Finding an equilibrium between making as many posts as possible, whilst trying to make them relevant and inoffensive seems easy to me, but is something that not many people seem to be able to master. I mean, if someone makes a thread about the strengths and flaws of, say, Final Fantasy VII, just to pick a random game, do you really need to make a post that says "I haven't played it so I dunno"? Or post "I don't really care about this" in the comments of a news article? You'd think it would be a no-brainer, but it really happens a lot. Granted this may be because the forum is awash with new users everyday, each one without much regard for the rules and interested only in "upping the score" on their post count, but I still see users with over 1000 posts being put on probation or suspended every day.
I love the idea of adding the competetive "catch 'em all" component to the forum, and it does encourage people to give their opinions and explore all the content on the site. But, let's face it, we're all gamers. Some of us play by the rules and some of us cheat. Or, at least, tempt fate by taking the dangerous route that gives you the most bonus points. I for one am less of a risk taker, and prefer not to make a post unless I think it really actually adds something the conversation. That's not to say I don't love the competetive edge of it all. Just seeing the "New Badge" message sitting in my mailbox makes my heart jump a little, even if all I did to get it was watch a few videos.
I like how you managed to take gaming to it's logical conclusion: life. Gaming isn't just a pastime, it's a lifestyle. Literally. This is a social world in which we live, and isn't making friends all just a game anyway? If I make a good joke, I get X points on my friendship meter. Whoops, apparently this NPC isn't a fan of toilet humour. I'd better not choose the one about the ferret and the canterloupe next time. It's all about points and goals. Fun is a factor that varies.
On a related topic: WOOOOO NEW BADGE!!