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Aug
15
PermalinkLimping into Week 3
Wish I could say I'm leaping into the third week of Leap Frog, but dancing the days away during this event has took a toll on me. Seem to have underestimated Dance Central just a tad. Perhaps I overestimated my abilities. Eh. I can always blame the tracking, right? laugh

Almost did the entirety of Week 2 with all Kinect Required achievements too, but just didn't seem to have it in me on the last day. Ended up taking the easy way out yesterday and booted up Halo MCC!

Don't know what it is, but man - the sheer amount of achievements that are available in that game is unreal! I don't mind, but almost feel like I'm overdosing myself at times. Had to take a break from it all and go play something a bit more casual, like Life is Strange. I tell you what though - it got really interesting at the end of Episode 3. Got into the fourth episode a bit, but was getting a little tired and decided to turn in early. Pleased that I'm participating in this TA Playlist this month. It's been a treat.

I tell you what though. Glad that I'm at a good place with gaming. There was a time where my competitive juices were flowing uncontrollably and this hobby was starting to feel like a chore. Now, it's just a steady flow of gratification and couldn't be happier. I'm not entirely where I want to be at because of a few reasons, like my backlog, completion percentage, online achievements, but I'll get there. I don't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm optimistic it could be right around the next corner.


  • Leap Frog Breakdown


Games Used:

Week 1:
Parachute Panic (WP): 1
Sally's Salon: Luxury Edition (WP): 1
Assassin's Creed Pirates (WP): 2
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (UWP): 1
Jeopardy!: 1
NCAA Football 12: 2
Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do: 1
Fighter Within: 1
Motion Explosion!: 1

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Week 2:
Dance Central: 1
Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do: 1
Body and Brain Connection: 1
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved: 1
Wreckateer: 2
Just Dance Greatest Hits: 1
Zumba Fitness: 1
Halo MCC: 2

Correct Ratio Bracket: (17/21)

Only missed out on one since the last update, but that was mostly due to my gamer goal conflicting with that. Should continue on nailing a majority of these within the correct ratio bracket in the days to come.


Current Expectation: Day 20 - earn three achievements with a ratio of 4.8 or greater.

Lowered my expectations a tad. Being more realistic and all. I'm still confident that I can last an entire month in this event, but I also don't want to think too far ahead either. That said, I'm making sure I have solid alternatives in place at least a few days ahead. I know I can pass Day 20 with no issue whatsoever.

I'm also trying to implement the power of the Kinect for most of my achievements. It seems like I prefer to dive into the smaller ecosystems, which is fun. Creating meta-games are cool like that.

I'm just glad the weekend of August 26th looks to be an easy set of planned achievements because there's this bridal party Dawn and I are going to. Apparently, it's a couples thing. Plus, most people at her work are going to be there and according to Dawn, they're all dying to meet me. We're also going to watch the Mayweather/McGregor bout later that night too at a friend's place, so you can see where my gaming time might be limited. I shouldn't mind. Our friend's place has this epic theater room, so it will be highly enjoyable to watch the fight on the big screen! I'm pulling for the upset myself.

  • Disappointing Discovery


Came across a status over the weekend when I clicked on my badge for site rank and was redirected into its leaderboard. After scrolling through the other tags, being curious where I stacked up and all, I saw someone's status that caught my eye. Just had to shake my head in pity for this person when I noticed who posted it. This same status had been up for awhile. You know, for someone who allegedly doesn't want anything to do with me anymore, they sure do like to keep reminders up of me on their page and seemingly keep tabs on what I'm doing on this site. The meaning behind it eludes me, but we all know they're not exactly the logical thinking type. It's so sweet and flattering that they still think of me though, but I mostly find it to be weird and disturbing all at the same time. Their behavior is embarrassing, if I'm being completely honest.

I'm actually going to put the rest of my thoughts in a spoiler tag since the topic is really not all that important, but if you're intrigued enough, then feel free to dive in deeper:

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  • Personal Completion Challenge #7


I managed to squeak out another personal challenge over the weekend, so that improves my record to 6-0. planting42 was kind enough to suggest another game for me, so let's figure out an ETA and get cracking at it!

Oh, the game selected will be Diabolical Pitch! This was an incredibly fun game with a concept I doubt I'll experience again. I've already beaten the game once, but there's a nasty achievement that might best me:

Diabolical PitchSomething to Brag About?The Something to Brag About? achievement in Diabolical Pitch worth 59 pointsClear all worlds without taking damage from the first area until the end of the extra area


It may not be too bad once I invest in enough "baseball cards," I'll end up with the best powers, abilities and all that jazz. I also have to complete the game in co-op as well, but that's where Dawn comes in. My hero. laugh

I do tend to remember how fluid the game worked with the Kinect. I'll probably replay the story again, refresh my memory on how it all works. Plus, it wouldn't hurt to get a feel for what I need to do in order to the complete the game either. That way, I can make a realistic, but also a competitive gamer goal.

