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Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on Jun 30, 2012 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

It’s another week to check out unique gaming stories and thoughts via the PSN Community Spotlight. This is your chance to share your story on the PlayStation Community Forums, while snagging a $50 PlayStation Store voucher if your post is selected!

PSN Community Spotlight - Lil_Mermaid_Girl

I know I’ve been leaning a bit on the family stories a bit, and next week, I’ll likely shift gears to some more traditional gamer themes, but I saw this story about how PSN Mom gamer Lil_Mermaid_Girl uses Trophies as a fun way of competing with her family and her son, and I couldn’t resist sharing.

PS3 Trophies Are Fun For The Whole Family

Both myself and my husband have been gaming since we were around eight years old, so when we had our son we figured he would become a gamer too. He’s now seven years old and has been playing since he was four. We’ve always been PlayStation gamers, but since the inclusion of Trophies in 2008 we’ve had an extra way to compete (and play) together.

All three of us have our own PSN usernames because we like to have friendly family competition with our trophy counts. Our son just hit level 11 on his trophies and got his fourth platinum with Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. It took him over a year, but he got it! He even started a real Lego collection to go right along with his favorite games, the Lego series.

We play games together on his account, but his trophies are all his doing besides the things we have done in co-op. We platinumed Up together in co-op, and it’s always fun playing the games with him. His aunt just got her own PS3 and he thinks she is trying to catch up to him so he’s been trying extra hard to not get passed by her!

The newest addition to our PlayStation setup is the PlayStation Move. He’s having a lot of fun “gaining muscle” as he says in Sports Champions. His favorite mode in it is beach volleyball and he’s trying to get 3 stars on everything for those trophies (and self pride). Even though I told him that will be quite difficult, he seems pretty determined. I’m thinking there’s a life lesson in there somewhere.

PSN Community Spotlight - Lil_Mermaid_Girl

On the left, Lil_Mermaid_Girl’s son sits proudly next to his Trophy score, while mom and son celebrate Sports Champions accomplishments on the right.

Gaming really does give us something fun to do together as a family, whether it’s cheering for each other in Sports Champions or upping our trophy counts so the other person can’t catch us. I’m still the leader of this family, but as he gets older I’m thinking I will have a real run for it! I personally just think my husband and son are lucky to have a wife/mom who games too though, right, lol!? (At least I’ll be sure to use that when I do get passed!)

Congrats to Lil_Mermaid_Girl, who is now the recipient of a $50 voucher redeemable in the PlayStation Store! Send in your stories here, and feel free to read Lil_Mermaid_Girl‘s original submission right here.

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+ ReptileHand on June 30th, 2012 at 9:53 am said:

Hehehe this is really nice!

I go for trophies for games that I enjoy. Unlike other people I don’t go for easy games. I go for games that I have a great time playing! I got the Infamous 2 platinum, Resistance 3, The Darkness II, Uncharted 2, and a ton of others. I’m not bragging, I’m just using them as an example since they’re somewhat tough.

It adds an extra challenge and a ton of re-playability when going for the plat! If it looks like it’s too frustrating then I won’t waste my time. For example, I loved Arkham City a lot, except the challenge maps are way out of my league.

I actually first started on my brother’s account and got him a lot of trophies. But then in 2010 I made my own account, and a year later, got my own PS3. I’m now Level 16 while he’s lvl 13 (with my help!) I’m not worried about him passing me anytime soon =)

Protip: For your first playthrough, go on the hardest Difficulty so you can unlock all the difficulty trophies! I used to play “for the story” until I felt it was time consuming to get all the trophies. It also warms you up for the next difficulty (if you have to unlock it).

Hope you guys never stop playing!


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+ Heavenly_king on June 30th, 2012 at 10:26 am said:

I have 70 plats :D


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+ ccrogers15 on June 30th, 2012 at 10:32 am said:

Cool story. Morgan, can you tell me when this weeks THE DROP will be out? I want to see what the freebies for plus are this month.


