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Achievement endgame: Man reaches 1 million Gamerscore

It had to happen sooner or later. As of last night, Ray Cox IV, also known as Stallion83 on Xbox Live, became the certified Guardian Spirit of Achievements after hitting exactly 1,000,000 points worth of Gamerscore. People watched it happen live on Twitch, bearing witness to the realization of a goal Cox set for himself eight years ago. And while I'm in awe of his personal achievement, I'm fascinated by what kind of existential crisis Cox could be going through right now.

Since hitting the one-milly mark, Cox's Gamerscore hasn't budged. Of the 1,580 games he played to get there, Cox fully completed a mere 79 percent of them (I'm joking--about the "mere," that is). Cox could ostensibly keep his Guinness World Record tally going, booting up such gems as Zumba Kids, Farming Simulator, or Disney Little Mermaid (all of which are in his play history) to snag even more easy Achievements. But as of this writing, Cox's Gamerscore still sits comfortably at a clean 1,000,000.

Does he dare go on? How could he? Besides making headlines, Cox seems to have nothing to monetarily or physically gain from his accomplishment. Yes, there is the almost transcendent satisfaction of succeeding at something you set out to do eight years ago. But those are eight years you can never get back, and all you have to show for it is a green number on your TV screen. Cox can relish the fact that he is now number one in the world when it comes to Gamerscore--but that supremacy can't last forever.

Unless, that is, Cox devotes even more of his life to staying ahead in the struggle for Gamerscore dominance--user smrnov is hot on his heels with 938,395 points. This would be, objectively, a most depressing waste of a human existence. Where does one stop? Two million Gamerscore? Fifty million? One billion? In that instance, Cox would've sold his soul to the Xbox brand, forced to unendingly dedicate himself to Xbox consoles and games until the day he died a sad, unfulfilled death.

I'm excited to see what's next for the Stallion83 account, because it feels like anything can happen. Cox--and the very concept of Gamerscore that he now stands for--can either ride proudly into the sunset that is retirement, or stagger on like a slave to an all-but-meaningless number. Or perhaps Cox will achieve Internet fame, his Achievement achievement commemorated and his account immortalized through some kind of promotion. When most people take eight years to do something, they have a Master's Degree or a PhD and a stable future to show for it. At the moment, Cox's path forward following his eight year ordeal is enthrallingly unclear.

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17 comments

  • the_ultimate_one - June 23, 2014 4:26 a.m.

    kudos to the guy for reaching the goal but have you checked out his games - some are imports of the same game - isn't that cheating ??? I'm pretty sure if i completed the same games more than once i would reach a high gamer score too . there are only around 1100 to 1200 games for the 360 so the score cannot be done legitimately , but if you have to money to get your console chipped to play import games and able to buy multiple versions of the same games to boost your score then so be it . hope the guy goes on too an even greater score - i did get addicted to gamer score once but life goes on and more important things replaced it . forgive me if it seems like sour grapes , i assure you it is not . like i said well done to the guy , it is an achievement in its self to get the high gamer score , no matter how he got it .
  • NinjaPopsicle - March 14, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Wow, people still care about gamerscore? I can't even remember the last time I bothered to look at mine. Heck, I think the last time I even cared about achievements at all was right after I got the system almost 7 years ago.
  • Shnubby - March 14, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    Meanwhile after 6 years of playing Xbox 360 I am just about to hit 25,000 ;) I just don't get how this guy can play that many games?? I guarantee that he played Avatar: The Burning Earth and a good share of shitty sports games in order to gather those points!
  • GOD - March 14, 2014 1:23 a.m.

    I'm not trying to start a flame war, but whatever. I just find it really amusing that this is a thing for Xbox gamers, but I never hear anyone boasting about trophy levels on PSN. They're fun to have and compare, and getting that platinum is really nice, but I just never hear anyone really taking it seriously anywhere near the point of this. I'm sure there are people out there that try to do the same thing on PSN, but they're not put on a pedestal over and over.
  • theguyinthecloset - March 14, 2014 5:05 p.m.

    I think I have a psycological reason for that. Gamerscore is number while trophies an amount of trophies. it's i have 10 000 gamerscore or I have 10 platinum trophies. We tend to pursue numbers a lot more than an amount of an objet. saying I have a milion dollard bills sounds less impressive than saying I have a million dollars. The number in a gamerscore is also bigger because 1 plat = 1000 GS usually. and every single achievement rewards you with "+5" or "+30" while trophies reward with "+1 bronze" also you don't need to 100% on xbox to advance while on PS you tend to count the platinums. This doesn't say that it happens on xbox and not on PS, but it would suggest that this tendency to be an "achievement whore" is more likeling to happen with the gamerscore system than the trophy system. Not all xbox gamers are one and not all PS gamers aren't.
  • theguyinthecloset - March 14, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    I also just realized that I am myself a good exemple of this. I own both a 360 and a PS3 and when I finish or complete a first playthrough of a game I often look at the achievements of the game to see if there is any more fun or challange I can have with the game and feel rewarded when I get the achievement (But I don't pursue achivements that I consider too hard and/or stupid) but when I play on PS3 I don't even feel motivated to look at the list and when a trophy pops up, I'm like "oh great, a bronze. what the hell does that even represent?" it's like it's easier to get if temperature is high or not from a number but imagine if a thermometre had colored sections instead of numbers, it would be less meaningfull wouldn't it?
  • g1rldraco7 - March 13, 2014 10 p.m.

    No wonder his gamertag is stallion, he went the distance with that gamerscore ;)
  • pl4y4h - March 13, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    That sounds like a job that doesn't pay, for 8 years. You know unless he's making money on twitch or something but still. I like games as much as the next guy but that seems like torture
  • GenderBender_9000 - March 13, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    Geez Lucas, way to crap all over this guy's social life destroying achievement. Haha, just kidding. I love how grimly accurate this article is.
  • alllifeinfate - March 13, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    It needs to be commemorated and looked down upon at the same time, but the writer made it sound so grim...
  • winner2 - March 13, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    That guy needs to see the world and not touch a controller for at LEAST 5 months. If he goes to italy, finds a beautiful woman, romances her, travels the world together, take a walk in Germany's forests, propose under the full moon at the taj mahal on a clear night, make it as cheesy as possible, and MAYBE he'll be able to balance a bit of this. I mean, god damn, I think he's gone from "time wasted having fun is not wasted" to "you wasted some arbitrarily sized part of that 8 years sure enough".
  • Redeater - March 13, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    Not to take away from this guy's "achievement" but I remember finding out about a year back that his dad owns some furniture business and he doesn't have to work. Not that amazing if you ask me. I hit something like 180-200 thousand a few months ago and this is coming from someone who has: - a full time job - significant other who hates videogames - active social life - travels more often that I should - also, was late to the 360 party Man, I'm really glad I stopped with achievements and trophies. Such a waste of time. Oh....but....kudos to this 30(?) year old guy.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - March 13, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    Yeah, that's bullshit. I could get a higher gamer score if my daddy was rich, too
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - March 13, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    This article was particularly depressing.
  • Redeater - March 13, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    Oddly enough I was defending this guy a year or two ago. "If he has the money, who cares what he does." My opinion has kind of changed after constantly being bombarded with how colossally fucked finacially the average american is. This deserves a golf clap at best.
  • JMarsella09 - March 13, 2014 5:56 p.m.

    Jeez... And I thought 3000 trophies was impressive...
  • hintzke - March 13, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    That moment when continuing to do what you love (i.e continue to accrue gamerscore in this man's case) would equal a sad unfulfilled death, according to a game journalist. Nobody else thinking that? Okay.

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