The other day I finished playing through the Halo: Reach campaign, on legendary difficulty, with a friend, and the ensuing shower of achievement points took me past the 100,000 point barrier. It’s taken me about four and quarter years to accumulate that many. During that time I’ll admit I’ve bought and played a few games just for the points. But, of those four and a bit years, I was at university for three of them, so wasn’t playing as often as I’d have liked to. Don’t get me wrong, I still played at least an hour or two a night, even during the exam periods, but I very rarely played during the day, even at weekends, that’s when I did my homework! So I haven’t really been dedicated to the task of getting achievement points, the majority have come just from playing games for fun, as I used to do back in the dark days before achievements were invented. In fact, if you do the maths, 100,000 points in four years is 25,000 a year, and about 2,000 a month, which is only 2 fully completed games. I would expect that two games per month is probably about average for a ‘hardcore’ gamer like myself (I hate that tag of a ‘hardcore’ or a ‘casual’ gamer, if only because it tends to give those in the ‘hardcore’ group a false sense of superiority over the ‘casual’ gamers). Admittedly I haven’t fully completed the achievements on every game I’ve played, not even close actually, so I probably play more than 2 different games a month. In fact it’s probably closer to 4. Hmm, the point of working out the stats was to try and show that I don’t really spend that much time gaming, but I clearly do. In the future I probably won’t be able to as much, when I have other commitments, and that makes me feel quite sad sometimes, but for now it’s my hobby and I enjoy it. I have to say though, it is an expensive hobby, and I’d hate to think how much money I’ve spent on it over the years, I’d probably have nightmares if I did.