What's that? A bird, a plane? No, it's... an alliteration!
Probably just another one-hit wonder because I can only come up with so many alliterations consecutively that would still have a sliver of meaning behind it.
At any rate, was eliminated from the team side surprisingly early. I suppose that's what happens when your heart isn't into it while recovering from neck surgery and medicated half the time. Ha.
It is a bit unfortunate because I enjoyed the team effort we possessed when earning the first bonus. Think we would've had an enjoyable time getting others as well, but expectations were set low, so no fretting here. The experience was good, albeit a short one.
I'm aware this is cliche, but there's always the solo side! Seems much easier to survive when you just have to worry about yourself. Case in point: it only took one achievement for me to meet the requirements for this week's bonus and likely earned enough to survive this period.
Plus, I now have even more downtime than before. For instance, I enjoyed watching The Walking Dead
more so without having to worry how much I needed to score or wonder if my other teammates were going to score enough. Yep. It's confirmed. Definitely not fretting over this team elimination.
Hm. Perhaps since my gaming habits has changed from last year, I actually might make another decent run of things again. Have a list of potential preloads I would have an easier time of obtaining since I don't do the whole "streak" thing anymore, but who knows if I carry through with the preloading. It still doesn't appeal to me. It's like what they say in this JG Wentworth commercial - "It's My Money & I Need It Now!" That's how I view my achievements: I don't want them to unlock later, I want them now.(Of course, if Xbox One cloud servers get overloaded... you're going to HAVE to wait for your achievements)
Other than that, definitely enjoying the competitiveness this year. I do believe the right amount of balance was implemented and the new additions are a nice touch, such as the Safety Net and how the badges are actually being worth something. Actually, I really have nothing to complain about this year. Everything is being ran well, even the recaps.
At work, the web version of our routing system wasn't loading properly. Seems like clearing the browsing history in Chrome was the way to resolve the issue. Chrome and even Firefox uses interesting verbiage, such as this:
"Obliterate." "The beginning of time."
Made me laugh.
Not too much to report. Completed a handful of games since the last time I posted, but the only thing worth mentioning was when this achievement unlocked:
Without the aid of http://www.trueachievements.com/HaxAras.htm
, I'm sure it would've taken me a few more tries at it with my buddies. There was definitely a few close calls where we didn't have any lives remaining, especially when Hax's controller died in the heat of battle. (come on, man)
I believe Hax even had his health all the way down to 7 at one point, with no lives remaining! Kleers be damned.
Plus, this just so happened to be the first achievement I got in the game. Not too shabby. Most difficult achievement in the series unlocked first? Sa-weet!
Here's a temporary video if you're interested (or really bored):
Definitely some funny moments in there. In the comments section, I'll add time stamps later. For instance, I remember this platforming section and I don't know how I survived it either. Of course, I come to a much easier section a minute later and seemingly forgot how to jump and died soon after. Landing in a spiked pit will do that to you.
Dawn gets me. She really does. I can't envision in any other relationship would someone gift me this:
Now, hopefully there won't be any controversy over using this because believe it or not, it isn't considered cheating - not according to the Investigations Manager, anyway. Plus, I'm not going into online lobbies, using Rapid Fire, No Scopes or any of that crap. Basically, I won't be using it to gain an unfair advantage over someone else. Gaining an advantage to make an achievement easier, you betcha!
More or less, I'm curious on what it can do. After all, I'm a geek that works in the IT field, so of course this device is going to naturally intrigue me. Plus, I've preached this for years: I prefer to be efficient with my time, time is money and all that mumbo jumbo.
Also, I would love to be able to use a keyboard and mouse on a FPS for a console game. Can you imagine the precision and dexterity? That's maximum effort right there.
It would also be interesting to perform a fatality with the single press of a button or watch Bejeweled 2
automate itself by reaching the end of Endless mode within a week by using a script.
Oh, the device is called CronusMax. Look it up. It's really innovative.
[UPDATED: February 16, 2016]
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