That’s right, you’ve been working for days to get that rare Xbox achievement, and now, someone is going to see it.
When I’m at home and playing (I mean working, I meant working) and finally hear that ‘pop’ of an achievement I’ve been trying to get for five days, yes, I get excited. I have jumped up and throw my hands in the air and sometimes, doing a dance that my wife has described as looking like a chicken having a seizure, which is a little harsh, but it is fair.
You just did your chicken-seizure dance and turned around to show that precious achievement off, and no one is there. It’s a victory all of us know too well. But you’re fixing to hear, the rest of the story. My wife is awesome and always more than supporting, but she’s not a big console fan. Her achievements are more hand-held and involve jumping over mushrooms and constantly trying to save a princess that, I swear, keeps teasing that blasted dragon, just saying.
There’s no printout of your accomplishment, just that brief window of proof when you see a flash on your screen. It all happens to me in slow-motion mode, and I’m still fist-bumping myself (which, yes, maybe a little sad), and then you see the notification start to fade, NOOOOO!
Yes, you can always look it up on your fancy phone or, better yet, scroll through when you’re with your friends and pull the old, “Huh, I didn’t even realize I got this achievement” bit. You innocently show them your accomplishment and secretly smile because now, someone else has seen your world domination.
I love gaming, and it’s the best job/recreation I know. I’m not a big sports guy; my big week of the year is E3. I’m lucky enough to do this as my career, which is the perfect cover for, when I go somewhere, my Xbox Series X has to go with me. So yes, it is a burden even Linda can’t carry.
Achievements are a nice perk, and when you earn one, especially the rare ones, it’s a good day. Life is always so serious, but when I’m playing, all that stress goes away, and then new focus starts again when that giant oversized boss destroys me in just a few swipes. Why is it so Dark, Souls?