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On 07/25/2019 at 10:00 PM by KnightDriver

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I finally had enough grinding for achievements in Borderlands 2, Xbox 360 version. So much so, that I wiped my whole hard drive of installed games and started over. I'm from here on out not going after achievements or trophies. I really don't have the time, and, after a lot of grinding, reduces my enjoyment of gaming. So today I played a lot of other stuff. 

First off, one last update of Borderlands 2, Xbox 360 version. I finished all missions but the RAID boss on the main game (I need to be level 50 at least to beat it). Then I did about half the Scarlett DLC missions before I realized all I needed to do for the remaining related achievement was to start my level 50 Assassin and get into a secret room on a particular level. I wasted half a day when I could've finished that achievement in less than 10 minutes.

Then I switched back to my level 33 Gunzerker and went about completing all the missions in the Mr. Torgue DLC. I did everything but the three missions that require a level 50 or more character. I quickly moved to the Sir Hammerlock DLC and that's where I got broken. I'd finally burned completely out. I quit out of the game and uninstalled it.

Then I went through my installed games and uninstalled anything I didn't feel immediately thrilled about playing. Then I played Inside and got stuck very early in the game, same with Wolfenstein Old Blood - both got uninstalled. I played all the remaining games in Disney Afternoon Collection and uninstalled that too. What the heck am I playing platformers and banging my head against a wall of annoying cheap deaths. I uninstalled everything. 

Then today, I started installing new stuff again. I bought a few games at $5 like Uno, Tintanfall 2 and the Monopoly card game. I started the install on games like Dead Rising 4, that LotRs Mordor game, Ark Survival Evolved and a farming sim I forget the name of on Game Pass. While I waited i played Monopoly online, Monopoly card game (which is good), and Uno (which was awesome when Mark joined me). It's all about enjoyment now, no more chasing achievements. 

That's all. Things got to change every so often.




07/25/2019 at 11:47 PM

I look at Achievements like trinkets. Nice to have and look at, but ultimately useless. I play games for fun. Not as a measure of how good I am. If I wanted to do that, I'd play a fighting game online to remind myself how bad I am at competition. 


07/27/2019 at 08:55 PM

I think the achievement pop-up was giving me a kind of dopamine rush like winning at slots. It got kind of adictive for a while there. Now I could care less. They can take their dopamine and shove it. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/26/2019 at 10:08 PM

yeah I don't really have the patience for achievements. I usually get the ones that are automatic, and that's it. I just don't have the concentration or the time. Maybe it's better if you just focus on pure fun. 

Hey remember we were discussing Wendy Carlos and her soundtrack work? I realized today that maybe she did the atmospheric music for Full Metal Jacket too. I'm not positive on that, but I think so. 


07/27/2019 at 08:44 PM

I noticed that without trying on a first run I usually get about 50% of the achievements. I'm focusing on the story from here on out. If I replay a game for fun and get a new achievement, great, but I'm not looking at the list anymore. As someone said once, "ain't nobody got time for that". 

I read on wiki that Kubric's daughter did the incidental electronic music for Full Metal Jacket. I always remember the song Surfin' Bird by the Trashmen. What a great, crazy song that one is. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/27/2019 at 04:31 PM

How much of Titanfall 2 did you play? Love that game. 


07/27/2019 at 08:31 PM

None so far. I'll get to it sometime soon. I'm going to play everthing I just downloaded. 

Cary Woodham

07/27/2019 at 07:47 PM

When I first got my 360, it was fun to compare achievements with friends and try to compete to get the most.  But now I just get achievements or trophies if they're fun to get.  


07/27/2019 at 08:30 PM

That's what I'm going to do now - just enjoy the trip. 

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