Really, is there much to show for getting 10,000 kills in ranked matches in Gears of War, other than proof that one really did not have better things to do with his time in the meanwhile? I got Veteran Gear and Seriously 2.0 in Gears of War 2, but finally having them after countless hours of nonstop grinding was a rather unsatisfactory experience for me.
Games should be fun, and I believe that many of the achievements on various 360 games really do take the fun out of them. I have no problem going for full achievement completion on games where the achievements require actual skill. But if one has to find a party of like-minded people to waste countless hours doing exactly the same thing over and over again, for weeks or months on end, for a measly 50 gamerscore, that just does not seem worth the effort to me.
Then there are people who play simplistic games which offer no real challenge just because they have an easy 1,000 gamerscore. Is that really anything to be proud of?
I now believe that achievements and gamerscore really are not the greatest ideas that Microsoft ever came up with. Then again, it is Microsoft we are talking about.