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7-20-2009 @ 6:50PM
Like Jam says, there's no difference between the two, both reward systems (gear and achievements) are immaterial and ultimately temporary. The psychological hook to them both is very similar in that they offer a sense of accomplishment for both short and long term effort. If you try to analyse it in terms of the fictional game world - "this imaginary reward gives me a imaginary sword to kill more imaginary creatures" then you have become so immersed in the beautiful lie, that it is indeed like the emperor's new clothes. By all means, enjoy either accomplishment, but believing one is greater than the other is somewhat delusional.With regards to social status, I couldn't honestly say which carry more kudos, but clearly they both carry some respect in the community as this coverage proves.Personally, I enjoy the achievements more... which is the only measure by which I compare things.
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