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Sony Isn't Making Trophy Support A "Requirement" For Devs

If you're a PlayStation 3 owner, you're aware of the Trophy support Sony added with firmware update 2.40 (or 2.41, if you were one of those who missed 2.40 before it was removed for fixing). However, some gamers are asking: will Trophy support be required of developers making PS3 games? Or will it be just a fun option if they want to try it? Well, turns out it's the latter.

As VideoGamer reports, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford has confirmed there is "no requirement" imposed by Sony for developers to support the new Trophy system. But even so, Gearbox will most certainly utilize Trophies just 'cuz they like the idea, so future titles (Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands) will have Trophies for gamers to nab. As for his opinion on the Trophy concept, Pitchford had this to say:

"That's pretty interesting. I want to play with it first. I think it's a cool thing. I'm addicted to achievement points on the Xbox 360 so I understand a part of what that's about. I actually have over 71,000 gamer points."

See? People can go pretty nuts for those Achievements, which is why Trophies are so very important for the PS3. Some people just love the idea of enhancing their gaming experience by striving for extra challenging goals, while others don't want to waste the time. However, regardless of your own personal preference, Trophies don't negatively impact anything. At the very least, they're just a nice option to have, and Sony is keeping it that way for devs: it's an option.

7/21/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

Daedusian
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 1:33:39 PM
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Yeah that's a good thing I guess. Some games really do not need to use this feature, like for example, some of the downloadable games on PSN. If they did add trophy support in such games it would just feel too overdone. Let the devs figure it out if they want trophies or not. After all, they'll know what to do since it is their game.

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Ed_Wayne
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 1:38:11 PM
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I wish it was a requirement. It's true that not everything needs them but it is going to suck if good games come out without trophies. A lot of developers will be lazy about this. I know it.

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chaosrunner
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 1:47:20 PM
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I think it's good that it's not being officially imposed, but I think that gamers want trophies/achievements, which means that developers will be including them. If it helps push people from the 'rent' to 'buy' catagory, developers will know that they need to have them in there to help push sales.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 2:02:23 PM
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If sony is not making developers to put in trophies, then how will they do it, i am vvery dissapointed, because first of all my games dont play music, or support trophies. The only game i know that they are working on trophies is warhawk, and i dont know when the update 1.5 is coming. I AM VERY VERY DISSAPOINTED

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Qubex
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 3:37:37 AM

Get used to it bugzbunny109, it is part of the hype machine that has been at the forefront of this "generation".

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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shindelion
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 2:07:38 PM
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trophies are a good way to prove to you rivals how good you are. i think devs should put it in the games, it adds a nice reply value.

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Xanavi23
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 2:24:29 PM
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I like Trophys. Trophies are goals, goals push you, making your skill in games even better, say an FPS or Racing Sim. It'll boost your skills and the playability for people who get bored.

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javon_27
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 2:58:29 PM
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But should it be required? No, I don't agree. You see, games that would benefit from trophies, I'm sure the developers would incorporate it. For instance, the Ratchet

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kj313
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 3:09:18 PM
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@bugz I 100% agree with u. Sony has been letting me down in so many ways the past few months. I understand they're trying to keep thing free and loose, by not commanding devs to do something they might not want to. Whatever, sony get your act 2gether!

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javon_27
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 3:21:49 PM
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the rest of my comment:



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javon_27
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 3:22:20 PM
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okay i give up, stupid page won't load my comment that i tried to paste from clipboard!

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karneli lll
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 4:13:26 PM
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@KJ313
sony doesnt have to tell developers to include trophies,the developers know how much their ps3 consumers want trophies in their games. lets face it,why buy a game (as of august) if it lacks trophy support?

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chaosrunner
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 4:14:28 PM
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Come on. Give the devs some credit. They know that players want trophies. They know that their sales will suffer without them. And if they don't, they'll figure it out soon enough. By not forcing it on the devs, Sony's allowing them the freedom to realize their own artistic goals, which is a good way to draw developers to the platform.

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karneli lll
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 4:29:19 PM
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kinda hard to give devs credit after givung us xbox games in blu ray cases dont you think?

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Minishmaru
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 5:42:39 PM
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I wish I had more information on Borderlands, the trailer definitely peaked my interest awhile back

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Minishmaru
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 6:28:11 PM
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Also, I think if a game is gonna be "short" they should definitely add trophies to add to the replay value atleast to make it seem longer imo

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 8:16:02 PM
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It's good not to place restrictions on games makers. But i'm sure there'll a lot of devs that won't bother and so certain games won't reach their potential.
Perhaps an incentive offered by Sony to devs who include Trophy support would be a better idea.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 8:38:04 PM
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hey what happened to matrixkurt?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 10:26:00 PM

He'll be gone for a while. And if he comes back and doesn't fix the attitude, it'll be a permanent vacation.

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ZubraZap
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 12:07:15 AM
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Requirements equal more delays and even sometimes rejections.

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Jizmack
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 9:36:53 AM
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good article, tho i think all games should have them, should be pushed on developers harder. tho thats just my opinion

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bamf
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 7:02:59 PM
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Gamer score is nice but I prefere to level up.

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