Microsoft revolutionised the scoreboard system via Achievements, for which it deserves full props. But y’know what? PS3 trophies are just so much cooler
. Rather than a handful of disembodied points, the PlayStation 3 rewards you with a tangible prize that you can show off on your virtual mantelpiece – just like a real-life trophy. Plus, the addition of ‘tiered’ trophies (bronze, silver, etc) gives you something extra to aim for.
PlayStation’s advertising icon Kevin Butler put it best at E3 2010
: "[Gaming] is staying up until 3AM to earn a trophy that isn't real… But it is."
By contrast, achievements are just meaningless numbers.