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Jan02
2021 Summary and 2022 Goals
2021 Goal Recap

1) £1000 budget for the year.
I succeeded in this goal with a total spend of £904.82 toast

The funny thing is I was really cautious for the first few months of the year and was way ahead of the target... So then as the year went on and it became clear I would make it I ramped up the spending laugh. Some guidelines below;

a) By the time EDF:WB released on May 27th, I had a total spend of £223.86

b) By Warioware on August 19th I was up to £293.80

c) By Voice of Cards on October 28th I was up to £475.53

d) Then from Oct 28th until Dec 31st I almost doubled that to £904.82 shock

In terms of what the budget was supposed to accomplish? It was supposed to make it so that I would actually use/play what I bought and chip away at the backlog. I would say it did work in this regard. I purchased 95 items in 2021 and have used/played 69 'nice' of them.

Of the 26 that weren't played, I don't feel bad about that as the majority of them were cheap in sales and a bunch of them I literally just picked up in the January 2022 sales... so I just haven't had the time to get around to them yet!


2) Top 10 XBLA
So... This was always a 2 year goal... but year one didn't go well. I completed 1 XBLA title in 2021, which was Trials HD.

I really need to get to work on this one. The main issue is that in my main gaming setup I can’t have audio on a 360 and whilst I usually play with low game volume… No volume at all can be pretty jarring!

I have consistently had this goal ever since I was knocked out of the top 10 around 2015 I believe, so the desire is there I swear! laugh


3) Learn Japanese
Total failure here. My Scottish accent makes it difficult to have a native Japanese speaker as a tutor, because the language barrier then goes both ways.

The really easy solution to this is just get an English native tutor… but I just never did redface


4) Streamlined Life
I do feel I accomplished this, but it’s difficult to quantify. In general I feel I am going the right direction with this goal. I sometimes have periods where I fall off the wagon and get a bit chaotic, but I am not too hard on myself when this happens. The way I see it is as long as things are trending in the right direction the odd hiccup is gonna happen and isn’t the end of the world. My main area to improve is getting back on track as quickly as possible.

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2021 Summary
I know I sound a bit like a stuck record here, because every year I say I had a pretty good year and 2021 was no different. I had a pretty good year! smile

Whilst my goals weren’t overwhelmingly successful. I got some right good gaming in and also a few really good releases this year. The only disappointment was Sherlock!

Outwith gaming, things went well, though nothing really significant to report as it just kinda ticked along to a regular schedule. Business is going well. My life plans are coming along as expected and on time. Loved being back in the gym etc.

I did have a roof leak and had to get that re-felted and tiled which has given me the kick to start work on my attic conversion this year. More of the same for 2022 would be great but with maybe a couple big occasions to boot! toast

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2022 Goals

1) XBLA top 10
Yup, it’s still a thing and it will be until it’s done.


2) Mini-goals
Mixing it up here! I want to set 12 monthly goals that are smaller tasks and tailored to my objectives on a shorter timescale.

January 2022 = Complete a game that has been abandoned for over 2 years.


3) 50% earned on TT or 50% of trophies
Thanks to BeardedScot86 for the suggestion on this one. The restriction is as stated above. Any game I start in TT in 2022 I must get every trophy earned by 50% of TT users or 50% of the games trophies, whichever comes first.

I am giving myself a forfeit in the event I truly hate a game, but this forfeit helps one of my other goals for the year. In order to forfeit a game, I must ‘cash in’ 5 XBLA completions. So if there are 4 games over the course of the year, then I must cash in 20 XBLA completions in it’s stead.

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Final Thoughts
GOTY has to not include remasters/rereleases as we had Nier Replicant, Deathsmiles and Castlevania Advance Collection all release this year which are awesome. For new releases, we had a strong year, with my highlights being EDF, Warioware, Metroid Dread, Imposter Factory, Voice of Cards and FFXIV Endwalker, as well as releases I haven’t yet gotten round to like Inscryption and Danganronpa: Ultimate Summer Camp.

FFXIV Endwalker probably takes the award as just an incredible story and expansion to the existing game smile

Out with gaming not much to say this time, other than I look forward to having more time for projects from April onwards and hope there are many successes.

I hope you all have an amazing 2022. I look forward to keeping in touch with you all. Hearing your gaming plans and non-gaming plans and another year on TT. All the best toast

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