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+ JoeTheBeast16 on June 30th, 2012 at 10:45 am said:

Congrats Lil_Mermaid_Girl!
I’ll have to keep the Trophy competition in mind for when my daughter gets a little older :P
It’s great to see that I’m not the only one that uses games to bond with their family :)
Enjoy the $50! you deserve it! :)


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+ Lil_Mermaid_Girl on June 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am said:

Thanks guys ^-^ The hardest platinum I have is CoD: W@W but that was my first, so I think that’s why I pushed through veteran, it was hard on that game. Maybe my son will get some tough plats when he’s older :D


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    + Morgan Haro on July 3rd, 2012 at 9:32 pm said:

    congrats again and thanks for sharing your story! it reminded me of my mom buying me Final Fantasy on NES back in the day.


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+ Samanicaa on June 30th, 2012 at 11:02 am said:

boy, I need to catch up.. xD


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    + Morgan Haro on July 1st, 2012 at 7:03 pm said:

    me too =| most of the community spotlight winners blow my Trophy count away. props to all the winners!


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+ HorrorGod on June 30th, 2012 at 11:07 am said:

Great story, Momma. Adorable picture! It’s great that you’re raising him as a gamer. :)


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+ poodude on June 30th, 2012 at 11:42 am said:

D’aww, that’s an adorable story.


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+ Satnamji on June 30th, 2012 at 12:08 pm said:

Nice story and pix! Looks like an ideal family situation, as far as I’m concerned. Sports Champions is definitely a good workout. And LEGO Star Wars III is not one of the easier LEGO plats. Congrats to your son. See you both on PS3T. :)


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+ perrandy on June 30th, 2012 at 12:54 pm said:

what a nice story! :)


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+ JetSetFuture on June 30th, 2012 at 1:05 pm said:

It’s a fact: 9 out of 10 families that game together, stay together.


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+ M-Easy on June 30th, 2012 at 2:06 pm said:

Its always nice to see and PS3T member get some love! Good luck during THL.


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+ crazy_kracker1 on June 30th, 2012 at 3:01 pm said:

Question is out of the 3 of you who get’s to spend the $50. lol


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+ Blkant on June 30th, 2012 at 4:11 pm said:

Definitely one of the better community spotlights. Neat to say the least. :)


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    + Morgan Haro on July 1st, 2012 at 7:04 pm said:

    glad you enjoyed it. I thought there’s be a lot more folks being critical on this one since i recently spotlighted another family related one last week. but glad to see everyone is digging lil_mermaid_girl’s story =) will switch it up next week though


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+ MMAtt702 on June 30th, 2012 at 6:16 pm said:

touching little story, wish the women in my life played games like this


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+ chunterosa on July 1st, 2012 at 1:14 am said:

AWESOME!!! totally dispels the archaic myth that video games keep you from spending time with families and friends.


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+ Electromagnus on July 1st, 2012 at 3:24 am said:

Really nice story.

Tell your son to keep up the good work, I’m sure he’ll be a fine gamer one day.


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+ viceforce on July 1st, 2012 at 2:32 pm said:

Add me to you and your family


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+ newyorkreload on July 2nd, 2012 at 12:04 am said:

Imagine how crazy the 80′s would have been for us older folk if the 8-bit systems had trophies.


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+ MaxPayneV3 on July 2nd, 2012 at 6:50 am said:

Cool wish my trophy level was that high.


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+ Traitors on July 2nd, 2012 at 8:09 am said:

Nice story! Hope to have a gamer family of my own in the future too :)


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+ Chico_Science on July 3rd, 2012 at 5:39 am said:

This is a really cool story! as a fellow trophy hunter myself i enjoyed very much. Currently i have 36 platinums and working on my 37th one. keep on gaming Lil_Gaming_Girl and co.!


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+ Chico_Science on July 3rd, 2012 at 5:39 am said:

edit: oops!! its Lil_Mermaid_Girl oh wow lol!!


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+ Lil_Mermaid_Girl on July 8th, 2012 at 4:32 pm said:

Thanks everyone for the kind comments ^-^ I appreciate it. And sorry I couldn’t accept everyone’s friend requests on PSN, I got A LOT of messages. I’d be well at 100 if I had accepted everyone.

And Chico, that’s too funny haha!!

Thanks again Morgan.


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