2014: Results

It’s getting dangerously close to being too late for a look back over my accomplishments of 2014 (I had meant to do this last week but a certain Bioware RPG decided to intervene), so I’ll rattle it out quickly!

I’m one of those types that likes to keeps records of shit, rather than just doing and forgetting. I like stats! I’d like to put maybe a decade’s worth together at some point. Generally I record the games I’ve played (see http://www.backloggery.com/Extra_Life), but I’ve done a bit more over the last year so there’s more to add. I’ll begin there though.

Games

This was not my most prolific gaming year (see 2010’s 60 finished games and over 1000hrs of playtime for that milestone), but given that there is a lot more that I want to do these days, I think I actually managed more than should have been possible…

  • Ys: Memories of Celceta (PS Vita) – 28hrs
  • Resogun (PS4) – 8hrs
  • Game Dev Story (Android) – 5hrs
  • Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) – 10hrs
  • Tales of Xillia (PS3) – 35.5hrs
  • Bravely Default (3DS) – 52hrs
  • Mario Kart 7 (3DS) – 20hrs
  • Street Pass Squad (3DS) – 5hrs
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros (3DS) – 42.5hrs
  • Dark Souls II (PS3) – 113hrs
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS) – 45hrs
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3) – 80hrs
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold (3DS) – 40hrs
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) – 10hrs
  • Stranded (Steam) – 1hr
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) – 20hrs
  • Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) – 10hrs
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS) – 20hrs
  • Minecraft Projects (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) – 100hrs + (not 100% on the Vita times)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail (PS4) – 10hrs
  • Lords of the Fallen (PS4) – 15hrs
  • Geometry Wars 3 (PS4) – 20hrs
  • Never Alone (PS4) – 2hrs
  • Tales of Hearts (PS Vita) – 30hrs

24 Games for around 720hrs of gameplay.

  • 3DS – 9 games, 254.5hrs
  • PS4 – 6 games, 105hrs
  • PS3 – 4 games, 268.5hrs
  • PS Vita – 3 games, 68hrs
  • Wii U – 2 games, 20hrs
  • Steam – 1 game, 1hr
  • Android – 1 game, 5hrs

This is telling me that I need to get far more use out of my Wii U… So many good games on it, but I’m frequently distracted by my PS4 now, and I’ve recently bought in a host of PS3 JRPGs on the cheap during the winter sales. I wonder if/when I’ll get round to playing them. Despite the 3DS being the platform where I finished the most games, the PS3 was where I spent most of my time (with only 4 games!), largely on Dark Souls II. Wonder if I’ll get the same out of Bloodborne and the Dark Souls II re-release on PS4 in 2015?

Travel

I don’t really manage to travel very far (I rarely leave Britain), but I’m a firm believer that there is a huge wealth of places of to see and things to do within the British Isles. So much so, that as much as I want to travel north to more or less guarantee a view of the Northern Lights, I find there is enough to attract me within the (relatively) local vicinity to keep me occupied for years to come.

Sadly, my longest car journey this year wasn’t to any place new, but to Lincoln. It was to see family though, so there’s that!

  • Longest overall journey – 431 miles (home to London)
  • Longest car journey – 308 miles (home to Lincoln)
  • Longest walk – 15.41 miles (I walked to see Godzilla. It was averaging 25 degrees and was quite the workout)
  • Overall distance walked – 1079 miles

I also visited some new places:

  • John O’Groats
  • The Isle of Skye
  • Glentress
  • Loch Lomond
  • Tongue and Ben Loyal
  • Glencoe

I had hoped to have walked more last year, as 1079 miles averages at a smidge under 3 miles a day. I was on track for doing a lot more, but the second half of the year was spent on a nightshift working some long (but necessary) hours.

Writing

My first post on WordPress was the beginnings of the book I’m writing. I’ve since learnt that writing a book is a time consuming process and not something to be taken lightly! My initial story idea blossomed over the first few months of the year. I made lots of notes, developed protagonists, antagonists, locations, colloquialisms. It was great fun! After I had put together a mass of work, I started writing the story proper. It was actually really difficult to write that first chapter. Not because I didn’t know what to write, but because it meant that I was finally committing all of that thought to (digital) paper. My characters started to take on a life of their own, and I even began to worry about leaving them alone for too long. I became surprised when my characters showed me aspects of themselves that I hadn’t yet been aware of, and worried slightly that I may have schizophrenia when this happened. Any other writers reading? Do you find that your characters reveal things you didn’t know about them?

I’m still a way off finishing the story (I believe my initial plan is about a third complete). I’m hoping to self-publish it when I’m done. Nobody has really read anything by me before, and it feels to me that asking someone to read the entirety of my story could be a big ask. Therefore, I decided to break my story down into a couple of parts (well, more than a couple, but the others are a plan that follows on from my first story): Part one is now named “Bleakendom Slumbers”, while part two is called “Bleakendom Stirs”. I am really looking forward to having someone read the full story, regardless of the resulting opinion.

  • 175932 words written (53879 notes, and 122053 story)
  • 32 Chapters written
  • 14 chief characters created (that are currently involved in the story
  • 18 WordPress posts

With all the work I’ve had to do this year, I’ve recently not been able to write as much as I’d hoped. Despite this, I think about my characters every day, and add notes here and there for dialogue ideas in the coming chapters. In case it seemed that way given my fewer posts recently, I haven’t forgotten about my story, nor do I plan to give up!

Others

There are other things, such as a seven months working nights, my 5th title change at work and so on. I added the areas I’d like to carry on keeping track of though!

Anyone else have any mini-stats (or full) to share?

Happy New Year!

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