And, with that - I hope everyone has a fantastic day and be safe out there.




[UPDATED: July 27, 2017]

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Posted by Mr Granstaff on 15 August 17 at 15:57 | There are 4 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
10
PermalinkRecapping My Projects
I really need to start updating my projects more frequently so I don't overlook anything that either may be important or interesting to you all. With that said, let's get to it.

  • Genre Project - Completing Them All


Collectable Card Game: Still on the hunt for the best candidate for this genre. My biggest hurdle is being too frugal.

Naval: Currently going through Assassin's Creed Pirates (WP). I suspect I could be done with this game by the end of this month. I'm not aggressively playing the game. Otherwise, it would be completed over the weekend.

Survival: It's just a matter of me taking the time to get through How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition and unlocking the handful of achievements that are left. I've arguably completed the most difficult achievements already, so the rest is just mop up duty. I foresee myself implementing some of those achievements in Leap Frog.

Turn Based: I have two good candidates for this one: Worms Battlegrounds & Child of Light. I've made significant progress in Worms, but Child of Light would probably be the easier of the two games to complete.

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Other Sports:

- Australian Football: Need a good candidate; they're not very popular in the states.

- Badminton: I have only dived Blazing Birds and while it looks like an enjoyable game for me, it appears to be quite difficult. I'm always up for a challenge though.

- Billiards: I've started Pool Nation awhile back and never knew how difficult it would end up being. Whenever I revisit this game, I'm just going to have to put my nose to the grindstone and plug away.

- Cricket: A couple of candidates exist, but I'll probably wait for a sale.

- Cycling: The best candidate for this game would be Le Tour de France 2013 - 100th Edition. I just need to find a copy. I didn't find one when I checked Amazon the other day.

- Handball: Not much to choose from; unfortunately the latest title has an unobtainable.

- Lacrosse: The only game that exists for this genre could either have an unobtainable or a very difficult achievement to unlock. I'll continue to keep my eye on it.

- Motocross: This is the only genre I might "cheat on" and substitute another game for it. Let me explain: this genre has only one game listed as such and it has been delisted. At the moment, I have no way to get access to it. Plus, it's an underutilized genre that's probably been forgotten it exists by the staff. For example, not even the Motocross Madness game is listed as such and it's got the genre in the title! laugh

- Rollerblading: Currently, only one game fits the bill here, but has yet to be released: On a Roll.

- Skating: Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect is probably the only game I've ever gotten backlash for being naturally good at (there's a long story about that). Anyway, this one will be challenging since only three other people have completed this game. And, the last registered completion was way back in January 2014.

- Skydiving: Skydive: Proximity Flight is another game I dived and appears to be difficult to complete. We'll see. It might come natural to me.


  • Platform Completions - The 100 Club


Xbox One - 89
ID@Xbox - 52
Windows - 35

I've reached 100 completions in the other major platforms, but the Windows platform might take some time to get to and that's because of the lack of titles I have access to. Currently, I only have access to 36 titles, but actually wanting to start them all is an entirely different issue. Some could be pure crap whereas others take over 200+ hours to complete (and be pure crap). If it's not going to be fun, I don't do it. smile

I barely have enough titles for the ID@Xbox platform (59), but wanting to actually start some of them could be problematic for my goal. It's a mixed bag.

Oh, and if you're curious why I'm not including GFWL titles. Microsoft simply didn't publish enough of them. I don't know the exact count, but it was less than 100.


  • Leap Frog 2017


For starters, I'm going to give credit to JimbotUK for the Leap Frog breakdown idea.

Games Used:
Parachute Panic (WP): 1
Sally's Salon: Luxury Edition (WP): 1
Assassin's Creed Pirates (WP): 2
Age of Empires: Castle Siege (UWP): 1
Jeopardy!: 1
NCAA Football 12: 2
Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do: 1
Fighter Within: 1
Motion Explosion!: 1

Correct Ratio Bracket: (8/11)*

* I probably could have gotten them all in the same bracket, but one achievement was somewhat time sensitive. Plus, it doesn't really matter in these early stages all that much. I do foresee myself being much better about not being wasteful the deeper this contest goes on for.

Current Ambition: Day 33 - earn five achievements with a ratio of 7.4 or greater.

