Icebrand1270

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  1. I probably won't be seeking trophies again anytime soon. Now that I have 150 Platinum Trophies, I'll rest for a while. I'll probably play the Switch more, perhaps even upgrade from the Switch Lite to the regular Switch when it is back in stock as I play a lot of games that drain the Switch Lite battery quickly. If so, I might give the Switch Lite to my brother (36 in age) as he is toying around with getting one for the NES and SNES Classics via Switch Online Membership and other retro collections. (Only if he is serious of course.) (His last console was the N64 so he is old-school at heart.)

    As for the rest of my meager existence, my sister has a kitten from a friend (her cat got outdoors too much and you know the rest). I like the kitten but he is wild and rambunctious and tests her patience just as her job (grocery) does. Cue the arguing!

    I'm just trying to stay "even". Never an easy task for me in this era or any. It is all anyone can do these days.

    Anyway, thank you for reading. Until next time!

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    2. MidnightDragon
    3. Angel

      Angel

      I'm in the same situation with you, I have been gaming much more on my Switch and letting my PS4 rest a bit

      It feels great having so many options in games especially in handheld as its been cold weather here and gives another reason to cuddle up without having to get up much.

      Hope you and your family are safe and congrats to your sister for now having a cute and wonderful new family member!

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      That's alright. It's always to get away from trophies every now and often. Plenty of other games on other devices to check out too. I'm also looking forward to getting a Switch anytime soon. It's been a while since I played some of my favorite franchises from my childhood (I grew up playing mostly PC and Nintendo games) so I really look forward to checking what they're doing right now. I'm looking for the regular Switch and not the Lite, though. That HDMI out option is very important to me and there's very little use I can get out of the portability of the Lite, so yeah, standard model for me, please.

       

      I'm sure your brother is going to enjoy getting that Switch Lite regardless. If he's to play classic retro games on the go, that seems like a safe bet.

       

      Hope everything goes well for you in your other gaming endeavors and in life too, of course. Cheers! :)

       

       

  2. On January 5th I finally earned Platinum 150 with Super Sports Blast! (NA Version) I'm also the 1st in the World to earn this Platinum (NA version) as well, making it 3 "1st In The World To Platinum" Moments. The others were 8 To Glory (2018) and RBI Baseball 20 (2020).

    Not my 1st or even 10th choice for Platinum 150 but well worth it to have another "1st In The World To Platinum Moment", I can assure you. This is also my 5th time in the 1st 10 to Plat and my 10th time in the 1st 50 to Plat. Not bad! Onward!

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    2. MaximumOverdrive

      MaximumOverdrive

      Well done! 💯

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      Thank you everyone!

      @Honor_Hand This one practically fell in my lap. I suppose the allure of another 1st in the World moment was too good to pass up. This is a compilation of previously released sports games from Unfinished Pixel with a new trophy list. I'm on "1st 50" lists with 2 of those aforementioned 3 games so I figured I would take a chance.

      To be completely honest, I had way too many thoughts in my head for Platinum 150. I wanted to consult with my stepmother about this but she was unreachable. Shame at that. It's done now at least and the pressure is lifted from my shoulders.

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      @Icebrand1270 That explains it. I guess it was just too good of a moment to let it pass, and with all those lists under your name, why not add another one, right? Awesome work. At least you have no more pressure from that anymore.

  3. Well everyone, I might as well give a "Year in Review" if everyone else is.

    2020 was bad for me beyond COVID and riots in New York City. My father died of a massive stroke in May at Age 64 (he missed 65 by a week) and I suffered 2 life-threatening varicose vein ruptures on my left foot (July and August). This will undoubtedly jeopardize whether I can resume being a local wrestling announcer when the ban is lifted in NYC. In the midst of memes and arguments, I realize all too well how precious life is and how nothing has permanence.

    Moving on, my gaming life took a prominent place in the grand scheme of things. In an uncertain future, I have no set goals in gaming for 2021 and my only goal in 2021 is to avoid another varicose vein rupture.

    That said, on to more positive stuff, yes?

    I earned 18 Platinum Trophies this year, bringing up my total to 149.

    Of them, 3 stand out: Ghost of Tsushima for its quality.

    Cricket 19 for being my Rarest Platinum Trophy.

