>The Quest for 50K, or, the world’s saddest violin playing just for me

>Today is November 3, 2009, and my Achievement total is currently sitting at 48,723. That gives me 2 months to get just under 1300 Points. Hitting 50,000 wasn’t necessarily a stated, determined goal of mine, but I hit 40K on my birthday last year, and getting 10,000 points in a year seems like something worth pursuing. However, I’m not entirely sure I’m going to be able to cross the 50K threshold in time, and maybe there’s a tiny part of me that’s a little bummed out about it.

Yes, I’m going to be busy with other stuff over the next 2 months; we all are; the holidays are nearly upon us and we all have stuff to do. But I’m also just not entirely sure that the games are going to be there.

There are 5 major Xbox360 games left in the calendar year, as far as I’m personally concerned: Dragon Age: Origins (currently shrinkwrapped, sitting in my messenger bag), Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, and Saboteur. I’m also still heavily invested in Borderlands and Forza 3.

So that’s 7 games, not including Brutal Legend which I don’t know that I’ll ever finish (and certainly won’t get any multiplayer achievements for), and not including the 500 points for both episodes for GTA4, which I’ll be lucky if I get half of.

I can rule out getting more than 300-400 in both MW2 and L4D2; I don’t really play multiplayer all that much, and in the case of MW2 I’m sure I’ll only do the campaign on Normal difficulty. I’m sure I can rack up 400-500 in Assassin’s Creed; I have no idea how much time I’m going to put into Saboteur, and if it gets shitty reviews I might just hold back from renting it altogether. So it’s really about finishing Borderlands (which supposedly isn’t all that difficult), getting as much as I can out of Forza, and doing my darnedest with Dragon Age, which is anywhere from 40-100 hours that I probably don’t even have.

It’s going to be close. It would certainly be nice if the 360 did something cool to mark the event; I’d even settle for a “I got 50K gamerscore and all I got was this stupid t-shirt for my avatar” thing. Most likely, though, I’ll cross 50K and nobody will know but me; I’ll pour myself a glass of single-malt scotch, pat myself on the back, and then blog about it here, for an audience of none.

Author: Jeremy Voss

Musician, wanna-be writer, suburban husband and father. I'll occasionally tweet from @couchshouts. You can find me on XBL, PSN and Steam as JervoNYC.

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