One Man's Xbox 360 "Smash Brothers" Achievements Quest

achievements1.jpgWhen one video game addiction gets in the way of another, things can really get ugly.

At the beginning of every game the player is presented with a challenge, a way to overcome it and an end goal. It’s a pretty tried-and-true formula that has been used for thousands of years now, in all different kinds of games. Sometimes, when people get bored (or a little ambitious) some people like to come up with their own challenges.

Here’s the thing:  I really like achievement points (I’m currently at 21,515) and I also really like "Smash Brothers" (so much so, that I’m considering going pro). I realized that these two passions of mine are about to go head to head, and I know in my heart, which one is going to win out. As much as I would like to go on collecting achievement points… cessation, thy name is Smash Bros. It will all come to an end on December 4th, the day "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" for the Wii is released. Before that day arrives, I would really like to increase my GamerScore to a point where I feel comfortable leaving it alone for a couple months while I begin my "Smash Brothers" training. So, I’ve come up with the following challenge: I won’t allow myself to play "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" until I have gotten 10,000 more achievement points. "SSBB" is the princess in my quest.

Here’s the point where my confidence turns into bravado. I know 10,000 points is attainable. Everything’s well and good in terms of thinking I can do this, but on paper it’s a much different story. My first 20,000 points took me about a year to complete. I know it may be a bit of a stretch for me to think I can pull off another 10,000 in just 12 weeks. Given that "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" comes out on December 4th, then, starting from last Tuesday, I have 12 weeks to finish my quest. (Think of it as my time limit.) That totals out to 84 days. That means I need to churn out about 120 points a day, every day, for the next 12 weeks. While not impossible, I feel it may be a little bit improbable, especially since I’ve already gotten some of the “easier” achievement titles out of the way ("Fusion Frenzy 2," "King Kong" and "MLB 2K6"). To help illustrate that this is going to be a long shot, in this past week I have scored 560 points, playing "Streets of Rage 2," "Zuma," "BioShock," "DOA 4," "Sonic The Hedgehog" and the still yet-to-be-released "Halo 3." At this pace I will have 10000 points in almost 17 weeks, making the completion date sometime in the middle of January 2008. Feel free to place bets on whether or not you think this can be done.

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Check back every Tuesday for my progress on the Cipriano Achievement Thermomether (a.k.a. The C.A.T.), and whether or not I’m able to actually pull this off. I’m open to any advice or suggestions you may have to offer. If you’d like up to the minute updates feel free to check out my Xbox Live profile.