“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.”
—Orison Swett Marden
The relatively new social gaming concept of achievements came along much later than the leaderboards we discussed in Chapter 3 and has gained a dramatic rise in popularity with the release of Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Achievements offer a level of detail and accomplishment overlooked in leaderboards. Leaderboards show who possesses the leading score; on the other hand, achievements demonstrate a player’s skills and strengths by rewarding the player for completing tasks, quests, objectives, or levels. When the achievements start to serve in-game purposes, they become more of a power-up over other players. The ability to view the achievements ...