Yes, I like the achievements, too. MS did a stupid thing by creating the gamerscore phenomenon. The scores are absolutely useless, but some people are suckered into thinking that a higher score actually means something so they purchase as many games as they can to get that score up. I think the top score is something like 30k.
The mistake that people keep making is equating both gamerscore and achievements. Unlocking achievements earns you X amount of gamerpoints, but the points (gamerscore) don't mean that you're a great player. The achievements are the ones that show everyone what you've unlocked. The score is arbitrary. It's not like you can purchase anything with your points. Although achievements and gamerscore are
related, they are not
the same thing.
What matters to me is having fun. Getting the achievements is just icing on the cake, but it's fun to get them still. I still play my games even after I've gotten all the achievements for it (e.g., MBU and Geo Wars after I get the last two achievements I'm missing
). I'd love to get all the achievements in all of my games, but I don't have all the time necessary for it, and sometimes I don't have the patience to put up with some games (e.g., PDZ and Condemned).
I paid for my games. I shouldn't have to deal with some bullshit exclusive achievement. It should be the consumer's option if s/he wants to earn whatever achievements by putting in X amount of work for it (e.g., achievements for DOA4, PGR3, RR6, GW, MSR and the like).
In Mutant Storm Reloaded, the most difficult achievement to earn is the Black Belt Grandmaster. It's difficult because it requires a lot of patience and skill. It is still, however, a very fair and achievable achievement. It doesn't require a golden variable to be earned. If you don't feel like putting in the effort to earn it, that's fine because it's a game you paid for, and it should be your option. If you have the patience, time, energy, and desire to earn all the achievements for a game you paid for, you should be able to without having any of them be achievable by the slimmest of chances.
I love Burnout to death, but I hate that I'll never have that achievement. It's like Criterion is saying, "Fuck you if you weren't a game tester or if you weren't here the first hour we released the game." It should be my choice to earn this achievement not the fucking developer's.