It only took me a little over five years, but was able to reach 500,000 GS yesterday. I'm certain others have achieved this feat much quicker than I have, but gaming is not a competition for me despite what the achievement that was unlocked to help me reach half a million states:
I game at my own leisure and for the most part, not a hobby that increases my blood pressure either. I don't even feel compelled to try and outdo anybody when it comes to this site. Well, if I'm in a contest, my competitive fires tend to spark a bit, but I'm not one to sacrifice my own health or dip into my savings in order to do so. I suppose outdoing someone gaming-wise is not a big deal to me. Personally, when it comes to contests, I'd rather put forth more time and energy into something more meaningful and rewarding to myself, like a ju-jitsu tournament.
Fun fact: I'm not even sure of the proper spelling of "ju-jitsu." Then again, being able to spell the word isn't going to help me get out of an arm-bar, so that point is moot.
Dawn and I, along with some new friends at her work, signed up for what's called the Savage Race - http://savagerace.com/
. Now, that's something I can get behind - it consists of 25 obstacles that spans across 7.5 miles. I would actually feel proud of accomplishing that feat. Plus, you can potentially get a worthwhile reward for doing well - $$$! I mean, I still think it's cool about the milestone I just reached in gaming, but it's a casual hobby first and all of these other accomplishments come second.
Speaking of first, did you know I'm the only gamer to have at least 100 completions in the following platforms/categories:
+ Kinect Required
+ Windows Phone
+ Xbox 360
Xbox One - 87
ID@Xbox - 50
If you didn't, now you do.
I'm actually quite proud of that, mostly because no one else has managed it yet and I felt like I earned it. Hopefully I'll be able to snag two more categories in a timely fashion and add another scalp to my collection.
Whew. Can't believe it's been over a month since the last time I posted something. As usual, I'm blaming Windows Phone games as well as Age of Empires: Castle Siege
for taking up my blogging time. Heh.
I'm really enjoying AoE more so lately because I've gotten two successful defends the past few days. I had been on a bad streak as of late, but it seems I've gotten my mojo back and it feels good to be on the winning side. For now, at least.
Been slowing down on the crowns count - almost at 850. I had been on pace for earning 250 crowns each week, but may have to settle for around 100 crowns nowadays. My focus has been more about obtaining resources to upgrade my castle. Plus, my troops take longer to train and can't go into battle as quickly as I would like. Since I joined another alliance, I've been maintaining a 97% win ratio though, so there hasn't been much wasted effort there.
I do wish my completion percentage was like my win ratio. It recently took a plunge since starting Halo MCC
. My percentage be, like: Bye Bye Bye.
Anyway, let's play some catch up. What's been going on lately?
On my end, just trying to maintain all facets of my life: gym, landscaping and things like that. Basically, just staying busy with projects. For instance, used this white-washing technique to this birdbath my grandma used to have. You just mix half part water, half part paint and go to town with that paintbrush. Turned out great, I think. Looks ivory-like.
I'm still messing around with different layouts with the stone as I'm just trying to implement stuff with the supplies that were left over from the huge landscaping overhaul that happened earlier this year. The whole point of that birdbath was to catch the water that comes crashing down from the metal roof when it rains heavy. Before that, it was creating a nice big divot in the grass and washing out the mulch from the flowerbeds. I couldn't have that!
The vegetables have been doing great this year. Almost too good. The tomato plants grew taller than their tomato cages, so I had to get creative and tie the upper half together against the fence, for more support. It was drooping over and was afraid it was going to put too much strain on its branches and snap off.
Have also been more active with the dogs since one of them needs to lose some weight. Heh. We've gotten them tennis balls, a beach ball, soccer ball, football... Nope. We don't spoil them at all. Not one bit.
Recently saw Wonder Woman over the weekend with Dawn. Last movie we went out to go see was Deadpool, which must've been over a year ago. This time, we upped the ante. We traveled all the way up to Atlanta to check out this dine-in theater. It was pretty great. There was only three, maybe four other people there. Almost felt like home. Afterwards, we checked out the Lenox Square Mall and let Dawn do her thing - shop, shop, shop. Whenever we go there, which isn't often, we get this Bubble Tea. I got this Honeydew flavor - it tasted awesome.
Man, I'm rambling. I'll stop.
Oh, almost forgot this happened. Someone tried to insult me, but here's the kicker: shouldn't all insults have at least a sliver of truth to it? I suppose some people are able to get on with their lives by using flawed logic and being filled with jealously of others. What's ironic is that they described themselves perfectly with their spat.
We sure do have some bizarre folks that roam this Earth, don't we? Ignorance must be bliss with that type of herd. They couldn't even post it without any grammatical errors either, which makes the attempt that much funnier.
Sigh. Saying they're pathetically idiotic doesn't quite cut it.
And, that's all I got for today. Always striving to keep my blogs short and not become another novel, so should probably stop here. Next blog might include an update on my Genre Project and what's been on the menu lately. The annual Bean Dive should be a topic, but since I just did a massive plunge a few days ago, I'll probably only dive a handful of games, just to be a good sport.
[UPDATED: June 16, 2017]
* added to Games Collection; adjusted boost list
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