The origin of my name: I was stumped on a username and I remembered I had a copy of High Fidelity and National Lampoon's Animal House. No drug use implied or intended. I drink a bit now, but I don't get wasted.
Games beaten in 2010: 81
Games beaten in 2011: 176
Games beaten in 2012: 80
Games beaten in 2013: 65 + 15 at 100%/Platinum trophies/complete
Games beaten in 2014: 8 + 14 at 100%/Platinum trophies/complete
Games beaten in 2015: 7 + 18 at 100%/Platinum trophies/complete
Games beaten in 2017: 2 + 17 at 100%/Platinum trophies/complete
Games beaten in 2018: 1 + 20 at 100%/Platinum trophies/complete
My Platinum trophy list:[Link]
2015 continued from a terrible 2014 and was actually better on every platform out there. From AAA console games to indie to handhelds to PC, everything had incredible games. Of course, Giant Bomb gives a level editor for Wii U their GOTY award (clearly, they don't have time to devote to games like Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, Batman: AK, AC: Syndicate, etc.). I think Polygon gave Her Story their GOTY. Not sure about other sites. And other sites seem to harp on 'blah, games are terrible this year' instead of being in awe of what was out. Any year that had Bloodborne, Splatoon and The Witcher 3 is a great year IMO.
My ratings: I try to give each and every game I play a fair shake. I don't really rely on publication reviews (IGN, Gamespot, Giant Bomb, Joystiq, etc.) when I play a game. I try not to give out 5 star ratings that much if at all. It has to be really exceptional to me to warrant that. I also try not to have impossible exceptions when playing. I try to go by what I call 'addictiability' -- it is a made-up word, but it describes the feeling of playing continuously: how much do you want to finish a level or a game while playing it? Is the game fresh and enjoyable even when it is difficult? Where I have a problem is a lack of fun for me in certain games....most of the 1-star ratings I give are because of that.
My feelings on emulation: I'll be honest -- I do use emulators for some of my games. However, it is NOT the same thing as a physical copy of the game. I do have games beaten that were emulated, but I would be the first to tell you if you have the means or the systems, get it in the original format. Emulation is like looking at a photocopy of a picture -- it's the same thing, but it's lost a lot while being photocopied.
I'm a trophy hunter now: As my tastes and interests have changed and my desire to collect less has lessened, I'm becoming more of a PlayStation trophy hunter. So a lot of my earlier collection is going to get traded in or sold. At the local game store, I ended up having about $1000 in credit. With 2019 being a big year already, I'm going to be getting fewer games and trying to not to be swayed by PSN store sales (although it's really hard!)
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New set of server shutdowns:
Ark Survival Evolved (August 2023)
Dreams (technically not a shutdown, but it'll switch to a form of a serverless mode on September 1 2023 with 2 of the trophies changing. Probably a good idea to Platinum it now)
Guns Up! got pushed back to December 2023.
EDIT: Server migration for Dreams will occur on May 22 2023. Better hurry.