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I have been looking at the achievements for games I am playing and it is kind of interesting to see where people stop playing. Not counting games that got achievements late a lot of people seem to fall off earlier than I would have thought.

Stealthpizza wrote:

I have been looking at the achievements for games I am playing and it is kind of interesting to see where people stop playing. Not counting games that got achievements late a lot of people seem to fall off earlier than I would have thought.

I'm always impressed when I see a game where the most commonly-earned achievement accounts for less than half of the player base.

Hrdina wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

I have been looking at the achievements for games I am playing and it is kind of interesting to see where people stop playing. Not counting games that got achievements late a lot of people seem to fall off earlier than I would have thought.

I'm always impressed when I see a game where the most commonly-earned achievement accounts for less than half of the player base.

That's totally me! I have a slew of started, liked, but moved on anyway games. With Game Pass, that should grow, but maybe not cost me so much.

Sports games look that way for me, but with them, I mostly play one or two modes at most, and I skip franchise mode, which is the staple, so I never get many achievements for that stuff, even after playing the game for 500 hours.

I was heartened to see that The Last of Us Part 2’s trophy for completing the story is at 59.6%. Feels like quite an accomplishment in this day and age.

Higgledy wrote:

I was heartened to see that The Last of Us Part 2’s trophy for completing the story is at 59.6%. Feels like quite an accomplishment in this day and age.

Yeah, I was fairly shocked when I saw that GameDev report that revealed what percentage of people actually finish most games. I can't remember what the number was, but to say it was "surprisingly low" is an understatement.

I average about 0.3 games finished per year. Even pre game pass. Game pass has alleviated much of the guilt associated with NGF syndrome. Non Games Finisher

I just gears gears 5 and and the achievement for beating the campaign was 25%. I was assuming at least 33% to 50% but nope.

Stealthpizza wrote:

I just gears gears 5 and and the achievement for beating the campaign was 25%. I was assuming at least 33% to 50% but nope.

Gears 5 is a bit of a weird one. The achievement for finishing the game is technically an achievement for finishing all of the story chapters (which is a bit weird because you can't skip them, but whatever). There was a really common bug at launch that would fail to mark some chapters as completed, so you could finish the game but not get the achievement for doing so. I ran into that, myself.

My new guilty pleasure, legit and unironically, is watching "The Voice" auditions from other countries and just spacing out imagining what's going in with the people involved.

On some versions you can look at the four judges and just think "okay that's obviously the Ukrainian Christina Aguilera" or whatever, but then one pops up and one of the judges is an actual oompa loompa wearing a tuxedo, goofy mustache and all, and another judge is wearing an actual gold lamé track suit and has an actual Transformers log tattooed on his throat and the contestants are crying with joy that this weird Ali-G looking cat is praising them, and it's just... very pure, in a wide-angled citizen-of-the-world sort of way.

I wish I understood why I like some roguelikes but not others.

I thought it was progression but my most played one is Binding of Isaac. The progression there is not more health just more starting options and more items in the drop table.

Hades was fun but after beating the boss and getting most all the unlocks from the mirror I fell off of the game.

Rogue Legacy I only got maybe 12 hours into it before I dropped it.

I just got Dead Cell and I feel like it could be another Isaac.

I am thinking it is a mix of progression and a bunch of options for you primary weapon in a combat system that clicks with me.

fenomas wrote:

gibbering about The Voice in other countries

Two things: firstly, I wasn't drinking when I posted that, you were drinking when I posted that. Secondly, in what personally to me is a surprising development, the guy in the gold lamé track suit with the transformers logo on his throat turns out not to have been a fever dream, and is apparently a well-known Italian rapper.

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I think I've unleashed a sh*tstorm at the office today by saying during the (usually useless) scrum meeting that the spec I need to finish my work is not final. I've been on several discussions where the analysts and PMs trying to blame someone else for failing to get the spec ready on time.

