So first I have to preface this as I always have to when I write these kinds of pieces that I in fact do like the PS3 and in fact I only cover PS3 news on this site. Ok, so with that out of the way we can get to the real heart of what I wanted to say. Currently, every PS3 game that is released is REQUIRED to have trophies, but the question has to be asked, why? What purpose do they really serve?
Does anyone actually care about trophies?
To take this deeper, after I beat a game I usually keep the actual game data on my hard drive for a while. From time to time, I go to the trophy section and look to see which trophies I have earned but that’s about it. In fact, trophies are pretty much an afterthought in just about every game I play and I play a lot of games. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a single game where trophies really served any purpose towards the overall outcome of the game. Come on, most of you have to admit when you are playing a game and a trophy flashes up in the top right hand corner of the screen most of the time you really have no idea what it’s for and you really don’t care.
As someone who plays a lot of games, I always think that each component of the game or the architecture of the system should serve a purpose, but as far as I have been able to determine the trophies on the PS3 don’t really have a purpose. The true test of somethings value is whether or not people would miss it if it all of a sudden it wasn’t around anymore but I can’t really think of anyone who would miss PS3 trophies and if they don’t add any real value then they should be eliminated. I am sure the game developers would be happy since that would be less work for them.
The main thing I am trying to point out is that either Sony needs to find a way to really make trophies relevant in PS3 or they should just get rid of them altogether. Nobody sits around and compares trophies anyway. If they tied it to in-game bonuses or something then that would be ok, they could even make them harder and real gamers don’t mind harder as long as there is a pay off at the end. That’s just me, what does everyone else think, would you miss PS3 trophies?