I know Gears 5 has been out for awhile but find it weird so few gaming sessions exist. Am I missing something?


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Return to gaming in 2020 and finding that life/work/game balance
It's been about 3.5 years since I started achievement hunting. I have taken multiple long hiatuses. I have an addictive personality...always have, always will. And when I jump into something I go in full force. As nice as that sounds, it isn't always pretty. I tend to put things, people, etc aside for the hobby/goal I am pursing at the time. Over the last few months, I have been thinking about this a lot and what my goals are in life and where everything fits.

I'm 43 years old and a single dad to two awesome kids. This past year I moved in with my girlfriend and her son is basically my 3rd kid now and I love it. He is a gamer and reminds me so much of myself when I was his age. All in all, I have my hands full. My kiddos, E and O, are both getting older, have there own group of friends, interests, so that does leave me some more time than before. But how much of that time should I put into gaming is really the question for me.

Everyone views gaming and specifically achievement hunting differently. Some people are about the number, some are about the quality. For me, getting to 100K was a big goal of mine. But honestly, a lot of that score was made up of crappy games. A lot of that came from GTASC in 2018. While that was a lot of fun, it severely burnt me out on gaming. I took most of 2019 off from gaming and really wasn't anticipating a return but after a year off, I've come to terms with achievement hunting and it's place in my life.

I have a lot of interests and specific goals. For those of you that don't know, I am a huge powerlifting and bodybuilding fan. I have competed in powerlifting and have been nationally qualified. But my lifetime goal has been to step on stage and compete as a natural bodybuilder. It's been a dream I have gotten close to living but have come up short a few times. I've decided that in 2021 that will be my year come hell or highwater. In addition to that, I love drumming. A bucket list item of mine has always to perform one gig with a band. So, I have gotten back into drumming, signed up with a teacher, and will be practicing with a band once a week and should be doing a live gig later this year. Finally, 20 years of being an IT professional has worn on me. I have some new career goals that I will be going full force on...more to come on that.

So, with all this said, where does this leave gaming in my life. I believe it is exactly where it should be for me, a hobby that doesn't quite rank up with my other ones but one where I wont take any guilt in having. I know the days of me putting in 700+ hours into a game (cough Gears 4, cough) are behind me. But jumping into a 30-50 hour game that may take me a few months to complete will still be on my radar. At the end of the day, gamerscore for me is just something I am going to have fun with and not be overly focused on. The games I choose will be for the experience and not for the score...the score will just being icing on the cake. At the end of the day, it's all about enjoying the process, and since gamerscore is really an infinite number, there really is no sense in me chasing a high number just to satisfy my own ego.

So with all that said, the future is looking like it will be a fun one. Looking forward to 2020 and and all the new adventures along the way. Enjoy gaming and life my friends...see you all out there in the field.

2020 Goals:

Finish Gears 4, Dead Rising 4, and Sleeping Dogs because I want to finish what I started with these 3 and I did enjoy them thoroughly enough

Enjoy a few Far Cry games, and The Witcher, and Monster Hunter World for fun and story and not worry about full completions.

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Comment by J4CKA1 at 16:19 on 04 May 2021

If you need help with anything let me know.

Comment by brent1221 at 20:16 on 04 May 2021

Shit, I dont even realize I am getting these. I shut off achievements. I am just playing casually, but if I ever do I will hit you up.

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                Status change by planting42 at 17:59 on 04 May 2021planting42 status: May the 4th be with you!
Comment by Firebird2927 at 20:33 on 04 May 2021

Cinco de Mayo tomorrow !

Comment by LiquidAg at 21:29 on 04 May 2021

Today is also Cuatro de Cinco, just so you know.

Comment by PRTM CLUESCROL at 23:36 on 04 May 2021

it's also the 4th of may

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planting4250 Yearsplanting42 has rated the game 50 Years 2 out of 5
planting42planting42 has reached a new milestone: 1,720,000 TrueAchievement Score
planting4250 Yearsplanting42 completed the game 50 Years and is the 3,880th gamer on the site to complete it
Comment by Epsilon Theta at 10:44 on 04 May 2021

What is this game?

Comment by The Globalizer at 11:14 on 04 May 2021

Xitilon shovelware

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planting4250 Yearsplanting42 completed the base game 50 Years and is the 4,093rd gamer on the site to complete it
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Comment by planting42 at 06:40 on 04 May 2021

Better looking than Retro Tanks, thankfully. Still absolute trash though.

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Comment by planting42 at 06:39 on 04 May 2021

...and here's the trash that Retro Tanks is a reskin of. Level 45 can kiss my ass. Dev, you suck. Seriously. Just give up now.

Comment by Fooga at 06:47 on 04 May 2021

Yeah I had started this one over a year ago and did retro recently. Was like “...I’ve seen this before.” Lol super lazy devs.

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Comment by planting42 at 06:12 on 04 May 2021

Thank god that abomination is done. New worst game on the platform IMO. Beats out Nutjitsu.

Comment by Sera Di Siah at 06:28 on 04 May 2021

Easy 1000G though :p

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Comment by planting42 at 05:30 on 04 May 2021

Worse than the trash I throw out daily. Whatever idiot coded this mess should be ashamed of themselves, crawl under a rock and stay there for eternity.

Comment by planting42 at 05:32 on 04 May 2021

The fact its just a blatant reskin of another of their games further reinforces my opinion that this is utter garbage and worth .000001 stars.

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