Hey guys! For this blog entry, I thought I would take the time to offer insight on what I've been doing lately from a gaming perspective, while also hoping to get an idea of how other gamers deal with the same situation. A give-and-take kind of thing, if you will (obviously, the take part depends on feedback, but I'll worry about that later :P). Anyways, here goes.
The majority of my gaming actvity at this very moment revolves around a trio of things I'd like to accomplish. The origin of each goal is different, but I'd say I'm about as equally determined to take care of each one.
My first goal has to do with me improving my overall fighting game. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that I'm a pretty big fan of fighting games in the past (and if I haven't there you go), and I've had my share of accomplishments that I'm pleased with. That said, I'm nowhere near the level of a tournament-quality fighter in any series, and my "greatness" really only extends to a relatively small circle of friends that I've competed with. Thanks to some direction from someone I met online playing Super Street Fighter IV a week ago, I was able to come across a couple of websites that offers guides and 'handbooks' detailing strategies and tactics that I've desired to obtain for sometime now.
Still, the interesting thing about this is that while I do enjoy Street Fighter from time to time, that's not even the series I'm most interested in improving my skills on, but since my goal is improving my overall fighting habits and strategy, it's not really about what game I'm playing as much as it is about what I'm doing, how to do it better, and what to do in certain situations that I struggle with. No doubt if I can understand these things better, I'll be able to apply them not only to my Street Fighter game, but other series as well. Still, from the looks of things, I have a lot to learn and a lot of work to do before I can get a real grip on my own play and refine it.
My second goal is clearer for to visualize (for me, at least). With the release of Kirby's Dream Collection, I thought I would be a great idea to pick up Return to Dreamland (a stellar platformer, I might add) and take care of some unfinished business and prepare myself for what's to come. I took care of part of that business earlier today when I finally beat 'The True Arena', and now it's my mission to obtain at least a Gold medal in each of the game's Challenge stages. The main motivation for doing this was discovering that Kirby's Dream Collection not only features six retro Kirby games, but new Return to Dreamland-inspired challenge stages to overcome. It's something I'm really looking forward to, but before I get myself worked up, I thought it might be wise to polish my Kirby-playing skills by working with the ones that are already accessible to me.
My third and final goal is one that I've been working on for months now: Completing every Team Mission in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. The good news is that I'm down to only three missions. The bad news is that those three missions have done nothing but give me FITS the past few months. It's been more of an 'on-and-off' assignment with this goal, but considering that I've put more effort into this goal than any other at the time (and has failed much more with this one), I suspect that overcoming this task will provide the most relief once I finish it (and I WILL beat those missions, somehow...). No doubt that my boss-fighting skills in the game could STILL use some work, though. I just need to figure out a way of going about refining them.
And there you have it. To be honest, I should probably talk about this sort of thing more, but the reason I don't is because I have a tendency to lay off a particular task for a long enough period of time to lose interest altogether. Probably the same reason why my collection of unbeaten games has grown so much over the past few years, as well, as I have a tough time getting back to games I don't finish then and there. Nevertheless, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of gaming activity to everyone else.
If you're still reading, I'm curious to know what is your way of handling your gaming related goals? Maybe a better question would be do you have gaming goals at all or simply go with the flow? Regardless, I'm interested in hearing about this sort of thing from my fellow gamers, as well as getting feedback, critiques, and advice from others on my triplet of gaming missions.
Anyways, thanks for taking time to read this. I know that my posts aren't always the easiest to read, due to their length and possible rambling, but I do appreciate it when I know that there are those who are willing to put up with them at the end of the day. I try. :P Take care!