I don't know if I should feel bad for putting them in the hot seat or not...

bobbywatson wrote:

I think I've unleashed a sh*tstorm at the office today by saying during the (usually useless) scrum meeting that the spec I need to finish my work is not final. I've been on several discussions where the analysts and PMs trying to blame someone else for failing to get the spec ready on time.

I don't know if I should feel bad for putting them in the hot seat or not...

were they trying to keep secret that it wasn't final? is that an appropriate thing to keep secret if so?

bobbywatson wrote:

I think I've unleashed a sh*tstorm at the office today by saying during the (usually useless) scrum meeting that the spec I need to finish my work is not final. I've been on several discussions where the analysts and PMs trying to blame someone else for failing to get the spec ready on time.

I don't know if I should feel bad for putting them in the hot seat or not...

Reminds me of the time I once got my boss fired at a useless weekly meeting.

Grenn wrote:

Reminds me of the time I once got my boss fired at a useless weekly meeting.

Okay, now we all must know this story. I want details!

thrawn82 wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

I think I've unleashed a sh*tstorm at the office today by saying during the (usually useless) scrum meeting that the spec I need to finish my work is not final. I've been on several discussions where the analysts and PMs trying to blame someone else for failing to get the spec ready on time.

I don't know if I should feel bad for putting them in the hot seat or not...

were they trying to keep secret that it wasn't final? is that an appropriate thing to keep secret if so?

I've known since Monday, emailed it to my boss when I learned about it, but he ignored my email. Not sure if it was supposed to be a secret, but I'm not going to sign off on a spec if I know there are changes coming.

ThatGuy42 wrote:
Grenn wrote:

Reminds me of the time I once got my boss fired at a useless weekly meeting.

Okay, now we all must know this story. I want details!

Yeah, you gotta expand on that one.

Story time! This is gonna be long. TL;DR at the bottom.

Setup:

It's 2012 and I've been the head of the Records department for a law firm since 2009. It's an outsourced position and the company I previously worked for lost the contract, but I (along with 7 of the 8 other people here) was asked to stay by the law firm because they liked me and the job I did. That includes the site lead who is one of the best bosses I've ever had. I have it on good authority years later that the new company wanted a clean sweep to install all their own people, but the client is king so they let it go. However, they brought in a "consultant" who I shall name Jane Doe. She had no power to order anyone around, but she was there to "help maintain standards" set by the new company. Basically, she was supposed to have my boss' job, but then he stayed so she didn't get it.

A word on Jane Doe. She is a quiet and reserved person. She's also VERY passive aggressive and doesn't like being "disrespected" (i.e. argued with, asked why, or otherwise had her authority questioned). She would constantly pull people aside and say things like, "If I were running this place, I'd do it this way, but that's just me." I got pulled aside five times that first week for things like how the files are arranged in the stacks to how I deal with employees using facebook. She was gone after three weeks to cover for another site lead who went on maternity leave. A week after she'd gone, my boss got a much better offer and he gave his two weeks. We promoted another site lead from within and thanked out lucky stars that we didn't get Jane Doe. Two months later, she was back as a consultant and our new boss was in the hot seat. Any criticizing email was CC'd to everyone. People start jumping on him for every little thing. I come in one Monday to find that he has been demoted back to where he was and Jane Doe is now our site lead. To placate the demoted guy, she instantly creates a new position for him called General Services Lead. It comes no pay increase but he is now responsible for all General Services work. Basically, Jane Doe has created a situation where she never has to do a copy job again. Two months later, that guy quits to be a Sheriff's Deputy and Jane Doe brings in a guy she knows and hires him without even giving anybody a chance to become lead.

Story: (finally)

Fast forward to 2014. Everyone I know is gone and replaced mostly with people she knows or has worked with before. Some were let go and the others left before they could be let go. Jane Doe has a tendency to bog someone down with written warnings followed by a negative performance review that leads to being let go. Rinse and repeat on down the line. They are all people she chose, but nobody is happy at work. We literally had a meeting where the Regional Manager for the accounts in our city told us that he's gotten complaints that all the workers look depressed and that we need to smile more and act upbeat or else he'll fire us because we live in an At-Will state and he can do that. Hooray.

