Originally Published: 26 February 2009
Everyone knows about Gamerscore. Some people hate it, some people like it. At the end of the day it doesn’t really mean anything – it’s just a novel way of showing how many games a person has played, and how much of those games they’ve explored or unlocked. Or, in the case of Avatar, how quickly you can press the B button.
What it does do, though, is throw up some friendly rivalries – in a similar way that the online leaderboards do, such as this fine example [originally linked to the forums] from our forum. For example, just after Ready Up swelled it’s ranks with Mark, James, Fran and Loz one of the first things I did was check out where they all stood on our Gamerscore leaderboard. I confessed this to Zoey one day over Live and she told me she’d done exactly the same thing. We both agreed that had we lost a position with the intake of new blood it would have been a very bad thing. It would appear that, even though it means nothing in the greater scheme of things, the top two places on the Ready Up leaderboard are quite fondly regarded by the pair of us.
But better than all that, Gamerscore has let me do something that Jim’ll Fix It never did. I am now a nemesis. When I first met my challenger, it was outside of the world of gaming. I stumbled across him while poking around on one of my friend’s MySpace pages. I found one of his blogs, regarding a boy who was doing inappropriate things in a McDonalds toilet, and with the simple comment “I guess that’s why they call it a Happy Meal,” a friendship was born.
Once it was discovered that we both loved gaming and both had a 360 the competition started. He has always said that he will catch up to my Gamerscore and there have been times when he has come awfully close. It’s turned into a game of its own now. When I log into Live, one of the first things I do is check out the points situation. There’s round about 5000 points separating us as I write this, a situation which has remained more or less steady for the past couple of months but with a slew of new releases on the horizon who knows which way the tide will turn?
Now if only the avatar editor had the option for a leather chair and furry white cat.
Mwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.