View Full Version : Xbox 360 Achievements Inspired by the Atari 2600?

03-08-2006, 09:23 PM
One of the cooler aspects of the Xbox 360 is the addition of "achievements (http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/tips/achievements.htm)", which are basically rewards for achieving various in-game objectives (i.e. finish the game, unlock secret items, obtain certain high scores, etc.). As you "collect" these achievements they are added to your Xbox Live gamer profile in the form of cool icons for the world to see.
Sounds like an original concept, right? Rewarding people for achieving various in-game accomplishments on a console game? Well, this concept which first surfaced over 23 years ago on the Atari 2600!
Back in the "gaming stone age" (AKA the year 1982) Activision offered free cloth patches if you achieved a high score in any one of their games. Users were instructed to photograph their TV with the high score showing and mail it in and then Activision would send back a patch. Quite a bit of work in order to receive a piece of colored fabric, but it does mark the very first true "achievement" system for video games. In total there were 43 patches for 33 different games and the patch designs (http://www.atariage.com/2600/archives/activision_patches.html) were quite varied and pretty damn cool.
So what made me think about this obscure past of gaming history. Well, just this past weekend I was at my parent's house poking around my old room when I came across my old Puma sweatshirt and my collection of Activision patches! Take a look at this bad boy! Doesn't it just reek of 80s nostalgia? Damn, I used to wear this thing everywhere, proudly showing off my various gaming achievements for the world to see. I think I should get an achievement for just having this blast from the past.
Anyone else still have their Activision patches? And how many did you manage to get in total?

What's that in the back of my closet? My old Puma sweatshirt, complete with Activision game patches? Score! Note the other relics of gaming history in the background as well.
A full frontal view of my proud achievements. Damn that the Pitfall patch was freaking huge!
Of course I had so many patches that I had to attach a few to the shoulders as well. Could you imagine what you would think if you saw this walking down the street? On second thought, don't try to do that...


03-09-2006, 07:29 AM
yeah when i first heard of the 360 achievements i thought of that old school ness...awesome

03-09-2006, 08:41 AM
Hell yes, Microsoft, give me some patches for my achievements!!!