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…Achievement Farming Servers are lame?

TF2 Pyro

Call me an online gaming Newbie, but the concept of an Achievement Farming Server was news to me.

For those of you in the same boat, let me explain: In certain games like Team Fortress 2, items and weapons are unlocked only after a player achieves a certain number of achievements (milestones that mark goals or difficult tasks within the game). For those that can’t just wait to play through the game and earn the achievements like a normal player, Achievement Servers get set up with the express purpose of unlocking certain achievements for everyone playing.

Thus, though there might be two different teams playing, everyone is basically on the same team, and working together to earn achievements.

Need to kill 10 guys in 30 seconds?

Though this might be a tough task on a regular server, it’s easy on an Achievement Server when you have 10 volunteers join one team and then just stand still in a single spot while players on the opposing team take turns slaughtering the 10 opponents in one fell swoop like some sort of communal firing squad. Then, once everyone from one team unlocks that particular achievement, the roles are reversed, and it’s the next team’s turn.

Seem a little…unfair?

I thought so too, but apparently these types of servers are pretty common for games like TF2, as players are anxious to ‘earn’ their new toys and try them out.

Click the link to follow one man as he journeys through an Achievement Server for the first time, and witnesses the power, and the shame, of Achievement Servers firsthand.

[Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Pyro Maniacs: Achieving Nothing In TF2]

…The MacUpdate Promo is steal?

MacUpdate PromoThe MacUpdate Promo is back, which means that you can again save a bundle on a bundle of Mac software.

Initial applications include Forklift, RapidWeaver, Swift Publisher, Marine Aquarium, Xslimmer, MemoryMiner and Yep for just $49.99, which is a savings of 79%.

Then, if and when 1,000, 2,400, and 5,000 people buy the bundle, XMIND Pro 2008, iStabilize, and PulpMotion are respectively unlocked, meaning you’ll pay just $49.99 for a $646.75 bundle. (A savings of over 92%!)

Can you afford to pass up this deal?

[MacUpdate Promo]