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Vermin's Month in Review, May 1 2021
May Days have arrived, and with them a name change for the State of the Vermin blog series. I never really liked the old title much and rather than trying to find something clever to replace it I figured that simple and straightforward was the way to go.

Last month saw a much welcomed return to baseball on the Xbox platform and the long-agonizing decision whether to purchase a PlayStation for the sport is no longer relevant. Once MLB The Show 21 launched, it has pretty much been the only game I've been playing and let me say it was worth the wait. I've been bouncing around several modes, and though I still swing at far too many pitches outside the strike zone, when on defense the Pinpoint Pitching system is a ton of fun. The attention to detail is astounding and the stat-junkie in me just loves all the informational overlays that shuffle through the course of a 9-inning game.

Leading into the release, I am not afraid to admit that I swallowed some pride and knocked out the easy (via developer codes) completion of Endless Legend. So if you're more of a purist, ignore about half of the Gamerscore earned in the stats below.

Last Month's Recap
102 Achievements
2,110 Gamerscore
3 Games Started
1 Game Completion
0 DLC Completions

Games Played (9)
Mahjong by Microsoft (3 Achievements, 130 GS)
Forza Motorsport 7 (1 Achievement, 30 GS)
DOOM (1993) (9 Achievements, 485 GS)
Pinball FX3 (0 Achievements, 0 GS)
Double Kick Heroes (5 Achievements, 70 GS) *
NHL 21 (3 Achievements, 45 GS)
Madden NFL 18 (1 Achievement, 10 GS)
Endless Legend (71 Achievements, 1000 GS) *
MLB The Show 21 (9 Achievements, 340 GS) *

* indicates games started last month
+ Random Games of the month

Game Plan
As you might suspect from my comments above, I don't really foresee many other games besides The Show being played this month. With a bit of extra downtime through the Spring and Summer months, I'm sure that my reading will continue its torrid pace toward another 100-book target this year (45 read so far as of this writing). I've also started another little side-project around my TV-watching that I call the Pilot Project.

Recently, I've somehow gotten interested in looking at pilot (premiere) episodes of television shows - mostly classics - to see how well they hold up. In a lot of cases, I find that there are cast members that were swapped out once the show was picked up for a full run, and many of them surprise me that the shows continued after a lackluster start. So I compiled a list of roughly 100 "top" shows from each decade since the 50s, and have made it my mission to try tracking down and watching these pilots. Entering the project, I had recently viewed a number of pilots already as part of my regular watch routine (Law & Order, Cheers, The X-Files, Friends, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oz, That 70s Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Charmed, Family Guy, and Roswell). I don't know how well this will pan out in the long run, but it's a nice detour from the normal routine. Until next time, thanks for reading.

WKRP in Cincinnati - Season 1, Doctor Who - Season 4, Blue Bloods - Season 2-3, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Star Wars Rebels - Season 2, The Walking Dead - Season 10, The Stand, Black Mirror - Season 4, Aliens

The Pilot Project
Spin City, The Golden Girls, Roseanne, The Partridge Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched, Night Court, Alice

Books Read (9)
Dhalgren, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - The Edge, Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice - The Shattered Peace, Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters, Stinger, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - The Gemini Agent, Boss Fight Books: Soft & Cuddly, Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice - The Deadly Hunter, Game Dev Stories Vol 1: Interviews about Game Development and Culture


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Site Leaderboard Location Pos Gamers %ile
GamerScore in All Games Canada 374 View history chart 6,298 5.94
Achievements Completion %age in All Games Ontario 1,259 View history chart 2,727 46.17
Achievements Completion %age in Xbox 360 Games Ontario 919 View history chart 2,701 34.02
GamerScore in Xbox 360 Games Ontario 106 View history chart 2,701 3.92
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Maka91 Canadians! Public 36 158 22.78
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DavieMarshall TA Community Interviewees Request 6 19 31.58
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