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It Hurts so good. Roll Tide!

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First off, can I get a Roll Tide?! The Crimson Tide won their 16th National Championship this past Monday. 4 in the past 7 years. I didn't really start following football seriously until 2008, so I picked a great time to start paying attention.

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I'm fortunate to be witnessing a true dynasty. I don't see how we can duplicate our efforts next season since we may be losing some key contributors to the NFL, but it seems like I say that every year and Nick Saban keeps reeling in these crystal balls and trophies while reloading the team with new talent.

It's great being an Alabama fan.

  • A Year's Worth

Anyway, I seem to remember that I was suppose to drill down into my yearly statistics, so let me get that out of the way.

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Meh. Respectable standings. Excelled when Kinect Required games are concerned, so I'm happy about that.

As I've stated a few times in other blogs, I'm curious to see how I'll fare in 2016 since I'm primarily focused on gaming more casually and not letting other factors dictate how I play. I sense that it will be a down year statistics wise, but we'll see. You just never know with me.

  • Wine Gets Better With Age. Games? Not So Much.

I've been considering a way that will help me clean up my backlog in a timely manner. I already know it's going to take me a year or so before I even come close to reaching that goal since I keep adding to it, but hey - I'm that overly optimistic person that never takes off his rose-tinted glasses.

At any rate, since I discovered that you can sort your Games Collection by release date, I think if I go back in time and start to tackle those games that released first - a few go all the way back to 2005 - I'll appreciate the more current releases even more. I may cheat from time to time since I usually strive to play games that were a gift before the ones I bought for myself.

Heck, it may be easier for me to gauge how much progress I've made if I can take a look at release dates and see what all I have left. If I see that I'm making good progress, it'll encourage me to keep mushing forward.

Now, all of the details haven't been hashed out yet, but I'm considering on tackling the oldest games from which I have started already and go from there. Then again, I have decided to make a solid push towards any online achievements that are pending at the moment, so I'll probably end up sprinkling those in accordingly in no particular order. That way, it'll give me some wiggle room and I could always simultaneously work on dwindling down my started games count too. Who knows how ambitious I'll become.

In a perfect world, I would be able to complete each title started, but that's not going to happen. Realistically, my primary goal is to try and get every game on my card soonest - without diving them - because I wouldn't be able to handle that sudden completion percentage drop.


In other words, a main story completion will be the name of the game. For me, that seems to be the best course of action. Main story completion is good enough at this point in time unless I can see the end in sight. If that's the case, I'll go ahead and complete the game.

Looking back, I've never seen a goal for my backlog all the way through to the end, but since my gaming tendencies have changed for the better, I feel more confident this go around that I can make it happen.

Basically, for all the games I might have gotten for free or got for cheap, I have put them through a triage, so to speak. The losses that were cut are minimal, so I'm content with that.

Perhaps I'll end up doing a constant rotation for this ongoing backlog battle: games with online achievements, oldest release date and gifts. Seems like a solid plan to me, so let's roll with it.

  • Current Events

Barely managed to squeeze in a time sensitive achievement in Shape Up yesterday:
Shape UpBro Do You Even Quest?The Bro Do You Even Quest? achievement in Shape Up worth 77 pointsFinish a quest in under a month.

I slacked off one week, so I had to play catch up and make sure I completed the quest within a month. Feels nice to get that one out of the way. I only have two more weeks left until I get the big whooper of an achievement - 24 week ordeal - so I'm excited about that. Even more excited than the perfect score I had!

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Other than staying active and jumping around my living room, I finally got around to starting a game I've been wanting to try out for quite some time now: Portal 2.

Despite only reaching Chapter 3 before retiring to bed, I am so excited to get back home and see how the game continues to play out. Dawn definitely got me a good one! Perhaps it could be something she would enjoy too. It's easy to pick up the controls, so she might fare pretty well. It's not a FPS - something she struggles with - so we may be all right should we ever decide to try out the co-op. Of course, this would have to be after my buddy JT and I snag those two online co-op achievements first. wink

And, that's all I have on my mind at the moment. Just enjoying the bragging rights I'll have until the next college football season, working out with the Kinect and enjoying a high quality game. Life is just grand.

See you all next time!

[UPDATED: January 14, 2016]

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Posted by Mr Granstaff on 15 January 16 at 17:25
ThreeHaddock62 That how I try to approach games least ideally. Complete the campaign and then clean up what I can. Sadly, with my schedule...if I focus on a game (Which I never do) will still take me 1-2 weeks to get through. At that pace...I'll finish in about the year 2418. Sigh.
Posted by ThreeHaddock62 on 15 Jan 16 at 17:54
Mr Granstaff @ ThreeHaddock62 - The year 2418? Erm. Won't we all be dead by then?


I know that was your point. Anyway, I'm going to have to stop purchasing games if I ever hope to catch up. Should be able to with my new game plan, but we'll see how that plays out in the next two years. Ha.
Posted by Mr Granstaff on 15 Jan 16 at 21:23
ThreeHaddock62 Just my point, hahaha. I tell myself I'm not buying any new games...and it's easy right now with no new games coming out...but yeah. I already know how well that will go.
Posted by ThreeHaddock62 on 15 Jan 16 at 23:54
Mr Granstaff Late reply here, but with game's losing certain services to make certain achievements discontinued makes it easy for me to not get more games. Since I can theoretically still attain all of my achievements, I want to keep it that way, especially if a game doesn't stay a fully packaged deal. That equals to no purchase from me.
Posted by Mr Granstaff on 21 Jan 16 at 19:55