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What I’ve Been Playing – Level 0

Breath of the Wild

I haven’t really gotten into anything much recently. Instead, I tried to play everything at the same time, and got bored of it all before too long.

I started Breath of the Wild, accidentally wiped my save file, started again then didn’t really go back to it. I played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for about 20 hours in the two weeks after it came out, then haven’t been back to it at all. Also on Switch I bought World of Goo, I am Setsuna, Disgaea 5, Minecraft and never really got into any of them. Whoops. Just need Stardew Valley so I can buy that too, then not play it.

On PS4 I got back into Formula 1 2016 picking up my save from last September on the super easy mode, because driving F1 cars is hard. I am currently enjoying thoroughly beating everyone even though they basically all forgot how to drive.

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F1 2016 on PS4

I also started Dragon Quest Heroes. Are you seeing a trend yet? I like starting games, I like quitting them even more! I’ll probably go back to Dragon Quest Heroes next month, or maybe next year. Long winded story games are basically my nemesis.

I even started Omega Ruby again, with the hilarious plan of completing a Living Pokedex. It didn’t happen when I was at uni with 30 hours a week spare, and I really doubt I will ever complete a living Pokedex now, or any time in the future.

Going forward I am going to try and play a ‘few’ games a week, and blogg about them regularly. Maybe this will make me get through my backlog in a reasonable fashion. Maybe I could even set a target of beating 30 games before the end of 2018? We’ll see.

This guy is basically a hero. I do wonder if he has a job or a wife, though. Over 5 hours a day just playing games!

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OP WILL DELIVER!!!

Games I played a bit of recently:

  • Breath of the Wild
  • Dragon Quest Heroes
  • Zelda Picross
  • Magical Starsign
  • Monster Hunter 4
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby

Games I plan on completing soon:

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Week 1

Things I am going to do this week, apparently by writing them down publicly I might stand more of a chance of doing these.productivity-1995786_1920.jpg

  • Complete Apple Watch Activity Rings 7/7 Days
  • 3x45minute workouts on Apple Health
  • Reach 4 hours of ‘Very Productive’ each day M-F on RescueTime
  • Blog about what games I’ve been playing (and not playing)
  • Throw out more shit I don’t need from my tiny flat
  • Focus on 2-3 games, not 12 different games.
    • Formula 1 2016 (PS4)
    • Magical Starsign on (DS)
    • Zelda Picross (3DS, I might even finish it this week!!)

Nintendo Switch Activity Log

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have an Activity Log built into it like those found on the 3DS or the Wii U. However, if you download the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app which is available for Android and iOS then you will be able to get a list of what games you’ve been playing.

It’s a shame there isn’t just a normal activity log… but this will have to do…

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App on iOS

The app is designed for parents to be able to limit their children’s playtime but you can disable all of that and just use it for the Activity Log goodness.

On thing to note, you will need the Parental Control PIN occasionally… changing Wifi settings, to log into social accounts for sharing and stuff like that. The PIN is emailed to you and you can find it in the app, so you shouldn’t lose it!

Update (Tues 7th March)

On your profile (click your icon in the top left corner of the home screen) you can see how long you’ve played a game for (for up to 100 hours..)

See this tweet….

Fire Emblem & Pokemon Snap

What does Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Pokémon Snap have in common? I completed them both last week!

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Two more games off the backlog! The girlfriend and I played Pokemon Snap to the credits in one sitting, and I completed FE Fates Birthright on super easy n00b mode.

Whatever… I am not ashamed, I was totally just playing for the story! Plus, I don’t have time for long-ass RPGs any more. So, having a way to breeze through the story was nice. Maybe one day I’ll go back and play Conquest & Revelations. Probably not though… A snippet of my RPG backlog includes highlights such as Dragon Quest 7, several Final Fantasy Tactics games, several Disgaea games, Skyrim, Morrowind, Witcher 3… you get the idea….

I enjoyed playing Fates on super-scrub mode, but I won’t be going back any time soon.

Pokemon Snap title screen

Pokémon Snap was an awesome game. I genuinely don’t know why we didn’t play it sooner. We got to the credits in about 4 hours and caught about 95% of the Pokémon in the game. Thoughts include: ‘WHY HASN’T NINTENDO MADE POKEMON SNAP 2!!!!!!’, and ‘FUCK YOU OAK! THAT PHOTO WAS AMAZING’. Great game!

I also discovered that two players can use different controllers but still control player 1 on the WiiU Virtual Console. This meant the gf could have the gamepad and I had a pro controller, and we didn’t need to keep passing the controller. Something small, but pretty neat.

Executive Order: Ban the Beer – First Month Goals Update

Over a month has passed since my last post, and in that time I have been (slowly) working towards those goals I mentioned.

I didn’t go to the gym that much, but I have been doing exercises at home (and on the road) with the help of my girlfriend who does 30-60 minutes a day in our flat. I even have resistance bands, and a roller!

