As a participant in the wide world of gaming, and a contributor to the online discussion about video games, I feel that I must take a stand. I take this stand for the other gamers who feel the same way that I do (and there has to be A FEW) about this particular subject. I realize that it may cost me, and that my stance is probably unpopular, but I would do myself a disservice if I didn't say anything about it.
I THINK THAT PSN TROPHIES AND XBOX ACHIEVMENTS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS STUPID, CHEAP WAYS TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF A GAME BY CAPITALIZING ON HUMAN SUSCEPTIBILITY TO OPERANT CONDITIONING TECHNIQUES.
There. I said it. If you would like a fine treatise on operant conditioning in gaming, I suggest watching the following installment of one of my favorite web video series, "Extra Credits". This'll get you up to speed for the following discussion: