For the Puppies.

4 Move Win! — December 2, 2018

4 Move Win!

Quick Tic-Tac-Toe • Won a game in 4 moves

There’s something quite cathartic about noughts and crosses … but there’s also a sense of relief that comes with being able to earn an achievement while your internet is out for three days (technician scheduled for Tuesday).

This one was fairly simple, and it goes to my default noughts and crosses tactic of the ‘L’ shaped manoeuvre. I’m not going to beat around the bush … it’s an unstoppable tactic, and when even the computer AI struggles, you get a great sense of accomplishment.

Without the internet, I haven’t played a heap of my consoles today, so it’s another win for iOS.

Golly Gosh! — November 9, 2018

Golly Gosh!

Rick and Morty: Jerry’s Game • Popped 500 Balloons in a single game • 10 points

I love Rick and Morty. For a long time, I actually only knew about them as a vague pop culture phenomenon in the same style as South Park or Family Guy, but when I dedicated a bit of time to watching it, I really loved it and now I’m no longer left in the nerd wilderness when it comes to certain Rick and Morty memes or phrases.

This game, however, eludes me.

I’m not sure if there was an episode I missed where Jerry was playing this game, or if he designed this game, and it’s quite possible that in watching the entire series thus far back-to-back that I have glossed over some of the smaller details seeded in the episodes, but I’m really not sure how this fits into the overall universe. It’s possible it doesn’t, and this is just a random play on the character of Jerry, which actually makes a lot of sense, but I just wasn’t sure where this landed in terms of context.

Not that it really matters I suppose, because, at the end of the day, this is a game where you pop balloons … and not much more. I can see where the appeal lies in this game because it has some stretch goal achievements built into it, but I figured 500 balloons is probably enough for one lunch break.

Tonight is likely to be more Red Dead, but I’m starting to see some movement in the Hitman space as well, so if that’s dropped, then I’m going to sink some time into that as well this weekend … in among a whole heap of other ‘flurry’ that’s happening. Least of which is a Christmas parade which my family is looking forward to, whereas I could see myself using that time more effectively in smashing through the RDR2 campaign … all part of the journey of life, I guess.

Ho. Ho. Ho.

Confessions of an English Opium Eater — October 12, 2018

Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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Asphyxia • De Quincey confides in Samantha

I feel like Fridays are a good day for some Japanese Visual Novel gaming. There’s something about the slow pressure of everything that is, or was, due the past week needing to be done before you go home, but at the same time, there’s elements of set-and-forget in VN’s that really appeal to the overlap between my sense of wanting to play games, and my needing to do ‘actual’ work.

Some confessions: yes, I’m using a guide to work my way through the multiple endings of this game, and yes, I’m using auto/skip mode. This is nothing more than an achievement harvest for me – and I make no apologies for it. For purists, I promise you, I have a whole swag of achievements ready to pop on Forza Horizon 2 and 3 tonight (I didn’t realise how close I was for some achievements of FH2 until I looked at the ‘Forza Hub’ App this morning), and I have plenty of indie games kicking around if you really, really need something ‘more’.

But, this is my blog – my challenge. And, as I say, no apologies.

In other gaming news, my usual coffee lady discovered that I had a passion for esports, and introduced me to her husband who I’m led to believe has a stake in the Direwolves. I had to hover between being commercially envious, and simultaneously excited about the opportunities that someone with the same level of passion and enthusiasm for gaming as me had. Like a giddy fan, I left him my name, email and number – but I feel like he’s in the same position as me … ready to make the leap but not quite sure where the market lies and how to go about it.

Time will tell how this plays out.

In the meantime … there’s some Japanese Visual Novels to play … well, read … well, turn on and start, anyway …

100 Taps — September 16, 2018

100 Taps

The Ultimate No Life Test • Muy bien Señor! (Tap 100 times)

I’ve often said that there’s something to be learned in the experience of these ‘quick-and-dirty’ achievements. Even where there’s no real challenge, gaming as a medium has evolved to a point where it should be something that you ‘experience’ beyond static media like film or photography.

So, even tapping a big, red button should invoke an emotion out of you like any other art. And, to be honest, I’ve spent the day at a waterpark with the kids so I’m not convinced I’ve got the energy to have emotions, but I will attest to it being ‘an experience.’

If I’m perfectly honest, my look at the achievement list excited me most as there were options there for the next few days before I go home. I seem to be struggling on a few of my games to earn something quickly, and so I’ll be whittling away at a few levels tonight in order to have some options ‘in the bank,’ but I will be the first to admit – I am absolutely looking forward to getting back to Destiny 2, Spider-Man, and the whole heap of other games I’ve got on the pile of shame to get through!

Earth Overlord! — September 2, 2018

Earth Overlord!


AdVenture Capitalist • Purchase the “Buy Earth” Upgrade on Earth

Well, I’ve had a big weekend. A big weekend. Today I had the great joy of attending the Melbourne Esports Open, and between that and a whole lot of travel, I’m left looking for quick-and-easy achievements. I actually thought today might be the day I grabbed the 1,000 of each item on Earth, but instead my Angel Investors have now reached a point where they go up so quickly each reset that I’m able to purchase more and more upgrades without blinking an eye.

And so, today’s purchase was the ‘Buy Earth’ upgrade. Ka-Ching!

The flip side of this, of course, is that I’m ready for bed. I’ve been ready for most of the day, but the sweet euphoric feeling of esport has sustained me for much of it …

… that, and the soul-warming elixir that is a Melbourne coffee.

Always Together — August 21, 2018

Always Together


Blue Rose • Completed Simon route

I think Japanese Visual Novels are an achievement hunter’s delight. Even the most basic of story paths still net you a nice haul of achievements, but when you use a guide (and I’m not ashamed to admit that I did!) then you can fully complete the game from start-to-finish in a matter of minutes.

There is, of course, the problem with understanding the story.


I have no doubt that there is an interesting narrative with a compelling protagonist buried in the heart of Blue Rose, but truth be told, I’m more interested in receiving an achievement at the end of each story path than discovering each path for myself.

This ain’t Telltale, folks … (speaking of which, the last of Clementine’s The Walking Dead story is starting to roll out – insert hype here!).


The interesting thing I stumbled across while trying to research the substance of the story was the attachment that the LGBT+ communities have to Japanese VNs. After playing some titles, then I can certainly see why games like this have an appeal – a world where person’s sexual proclivities are secondary to their ability to solve a murder, or kill a dragon, etc.

Truth be told, I was actually looking for a tidy little plot summary when I stumbled across these Steam groups … and while I’m pleased that this cohort enjoys VNs for the egalitarian theme, I still think that they can be enjoyed without fear (though, a lot of the time, probably not suitable for work) by most people.

Even moreso for people who want some quick-and-dirty achievements!

Complete Area 7 — August 14, 2018

Complete Area 7

Angry Birds Pop • Beat all levels in area 7

I feel like after such a cop-out with tonight’s achievement that I should include this last minute entry I earned just before I packed it in for the night. Right now I’m laying in bed, writing this post on the same device I just earned the achievement on, and it feels decisively more like an actual achievement than tonight’s tick-and-flick.

Right now I’m in the happy microtransaction overlap where I have just enough purchasables to get a ‘taste’ for what’s on offer, but not really enough to survive for an endless barrage of prohibitively tough levels. Everything is geared towards ‘just spending a few bucks,’ and while I don’t really care what people spend their money on, I’ve made a fairly conscious decision that Angry Birds Pop wasn’t about to shake me down!

Though, I certainly feel like I’ve got a few extra pounds around the middle … perhaps ‘pop’ is a far more accurate word!