    RBI Baseball 20 as I was "1st In The World To Platinum". This is the 2nd time I have accomplished such a feat. The first was 8 To Glory back in 2018.

    I also have 2 PSN 100%s. The more notable is Jeopardy (PS4-2017), a fitting tribute to Alex Trebek.

    With other feats of gaming I continued to do well with online "Matchup League" play in Pinball FX 3, at least for a time. I own all 99 of the tables in that collection and have some Top 100 positions in Challenge Modes on some tables (but not regular play sadly).

    I also continue to play my Switch Lite, mixing exclusives (Fire Emblem Three Houses, Clubhouse Games) with retro types (Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend, Dragon Quest), ports from yesteryear (GRID Autosport, Puzzle Quest) and the NES and SNES Classics Suite. The sad part is I don't remember how to play the Final Fantasy Legend trilogy! Wow I'm old!

    Anyway, thanks for reading. Let us be kind to one another as we dream of brighter days.

    1. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      This year has for sure being the worst with everything that has happened so far. Losing a loved one or someone that's close to you must've been the biggest hardships of them all. I'm aware that it's hard to keep moving forward after such an event in your life but we must not lose sight of the better days that could easily be around the corner. I think this year has also taught us many precious life lessons as well. Positive-thinking, man, things will get better next year. I'm sure you'll be able to land a proper job once everything goes back to normal.

       

      Also, awesome achievements this year. Especially for being the first to Platinum RBI Baseball, I doubt I'd be able to complete such a feat given how slow I am with most of my games and, well, that I never get any game early on too. 😅

       

      Lovely message at the end. Cheers to you over there, and have a happy New Year. ^_^

  4. It may be a while before I can install and patch Cyberpunk 2077. I have the retail (read: 2-Disc) version but the worst part is my already iffy Internet gets worse every December. ("Wonderful" time of the year... NOT!) My Internet gets me downloads of 1-10 GB an hour when it works (Keyword: When It Works). Yes, that unpredictable... from a 5G connection. Curse my fate! See Cyberpunk in January... I hope.

    Anyway, at least I have Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend coming in on Switch Tuesday. That's the Game Boy Final Fantasy Legend trilogy that started the SaGa series 30 years ago. Digital preorder for 20 dollars (USD of course) on Switch some time back. Obscure but will bring back memories. I am 40 after all!

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    2. mako-heart

      mako-heart

      Is the FF Legend digital only?

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @mako-heart FF Legend is digital only. Probably due to its 20 dollar price point. Although I am well aware there are exceptions to that rule. From what I hear, if you have a regular Switch (not a Switch Lite like I do) you can remove the Joy-Cons in handheld mode and flip the Switch vertically and use the touch screen like a Game Boy. These were 3 games I will always treasure in my heart. ("Creator Fell To Pieces")

      @DaivRules My provider is Verizon. I... don't want to talk about it.

    4. mako-heart

      mako-heart

      Bleeeehhh, I hate eshop, but I guess I'll buy it. At least it will be a small file.

  5. Now that I have Cyberpunk 2077 I have to figure out when is a good time to install and patch it. With how bad my Internet  in December is this might be... problematic.

    1. Infected Elite

      Infected Elite

      start now or when in bed? wake-up to cyberpunk 

    2. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @LegacyJKO09 Not sure it will make a difference. It's the 2-disc retail version and my Internet cuts in and out all December. (High volume month... just like summer.)

  6. It doesn't bother me when no one notices the nice stuff I put up on social media once in a while just because it isn't politics or covid (though that fact does bother me to an extent). It bothers me more that it takes me so long to write it because I can't write a post like I used to.

    Case in point: I recently put up a YouTube video of one of my favorite gaming songs (Unfilfilled from Fire Emblem Three Houses). I used an entire paragraph to describe it. Since I can't write like I used to... for reasons I won't get into here... it took over 30 minutes to complete the post. I expected no one to notice such a... positive post. I think it was the "all that work for nothing" effect that got to me.

    I suppose my case is not an unusual one, just a sad one. Such is life.

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    2. NERVergoproxy

      NERVergoproxy

      Everyone is busy trying to get notice too! but yes I totally understand what you mean. I don't watch YouTube videos though unless its those free movies with ads...XD

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      Thank you for listening to me everyone. I think I'm more disappointed in myself... or rather my inability to write with the speed that I used to. I'm not one to speak into a smartphone and not check my grammar. In fact, I actually don't have that tech at this time (lame, I know). That said, I never thought I would see the day where it would take 30 minutes to write 5 sentences in English, the language I have written and spoke all of my life. I suppose it was inevitable with the way my life has gone. Still, it is sad.

