. I'm not saying that is the only reason I play video games as I still play lots of retro games from before achievements were a thing and I have been playing mostly switch games the past couple months which have no achievement like feature.

Perhaps you should think about how other people might see achievements and not just how you see them. But honestly I dot really care as you seem to have your mind made up and are pretty quick to judge other people based on your naive perspective.

Posted April 13th by Q
Q

Have you ever seen an Achievement hunter? They're sad, broken people.


I thought this was a quote by Brandy when I was viewing newest replies.

I am not sure how they are sad and broken people. But Papa Null knows best.

Posted April 13th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

The Microsoft Achievement system is one of the worst things to happen to modern gaming culture.


Not really. There are much worse things I would list before I got to achievements.

Also they've been around long enough now that I'm not sure they really happened to "modern" gaming culture and were just inherited into it.

it's actually possible to see a list of goals and say "okay cool let's see if I can accomplish those" as a rational human being


This. A lot of people can and do just use achievements as a list of extra objectives outside of regular play.

and to artificially extend playtimes.


Perhaps but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

In some cases the objective an achievement wants you to achieve was always there. All the achievement is doing is drawing your attention to it. If you consider an RPG, there is no playtime difference between having an NPC say "go and kill this tricky enemy within a time limit and I'll give you extra rewards" VS an achievement saying "Kill this enemy in a time limit".

But then also with any game people were already competing for fastest kill, or beating the hardest enemy with some kind of handicap, etc. All achievements did is offer it as a potential objective for regular players to aim for.

Edited April 13th by Moonray
Moonray
 

Do people still care about achievements? There was a time when people cursed Nintendo for not having an achievement system, but we're well past it now.

Posted April 14th by Bubba
Bubba
 

I think people do care lol

Posted April 14th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

"Do people still care about achievements?"

Yes, infact Microsoft announced recently that they are working on changing how the achievement systems works:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/08/10/microsoft-working-on-fundamental-change-to-xbox-achievements
"There was a time when people cursed Nintendo for not having an achievement system, but we're well past it now."

Again, i'm not an achievement hunter and dont play games just to get achievements, but I do kind of wish Nintendo had something similar. It's a nice way to look at someone's profile and see what games they have played and the achievements tell you what they have done. SO if you have some friends on your friends list that you are always trying to out do, you can try to make sure you have more achievements in a game then they do.

Posted April 15th by Q
Q

Do people still care about achievements? There was a time when people cursed Nintendo for not having an achievement system, but we're well past it now.

I wouldn't curse Nintendo if they didn't have some. I just look at them as something additional to go for because I'm going to play the game anyway. I still care about them because I go after them kinda hard but if they didn't exist in the first place I don't think I'd be pissed. I go after trophies too, but less so. There's something about a number where you want to see it go higher. The higher it goes, the more impressive it can be.

Posted April 16th by Fox Forever
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