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10-17-2008 @ 7:34PM
The point is to reward players for playing the game the way they want to play it. Feel compulsive about a neat and tidy map? The game will cheer you on. Feel like working on your fishing? The game knows where you're coming from. Just want leveling to a milestone to feel more important? The game will love you for that too. Love all your many mounts? The game's happy to see your collection grow too!It's a change of pace from the random slaughter that the game mostly is. Prior to achievements, the only way to make progress, the only way to accomplish anything, was to either kill things in the arena, or kill things in a raid. Now the game doesn't treat you like a leper for doing other things to pass the time. And that's not a bad thing.A lot of people are looking at achievements as things you must do, instead of as a way of rewarding what you want to do anyway.
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