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Computer Cleanse Challenge

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Everyone has problems. Surprise, even me! There are stupid things I find really hard, and hard things I should do that I think are really stupid. I do enjoy self improvement however, and this summer I have been working on just feeling better, physically and emotionally. As with most gamers, I spend a good quantity of time sitting right here at my computer. I love gaming or Facebooking or watching videos or even arting it up in Photoshop, but since embarking on my self improvement journey I have heard numerous times how; “all my issues spawn from spending too much time on the computer. Computers are the bane of my generation. Spending time on the computer isn’t real fun, it’s fake fun. I’d sleep better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d eat better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d feel better if I just turned off the computer!” I always defend my beloved PC and the joys it holds for me, but the amount of people who seem to believe such things have got me thinking. Not thinking that my computer is to blame of course, but thinking how nice it would be to have some sort of solid proof to stand on when I prove them wrong.

My solution? I’m going on a computer cleanse! Starting Monday June 6th at 12:01 am I will be shutting down my PC for the week and I won’t turn it back on until Saturday morning (the 11th) at 12:01 am. I won’t deprive myself of the wonders of the internet over the weekend, let’s be practical here, but I should have a good idea of how drastically (or as I predict, un-drastically) my life has changed by shutting off the computer for 5 whole days. That means no Rift, no Sims, no Youtube, no Facebook, none of that for 5 whole days! Yeah, it’s going to be rough, but I am curious to see if I feel any different (other than just really bored, lol) and would love to be able to counter such technology bashing with evidence to the contrary. I’m a little excited to see how it goes and a little worried that I won’t be able to resist the temptation to plug it back in for just a few minutes, but I think if I have to post honestly here on my blog after the week is up and answer for any such slip ups, I’ll be less likely to have them!

I realize some people need to use their computer, for work or otherwise, but I’m interested as to if any of you have ever shut it down for a few days at a time (maybe because of a power outage or even if your computer broke) and if you felt any different? I don’t think I have ever gone more than a day or two without using a computer for something, not since before I had a computer anyway, so it will be a good experiment!

So, I Jenn, do solemnly swear that I will do my very best to not do or watch anything on a computer or any type of game console between Monday June 6th and Saturday June 11th. I do realize that this may mean missing sweet deals in the Auction House, entertaining Facebook drama, twitter giveaways, and the like, but in the interest of self improvement, I accept this self given challenge! Any of you want to take the challenge with me? (Lol)

Farewell Until Saturday!
Miss Mediocre <3

Red Dead Redemption – Secret Achievements ;D

Monday, May 24th, 2010

8 of the secret achievements in Red Dead Redemption are storyline related. There’s That Government Boy, Land of Opportunity, Sons of Mexico, No More Fancy Words, A Savage Soul, The Benefits of Civilization, Into The Sunset and Nurture or Nature, all of which you will complete simply by following the main quest line.

The actual secret achievements that are not story related are:

Dastardly – I mentioned this one in a previous post that you get for hog-tying a woman and leaving her on the railroad tracks. It only counts if you see her get hit by the train.

Spurred Into Victory – You get this for completing 20 storyline quests with the same horse.

Heading South On A White Bronco – You have to commit a crime and then escape the law on the Hungarian Half-Breed horse. I believe it only counts in single player mode.

Manifest Destiny – You have to kill all the Buffalo in the Great Planes.

I was really hoping that one of the secret achievements was to break one of every horse in the game, which I have been trying to do, hehe, but unfortunately it isn’t. I will stop wasting time doing that I guess and get back to trying to beat the game!

Don’t Steal My Horse!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I was playing some Red Dead Redemption today and had a funny idea when this lady tried to steal my horsey! I did what was only natural for a cowboy; tied her up and left her on the railway tracks, hehe. Awesomely enough, there’s an achievement for doing just that! XD

Sorry for the rather bad video quality! I taped it with my digital camera from my TV screen!

Red Dead Redemption

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I managed to pre-order my version of Red Dead Redemption just in time, so I have been playing the game since I went and picked it up yesterday! Basically the game follows John Marston, a cowboy who used to be in a gang, but had since cleaned up his act and settled down with a family. The federal government kidnapped his wife and son however to make John go after his old gang members, threatening to kill his family if he does not cooperate.

So far I have been focusing on the solo offline gameplay. The characters are interesting and comedic at times and John himself has an entertaining attitude toward everyone. Despite playing over 11 hours so far, I haven’t really done much of the main storyline yet! There’s so much to do in this visually appealing game, like entertaining mini-games! The poker is a bit addictive and five finger fillet is fun. There’s horseshoes and lying dice (Like from Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest) and I have come across a few blackjack tables, though I haven’t been able to use them just yet. The Challenges are great and I like that you can be continually upgrading John’s stuff! The act of skinning the animals that I’ve killed is a little gory for my tastes, but the hunting has been one of my favorite things to do in the game so far!

The play style has been pretty easy to get used to, but that may be easier for me to say seeing as they are pretty similar to the GTA games which I used to play a lot of. The shooting is nice, with a little snap-to auto aim like in CoD. The only hard thing to get used to was controlling my horse, but even that seems simple now that I have been doing it a bit.

My main complaint about offline game play would be that I don’t have the option of being female, which always is a bitter point for me with games, and that John is kind of ugly, hehe but I am sure most people wouldn’t mind these things!

I have tried the Free Roam online multiplayer a bit so far. It seems like it could be fun, there are challenges like in the offline mode and you can level up and improve your weapons which is cool, but I didn’t like that if you go into water, you drop dead, lol. Also the Free Roam does seem to be a bit glitchy still, like while trying to select a character to use, none of them would actually show up. There was an irritating little situation where I was trying to kill some bandits, but two of them were invisible to me, so I had to just watch for where their bullets were coming from, and kill them that way. Then when going to loot them, when my character got near the bodies, I disappeared too. It seems to be a common occurrence right now, but phasing in and out of visibility makes the Free Roam almost unplayable at this point. There’s nothing worse than being shot down by players you can’t even see!

Discounting the glitchy online play, which they are undoubtedly scrambling to fix, I would definitely say that Red Dead Redemption is worth buying! It’s entertaining, filled with things to do and interesting characters, and the landscapes are very well done. I certainly don’t regret trading in a few of the flops I’d had laying around in order to afford it, hehe and I believe it will entertain me for months to come!