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Topic: Why are online leaderboards for Wiiware games so important to some people?

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Link79

1. Posted:

Even in the old days I rarely gave much of a crap about keeping track of my score. I just wanted to beat the bosses and move on to the next stage. I always thought earning points in videogames was... well kinda pointless. Woo hoo look at me I earned 50000 points! Yippie skip hooray for me. Even playing Pac-man I couldn't have cared less. As long as I'm winning that's fine with me.

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Edwin

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I'm with you. I think the answer to this question is pretty deep, psychologically. Some people feel the need to compare themselves to others. Comparing video game scores is just one way that this need manifests itself. Higher score...bigger ego.

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invmat

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Because you can't backup your save file when there are online leaderboards, that's why :-)

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Link79

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I'm plenty proud of myself after beating a really hard game. I don't need points to tell me I did good. Just a nice ending with some credits and possibly the word Congratulations in big letters on the screen. Silly people and their high scores.

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Chunky_Droid

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Yeah, who cares about on-line leaderboards? I'm not a fan of achievements either

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PhillepinO

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That's your simplicity, not others's overwhelming view of achievement.

Online leaderboards are what separate those who completed the game and those who most efficiently completed the game. Without being able to compare your score to others, there is really no need to play again. Thus, the online leaderboards is more for the games' replayability.

To answer your question: when given a task, a person psychologically sets their main goals. These goals can then be modified, adjusted, or even completely changed while the task is being performed. One of the goals that might evolved from playing a game might be to beat your own personal score, and that may later evolved, if available, to being able to beat other people's high scores through online leaderboards.

In addition, who doesn't want their name to be on a top 10 list specially if you believe you deserve it?

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Chunky_Droid

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I personally like beating my own times and such, but with the lack of time in my life I personally don't see a need for it. I also don't like to compare myself to others, honestly, you think you've done well and the game tells you you're in the bottom 100 in the world? Screw that! :P (note: I have not had that happen to me)

As for achievements, I like getting rewarded for my efforts with more than just points. Getting a piece of heart in Zelda is an achievement in its own right, and you get rewarded by getting stronger. Achievements that only give you points are just a way to show off.

I had fun climbing to the top of the roof in Mario 64, but I wouldn't care if someone else did it, so I'm glad Nintendo didn't introduce those types of achievements to their games.

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Link79

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Yeah I'd rather earn secret unlockables than have more points for bragging rights. I don't know anyone who would care If my score was higher. It seems like newer games don't really use a score system much anymore. It's mostly just the older ones or retro remakes.

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Machu

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Online leaderboards add immense amounts of re-playability for me. It's about being good at something, and taking pride in that. That's all games were about in the olden days, beating hi-scores.

Only losers dislike leaderboards. ;) :P

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noblo601

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Instead of a basic score system, most are now based around kills/KO's.

Take Smash Bros. for instance, I love the fact it tells me how many KO's I have done all up. I have never played online though so I don't know if they have anything like that on there, but it wouldn't bother me either way. I like fastest laps and stuff because it can give you something to aspire to.

However, when it comes to comparing KOs and Kills with friends, I think that's important. Bragging rights and making bets to win beers off them!

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Old_School

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Well, being a gamer since the mid80's, it hasn't been until recent years as the younger generation, I would say 12 to 15 year old range became gamers. It seems that there is a lot of competitors in the world. I see this a lot in the US. I blame my generation and my brothers generation. It seems a drop in moral in teaching our children values. Instead of good sportsmanship, we gloat. Look at any American sport, especially the NFL. Around 10 years ago, players were disciplined for spiking the ball. Now they have to go into a 5 minute dance to honor themselves. This is worsened by the fact that children see these acts and the point is driven home by the fact their parents encourage the behavior. Without going into a huge rant, it is unfortunately the mentality of many, many people. The "look how much better I am than you" attitude reigns supreme. I would like to say it is the challenge, but it is not. Just look at the state of the forums here at NL. You cannot state your opinion without a flame war erupting. I blame bad parenting. I blame the media. I blame lack of morals and a ethical upbringing.

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Achievements are fun, but I don't go nuts trying to get the insanely difficult ones, and if the entire achievements system vanished tomorrow I'd feel no poorer for it.

In my entire life I don't think I've ever paid any attention to a single online leaderboard.

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