How to Obtain Badges in Gamestar Mechanic
In addition to Mechanic Ranks, you can improve your persona on Gamestar Mechanic by obtaining badges, which track your achievements on the site. If you look in your workshop, you see two boxes labeled Gamestar Badges and World Badges. If you click the View All Badges button in either box, the Advancement and Achievements page opens. Scroll toward the bottom of the page to see details about your badges.
The Gamestar Badges section contains all badges you’ve earned for your account. As you read from left to right and from top to bottom, the badges are listed in order by date earned, starting with the most recently earned badge. You may see grayed-out badges, indicating badges you’ve not yet obtained.
The World Badges section shows your progress toward each world badge and offers you the option to start or continue your work on them.
Like ranks, Gamestar badges are goals you can pursue by improving your skills as a designer, and they allow you and other users to immediately see your most recent achievements on the site. Most Gamestar badges have a color — the color of the circular background behind it. They can also have a rank, determined by the color of the icon itself
Red corresponds to designing games, matching the color of the dXP progress bar.
Blue corresponds to playing games, matching the color of the pXP progress bar.
Yellow corresponds to reviewing games, matching the color of the rXP progress bar.
Orange corresponds to commenting on games or being a good citizen, matching the color of the cXP progress bar.
Green corresponds to online learning, either the official courseware or the world badges.
Meanwhile, the ranks of badges are a bit simpler to follow:
Bronze badges have brown icons and are the easiest to earn.
Silver badges have gray icons and are more difficult to obtain than their bronze counterparts.
Gold badges have yellow icons and are more difficult to obtain than either silver or bronze.
Platinum badges have white icons and are the most difficult to obtain; however, few achievement chains go all the way to platinum.
In addition, some badges transcend the 32, and these badges are available for only a limited time. You obtain these badges by winning awards in various contests sponsored by Gamestar Mechanic, using games you’ve created in Gamestar Mechanic. You can scroll over these special badges, which are markers of your past achievements, to see what they represent.
|Badge||Rank||How to Obtain It|
|Fresh From the Oven||Bronze||Play a game that had 10 or fewer plays.|
|Game Alley Cat||Silver||Play 500 games in Game Alley.|
|Game Alley Newbie||Bronze||Play 5 games in Game Alley.|
|Game Alley Regular||Gold||Play 1,000 games in Game Alley.|
|Game Alley Veteran||Platinum||Play 2,000 games in Game Alley.|
|On the Bleeding Edge||Gold||Play 300 games that had 10 or fewer plays apiece.|
|On the Cutting Edge||Silver||Play 150 games that had 10 or fewer plays apiece.|
|Try, Try Again||Bronze||Lose a single level 50 times in a row and keep trying.|
|Extra Creditor (Gold)||Gold||Complete every online learning exercise, including both the
courseware and the world badges.
|Extra Creditor (Silver)||Silver||Complete all exercises in a world badge, or in a unit of the
online learning courseware.
|Articulate||Silver||Leave 100 comments.|
|Beta Tester||Bronze||No longer obtainable, this badge was given to all users who
played the second beta version of Gamestar mechanic.
|Eagle Eye||Bronze||Flag an inappropriate review, comment, or game. You receive
this badge only after the flag is reviewed and confirmed.
|Eloquent||Gold||Leave 500 comments.|
|Even Beta Tester||Silver||No longer obtainable, this badge was given to all users who
played the first beta version of Gamestar Mechanic, when the site
was somewhat unfinished.
|Stop Buggin’ Me||Bronze||Report a website bug to administrators. You receive this badge
only after the report is reviewed and confirmed.
|The Alpha and Omega||Gold||No longer obtainable, this badge was given to all users who
played the alpha version of Gamestar mechanic, when the site was
still in early development.
|Two Cents||Bronze||Leave a comment.|
|Cactus||Gold||Publish 50 games.|
|Classic||Gold||Have a published game that at least 200 people have
|Cult Classic||Silver||Publish a game that at least 50 people have favorited.|
|Level Designer||Bronze||Publish a game with at least 10 levels.|
|Off the Charts||Gold||Have a game with more than 1,000 plays.|
|Prolific||Silver||Publish 20 games.|
|Published||Bronze||Publish a game.|
|Sensation||Silver||Publish a game with more than 500 plays.|
|Smash Hit||Bronze||Publish a game with at least 100 plays.|
|The Chosen One||Gold||Have one of your games featured by the administrators.|
|Well Received||Bronze||Have a published game that at least 10 people have
|Critic||Silver||Review 100 games; each review must have some text in it.|
|Critical Eye||Bronze||Review a game.|
|Reviewer||Gold||Review 500 games. Each review must have some text in it.|
|Background Certificate||Gold||Complete the Custom Backgrounds challenge.|
|League Intern||Silver||Complete the introductory missions in the Quest.|
|League Mechanic||Gold||Complete the first five Quest missions.|
World badges take much longer to earn than Gamestar badges because you have to complete a series of tasks. When you click Start Now or Continue in the World Badges section, Gamestar Mechanic shows you the list of requirements to earn that badge.
Clicking the orange arrow button on the right side of an unlocked requirement shows you a brief description of that requirement. For example, click the orange arrow to the right of Requirement 3.
You will see this page. This briefing tells you exactly what you have to do to fulfill the requirement.