I should probably revisit my list of achievements for Leap Frog sooner rather than later because there are a few where my confidence of obtaining them within a certain time frame was waning. Might need to supplement some alternatives there.


  • In Other News


August is on track to be my lowest output of GS/TA yet this year and it might just end up that way. If I had to wager a guess, it's because I've been more focused on these projects of mine and trying to do some intensive cleanup. You know, dwindling down my backlog and getting my completion percentage back up. Plus, I don't invest in these quick completions some people obsessively drool over. laugh It's no secret. Those kind of games are meaningless to me and a waste of my money. My e-penis satisfies plenty.

I'm also wanting to try to reach a 2.0 ratio as well, so I have been somewhat selective with what achievements get unlocked lately. We'll see how that last goal works out. I predict not well. laugh

And, Dawn is still plugging away with my phone games. She seems to have hit a wall with Sally's Spa though. Just recently, I managed to get a perfect score in the first level of the last area and may have figured out a trick that I'll pass on to her. Basically, we weren't checking out enough people. Implementing what's called the Zen candle at the right time helps. Actually, strategically implementing all of the candles seems to be key. I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed she can actually pass the last level on Hard on her first try (or, she'll probably just let me do it). There's a nasty bug in that game that wipes your progress if you don't. Let's pray that doesn't happen.





[UPDATED: July 27, 2017]

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Posted by Mr Granstaff on 10 August 17 at 14:19 | There are 7 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Aug
07
PermalinkGaming Spouse
I must have a keeper. Dawn has been showing even more interest in gaming lately. She's completed one game, Sally's Salon: Luxury Edition (WP) and already working on its sequel, Sally's Spa (WP). She's mostly into phone games, so trying to think which ones she might be into later on.

She tried Parachute Panic (WP), but found that was too tough for her. Truth be told, it's pretty tough for me as well as I have yet to complete it. Then again, I did put it on the back burner temporarily so I could meet my other goals first. It was slowing me down.

I'm thinking she will probably be into Kinectimals (WP) and other cute games like that. She could get into Jet Set Go (WP), I bet. Outside of that, I have no idea. I suppose if she starts something up and ends up not liking it, I'll just finish it up for her. laugh

We do have plans to stream our co-op gaming in Overcooked and possibly This is the Police, in a cooperative effort (kind of). I needed to use up some of my Amazon points, so I opted to take a small risk and try that game out - it was only $10. It piqued my interest enough to warrant a go with it and maybe get Dawn more involved with console gaming. I mean, she's already the best Kinect partner a guy can get. wink


  • Leaping Away!


Got a plan in place to at least reach Day 16, when three 4.0 ratio achievements are needed. I'm certain I can last longer than that, but I just opted to stop the planning there and pick it back up at a later date. Once we reach Week 2 of this contest, all of my planned achievements going forward will be for just Kinect titles. It's a nice meta-game I got going for the time being. The overly inflated Minecraft TU achievements should come in handy later on should I find myself in a bind.

I might fail my gamer goal due to a technicality with Wreckateer, which should coincide with Leap Frog too. Anyway, my goals always seem to end a day sooner that I set them up for. Must be a time zone difference issue or something. I could unlock the achievements a day sooner, but that would screw up my Leap Frog plans. Then again, I should have plenty to work with outside of those two. I'll have to come up with some alternatives should I go that route.

Plus, I'm wanting to try for the impossible and maybe reach a 2.0 ratio. I'm pretty sure if I go Kinect heavy with my gaming, I should be able to reach it. This Leap Frog event, depending on how long I'll be able to last, will help. Trying to maintain that high ratio is a completely different feat, however. Heh.


  • Grinding is a Chore


I can tolerate grinding just like the next person, but the more I stick around this GS bandwagon, the more I realize how trivial that score is. It's one thing when I'm having fun with achievements, but it's an entirely different feeling when I'm having to grind out a silly statistic just to get an achievement or eventual completion. Take Jeopardy! for example. Trying to win 50 games is such a time sink. Fortunately, I made a huge dent into the game over the weekend, but I had much rather earn a completion either through enjoyment or skill.

Eh. Perhaps it's a small setback since I've been achieving some legendary completions as of late, so some letdown was bound to happen. I do know this though: after this experience, I'm not putting myself through anything like that again, like an identical game - Wheels of Fortune. I have access to it, but I'd rather spend 20 hours of my time with something more meaningful. Fortunately, my personal backlog doesn't seem to include anything like that. I mean, there's going to be grinds involved, but at least they should be more enjoyable than answering questions for Alex Trebek.