I have almost completely stopped drinking beer. In fact, I lost 8lbs which I am absolutely attributing to the lack of hoppy-malty goodness. I don’t really even miss it that much… Which I thought I would! I have only had a single pint in three weeks.

I managed to log successfully for about a 14 day streak in MyfitnessPal before I went off that wagon. Anyway, onto the stats!

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This is super motivational, and should help me continue onwards and upwards!

This month I am going to the gym more often – at least twice a week when I am at home! Continue not drinking any/much at all beer. Continue with my Huel breakfast shakes (2 scoops, 300 calories), maybe extend these to lunchtimes* with a bit more trial and error, and keep eating healthy meals for dinner.

You can make basically an infinite amount of omelette variations… Spinach, tuna, chicken, ham, turkey, broccoli, asparagus.. The list is basically endless 🙂 Omelette’s are awesome.

See you again for ‘update 2’ in March!

*I tried this last week and failed absolutely miserably. I just couldn’t deal with no having solid food for lunch. Maybe I should try again and take some healthy snacks into the office with me. Hmm!

Goals and Motivation

It turns out to be pretty hard to get motivated without concrete goals. I’ve spent the last year yoyo-ing on ‘getting healthy’ and never actually doing anything much about it. For a while after I moved, I even had two gym memberships (I used neither, though.)

I can’t ride a bike around anymore like when I lived at home – I don’t have a bike or anywhere to store one. That summer I did though (just before Uni) I ended up weighing the lightest I’ve even been. I want to be somewhere around there again.

For 2017, I figured I should try something a bit different! So, I’ve booked myself on two Half Tough Mudders! One in May (four months from now) and the other in September (eight months from now).

So now I have a gym membership again, and some vision of where I want to be in 132 days.

GOALS – you should have some!

So, how the fuck am I going to do this??

  • Eating considerably heathier / log most of my meals on an App
    • I am still undecided about what to do when I travel – 2/3 days a week on average away from home!
    • The eating at restaurants ruins me! The lack of any form of kitchen except a kettle (usually) makes this problematic.
    • Drinking much less than I currently do – Untappd says I’ve checked 90 beers in the last 90 days. Too many!
  • Exercising
    • Obviously for Tough Mudder I need to be able to run/jog 5 miles, and haul my fat self over walls and shit. Therefore, I need to be able to actually run (ha!) and to actually gain some upper body strength. Losing some weight between now and May would likely be beneficial too.
    • Aiming to go 1-3 times a week (obviously more difficult when I am away for extended periods of time!)

All my diet wins and fails will be logged on Myfitnesspal, all my exercise related escapades will be on Runkeeper, and my weight will be tracked by Apple Health. I’ll post an update in February (not that anyone actually cares except me:))

If anyone wants to send me a friend request on any of the mentioned services, leave a comment!

Games Completed in 2017

This post is to remind me that I should not buy a Nintendo Switch until I have completed a shit load more games that I ALREADY OWN!!!!

There will be more games out then, they will be cheaper, and you do not need to spend over £300 in March just to play Zelda when you haven’t finished most of the Zelda titles you already own. Stop being an idiot.

Backloggery

Games I have completed this year

  1. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS) – Friday February 10th 2017 [17h40m]
  2. Pokémon Snap (WiiU)- Wednesday February 8th 2017 [3h31m]
  3. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) – Sunday 26th February 2017 [5h57m]

Currently Playing

  • Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past (WiiU)
  • Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)
  • Picross E

Games I would like to complete this year..

Among others….

  • Most of the Zelda series (I am only missing Zelda 2 and Skyward Sword from my extensive collection…)
  • Super Mario Advance Series on WiiU VC
  • SM3DL
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Pikmin 3
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World

And many more…..

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Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic, comes to Android and iOS

Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic came out on iPad this week and it’s awesome fun. In every way, it is exactly like the original games I spent so long with as a child.

If only there were more mobile games like this! Imagine full versions of Theme Hospital, SimCity 2000, SimTower, Age of Empires…. It would be amazing.


I’ve played through an entire Park now (Dynamite Dunes) and everything feels perfect. The game plays exactly how I remember it, the touch controls are brilliant and I experienced no lag or crashes.


My favourite addition is probably the extra speed controls. You can now make your Park run super speed, which is helpful when waiting to finish a scenario.

If you liked the originals back in the day (or even still like & play them) then please buy RCT Classic and support decent mobile ports!

+7 Days

So, my first week didn’t start off that great. I ate pretty well for a few days  (Vegetarian feta and squash tart was something on the menu I wouldn’t have otherwise tried!) then I got busy and everything went to shit. I have plans to balance this and prevent it from happening again.

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I have joined the gym! Again! (after cancelling about 3 months ago due to lack of time). This time I’ve paid upfront for a year… Motivation to go. Maybe. We’ll see! It’s not going to be that easy with me travelling around most weeks but I am going to try and go AT LEAST two days a week and more when I am at home.

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