So it's been awhile since my last blog, just over a year. I guess a few things have happened since then, with the biggest milestone of course being the 1,000,000 gamerscore. It was really fun to do it live at the Microsoft Canada booth at Toronto FanExpo, and MS Canada were real class acts and treated me great. For those that missed it, I used the Diablo III (Xbox One) achievement "Victory and Sacrifice" to hit the 1 million. MS Canada did make a video of the event, which can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/fThpmqrNSG4
I'd like to say thanks to everyone who congratulated me and motivated me along the way, I'd like to name names, but then if I forget someone I'd feel really bad, so I hope all of you who know me know I appreciate it.
In the last year I've also taken up sponsoring some competitions, which I've enjoyed and is a lot less pressure than taking part in them. The 360Voice Xbox One competition is wrapping up (and should be an interesting finish!). I've been buying extra controllers all year to have available for prizes, on top of monthly Xbox Cash prizes. I'm also sponsoring a monthly prize for the "King of Completions" tournament that Blank Kirito is running here on TA. I'm going to continue with this in 2015 and likely something else.
My own website/blog is sadly out of date. I do keep my games collection fairly up to date and will probably do a refresh soon with all the new games from the last couple weeks. I've thrown around the idea of having my daughter and some of her friends (preteens) write reviews of games because it's hard to get them to do any creative writing for school and I thought this would motivate them. I've had a few reviews submitted so far, so I need to get that up and running at some point.
So I gave up on Xbox One Challenges. I held the #1 spot for a long time, and then decided I really was not enjoying them. An example of a work week, "Can you write up this change request by Wednesday?", "Can you develop that change by Friday?", etc, etc. Challenges: Can I do 10 wake racing boosts by Wednesday? Can I spend 2 hours on Saturday doing a Forza challenge? Schedules = work. I have to say as soon as I committed to not doing them, I was much happier. And gaming makes me happy, scheduled gaming just sucks. Plus I was keeping all my games in case a new challenge would appear. As soon as I decided not to do this, I had all my pre-orders from October/November completely paid for with trade-ins. I'm not trying to put down challenges, if you are in to them, that's cool, but I've decided they are not for me.
Hopefully another year won't pass before I get around to blogging again...