Question of the Week: What's your biggest gaming accomplishment?

Welcome to another installment of our feature on Empty Wallet Gamer where we ask a question, get some responses from the EWG crew, and get some of your answers too! This week’s question: What is your biggest gaming accomplishment?

Eric Lee Lewis -

Gaming accomplishments - it seems as if they are few and far between. Sure, we can all finish a game and feel satisfied, but that isn’t what this week’s topic is about. This is about the one accomplishment in gaming that the Empty Wallet Gamer crew is most proud of.

Originally, I wanted to say it was competing in a Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 tournament and winning at the age of 14. Ultimately, I won free tickets to Cedar Point and $200. Hell, I’m not even into fighting games besides Mortal Kombat, but up until last year this was my favorite gaming achievement.

Last year I created something: Empty Wallet Gamer. Sure it isn’t a videogame, but it deals with gaming. From day one, it was never meant to go anywhere. Less than a year later, we are a 10-man crew and I can honestly say I probably have some of the best writers out there. Though this is my highest gaming achievement, I look forward to the future.  Hard work pays off; Empty Wallet Gamer is proof of that.

Uriah Marriott -

In life, a person can feel accomplished through many achievements like getting their first job, owning their first car, and graduating high school. Though those are all great things, one category I am very proud of is my achievements in gaming. The one accomplishment that stands out the most to me is when I completed all of the achievements in Fallout 3.

Fallout 3 is an action-RPG in a post-apocalyptic setting. I get a sense of accomplishment from this because I sank over 80 hours into this game. I didn’t sink that many hours into it just for the achievements, though.  Fallout 3 had multiple DLC packs which continued this fun-filled adventure for me, and when I finally hit the 100% mark, I let out a battle cry like nothing I have ever heard before. I feel like this is a great gaming moment of mine because I got all of my money’s worth out of the game. Fallout 3 has multiple side quests and hours of exploration which I quickly got sucked into. Honestly, if I had the option of doing it all over again I would. I had so much fun with Fallout 3 and that moment will be forever imbedded into my brain.

Samer Farag -

My greatest achievement in a game is probaby how much I’ve mastered Ocarina of Time.  No jokes at all: I have been able to play from the beginning all the way through the Great Deku Tree, blindfolded.  It’s come to the point where I feel as if, whenever I start up a game of OoT, I am a traveler coming back to a land I’m familiar with.  Everything in the game, I have done it.  From 100% completion, to the Three-Heart Challenge, to the Master Quest, to simply glitching the game beyond playability (cartridge tilting, anyone?). If there was one game I could point to and say, “yeah I’m basically a master at that,” it would be Ocarina of Time.

Nøél Villa -

If there’s one thing I pride myself in doing, it’s finishing Squaresoft games at the lowest level possible. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t claim to have finished Final Fantasy games in levels lower than anyone else, but this was something I used to boast about several years ago, when I couldn’t find anyone else who had done it any lower.

100% game completion meant nothing to me, so the real challenge was found in trying to avoid level-grinding and beating final bosses with the barest equipment and the lowest levels. I remember beating Final Fantasy VII with my party members at an average of level 50, using Cloud, Cid and Red XIII. I beat Final Fantasy IX with my party around level 40 (Zidane, Garnet, Vivi and Ararant). I beat Final Fantasy Tactics at level 40, using only Ramza and an entire party of Red Chocobos (Choco Meteor FTW). I beat Kingdom Hearts at level 45, equipped only with the basic Keyblade.

If any of you have done a better job, then good for you.  Clap, clap.  I’m ready to accept that there will always be people who will do a better job of things than you ever will, so despite these accomplisments being fleeting, I still cherish them after all the hard work I put into them.

Keith Michael -

My favorite accomplishment in a game would have to be when I collected the last Triforce shard in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. I know that it is a necessity to collect all of the pieces of the Triforce to be able to have the final showdown with Ganondorf, but you have to go through quite a lot to get there. The Great Sea is massive and filled with lots of little islands and the Triforce charts only show you where the piece of the Triforce is. The charts do not have the name of the island that the shard is next to, so you have to remember what each island looks like or compare each tile of the map to the chart. Add in a hefty deciphering charge for the Triforce charts and you will spend a nice chunk of time sailing around the sea looking for rupees. I enjoyed Wind Waker the whole time and getting the last piece of the Triforce felt like a climax before the climax.

Also, I want to note that my Pokedex is up to 560 in Pokemon White version.  It’s not finished, but it’s getting close.

So, what about you?  What’s your biggest accomplishment in gaming?