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MZero
01/01/21 1:25:14 AM
#1:


Happy New Year! Good luck to everyone who participates in this.

Credit goes to tazzyboyishere for first starting this in 2016, and Robazoid for carrying the torch through 2020. Basically, there are 50 challenges outlined below that will require you to beat 52 games total. This isn't a competition and there's no prize for winning aside from a sense of accomplishment. This is just a fun thing to participate in while we all work through our video game libraries. It also gives us a place to discuss what we're playing. Feel free to join in!

Rules:
- A single playthrough of a game can only be used for one challenge
- Use your own judgment to decide if game fits in a certain category
- Games started in 2020 or earlier are fine as long as they're finished in 2021
- Please add your own games to the spreadsheet linked to below, which anyone can edit
- When using the spreadsheet, please don't mess with checklists/tallies that aren't yours
- There's a tab listing favorite games in the spreadsheet if you need help with Challenge 42
- If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zh9gEuppguONyYfioh4xEGKafqN1KGpKn3SRFOryAV8/edit?usp=sharing

Challenges:

Years (5)
1. Beat a game released before 1991
2. Beat a game released between 1991-2000
3. Beat a game released between 2001-2010
4. Beat a game released between 2011-2020
5. Beat a game released in 2021

Series (4)
6. Beat a game in a completely new series
7. Beat a game in a series you've already played some of
8. Beat a spin-off or a game that rebooted a franchise
9. Beat a remake or enhanced port

Creators (3)
10. Beat a game made by a director/composer/artist/etc that you like
11. Beat a game made by a developer you like
12. Beat a game made by a developer you've never tried

Genres (11)
13. Beat a WRPG
14. Beat a JRPG
15. Beat a puzzle game
16. Beat a rhythm game
17. Beat a first-person shooter
18. Beat a third-person shooter
19. Beat a platformer
20. Beat an action game
21. Beat a strategy game
22. Beat a fighting game
23. Beat a sports game

Themes (6)
24. Beat a game with romance as a central theme
25. Beat a game with horror as a central theme
26. Beat a game with revenge as a central theme
27. Beat a game with mystery as a central theme
28. Beat a game with the supernatural as a central theme
29. Beat a game with comedy as a central theme

Demographics (6)
30. Beat a game with a female lead
31. Beat a game with a child lead
32. Beat a game with a non-white lead
33. Beat a game with a robot/artificial lead
34. Beat a game with an animal lead
35. Beat a game with a lead that's from a fictional species

Time (3)
36. Beat a game that's been in your backlog for a long time
37. Beat a game you'd dropped or had a long hold on
38. Finish a game in one day
39. Finish a game that took you at least twenty-five hours to beat

Stats (3)
40. Beat a game with a Metascore below 70
41. Beat a game with a Metascore above 90
42. Beat another user's favorite game

Adaptation (3)
43. Beat a game based on licensed stories/characters
44. Beat a game that's been adapted into another medium
45. Beat a game that features historical events or people

Miscellaneous (5)
46. Beat a game you received for free or through a paid subscription service
47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours
48. Beat a game that starts with the first letter of your username
49. Choose a random page on TVTropes and beat something from the video game section
50-52. Beat three games in a series

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KCF0107
01/01/21 2:34:45 AM
#2:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DonutMessWithACop

This was my random page, and Luigi's Mansion 3 seems to be my best bet
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WickIebee
01/01/21 2:48:53 AM
#3:


Here's hoping I can do better this year.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EtTuBrute

Here was the first page that had... actual examples from games, not things that didn't make as much sense.

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BetrayedTangy
01/01/21 3:05:58 AM
#4:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VillainsWantMercy

Probably gonna be Mega Man 8 or Dark Souls there's a couple others here that could work too.

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KCF0107
01/01/21 3:09:10 AM
#5:


WickIebee posted...
Here was the first page that had... actual examples from games

Yeah, my first page was one that was basically one huge overarching one that had no game mentions but like 30 other tropes, so I clicked a random trope among them

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeadHorseTrope
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MZero
01/01/21 3:48:22 AM
#6:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SequelEscalation

Good variety here, but I was planning to play the Portal games anyway since I got them from the Secret Santa (thanks again ESY!), but there's a lot of other stuff here too

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andylt
01/01/21 7:52:26 AM
#7:


I might try taking part in this if it's open to everyone. Probably won't come close to doing them all but it could be cool! How many people beat all 52 last year?

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TheArkOfTurus
01/01/21 9:26:07 AM
#8:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HollywoodSkydiving

...So I guess I'll just play Spelunky like every year.

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TheArkOfTurus
01/01/21 9:26:50 AM
#9:


andylt posted...
I might try taking part in this if it's open to everyone. Probably won't come close to doing them all but it could be cool! How many people beat all 52 last year?

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14ZNcbZYkj241Ub4Uq-qVJpzHSo18IplZfKMp1EY972k/edit#gid=0

It's open to everyone.

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Djungelurban
01/01/21 10:24:52 AM
#10:


I'll try to participate this year actually. Always thought about doing it but never did... Usually cause I had that thought in like July or something.
This was my TV Tropes page:
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DiscountLesbians

Looking through the list I'm leaning towards either Iji or Mass Effect.

