Achievements to Mark Progress
I admit, I love achievements. I love the satisfaction of completing them and I love how they make me feel when I can’t always see what I’m working towards. I love that they give me a goal in game when I’m floundering on what to do.
There are a LOT of achievements in GW2. Some are easier to obtain than others. Some I know I will never get. Some I didn’t even know exist and come as a surprise after they show up (usually after a world boss or a meta event that I haven’t checked out before). I like that we’re rewarded for the number of achievement points we go after, and it motivates me to keep doing things.
I know it hasn’t always been this way, and I know a lot of people do not like achievements, but I think I like the combination of being able to work on them when I want to, and ignoring them when I just don’t care. Some days I just want to look for cats, for my housing instance, and that’s OK too.