One thing that I really like in games is achievements and trophies. I know, starting right off the bat with an introduction like this is not going to get me much sympathy. Especially since we are in a community that is sim-oriented, rather than revolving around more arcade and casual games. Still, allow me to explain. The reason why I like achievements and trophies so much is not due to completionism, or because I cannot have fun simply enjoying the game as it is. I like them because they put me in a specific contest. They give me an objective, a goal to aim for. Get faster than Jimmy Clark at Monza, beat the Stig, lap under a certain time in the Nords, win a championship in adverse conditions, learn to master a vehicle. These are all very generic examples to clear up a point. Achievements give you a purpose. Of course, I know that you are probably going to object me that you do not really need them to actually find purpose in playing a sim. It simply is your passion! Yes, same for me. What I mean is not that your go to sim is an empty shell without trophies to get, or that there is really nothing else to do besides trying to win them. What I mean is that competition usually makes things more enjoyable. Having a goal set in front of you, hard to get, puts you in a specific mind set. You want to get better. Simple as that. Which means you will practice, you will learn to adapt to a specific contest, you will try to overcome the obstacles between you and your end goal. It can be frustrating, it can be hard, it can be stressful, but in the end it gives you tons of fun. When you succeed, you feel accomplished. Alternatively, if you don’t, then you learn something new. Knowledge comes from failure. Those who always win never learn anything. You have to fail to actually get better. Achievements are neither essential, nor a fundamental requirement for a sim, however they create predetermined conditions in which you can quickly hop in and test your driving to the limit. They are designed for that. That’s where the fun is. Have a challenge specifically prepared by some malicious developer, and see if you are up to it. Moreover, many times they get you to try combos you would not think of otherwise, getting deeper into the game itself and exploring much of its content. Everyone does simracing for different reasons. You could be racing to improve your skills and perfect your technique, to join some league and have fun with friends, to get better statistics to get part in races that are more prestigious. To win prizes, to get yourself a reputation. It could also be just to have a fun relaxing race with clean drivers, either human or artificial, after a hard day’s work. Why not? That is the whole point. Every one of us has its specific mentality, and his own idea of fun and challenging. Now, I do not want this to be an “ode to achievements”. The endpoint is that it is perfectly fine if you don’t find them useful, or just cannot care about them! I just noticed some anger in the community between people who like them and those who do not, so I felt like this is a fire that needs to be put out. If your preferred sim gets trophies or achievements, it’s not the end of the world. Nor is people asking for them to be implemented to blame, if that happens. It’s not that they are diminishing the sim’s value, or making it any worse. It is just people, who share the same passion as you do, but like to experience it from a different perspective. They have a different idea of fun. Our differences do not make us opposites, just different part of a whole. Like faces of a coin. Learning to coexist peacefully is the key. In the end, it is the overall community supporting a game that makes it better throughout its various requests. PS yes, achievements like “speed up to 100km/h” are indeed stupid! No need to argue about that, lads! Do you like Achievements and Trophies? Do you prefer special events like in Assetto Corsa or online contests like those set by Raceroom Racing Experience and Automobilista? You don’t, and find them in general unnecessary? Why? See you in the comments section!