Update and I Am A Bit Opinionated Today
The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost. - John Foster Dulles
I am checking in once again. I hope everybody are/will have a good holiday seasons. Here is what has been going on the last two months.
Yes, Lady Corona is still here and it has got worse in my state of West Virginia (like in other parts of the country). We went from 300-400 new cases a day to 900-1,200 a day.
Our governor enacted a harsher mask mandate, to mixed results. I am still working from home and probably through the first quarter 2021.
Thanksgiving and Christmas will feel unusual this year, but it still weirdly feels the same. I ordered two or three things online and will take one quick trip to a smaller store for a very quick shopping trip for my family's gifts and that's it. No malls, no Wal-Mart, no problem.
My Achievement Progress and A Change of Heart
I tell ya, COVID-19 changed my year as an achievement hunter 180 degrees. I went from getting enough for a couple of goals, into a GS tidal wave. It is sort of a Pyrrhic victory. The reason for this is that I am totally burned out and what I have learned over the last three months about achievement hunting has sealed it for me.
This is where the opinionated part in this blog from the title comes into play. Before I start, I understand my TA Ratio is not the best and yes I have played a good bit of easy games this year. However, I do not, I repeat, I do NOT back away from a challenge at all. I relish tough achievements, even if I don't get them. However this is getting f***ing ridiculous with certain publishers - Xitilon in particular.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind an easy game in between some tricky games. But dumbing done lists to sell copies (on fairly decent achievement lists by the way), then adding a 1000 GS on these games that even my landlord's dog can unlock all of them in 3-5 minutes, well, it's disgusting to me.
I have made a decision. After next month (December), I am done with the crazy achievement hunting. If I get 100k in a year, I am very happy. I definitely think the million GS milestone for 2021 is more than doable.
I also want to mention that there are times that I feel like I don't belong on this level with these guys that can crank out 300k GS a year. If you don't mind me asking, how do you do it year after year after year? It is mind-blowing to me how you guys do it!
I don't want to reveal anything until after 2020 is finished, but this year has been way above what I ever imagined I could do. I do discount myself too much sometimes. Anyways, I am done with the hardcore stuff. And it feels freeing...
I have a lot of games on my to-do list to finish or play, including GRID (reboot), Crash Team Racing, Blast Em Bunnies, Valentino Rossi: The Game, Xonic, and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, just to name a few.
I hope everybody has a great end of year and I wish you and your own a very safe season. Since you won't be hearing from me until probably early January, I will share my favorite Christmas song now. The original is the best:
Until next time, Happy Holidays to whatever you celebrate.