Raptr Rapture

Over the last few months I have found Raptr difficult to deal with, I haven’t been able to get Planetside 2 to work for months now, despite it not changing at all. I have tried all the usual trick and scans and manually selecting games, to no joy. Now that I’d playing Elder Scrolls Online the same thing is happening, only trying to add the game to Raptr list is hampered by the fact there are 2 entries in their definition file, both of which appear to be looking for a file that has part of the folder structure in it.

I, like many, use Raptr for 2 main purposes:

  • Firstly is the friends list, however that is mostly redundant with it mostly being a subset of my friends list on Steam
  • The second reason is to track the games that I play.

Historically I used XFire and GamerDNA to track my games and time played. I left each as the slowly became difficult or awkward to use.

The direction that Raptr has now taken is really not one that I am entirely comfortable with , this is a step beyond those taken in 2012.

  • The more you play the more Raptr points are gained, the system is focused on getting you to link your Facebook account or optimising games to earn more points
  • There is also an Optimisation function build into the Raptr Client to help optimize your game, something that I really don’t want,  but which unlike NVidia’s similar system is defaulted to ON, rather that opting you up to start with, so it starts scanning your games, hardware and configurations.

I think that it maybe time to build something to track my time myself, remove the annoying 3rd party side of this seemingly simple need of mine.

Gamifying gameplay

For those unaware Raptr is a social website that allows gamers to track games and achievements but also to befriend each other. Well that is all I used it for after I switched to it from Xfire. There were some areas that allowed you to compare statistics against your friends but it’s wasn’t the main focus of the site.

However this all changed when Raptr recently got a huge make-over. Now for each of your games, play-time and achievements are ranked against the statistics of other players. The more people that are playing a game, the higher the thresholds of each ranking. The ranks are:

  • Newbie
  • Amateur
  • Experienced
  • Dedicated
  • Hardcore
  • Elite

Ranks, A brief overview

Raptr informs you of your ranking for a game and also tells you what is needed to reach the next rank. As an example I have 20 games where I am ranked as “Hardcore”, but I’m told that I need to invest another X hours gameplay or earning achievements to earn the rank “Elite”.

That’s all well and good but once you have put in the hours and become an “Elite” player of a title, what then? How does Raptr encourage you to put more time into a game?

Well it cleverly doesn’t tell you your exact rank, but it offer you the useful information on what step are needed for you to become the number #1 player of a game. The wonderfully designed message politely tells me that I need to invest another 58 hours in Sanctum to earn the elustrious title of the number #1 player.

The bonus is that you spend more time playing games that may have lost their enjoyment, but the grind doesn’t end there. As more players invest more time you will slowly lose position and maybe rank, another factor to push you into picking up older titles to in order to compete against other gamers and maintain your standing.


After the recent changes I was thrilled to discover that I am (at time of writing) the top ranked gamer for both Atomic City Adventures and Atom Zombie Smasher. On viewing my progress on the latter game it was apparent that I needed to put in a few more hours to try and earn more achievements to cement my place as top dog.

As I was typing this post I received an email from Audio Surf informing me that I had been dethroned as the top scorer on Transvision Vamps – Tell that girl to shut up.

C’est la vie d’une compétitif gamer.

*Should you want to add me as a friend on Raptr my username is welshtroll.