Getting into the Habit

So I don’t think I’ve mentioned my love of computer games. I’ve never had the best hand-eye coordination and about a year and a half ago I began playing Skyrim quite seriously on Boyfriend’s Xbox, partially as a way to pass the time because he was revising and writing up his masters, and partially to improve said hand-eye coordination.

From the second I picked up the controller I was hooked, and very specifically hooked on Skyrim. I’ve now almost finished it (yes, the whole thing) which is sad, but it still entertains me whenever I play, something which Boyfriend is in awe of. The thing I like about it though is that you pick aims and goals, many of which require only small amounts of effort (mining iron, for example) and then through time committed and clever play, you achieve them. And while you achieve them you increase your skill level, which is where the main bit of this post comes in.

A few months ago Boyfriend stumbled across Habit RPG, which is a way to gamify your life. Him being him, his character hasn’t exactly been kept up, but I’ve fallen in love with it. You set yourself tasks, arranged into one-off to-dos, dailies, and habits, and then as you complete them you gain XP, and sometimes acquire special pets and items. It’s prettymuch awesome.

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So if you were wondering why I’ve been blogging so much more frequently now, this is why. As long as I keep getting cool little pixelated pets and awesome robes just for doing stuff which is good for me, I’m in.

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