[UPDATED: July 27, 2017]

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Posted by Mr Granstaff on 07 August 17 at 18:30 | There are 11 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jul
31
PermalinkPersonal Achievement Challenge #6
Seems like others aren't quite as fond in the art of fighting as I am due to the lack of comments in my last two blogs, so let's change things up again where everyone can get more involved. Then again, those blogs were mostly an experiment and a way to look back on how well I did in Fighter's Uncaged. The one thing to take away from that game was that I was able to reach the Top 20 on a global scale. That's not too shabby for someone that's probably past their prime. wink

Anyway, after the comments I got from my friend feed status the other day, something jarred my memory. Why not do another achievement challenge? It's almost as if I feel compelled to do these every other year. If you look at the stat sheet below, you can see how I came to that conclusion:

Hard Boiled (09/01/2013)
Foxiest of the Hounds (09/27/2013)
Light Seeds Master (10/14/2013)
Zombie Genocidest (10/15/2015)
Number 1 Dad - 12/01/2015
Considering on changing up the format, but that mostly depends on what game gets picked. I might increase the time frame and not just limit myself to one week if the game ends up being a 25+ hour completion while I haven't made much progress in the game either.

I am going to limit what can be suggested this go around. Surprisingly enough, a Kinect title has not been picked for one of my achievement challenges, so let's change that and stick with my started Kinect titles for the Xbox 360?

To make things easier on everyone, I'll go ahead and include a list below:

Please note: I'm not including the other Dance Central or Just Dance titles that I own since I would rather complete them in order. OCD problems, I know. I know. smile

Now, you guys can pick a single achievement or request that I complete the entire game. Heck, I'll even let you decide on the time frame. I'm thoughtful, aren't I?

Of course, I'm picking a relatively bad time for this since Leap Frog is right around the corner, but I'd like to think I'm an overachiever. Plus, since Leap Frog will eventually be dependent on constant high ratios, Kinect titles are an excellent fit.

And, with that, hit me your best shot!





[UPDATED: July 27, 2017]

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Posted by Mr Granstaff on 31 July 17 at 20:08 | There are 8 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Jul
27
PermalinkBreaking Down Fighters Uncaged - Part 2
Close, but no cigar. I managed to reach the Top 20 in Fighter's Uncaged global in-game leaderboard. For now, the top spot eludes me and probably forever will. Theoretically, I could improve the score for Rider, but that wouldn't gain much traction. It would land me in the Top 10. For now, I'm content and has since moved onto another tough Kinect title: Minute To Win It. I'll get to that later, but let's break down the remaining fighters.

Fighters UncagedAdios amigoThe Adios amigo achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 144 pointsWin 20 fights against El Luchador


El Luchador is deceptively quick and loves to counter with a sweep if you tend to be kick-happy like I am. I either do one of two things: cause enough Leg Pain to slow them down or make them Breathless where they're vulnerable to an ongoing onslaught of attacks until they recover. I did the latter.

I do wish I can remember more details as I didn't make notes when I completed this game last week and forgot most of the subtleties of the game, but I would land low hook shots to the body after a successful counter and that's all she wrote.

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Fighters UncagedForsaken by the godsThe Forsaken by the gods achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 147 pointsWin 20 fights against Kawharu


Kawharu was a big boy who was actually quite quick considering his weight and size. Of course, like all of the heavyweights in this game, causing Leg Pain was the way to go. I couldn't just land leg kicks though. His Fighting IQ seemed to be heightened in the Open League, so had to mix up my attacks. Sometimes I would throw a straight punch to the face to keep him honest and then counter with a low roundhouse kick to the leg.

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Fighters UncagedTail between your legsThe Tail between your legs achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 166 pointsWin 20 fights against Jackal


Jackal was an unusual character, but certainly wasn't the strangest. We'll get to that fighter soon enough. With Jackal, he loves to kick at a distance and discovered a predictable pattern with him. He throws kicks in bunches, so if you don't manage to block one, he'll be following up with another. Just raise that knee to check it and then sweep. Much like Ratface, if you follow the sweep up with a string of straight punches, sometimes he won't be able to recover and you can knock him up.

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Fighters UncagedSaturday night fighterThe Saturday night fighter achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 162 pointsWin 20 fights against Deadlock


Deadlock was one of those characters that gave me fits for some reason, but low hook shots to the body to make him Breathless was the way to go for me. After a counter, depending how he reacted to the body shot, I was able to string together a series of body shots to make him Breathless and followed that up with an onslaught of kicks.