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Writing is not as easy as everyone thinks it is. I often work in content creation and copywriting, and let me tell you, getting the right lines and words to engage with an audience is anything but easy. Especially in my case, because English it's not my first language. 

       

      I understand what you mean by having difficulties to write something. It could either be writer's block or perhaps you're not feeling actually motivated to write about anything in particular. That lack of motivation could also be due to external reasons, I know them all too well. If you're going through a tough moment in your life, finding the inspiration or the motivation to write a piece that is compelling is extra difficult because "Why am I wasting my time writing all these words and paragraphs if I have this or that bothering at the back of my mind?" Isn't that right? That's one thing that can certainly limit one's creative output.

       

      However, what Lorajet said is very accurate too. When I post something here, even if it's a ridiculously long post that no one is going to bother reading for one reason or another, I don't really do it "for them", I post that because it provides me with a chance to be creative and put my thoughts into something. I like writing, and if other people can enjoy it as well, then so be it, but I am not one to really give much thought to whether they're going to like my posts or not. 

       

  7. [The Outer Worlds] I went back to this and got my first trophy since April. Poor Sportsmanship, which requires shooting 30 people in the groin during Tactical Time Dilation (a "slowdown" mode similar to VATS in Fallout 4 if you haven't played The Outer Worlds). I now need just 2 trophies for the Platinum and they are... unsurprisingly... the tough ones, Hard and Supernova. I know that beating the game on Supernova would take care of both trophies. I was looking elsewhere for Platinum 150 but I wouldn't mind having this one. (Especially if Atari Flasback Collection puts me through too much stress.) Just some random thoughts in my head in a sea of random thoughts.

    I may have failed to mention that I wish to get Platinum 150 before December 15th. No I'm NOT referring to Cyberpunk, that's December 10th. I'm getting Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend on Switch (digital preorder... crazy I know) that were the Game Boy Final Fantasy Legend trilogy that started the SaGa series. I remember them fondly... I am 40 after all!

  8. I updated my About Me as it needed some obsolete data updated. Updates are as follows:

    I updated my "1st in The World to Platinum" status to show both 8 To Glory and RBI Baseball 20.

    The correct names and "big leagues" of the 2 current wrestlers my boss (Gino Caruso) trained (I'm an announcer for him with ECPW) have been updated. In other words, former WWE superstar Luke Gallows moved to Impact where he is now known as Doc Gallows (he and Karl Anderson were part of a massive roster cut after Wrestlemania earlier this year). Sonny Kiss is still with AEW but I put his previous name with Lucha Underground (XO Lishus) up as a reference point for those interested.

    I also put up my favorite wrestling and gaming quotes, respectively. I'm sure they are far from popular ones (especially the wrestling quote) but they speak to me given my path in life, both good and bad.

    Hope you enjoy! More changes will follow soon!

    1. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Really liking that idea of adding favorite quotes from the stuff you love onto your profile. 👍

  9. I have decided to buy all 3 Atari Flashback Collection games when my money permits it. I know how excruciatingly difficult they are so I hope I don't lose my sanity... or what remains of it! Get ready to lose what little hair I have left!

    This will be a fitting tribute to my late father, who introduced me to gaming as a toddler with the Atari 2600. I don't know if I'll get anywhere close to Platinum (I've heard the horror stories) but it would be Platinum 150 if successful.

    On the "good news" side, I get to do a small Thanksgiving on Black Friday (or Trample Friday as I refer to it for obvious reasons) with my mother and sister, who I'm already under one roof with. My sister works the local supermarket (ShopRite to be exact) from 6PM to Midnight on Thanksgiving since this is one of those "All Day Every Day but Christmas" kind of grocery stores (under a "normal" year that is). Talk about greed! Not that she minds the money but crazy. That's NYC Thanksgiving in modern times for you!

    1. Spaz

      Spaz

      Hard as nails. Best of luck in you playing them.

