"Because everyone else was doing it." - Mento's epitaph.
Speaking of everyone else, check out Marino's (the first), Buzz_Clik's and Ozone's S-Ranks lists too. I'll add more when I see 'em.
To keep things interesting, I've added a few stats for each entry on this list (which, honestly, is something else I'm stealing from Marino). They include:
- Date of acquisition. I was curious to see if and when there were "spates" of earning S-ranks. I figure it was probably when the site was still tracking them.
- A challenge rating (out of 5). Some S-ranks were a genuine accomplishment, most were just busywork, and others are more like that one Avatar: The Last Airbender game where you can get 1000 points in five minutes (Avatar is not on my list, fortunately).
- An embarrassment rating (out of 5). What's a good S-Rank without a whole heap of regret about how long it took to earn? This score venerates (if that's even the word) games with terribly designed achievements that I still went for like an idiot, and games I never should've played in the first place.