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Fighters UncagedTarred and featheredThe Tarred and feathered achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 162 pointsWin 20 fights against Piston Joe


Piston Joe, was by far, the easiest opponent especially considering his placement in the Open League. While he does pack a punch if he connects, he's so slow, his damage output is almost not even a factor. I didn't want to take risks, so I kept it simple with him. Since he's a big dude, I dodged and countered with a low leg kick to cause enough Leg Pain. From there, I continued to keep my distance and kept throwing kicks to keep him at bay.

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Fighters UncagedFallen angelThe Fallen angel achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 179 pointsWin 20 fights against Angel Face


laugh This dude is so weird. I didn't experiment too much with Angel Face as I read a guide on here that suggested to just throw straight punches to the face. While a bit tiring, it really works. I thought it was bogus at first and figured it was a joke, but it was a foolproof strategy. Of course, I was able to figure out when Angel Face was going to throw a leg kick that I could check. From there, I was able to sweep him for a diversity bonus and follow that up with more straight punches.

To be honest, I have no idea how I would have fared if I didn't just throw straight punches, but I'd imagine he is kick happy and incredibly quick. Would have been a tough opponent if he didn't have that blatant weakness that was ridiculously easy to exploit.

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Fighters UncagedThe chips are downThe The chips are down achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 181 pointsWin 20 fights against Gambler


Gambler was potentially tricky for me at first since there's really not a clear cut strategy for him, but I figured out the next big thing: he's highly susceptible to body shots that makes him Breathless. I got to a point where I could string together body shots and by executing that, he was cake. While in the Breathless state, he would often crouch and I would proceed to land roundhouse kicks to the head at will.

Outside of that, he can be a pain and very difficult opponent to defeat since he loves to mix up his attacks and some of them doesn't give you a cue on how to evade those attacks since he's so fast.

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Fighters UncagedHang up your glovesThe Hang up your gloves achievement in Fighters Uncaged worth 175 pointsWin 20 fights against One Jab


One Jab is essentially the boss of the game and his punches are seemingly overpowered. That said, I found myself mostly implementing leg attacks, especially the straight kicks to keep my distance from those punches. I figure, if he's not in the pocket, he can't punch me. Plus, since he's considered a heavyweight - you guessed it - causing Leg Pain was the key to victory here.

Surprisingly enough, with him being the boss and all, his Leg Pain status would linger on for quite awhile. From there, I simply kicked him into submission.

All in all, I really enjoyed my time with this game. I do wish some sort of story was implemented, but it is what it is. It's beyond me on what the ratio is so huge in this game. Perhaps the stamina required eludes some of us and that's something I've never had an issue with - getting winded. I mean, I do get winded, but I've always been able to recover more quickly than others. I did play soccer after all and that's all you do in that sport: you run. Heh.


  • Egg Rolling


For those of you that have played that Minute To Win It game, Egg Roll is the roadblock that prevents over 98% of the gamers from completing it. I am proud to say that event is no longer an obstacle in my path and that the completion is very close in sight.

I can't believe it has been over three years since I first started the game whereas it only took me three weeks to earn 96% of its achievements. I'm telling you, that Egg Roll is no joke. I'll explain, but with a video first, followed by text:



You need to be flawless. I'm not joking. You have to have the timing down to an exact science. For instance, running (in place) to each egg and situating yourself to move the egg into the zone is the most important part. You can't be too slow or you'll run out of time. If you're too overzealous, you'll crush the egg with your feet and you won't have any time to recover. You also have to use an imaginary pizza box to wave the egg into the zone in the middle (nine times). And, believe me: it's much easier said than done. That waving motion will tire any person out. If the exhaustion doesn't get to you, you sweating on tiled floor and slipping on it will end your run. laugh

And, yes, I sweated a lot for the hour that I committed to Egg Roll. Fortunately, the remaining two events are manageable enough. In fact, I have already passed another event and currently sitting on Super Coin, the last event.

I was contemplating on staging the achievement for Leap Frog 2017 (strange, I know), but after thinking about it, I'm probably going to go ahead and complete the game later this evening. I don't play that silly meta-game. Well, it's silly to me. It's unfortunate that practice is a necessity nowadays. I don't find it sporting and a possible sign of fear, if I'm being frank, but it's whatever. Not trying to insult anybody - just my opinion. I'd rather win something straight up, but as I said, it's seemingly a necessity now and apparently years of planning ahead is required. Personally, it sounds exhausting and something I would never want to put myself through.

Anyway, that's all I got for now. Hopefully, I can finally wrap up Minute To Win It later today and figure out what to play next! Probably continue to chisel away at Halo MCC or make another gamer goal for another tough title. It seems that's the only way to motivate me and it's working. Heh.

And, with that - "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama





[UPDATED: July 27, 2017]

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