    2. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      I see you settled for the Atari Flashback Collection. I'm sure it's going to be a more than appropriate tribute to your late father. Those games are tough as nails btw. Best of luck with them. 👍

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @Honor_Hand I still have to buy them. Hopefully in 2 weeks. First I must get Christmas presents for relatives who better appreciate them! (Don't worry, I'm sure they will.) All I ask for on Christmas is a good meal, no arguments with family... and maybe some good clothing. (hint hint) I played a bit of volumes 1 and 2 on my former ID and I remember the challenge. (Volume 3 wasn't out until after I lost my old ID.) So I know what agony I'm in for.

  10. I was considering getting Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 when my funds allow. I know how excruciatingly difficult it is and I don't care. I started gaming as a toddler on my father's knee with an Atari 2600. (My first game was Freeway from Activision, similar to Frogger, where a player helped a chicken cross 10 lanes of highway traffic.)

    As I have previously stated, I wish to honor my late father with my choice for Platinum 150, who died of a massive stroke in May of this year. He returned to gaming with WarFrame on Steam after retirement (he died at age 64) to keep his mind sharp and my brother (my father and stepmother's son) built a WarFrame in his honor in the game.

    My father enjoyed YouTube highlights of many games, particularly RPGs both Japanese and Western, so any of those would work as well. He watched my brother play Final Fantasy 12, Skyrim and Dragon Age Inquisition (all of which I bought for him of course). Unfortunately my stepmother has been unreachable as of late. I hope to get her input soon.

  11. Thanks for the follow-back! And nice cover photo of the Grey Wardens!

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    2. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      For the Wardens!

    3. NERVergoproxy

      NERVergoproxy

      “You are called upon to submit yourself to the taint for the greater good. From this moment forth, you are a Grey Warden.”

    4. Lady_Galleth

      Lady_Galleth

      "Join us brothers and sisters. Join us in the shadows .... and should you perish, know that one day, we shall join you."

  12. I figured I would compile a list of "possibles" for Platinum 150... so here they are:

     

    Final Fantasy 12 Zodiac Age

    Horizon Zero Dawn

    Shenmue 2

    Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy

    Fire Pro Wrestling World

    Dragon Age Origins (PS3)

    Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning (PS4)

    Skyrim (PS4)

    Cobra Kai (The Game)

    The Outer Worlds

    WWE 2K20

     

    Needless to say, a LOT of narrowing down to do. Suggestions are always welcome!

    1. funboy1246

      funboy1246

      I have a few of these. horizon zero dawn was good and a fairly easy plat. skyrim is over rated in my opinion but also an easy plat and 100%. so either of those is a good choice. id go for cobra kai personally since ive never played it. 

    2. MidnightDragon

      MidnightDragon

      Dragon Age: Origins is a good one. Takes a bit to get going, but it's one of my favorite PS3 titles.

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @MidnightDragon Dragon Age Origins was one of my most cherished Plats on my former ID. When I was still Icebrand1270, I earned it in November of 2013 after 4 years. It was Platinum 35 and Trophy 6000. Now as OohYeah127, I possess 149 Plats and 5979 Trophies. Perhaps it is time to return.

  13. Thanks for the follow! Decided to follow you as well.

  14. Plats 147-149 are Castle Pals, Bouncy Bullets (PS4) and Iron Snout (PS4)! All on this day, November 5th of 2020! I haven't had a multi-plat day since last year so this trio of super-easy Plats feels good to cluster together.

    Now the question is: what do I make Platinum 150?

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    2. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      Triple congrats for those 3 consecutive Platinums! ^^

       

      What about Warframe on PS4? It doesn't have a Platinum, but maybe attaining 100% completion there could also be a cool personal achievement. You know, if he came back and really enjoyed it on Steam, you may as well come to it and prove that you can attain everything the game has to offer. Just a thought over here. =)

       

       

    3. Icebrand1270

      Icebrand1270

      @Honor_Hand It would truly be an honor. The problem is the massive level of Internet connectivity required to even play it. As I have stated many times, my connection is rough in the best of times. Come December it will be exponentially worse with online shoppers eating up bandwith. Still, it is a worthy goal.

    4. Honor_Hand

      Honor_Hand

      @Icebrand1270 Ouch, you're right. I forgot about that. Warframe is entirely online multiplayer, right? Getting that one done without a proper connection could be rather tricky.

       

      At any rate, best of luck to you, man. :)

  15. I'm going to lose it if I see "asking for a friend" on social media again. Do people still believe that?