Also, for favorite game... My favorite game is already selected as someone's favorite but I can see that every game is mentioned only once as someone's favorite. So should I select a different game as my favorite or should I just break the trend and mention a game someone's already mentioned?
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Shonen_Bat
01/01/21 10:57:38 AM
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https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VideoGame3DLeap

Well, good set to choose from here. Probably going with Mega Man 11 or Ocarina of Time.

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Cody11533
01/01/21 6:18:23 PM
#13:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TrueBlueFemininity

I never actually get around to the TVTropes one, maybe this year lol
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Arti
01/02/21 1:11:17 AM
#14:


21. Beat a strategy game

Grand Kingdom

1/50

I didn't finish the list last year but maybe this time?

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MZero
01/02/21 3:14:52 AM
#15:


4. Beat a game released between 2011-2020
Slay the Spire

After 11 failures, I beat Act 3 with the Silent. I'm considering it beaten but I do plan to finish the game with the other classes and do some ascension runs and such because I'm pretty hooked already. I also heard about an Act 4 and actually fighting the heart? or something which I'll also try to do. I see myself putting a lot of hours into this one!

1/50

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BetrayedTangy
01/02/21 4:41:03 AM
#16:


45. Beat a game that features historical events or people

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

I had been playing this on the PS2, but my disc became unreadable about 3/4 into the game. So I literally downloaded the HD one on my PS3 and plowed through the whole game in one sitting. It was still a really good time regardless!

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TheArkOfTurus
01/02/21 10:12:58 AM
#17:


38. Finish a game in one day

Monster Train

Still playing this over and over.

1/50

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SantaRPidgey
01/03/21 2:21:47 PM
#18:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NoBrows

wow this has a lot of good options. 2021 gonna be a good year

  • Pokmon Diamond and Pearl: Cyrus found eyebrows unnecessary for his perfect world.



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andylt
01/03/21 3:33:04 PM
#19:


https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BestialityIsDepraved

Well... charming. TBF, far more games here than I expected.

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Shonen_Bat
01/03/21 5:56:35 PM
#20:


Started playing Banjo-Kazooie for the favorite challenge, up to Bubblegloop Swamp. Don't think I'll ever get tired of playing it now and then.

Might try replaying Dark Souls for this, don't know if I'll feel like sticking with it or not though.

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Johnbobb
01/03/21 7:00:20 PM
#21:


hit 42 last year, so we'll see where it ends up this year

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BarbaricAvatar
01/03/21 11:06:52 PM
#22:


Thanks for taking over the contest and for adding me to the spreadsheet. I'm going to try and complete 75% this year as i'm here from January!

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LodgedBladeRecycling
Both Saints Row 3 and Morrowind are in my backlog.

I'm not going to change any of the challenges this year, in fact i'm going to add some of my own just for the extra punishment!

53. Beat a Racing game
54. Beat a game featuring the voice of an actor/actress who is best known for movie roles.
55. Beat a game that features talking (earth) animals.
56. Beat a game in the Top 10 for a particular system on GameFAQs.
57. Beat a game someone else in this topic has beaten.


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MZero
01/04/21 5:41:16 AM
#23:


BarbaricAvatar posted...
Thanks for taking over the contest and for adding me to the spreadsheet.

Anyone is free to add themselves and their games to the spreadsheet, so please feel free!

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MZero
01/04/21 11:01:09 AM
#24:


24. Beat a game with romance as a central theme
Final Fantasy X

Always good to replay the best game ever! Did a random sphere grid run that got Tidus an absurd amount of strength early, so much so that he killed the armored enemy that is supposed to teach you about the Pierce mechanic in one shot

2/50

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Shonen_Bat
01/04/21 11:34:22 AM
#25:


Played up to beating the bell gargoyles in Dark Souls. Last time I used a spear for most of the game, I feel like sticking with the sword and shield this playthrough. So far it hasn't been as bad as my first run, hope that keeps going through the sewer and blighttown.

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MZero
01/04/21 11:38:40 AM
#26:


I'm also in the middle of a Dark Souls playthrough but kind of got distracted when I built my PC around Christmas. I had just finished Anor Londo when I left off... gotta get back to it >_>

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RyoCaliente
01/04/21 2:00:23 PM
#27:


3. Beat a game released between 2001-2010

Army of Two (XBO)

My first trope page was https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HexSign which I was excited for because I thought it was just require any fantasy game, but apparently this is not the case. Second random page was https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RageBreakingPoint which seems to have enough options though!

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CoolCly
01/04/21 2:06:02 PM
#28:


This is cool

But damn that's a lot of games. One a week. That seems like a lot of pressure?

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BetrayedTangy
01/04/21 4:34:53 PM
#29:


15. Beat a puzzle game

Mario's Super Picross

Pretty cute puzzle game, definitely meant for more casual play. Aiming to actually beat it can get pretty frustrating.

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WickIebee
01/04/21 10:09:09 PM
#30:


47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours

Genshin Impact

Having an event that started at the end of December and I need to finish today helped make that easy. Well, easy to be sure that I've played for over six hours today alone.

