Been noticing the same trend that usually happens around this time of year: to-do lists, new goals, and all that other gooey stuff. I suppose I should hop on board too. Starting the new year, I would like to have another side goal in the works: one more series completion.
But first, here are some things I've realized (and rediscovered) this year:
+ never expect achievements to unlock properly on the Xbox One when a new Backwards Compatible list gets pushed out
+ opting out of the Preview Program/NXOE was the best decision I ever made for my console
+ some developers still believe in Kinect and those people are simply awesome, especially over at Virtual Air Guitar
+ people behind keyboards are brave, but in that same vein - are overly sensitive in forums
+ gaming contests aren't for me; not a true representation of skill -- I'll leave that to PvP games to decide that fact
+ my backlog is enormous
+ never trust a fart
With that said, let's move onto the meat of this blog.
I've actually been looking into series completions more recently and curious on what my third series should consist of. I've already wrapped up Kinect Fun Labs and almost there with Kinect Sports, so what should my next one be? I'm basically going to list the ones that would be the most impressive to my peers or have some special meaning behind the series itself. Here's that list below:
Doubtful this would happen by the end of the year, but I would also like to get 400 completions. No, I'm not talking about a successful forward pass. I'll leave that to Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.
I actually want to achieve that amount of completions soonest, mostly so I can get back to one page of started games. Ha. As some may already know, one page lists up to 100 items -- that's entirely too many games left uncompleted. Totally unacceptable!
At the time of this post, I only need 35 more completions from my started games list, so here are the likeliest of candidates that would be able to make this goal the most manageable:
In reality, I'll probably start up more games than I'm able to complete due to Christmas coming up, so I'll probably end up having to complete another dozen started games or so to keep up. As always, I encourage feedback, so if you feel like there's a better candidate out there for an easier completion, then let me know! I won't hate.
Normally, I don't look into the statistical part of my achievements, but after poking around, I noticed how consistent I am year in and year out. For instance:
OK. Time to break some of this data down - perhaps Xpovos would be willing to lend a hand later on. First off, I believe that if I had an extra month of gaming, my first year would have been more identical to years 2013 and 2014. It's borderline mind boggling on how close the scores of 2013 and 2014 were: less than 2,000 apart!
What stands out to me is that each year, I've played more than 100 games. How did I find the time?! I'll admit, some were dived, but still - it wouldn't even put that big of a dent into those totals.
I wonder what 2016 will hold? Doubtful I'll top this year's totals as I won't be so driven to put up huge amount of score, so I'm definitely intrigued on what those final numbers will be. I know my mindset will be different next year by going back to my roots and I won't be quite as focused on putting up score by any means necessary, such as renting low quality games and starting games I have no interest in. If I was a betting man, I'm thinking I'll be able to pull in over 100,000 TA, for sure. That seems to be my more natural score progression. It could be my lowest year total as I'm inclined to game more casually and more interested in cleaning up my started games while putting forth more effort on dwindling down my backlog. I am thankful these Countdown Deals so far have been lacking so I'm not tacking even more on my pile of games.
Other than that, I'm looking forward to seeing the reactions of the people I love and care about as they open their presents. I mean, I'm obviously looking forward to opening my presents, but 'tis the season for giving rather than receiving, am I right?
With that said, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you all next year, probably.
[UPDATED: December 20, 2015]
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