In my opinion, achievements are one of the most incredible features built into Xbox 360 games. It gives you something extra to reach for, a reason to pick up that game one more time and take it to the next level. I just came across this announcement that Gala-Net, makers of Rappelz, Flyff, and other gPotato games, are about to add achievements to their free to play MMO games:
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Gala- Net Announces Release of New Achievement System
Sunnyvale, Calif. -March 28, 2008 – Gala-Net has announced a new Achievement System for their popular free-to-play game portal, gPotato.com. These achievements will provide new goals for their users to strive toward, along with the ability to show off their achievements and gain in-game benefits for completing them.
GPotato users can earn achievements by completing specific objectives within gPotato games. Every gPotato user has a profile page, and on this page they can show off their achievements, their scores in the various gPotato games, post information about themselves, and post to their own blog.
Every night, the Achievement System will detect any new achievements a user might have unlocked. When they have unlocked a new achievement, the achievement will be displayed on their profile page. They will also be given a point reward, called pChips. PChips can then be spent on in-game items found in a special web-shop.
“We wanted to provide our users with more goals,” said Michael Powers, Producer at Gala-Net. “We hope users will enjoy showing off their accomplishments to each other and form a stronger community.”
The Achievement System will first launch within the gPotato game Rappelz. The system will later be added to Flyff and the other gPotato games.
Founded in 2004, Gala-Net, Inc. is a subsidiary of the global online community company Gala, Inc. Together with its European subsidiary, Gala Networks Europe, Gala-Net is a leader in the burgeoning free-to-play online games market. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Gala-Net’s diverse service portfolio includes Flyff, Rappelz, Upshift StrikeRacer, Corum Online and Shot Online. Through the games portal gPotato (http://www.gpotato.com), gamers can play any of Gala-Net’s games for free, as well as buy in-game currency and virtual items for any of its games.
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