Evaluating Your Mad Gamer Skills

A closer examination of her play including just the information that would appear on a gamer card in the signature on a chat board includes the last five games that she played and her current Gamer Score in each:

-- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (20 GS)

-- Assassin's Creed: Revelations (800 GS)

-- LEGO Harry Potter 2 (1000 GS)

-- Enslaved (820 GS)

-- Disney Universe (790 GS)

A closer look at just the data in the Compare Games field on her LIVE Gamer Tag presents some interesting and revealing statistics:

-- She has played 110 Unique Games in Total

-- 29 were Demo Copies downloaded from LIVE which have 0 Score / Achievements

-- of the 79 Full Games she has played, she obtained 1000 GS in 10 of them

-- Her favorite genre appears to be Action-Adventure RPG as roughly half her games are in it

-- Her second favorite genre appears to be Puzzle-based games

The ten games that she unlocked all of the Achievements in are:

-- Alan Wake - Remedy Entertainment / Microsoft Game Studios 2010

-- Assassin's Creed II - Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft 2009

-- Fable II - Lionhead Studios / Microsoft Game Studios 2008

-- LEGO Batman - Traveller's Tales/TT / Warner Brothers Interactive 2008

-- LEGO Harry Potter - Traveller's Tales/TT / Warner Brothers Interactive 2010

-- LEGO Harry Potter 2 - Traveller's Tales/TT / Warner Brothers Interactive 2011

-- LEGO Indiana Jones 2 - Traveller's Tales/TT / LucasArts 2009

-- LEGO Pirates - Traveller's Tales/TT / Disney Interactive Studios 2011

-- MINI Ninjas - IO Interactive / Eidos Interactive 2009

-- Tomb Raider: Underworld - Crystal Dynamics / Eidos Interactive 2008

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So what can we deduce from this information that will help us assess her skill levels? The fact that she likes the LEGO games and that she has completely unlocked the Achievements for many of them does not by itself either add to or detract from her skill -- as while those games have some easy to unlock Achievements they also have some difficult ones... They are fun and addictive games that it is very easy to find yourself playing and re-playing for hours on end.

Games like Alan Wake, Assassin's Creed II, and Fable II, on the other hand present an excellent foundation point from which to begin accessing skill levels, because they are three games in which a tiny fraction of gamers actually succeed in reaching 100% in Achievement unlocks in.

The she fully completed the story modes in the games Kameo, Tales of Vesperia, Spiderwick, and both Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, as well as Final Fantasy XIII, both BioShock games, Dragon Age: Origins, and in fact most of the AAA titles that she has played speaks well of her discipline as a gamer and her abilities...

The real value in this evaluation process however is in looking at specific Achievements and when they were unlocked -- for example the "Tactician" Achievement in Assassin's Creed: Revelations was unlocked early in her play of the game -- and as it is an online MP Achievement that requires the gamer to score more than 2505 in a single map session reveals that in addition to being interested in MP play, she groks the moves, something that sadly can only be said about a rare number of the gamers you encounter in the MP side of ACR...

In Batman Arkham City she unlocked "Dial Z for Murder" early in her play, which is unusual as most gamers saved the side-missions for after they completed the game; when you combine that with "Auto Collector" in LA Noire, "Romancer" in Viva Pinata, "Gold Super Star" in Toy Story 3, and "Fully Loaded" from Borderlands, it demonstrates tenacity and the serious threat that she could one day evolve into a completionist...

Posted: 24th Jan 2012 by CMBF
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