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[intro]Word on the gaming street is that Microsoft are planning on taking Xbox 360 achievements to a whole new level.[/intro]Word on the gaming st

[intro]Word on the gaming street is that Microsoft are planning on taking Xbox 360 achievements to a whole new level.[/intro]

Word on the gaming street is that Microsoft are planning on taking Xbox 360 achievements to a whole new level.

Earlier this week, DeaconBlade of www.unscripted360.com announced that unlocking gaming achievements could soon bring actual rewards. What exactly these rewards could be we can only speculate. A free faceplate? Desktop background? Exclusive gamer pictures? Who knows where it could end? I secretly think Frag Doll Kitt has her finger’s crossed for a free Viva Pinata cuddly toy.

Although getting free stuff for doing what a lot of gamers already do – play games – sounds pretty cool, I’m apprehensive about the supposed scheme. It’s a fairly safe assumption to say that achievements persuade gamers to play titles they wouldn’t play otherwise. This is a good thing. Sure, I wouldn’t call NHL 26K the highlight of my gaming career (1000 gamer points in half an hour!), but it is nice having a bit of an incentive. However, it is also argued that gamer points take the fun out of the gaming experience. Become too fixated on achievements and a game becomes a chore. Would increasing incentives for achievements overshadow the simple enjoyment of gaming? Will gamers begin to judge a game by the accessibility of its gamer points?

Microsoft currently neither deny nor confirm the achievement reward rumours. Either way, DeaconBlade assures us that all will become clear soon.

In the meantime, satisfy your achievement lust by hopping over to www.technology-ninja.com, who has allowed us to create our very own unlockable achievements.