As a hardcore gamer, I have finished many games since the SNES and Sega Genesis era. Most of the time, I finished the games without the help of any walkthrough guides. I don’t like reading a walkthrough guide since it usually contains spoilers that will ruin my experience in playing the game. But later on I start using a walkthrough guide to uncover many secrets within a huge game that I love to play. I think the first time I used it, is when I try to uncover all the side quests and items of Final Fantasy VII. Until now I usually play without any guides until I finish the whole game. But sometimes for a game that I enjoy but not an important priority to my taste, I use the walkthrough guide to complete the difficult side quests as much as possible.
After playing for some times during the era of digital games, I realised that a trophy system has become a big part within the gameplay experience. At first, I didn’t care at all when I got message that I have achieved ‘this’ and ‘that’. I always thought that the most important thing is to create your own experience with your own skill until you finish everything. Psychologically, I started to be aware of this gratifying feeling whenever I achieved a trophy, especially the hard ones. Also, by comparing myself with my friends achievements, I started to feel this sense of competition among us. The hardest achievement is in the form of a very rare platinum trophy. To get this trophy, you need to unlock all trophies that exist within the game. Platinum trophy hunters are called ‘completionist‘ since they put a lot of efforts to beat all the challenges and features of a game. Actually, most of my friend does not have a platinum trophy within their set of achievements. Some of them with very high level even never bothered in getting one of these platinum trophies. It means that they have played a lot of games but they didn’t care on ‘completing’ all the features in these games. Nevertheless, I envy those that have gotten platinum trophies.
One day I read an article about Shuhei Yoshida (President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.) in his journey to get his platinum trophies. Upon hearing that he didn’t have a single Platinum Trophy, PlayStation Underground crew sent him a copy of Hannah Montana: The Movie on PS3. It is a very easy game to get a platinum trophy from it. This gesture is seen as a ‘friendly mock‘ for him as a Sony’s President. He finished the game and finally get his first platinum trophy. In contrast, his second platinum trophy deserves high praise since he completed all the challenges of a very hard game called Bloodborne. After knowing about this, I feel challenged in getting my own platinum trophy. Finding a decent game for this purpose is quite difficult also. I don’t want to get my first platinum trophy from a mediocre game. Above all, I also need to love the game since getting a platinum trophy requires repeating a stage or challenge many many times over. After some thought, I chose Gravity Rush. It is a PS Vita exclusive game that I adore very very much. I have also finished the game once.
Some of the challenges in Gravity Rush is quite difficult. Although I have to do a challenge over and over again, I am actually enjoying the process very very much. The satisfying feeling I get after finishing a difficult challenge was overwhelming. I use a ‘platinum trophy walkthrough‘ to understand all the challenges that I need to do. A walkthrough is essential, especially for getting the ‘secret’ trophies. Although the guide explains everything in details, at the end it is your skill that will determine the result. It took me around two weeks to finish all the challenges related to the achievements. Finally at last, I get the ‘rare’ platinum trophy. I intend to invest more time to get the platinums in the future although for sure it will not be as dedicated as this guy. Now, he already has 714 platinum trophies!
I am happy to hear that Gravity Rush will get a PS4 port remastered next year after its initial release back in 2012. And also not long after that Sony will release the sequel, Gravity Rush 2. I am very excited since this is a game that I have been waiting for so long to be released. I want to know more about the story and the improved gameplay. I love the unique gameplay of this game, although some critics hate it very much.
Update on my first book publishing process: It turns out that my friend is in a process to get our book publish in 2016. Since he has published several books, he has good relations with some notable publishers. He scraps his idea to make the book larger by incorporating EURO cup and Olympics events. He opts to push our book publishing that focus solely on football (related to the last FIFA world cup event), culture, economics, and politics in Brazil. I hope it will be published without any problems.