While trophies aren’t the be all and end all of games for me, they’re still pretty important. Trophies become especially important if you have to complete some kind of impossible feat or an almost impossible and annoying grind for them. Then there are those moments when you’re sitting in front of your TV waiting for a trophy to pop after you completed the requirements to get said trophy and then…nothing happens. Nothing at all. No trophy pop, no instant screen shot if you have a PS4, nothing.
Trophies not popping when they should is one of my gaming pet peeves. Sometimes you just work so hard to get a trophy and then to get nothing in the end is just frustrating and annoying. After this happens there are usually four different stages that I go through.
• Stage 1 – Confusion: This is the moment when I start raking my brain to see if maybe I did something wrong or I didn’t do something that I was supposed to. I’ll go over the steps in my head over and over again making sure I did exactly what I was supposed to in order to get said trophy.
• Stage 2 – Hope: This is when I stare at the upper left or right corner of my TV screen depending on what system I’m using hoping that the trophy is just taking a little long to process and then pop. This takes roughly around 2-3 minutes before I go into my next stage.
• Stage 3 – Sadness: This is the moment that I stare at my TV screen and pout a little bit. At this point I know that I did everything I had to in order to get said trophy but it just didn’t pop when it should have. It makes me sad thinking to myself that I probably haven’t saved my game in a while or seen the autosave pop up in a while and now I’m going to have to start all over again if I want to get said trophy.
• Stage 4 – Rage: Now I’m seriously pissed off. I invested so much time trying to get said trophy where I could have been doing something else, playing something else, but no I wanted to get said trophy. For that trophy to not pop when it should have is just a bunch of crap. WHAT THE HELL!
Trophies not popping when they should are like any other game bug/glitch that should be fixed with patches or updates but are usually the most ignored. I’ve recently experienced this while playing Rollers of the Realm and have since given up on the game completely. Twice I’ve completed goals that the game requires for trophies, not once but twice, yet I get nothing in return. No super ultra rare trophy that I worked my ass off for. Just nothing. Will this be fixed though? Probably not. The game has already been patched once so I doubt it will be patched again to fix a few trophy glitches. Atlus already got their money for the game, it didn’t really sell all that well seeing as I got it for cheap on sale, so why should they bother fixing it right? This has been going on for a while now and still nothing.
While this particular trophy glitch didn’t happen to me, I see a lot of Twitter complaints about how Dragon’s Bane for Dragon Age: Inquisition isn’t popping when it should. Taking down 10 dragons throughout Dragon Age: Inquisition is no easy feat so I feel the pain of those who are experiencing trophy glitches for this one. The only response that is given when it comes to this trophy is to save before killing the last dragon and if it doesn’t pop just try again. Seriously? That is not a fix.
Final verdict? Trophies not popping when they should are just like any other bug/glitch that should be fixed just like everything else that gets fixed in games. Too many developers ignore these things siding that trophies aren’t all that important, but if they weren’t important or they weren’t meant to show that you, the gamer, accomplished something in said game then there wouldn’t even be trophies to begin with. Don’t make me work for something that doesn’t even function right and then ignore the fact that your game isn’t properly working.