I'm relieved. No doubt about that, lol. Part of this has to do with the fact that I'm no longer exposed to squeaky kids.
HINT: at least one is still in GTASC.
I still don't know why this "spending challenge" is always so dang appealing to me -- or any contest this site holds for that matter. I suppose I keep thinking this will be the year others will compete more honorably, but you always got a couple smelly weasels and a silly goose putting a damper on things. Perhaps with the new format next year, GTASC will be more of a scoring challenge. I'm still hard pressed to see myself partake in another contest though despite these upcoming changes. Almost at the starting stages of building another house and possibly starting a family, so I should probably do myself a favor and not get involved in another competition. Heh.
Anyway, I'm so thankful for my partner -- I'll get to my wife in a moment. Ha...
No, I'm talking about Philip. It was an absolute pleasure to strategize, talk gaming and among other things on an almost daily basis with the guy. Incredibly thoughtful, giving and just an all around great person. While we fell just a bit short on reaching the finals, I couldn't be happier on our results with all things considered. There's no doubt in my mind that if we opted to go "all in," become selfish with how we spent our time/money and had the availability to do nothing but game for points, we'd be right there in the thick of it.
And, while we were eliminated, I really don't think we got bested -- we simply just ran out of time. I'll admit - both of us seemingly got complacent these past few weeks. I can't speak on his behalf, but I have way too many hobbies. (Don't worry - I'm not going to say I have a 40-hour job and adult responsibilities, lol.) I picked back up training in MMA earlier this year and hoping to get ready to fight again. Just recently, I was selected to spar with the few professionals we have training with us, so that's encouraging! I love me some NCAAF too especially when your team is ranked number one in the nation. For whatever reason, the contest was almost like an afterthought.
Truth be told, I actually planned on staging a ton of achievements throughout the year too, but that drove me nuts. Does not appeal to me in the slightest and gave in halfway into the year, lol. I guess I prefer not to sacrifice my personal enjoyment of gaming and stress over accidental unlocks. Plus, a couple untimely events occurred throughout the year and let's face it -- some things are just more important.
Now, if I'm being honest, if it wasn't for Phillip and other's unwavering generosity with their loans, it would have been doubtful we would have lasted as long as we did. And, while some of these games I primarily played for score were unique in their own way -- not all of them were awful -- I'm looking forward to cleaning up some of those started games and striving to game naturally again with these better games that I have. I mean, I still have my Genre Project in the works, so might play an obscure game or two still and a very special project
in the works where I will be the only person on this site to achieve such a feat. Oh, don't worry -- it will be impressive by anybody's standards.
What else was I supposed to talk about? Oh, yeah -- my wife! It pleased me to see her get so into these competitions. Every week, she would ask about what bonus was up for grabs or motivated me enough to get through any adversity that might have come up. Really no point to this. Just bragging on how much of an awesome wife I have and thankful she doesn't see an issue with my gaming. :-)
She was bummed a little that we got eliminated though and even asked me if Philip and I were all right. (
) I mean, we tried our best within our capabilities at the time, so I certainly have no regrets. A bromance certainly blossomed these past 11 months. Heh.
Hm. I'm sure I was going to talk about something else, but here's a list that will be referred to as damage control. I value completions and a moderately high completion percentage as well, so here's what I will be tackling these next couple of weeks:
There's some pending online achievements that I have neglected due to GTASC as well:
Outside of all of that, going to try to end the year with another bang. I'm currently sitting at 194,454 Gamerscore, which is the most I have ever done to date. And, to think -- I thought I was going to have a slow year, lol.
Anyway, I have a little over three weeks to accomplish this. I'm confident this will happen, but mark my words -- there is NO WAY I'm going to best these totals. I somehow keep improving my yearly totals since I started this achievement hunting craziness way back in 2012, but the buck stops here. I'm probably going to start a downward spiral type trend pretty soon. Heh. It's all good though -- it's probably for the best. Might as well get off of this GS bandwagon while I still can!
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