MTV’s Stephen Totilo thinks he has a “million-dollar idea”.
He believes that your Xbox Live Vision Camera-enabled Xbox 360 should snap a picture every time you unlock an Achievement. It’s a cute idea, akin to the snapshots that amusement parks take of you on a roller-coaster; a moment of surprising excitement captured for posterity.
It’s also one of those concepts that sounds great… in theory.
Then there are the other Achievements, like creating an online schedule in NBA 2K7. I think that’s actually a worthwhile Achievement, because it’s helping to create an effective online community, but let’s face it - it’s not exactly spine-tingling fun, either; and certainly not worth a picture. Especially when you’re scheduling in your skivvies.
I have a completely full Xbox Live Friends list, packed to the gills with top-quality gamers and industry types; good people all - but I don’t really care to see what they looked like when they completed the tutorial in Gears of War. Besides, they probably looked a lot like me - sitting on the couch with a slightly bored look, waiting for the real game to start. I’m not convinced that’s worth transferring the bandwidth.
After all, I’ve earned hundreds of Achievements, and my Gamerscore isn’t even all that high because I rarely have time to finish a game. 95% of those hundreds of would-be photos would look essentially the same, though some might have one of my dogs walking in front of the camera to mix things up.
Anyway, while it’s not the least valuable idea I’ve ever heard; to my mind, unless you’re either a exhibitionist or narcissist (or both), it’s more than a few shekels shy of a million.