I am creating this thread to ask some important questions about a large but potentially justifiable issue with Gears of War 1.
I assume the Support staff are aware of this issue and I would like an opinion more than a "ruling", as this is something that really bothers me.
This is about unlocking Seriously via the "Sign-in" Glitch and why I believe it raises a valid ethical dilemma.
Firstly, let me list the problems with Seriously :
- It is glitched as an Achievement, it never unlocks when it should and it always takes a ridiculous amount of time to unlock "legitimately".
- 400 hours is not a reasonable amount of time to ask anyone to play for in order to earn this Achievement. I'd be lucky to get this kind of spare time across 6 months, let alone the "about a month" of grinding I'm supposed to do.
I empathise with those people who have put in the genuine amount of hours necessary to unlock this "legit" and feel like those who unlock it via more "underhanded" means are devaluing the accomplishment, but there are lots of games like this. Take Rainbow Six Vegas with it's Best of the Best Achievement and those endless Realistic, High Density Terrorist Hunts on LVU Campus for 600XP per successful run. Or let's take Kane & Lynch : Dead Men with it's "brilliant" 0G Leaderboard Achievements. Better yet, let's just go for the big one, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter with their odd numbered and grossly unfair Leaderboard Achievements. All of these games take hundreds of hours to finish, all of them are unfair and all of them are "glitchy" to varying degrees. Why do I mention this? Because it's bad enough asking people to play for hundreds of hours, but there are tons of people who glitch max rank Achievements whether they are for Aliens Vs Predator, R6V, Gears 1 & 2. Out of all of these people, some get Gamerscore reset, most don't.
I raise this as an issue because I believe that no-one should be penalised for doing so. I would like to make a note right here that I am not condoning "gamesaving" or modding of any sort.
This is a dilemma for me, because I really want to glitch it, but I dare not, so I'm appealing for clarity about this for the benefit of all gamers.
I'll boil this down for the official response. Seriously, and many Achievements like it, are essentially broken/extremely glitchy. Unlike R6V or AvP, Epic have done nothing to fix this in any way. Some people have earned over 30000 kills with still no Seriously Achievement. Most people do not have the time to invest in what is a combination of poor design and carelessness with no notable effort to make amends to those legions of Gears of War fans.
What I want to achieve from this thread is a clear cut, honest and fair resolution to this whole tangled mess. In my eyes there are 3 options :
-1 : Epic must fix/patch Seriously to unlock at 10000 kills and Annex kills must also count.
-2 : Remove Seriously as an Achievement from the game.
-3 : Give everyone who glitches it a pass based upon extenuating circumstances (ie the Achievement doesn't work how it's supposed to).
Just to clarify, I do not condone glitching the other 1200G from Gears 1, I do not condone gamesaving or modding of any kind and I do not support, in any way, cheating to gain an advantage in adversarial Multiplayer games.
I don't mind who answers this thread as long as it's official (AceyBongos, Stepto etc).
Thank you for taking the time to read my "epic" post and I hope this issue is resolved.