Trophy Grinding. When it’s Worth it and When it’s Not Worth it

Reach level 20 in multiplayer, reach level 100 in multiplayer, collect 5,000,000 coins, travel 500 km, and the list can go on and on. These types of trophies are the ones that you just know when you look at them are going to require some kind of grind because unlike other trophies they just aren’t going to come naturally over the course of playing a game. Sometimes these are even the trophies that are holding you back from getting that platinum and completing a game, but when is enough enough? When is grinding for a certain trophy worth it and when is it not worth it?

If you are truly 100% enjoying a game, then the trophy grind is worth it. You might not even think of it at a grind if you’re enjoying the game that much. Maybe you’re enjoying the game’s multiplayer so much reaching level 100 seems like a super easy feat to you. That’s great then! Go on and play that game, get to level 100 and get your well deserved trophy because you’ve earned it and you had a good time getting it.

If you are just hating a game or you’re just done with it, then the trophy grind isn’t really worth it. Yes, it’s not worth it even if that means you won’t be getting the platinum. If you sign onto your system every day for days or weeks just to grind out a trophy, gaming becomes a huge chore then. Gaming is supposed to be fun not chore like because let’s face facts, no one likes chores. They’re boring, sometimes tedious, and sometimes they’re just things that absolutely have to be done.

Game developers are slick when it comes to adding these types of trophies into their games because they know that trophy hunters will stick with it and play their game for weeks and weeks, even if they don’t like the game, in order to get a trophy and complete the game. This means that you spend more time with that game and less time with other games. It makes sense right? The last thing a game developer wants you to do is to play their game for a couple of days and then toss it aside for a new one. That’s where the trophy grinds come in.

Some of the hardest trophy grinds for me is reaching a particular level in multiplayer since I’m not really a big fan of it. I still play the game and maybe I’ll try the multiplayer to see how I like it, but I know that for me it’s not worth it to try and reach a specific level in multiplayer. Why? Because I simply don’t want to and I feel like the grind just isn’t worth it. I’ll end up hating what might be a pretty good game or I’ll just stare at my system and walk away because I know that turning it on means that I’ll have to play something I don’t want to. I don’t want to do that, so I would rather leave another half completed trophy list on my gamer card then grind out a trophy that just isn’t worth it.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine if a trophy grind is worth it or not so I go by a few simple rules. Am I enjoying the game? Am I really close to the trophy that I’ll only need 1-2 days tops to grind out the trophy? If I answer yes to any of those questions then for me it’s worth it and I go for the trophy. If the answer is no then I know that the trophy isn’t worth it and I simply walk away no matter how hard it is to do so. Maybe one day I’ll go back to the game and maybe I won’t, but at least I know that I didn’t spend weeks playing a game that I didn’t enjoy.


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