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Four’s a Party — December 5, 2018

Four’s a Party

Brawlhalla • Played 3 games in the Free-for-All matchmaking queue • 15G • 25.18% of gamers unlocked this

I played some Brawhalla earlier this year when visiting in-laws, and it looked like a fun free-to-play game for mainstream console owners who missed the frenzied combat of Super Smash Bros. It was easy enough for my son to play, largely attributable to its simple controls of move, jump and attack, and some slight variations on those themes, and I like to set him as the benchmark for what he should and shouldn’t be in the lounge room watching the TV for.

I got another achievement essentially just for logging in, so I figured that a few games wouldn’t go astray. In the space of three games I managed to come last, second last and then second! There’s certainly room for growth!

Right now though, I’m falling asleep writing this entry – so I that makes a brilliant idea.

Redemption — December 4, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed ‘Red Dead Redemption’ • 30G • 19.26% of gamers unlocked this

Finally. Finally. I’ve reached the end of the ‘main’ story. Yes, I know there’s a few epilogue’s to go … but I’m satisfied getting this far. It feels like I’ve now opened up the game to be able to enjoy the beginning of the end … or the end of the beginning … either way, it’s a nice way to lead into the original game … and if I’m perfectly honest, I wouldn’t mind diving back into the main story – if only I hadn’t already earned all my achievements!

Today also marks the return of the internet to my house, which brings me no end of unbridled pleasure. I’ve already gotten into the rhythm of updating everything and giving my PC a warm embrace as it sucks down gigabytes of data it has been missing the past few days.

What I am missing though, is a decent Steam Sale. I feel like I’ve either gotten more stingy with money or the companies are just not cutting as much as they used to – but either way, I haven’t found any good discounts among the game companies – including Valve, Xbox and GOG – who have recently had sales. The closest has been EB Games, who are doing good deals, but none to warrant me making a special trip to a store to buy something.

Anyway, who needs the grinch. You have one right here!


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.

Welcome to the club buddy — December 1, 2018

Welcome to the club buddy


Africa Hunting • Start the game

I can’t work out if this game, Africa Hunting, is supposed to be racist, funny, or a little from both column A and B … but in either event, the game was a 9MB download that had eight achievements – all of which I earned at exactly 1.17pm. I think that probably tells you all you need to know about the complexity of this game.


Still, I’m thankful for games like this, because it offers me twenty minutes of escapism, gives me some achievements, isn’t a huge download and it allows me to tick off my achievement for today. Everybody wins! Tonight is our local Carols by Candlelight, so there’s a good chance that I’ll be home too late to play a game and write a blog entry, so I’m pleased that I was able to lock-in this one today.

Ho, ho, ho.

Mad world! — November 30, 2018

Mad world!

Rayman Legends • Complete the “Mariachi Madness” painting • 10G • 14.27% of gamers unlocked this

Believe it or not, I actually scored myself two achievements in Red Dead Redemption 2 today … and I got some pretty good screenshots to match! But it is this achievement, in Rayman Legends, which I’ve decided to celebrate today – for no other reason than the simple fact that I managed to setup the blog post for this one first.

It is great that a family game like this can still surprise me. My son loves to ‘play’ Rayman, but it’s inevitable that he finds a bit too hard and he passes the controller to me … to the point where I end up just playing the entire game, so as a result, I’ve started doing it exclusively on my Xbox account (can’t miss an achievement opportunity), and when (and this is unlikely) he wants to play it solo, he does so in his account. The structure of the game in that they are short, sharp levels rather than a linear experience makes this perfect for this style of play, and – so far – it’s worked well for us.

Tomorrow is a busy ‘family’ day, so it might be a quicker, easier, mobile achievement if-and-when time permits. Wait-and-see.

Level 10 — November 29, 2018

Level 10


Rocks and Rockets • Start the level 10 (sic)

It’s not an uncommon phenomenon to have so many games to play and no real interest in playing any of them. I’m sure some psychologist could point to Freud or Pavlov or Maslow and reference some psychological phenomenon, but truth is it’s just a byproduct of contemporary society. The spoilt-for-choice culture has now inundated us with options, that our mind begins to shut-down and wants to choose none of them. Where it used to be the bastion of the gamer and their Steam Library, good ol’ Netflix, Stan and the variety of other streaming services have brought this condition to the masses … and aren’t we lucky for it?

As a result of this ‘mood’, I’ve settled for a quick-and-dirty game of Rocks and Rockets … which is a ridiculous indie title, but it has achievements so there. I wanted to play some Destiny 2 tonight on PC after listening to the latest IGN Fireteam Chat, but one round of Gambit (which I lost) was enough for me, and so I’m left clicking through the Steam store and seeing what options there are.

Spoiler alert: it’s not much.

Sometimes the universe is just telling you to go to have an early night and go to bed.

He’s Just Misunderstood — November 28, 2018

He’s Just Misunderstood


Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition • Side with Tsolak the vampire

I am finally home, which is lovely – but in my absence, my wife has started a new show on TV (something with ‘Bold’ in the title … about a bunch of young up-and-comers working on a fashion magazine), so she has settled in in-front of the TV tonight, and I’ve migrated to the study to play something on the computer. Just so happens to be one of my favourite childhood games in Baldur’s Gate.


I feel like there was an achievement path either way I went with this particular story arc, but – in the spirit of D&D – I just chose answers that seemed thematically appropriate for my character, and as a result, ended up ‘siding’ with the vampire and killing his pursuers. It did net me a nice ‘brooch’ later in the game … which I could testify to if I could work out where the brooch actually was and whether what I think it could be is actually it. If it is it … then it’s not really a good perk to have any way, so thank goodness there was an achievement involved to make it worthwhile.

After a day of travelling, I’m glad BG dropped an achievement early for me. I’ve very much ready for an early night, and this gives me the opportunity to do so. Zero regrets getting under the doona a touch early.