Monday, March 30, 2015

Watch me pull an achievement out of a hat . . . and other news

Watch me pull an achievement out of a hat.  Well, it’s not actually a hat.  It’s a plastic container with a lid.  And I did pull an achievement out.  Sort of.

I seemed to have lost a lot of my motivation when it comes to prolonged playing of video games.  I like getting on for an hour or so, but then I just start loosing interest and would rather do anything else.  Like watching paint dry or counting the bumps on my popcorn ceiling.  It’s weird for me to feel that way and I’ve been trying to think of something to do to get myself out of this funk.  And I came to a solution.

I printed out a list of all the Xbox 360 games I own, cut them up into little stripes with one name per slip and put them all into a plastic container.  My plan is to pull a game out at least once a week and play in that game until I’ve at least earned an achievement and/or hopefully find renewed interest in playing video games for longer periods of time.  Who knows.  I might find that one game that gets me out of my funk and start playing games for hours on end every night.  At worse I play something until I get an achievement and then put it aside for something else.  At least my gamer score would be going up.  I had a new year's resolution to hit 30,000 last year, but I didn’t make it and I won’t let that happen again.

So after I finished cutting everything up, I shock it around and pulled a game out.  The first one I pulled was Rock Band 2.  At first I was okay with that, but then I realized that I had just played a lot of Rock Band Blitz (and picked up a bunch of achievements – see the sidebar) and wasn’t even remotely in the mood to play another music game.  Plus, I’m not sure if my guitars even work anymore.  I put the game back in the tub and spent the weekend thinking about what an idiot I am.

Today though, I decided to give it another go.  This time I pulled out Borderlands 2.  That’s a game I’ve played and had 165 points in so far.  I stopped playing the game because there’s one side mission that I can’t seem to do fast enough and it was really annoying me, so I quit.  Plus I’m having a hard time with the fact that you can’t carry health vials with you when you get hurt.  I always forget to keep an eye on my health so I die a lot.  I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get another achievement in that game but this time I was going to make the effort to play it and see what happens.

At lunch I put the game in and started to play.  There was a side mission right where I was located so I didn’t have to go far.  It was to Assassinate the Assassins so I jumped in and started playing.  I remembered I had a gun turret as my special and I should try to use that more often to help me fight a lot of enemies while I take cover while my shield recharges my health.  So I threw the turret out for fun while I figured out all the controls again, and after 2 kills (puppy skags, no less) the achievement for getting 100 kills with the turret pops up.  I got 20 gamer score points for that in less than 2 minutes in the game.  I could have quit and done something else (taking a nap before going back to work sounded like a good idea) but I stuck around and completed the mission and turned it in.

It was nice playing that game (even without health vials to use) but I was so rusty with the controls and how to find things in the menus.  I got better by the end of my lunch and I just might try some more missions after work.  I put a tick mark on the slip of paper for Borderlands 2 and put it back in the tub.  This way I’ll know I’ve played it and gotten an achievement if I happen to pull it out again later.

I did include sequels in the tub even if I haven’t played the first game in a series.  Who knows, I might find playing Halo 3 more engaging than playing the first Halo even if I don’t know what’s going on in that world.  I just want to get back in to the habit of playing video games like I use to.

And speaking of playing video games, I’m seriously looking in to getting an Xbox One.  The only problem is I have to get a new TV if I want to play it.  My current TV is a big 32” CRT monstrosity of a TV.  It doesn’t have any HDMI connections, although it does have component video.  The X1 seems to only be an HDMI connection so it won’t do me any good to buy one if I don’t have a TV to play it on.  I’m hoping to take care of the TV part by next weekend.  The X1 might have to come a little later because I have some other plans I’m trying figure out that will definitely put a crimp in my finances. 

Specifically I’m trying to find and buy a new computer.  I would love a laptop, but realized that I could get something cheaper if I got a desktop instead.  I want it to be a gaming PC so that I can get back to gaming on the PC which is something I haven’t done in a VERY long time (X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter anyone?).  Depending on how much I spend for the computer depends on how much I have left over for the X1 system.  Plus there’s other things factoring in to my decision but I can’t divulge those plans just yet.  You’ll just have to stay tuned and see what happens next.

So, I consider my drawing plan to be a success.  I played a game and got an achievement.  It don't know if it is enough to get me out of the funk, but it's a start.  Hopefully I'll re-find that gaming spark and pull myself out of this funk when I pick a game.


Zenra Nukenin said...

So it's not just me. In the last month I've been playing about an hour of games A WEEK. Normally, I'm jonesing for a fix, but I just have had no interest in gaming. Anything I've done lately has been Red Dead Redemption to play Liar's Dice or Poker, or Saints Row 2 to listen to the Ezzzy 105 radio station while I fly around Stilwater in a helicopter. Nothing of any real consequence.

And if I ever do feel like playing something, that desire only lasts as long as the current session. Once I turn it off, I have no compulsion to play more later.

Besides my current lack or desire, I'm not aware of ANY games announced for release that interest me at all. The last game I was excited about was The Last of Us, and I STILL haven't played it.

You mention getting the XBone, and I'm happy for you, but I don't see myself ever getting any of the new consoles. Between the dearth of interesting new games, and the lack of backward compatibility, I'll be content playing on the old systems.

In fact, I like what you were saying about getting a gaming computer. I have a "capable" laptop (it could play the new Tomb Raider, but stuttered with Remember Me), and while the portability is a HUGE bonus, they are VERY difficult to upgrade. I'd seriously consider a desktop, if there were any games in the pipeline (blah, blah, blah)...

Best of all: Backward compatibility is rarely an issue on a PC.

Oddly enough, of the last two games I played in any depth, one of them was Borderlands 2. I'd have to check your archives, but I seem to remember us doing that before (playing an unlikely game around the same time - or some other odd coincidence).

I'm REALLY happy about you getting a current television. Especially with your eyes. You deserve it! In fact, your old consoles may look so good through HDMI that you may decide to hold off on the XBone. ;)

Pengwenn said...

I love some of the "newer" games I have but they were definitely made to be played on an HDTV which I don't currently have. The font is too hard to read and I miss a lot of helps and tips because I can't read the screen. A friend told me that once I get an HDTV that I'll probably get excited about gaming again because I'll see things so I'll want to spend time playing what I've got and not get new stuff/systems. I bought a 55" TV but I won't get it until Thursday (hopefully)

What are you going to do about Star Wars Battlefront when it comes out Zen? I assume it will be PS4/Xbox1 only.

I also got a laptop this weekend. I think I might want to start with The Old Republic. Dain said he's hook on it now and suggested I give it a try. It's free to play now.