Following up on Microsoft trying to change the overall image of their Xbox department, we have this little bit of information talking about a smaller change coming to the platform later this year.
The Xbox One already got another major dashboard change over the summer, and at the time, Xbox Exec Mike Ybarra said that Microsoft wants to keep the ball rolling, and they want to put out updates over this next year that will refine the new dashboard and provide a smooth and dynamic experience for ever gamer. One of those changes will overhaul the Gamerscore system which has been in place since the glory days and before of Xbox Live. As it stands currently, your Gamerscore represents the culmination of every achievement and reward from every game you’ve ever played while logged in to your account. It’s a great way to show how diverse of a gamer you are, but if you happen to be a professional console gamer only playing CoD every day of your life, you’re not going to have a very high Gamerscore, and Microsoft wants to change that.
To quote Ybarra from an interview a few months ago, “…we are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody’s gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox. We can do a lot more to reflect and let people show their gaming history and their status. Whether it’s somebody who only plays multiplayer in Halo 5 at a professional level, maybe they only have 2,000 Gamerscore, you want to be able to celebrate that person.
And since then we’ve been beginning to see the first aspects of the new system, including a video on Youtube kind of showcasing the ‘new rewards’ that players will get in the future pertaining to said achievements in gaming. Too bad they’re all cosmetics for avatars, though…
Yeah, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone post 2010 who’s ever been that much into the Xbox Live avatar you have to have. I give no s***s about mine, made in two seconds because I just wanted to play Modern Warfare 2. However, from the video it’s pretty clear that they’re going to be changing the avatar system as well, making them more visually appealing than something that looks like a bootleg Mii with legs and arms.
And that’s why that whole thing started, isn’t it? The Wii? The massive popularity? Yeah, In my mind, nothing will ever come close to the first time I sat down and make a Mii. The Wii was a magical thing, and it created hours, even days of nostalgic moments in my gaming career…sorry, got off topic there.
The point I’m trying to get to is that I’m not sure people are going to buy enough into this new system for it to actually matter to anybody. I know I’ve never really given a s**t about my Gamerscore and subsequent levels on Steam or what have you. The only level that’s ever mattered to me was my Overwatch Ranked rank, the kind of rank that doesn’t always have to only go up.
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