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MZero
01/04/21 10:19:24 PM
#31:


CoolCly posted...
This is cool

But damn that's a lot of games. One a week. That seems like a lot of pressure?

No pressure! Most don't finish, and there's no prizes or anything, it's all just for fun!

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249USDollars
01/04/21 11:16:17 PM
#32:


Haven't decided if I'm doing this again this year or not, but here's a tvtrope for myself if I do come back. Link's Awakening is actually pretty close on my To Play list so that's nice. Etrian Odyssey and Yakuza 7 taking to much of my time up to beat anything anytime soon.

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BetrayedTangy
01/05/21 12:17:32 AM
#33:


28. Beat a game with the supernatural as a central theme

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

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Shonen_Bat
01/05/21 11:18:59 AM
#34:


MZero posted...
I'm also in the middle of a Dark Souls playthrough but kind of got distracted when I built my PC around Christmas. I had just finished Anor Londo when I left off... gotta get back to it >_>

I'd ask to make it a race but you've got some distance on me, heh.

Played a bit more yesterday and beat the gaping dragon. Since i knew to destroy his tail this time it wasn't nearly as bad.

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Arti
01/06/21 12:34:55 AM
#35:


15. Beat a puzzle game

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

2/50

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BarbaricAvatar
01/06/21 2:39:14 AM
#36:


46. Beat a game you received for free or through a paid subscription service
Everything (PC)

One of last year's Epic Store freebies. Fun, but very weird.

1/57

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KCF0107
01/07/21 1:38:52 AM
#37:


38. Finish a game in one day
The Gardens Between

39. Finish a game that took you at least twenty-five hours to beat
Rogue Galaxy

47. Play a game that's technically unbeatable for at least six hours
Rocket League
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Shonen_Bat
01/07/21 11:50:33 AM
#38:


42. Beat another user's favorite game
Banjo-Kazooie

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andylt
01/07/21 12:47:56 PM
#39:


35. Beat a game with a lead that's from a fictional species

Ori and the Blind Forest, my first of the year. Seems the best spot to put it looking at the others I have.

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HBJDubs
01/07/21 4:29:22 PM
#40:


9. Beat a remake or enhanced port

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. 100% run like the FFs I played last year. Out of all those games though, this is the one where I missed out on the most sidequests. Hell, there were a few that I never even knew existed until now. Never played Triple Triad back in the day, this time it was a huge part of my playthrough. With the three main PSX games, my rankings as a kid went IX > VII > VIII, but now I probably go VIII > VII > IX. FF8 is a lot better than I ever gave it credit for.

1/50

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KCF0107
01/08/21 12:20:21 AM
#41:


32. Beat a game with a non-white lead
AER: Memories of Old

Ahh, the beginning when I don't have to scramble swapping out categories yet.
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Arti
01/08/21 8:57:32 AM
#42:


47. Play a technically unbeatable game for at least six hours

Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS

Finally moving Fate/grand order out of this category for at least one year.

3/50

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MZero
01/09/21 1:45:11 AM
#43:


38. Finish a game in one day
Portal

I played a few levels like 8 years ago, but I started from the beginning of course. Feels good to finally finish it! It's a fun game with some good puzzles but it really needs a dash button imo

3/50

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Shonen_Bat
01/09/21 9:31:56 PM
#44:


38. Finish a game in one day
Aria's Story

Indie horror game focused on solving puzzles. Could've used more polish but it wasn't bad.

Dark Souls is going alright. Got past Ornstein and Smough yesterday. I couldn't find a good weapon for them on my first playthrough but all I needed was a regular longsword, apparently.

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KCF0107
01/10/21 11:49:46 PM
#45:


34. Beat a game with an animal lead
Gato Roboto
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BarbaricAvatar
01/12/21 4:18:27 AM
#46:


12. Beat a game made by a developer you've never tried
The Slimeking's Tower (PC)

It crashed right after the ending graphic but i'm counting it!

2/57

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HBJDubs
01/13/21 12:11:22 AM
#47:


42. Beat another user's favorite game

Crosscode. Very fun!

2/50

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BetrayedTangy
01/14/21 1:43:45 AM
#48:


25. Beat a game with horror as a central theme

Dead Space 2

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KCF0107
01/14/21 2:13:34 AM
#49:


44. Beat a game that's been adapted into another medium
Quantum Break

Hey, this counts!
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Shonen_Bat
01/14/21 3:57:18 AM
#50:


39. Finish a game that took you at least twenty-five hours to beat

Dark Souls

Don't know when I'll feel up to playing this again but I don't regret going back for a second playthrough. I missed a ton of stuff the first time around, some entire areas even. I got to finish the Artorias DLC and beat Gwyn without just parry spamming him too, so that was nice.

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TheArkOfTurus
01/14/21 4:52:03 PM
#51:


12. Beat a game made by a developer you've never tried

The Gardens Between

31. Beat a game with a child lead

Moon

Moon was pretty cool. Too many solutions to puzzles were just to wait around until something happens, and it can be very unforgiving early on. The game has a ton of charm, though.

3/50

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