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This week on the Paranerds Podcast, the Paranerds speak about Serious Sam Double D XXL, Watch Dogs, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2. Kevin finally got himself a PlayStation 4 and talks about Lego Batman 3. Little Big Planet 3, Disney Infinity 2.0,and P.T. (Silent Hills). The two then go over new releases news (see below) and some deals of the week. Rooster and Kevin talk about the new Star Wars trailer and Kevin admits he was fooled by the fake trailer.
Since their introduction, achievements have frequently come under fire from fans and video game critics alike. Even now, over a generation on since they were first brought into the industry as accounts were popularised and online community aspects were pushed, the backlash against them remains ever strong.
The very idea of them seems to be scorned by a lot of major figures, especially John Bain and members of Polaris, with the very idea of them often being ridiculed. Many are argued to be unnecessary, to be a pointless addition which ultimately adds nothing to the experience and something which the industry never needed before now. However, I personally believe that this is not entirely true. While achievements have been mishandled certainly, there is a definite reason for them to exist and benefit developers of all titles.