So, we have these meetings every Thursday where every department head talks about what's going on so we can waste an hour of our finite time in this wor....I mean let each other know what's going on in case it pertains to any other department. Which it does about once every three months. Usually in a manner that can be communicated in a email. But sometimes we get lunch. Jane Doe and I both must attend these meetings.

The Turn

So she's out one day but I'm in. Our DoA (director of admin.) says that he needs something done, I forget what, and asks me to tell Jane Doe when she's back in. I jokingly say "Yeah. Good luck with that." He asks what I mean, then I say that Jane Doe won't do it, but she'll make the General Services Lead do it because that's why she made that title. The DoA, who was instrumental in getting Jane Doe hired, looks at me like I'm speaking Greek, when three other department heads start in on how horrible Jane Doe is. The rest of the meeting devolves into everyone airing their grievances about Jane Doe's performance and her choice of certain employees. We're talking 45 minutes of nonstop vitriol being spewed by most of the people at the table while our DoA is looking more and more horrified. We didn't even get to anybody else's report, we just talked about her the whole time. He says he's got a meeting with the regional manager and he'll ask for a special confidential survey about her performance because he thinks it might be a fluke or our regular complainers just complaining.

Two months later, the survey goes out. We have about 120+ people in our office at the time and average survey completion is about 35-40 people over a week. They got 92 responses in 2 days. 58 of the respondents signed their name when they didn't have to. I get called into the DoA's office to have a candid conversation about what working for Jane Doe is like and I let him know what I've seen and heard. She's gone by the next week. No goodbye. No "see you later." Nothing. I called up my buddy who used to work with me but quit because he got written up twice for an untucked polo shirt to tell him the news. He laughs and buys the first round that happy hour.

TL;DR

I made a sarcastic comment about my horrible boss in a pointless meeting and the most influential non-attorneys at my law firm jumped on it to back me up which led to a performance survey that was completed by twice as many people as normal to sh*t on her and she was fired a week later.

That may be one of the greatest work stories on this site since "Eagle Semen". Thank you!! You have literally turned my day around since I have spent all morning in useless meeting after useless meeting.

Thank you so much for that story of justice in these trying times, Grenn.

Isn’t writing up an employee for an untucked tee-shirt harassment?

I’ve been working in a union environment for the past 30 years. Managers who don’t know me try that crap with me sometimes. I don’t even get mad anymore. I just tell them in the most polite way that I don’t play that sh*t. Actually, my shop stewards are so good at their role that I rarely have to say much at all.

Good story, though.

It was more about laying the groundwork for firing us. I got written up by her nine times for tardiness. During the first informal disciplinary meeting, I was lucky enough that the regional manager was there so when I refused to sign the write ups and asked her to lay out all my tardy punch ins, she had to justify writing me up for punching in at 8:02, 8:03, 8:04, etc., in front of her boss who laughed and told me to go back to work. She also didn't tell my buddy that he had been written up for this untucked shirt until she'd written him up three times.

Grenn wrote:

She also didn't tell my buddy that he had been written up for this untucked shirt until she'd written him up three times.

How is this ok? I don’t understand the non union workplace.

I had a supervisor who didn’t know me misrepresent lie to another supervisor about something I said. I put her on notice instantly. In a very polite fashion of course.

It's not okay, but decades of union busting has left most employees with zero recourse.

It is never wrong to be afraid. How we deal with fear is what defines us. I am afraid of many things and that is okay. I will not let fear control me and neither should you.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

It is never wrong to be afraid. How we deal with fear is what defines us. I am afraid of many things and that is okay. I will not let fear control me and neither should you.

I’m with you!

Baron Of Hell wrote:

It is never wrong to be afraid. How we deal with fear is what defines us. I am afraid of many things and that is okay. I will not let fear control me and neither should you.

I mean, it is the little mind-killer.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

It is never wrong to be afraid. How we deal with fear is what defines us. I am afraid of many things and that is okay. I will not let fear control me and neither should you.

I mean, it is the little mind-killer.

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It amuses me that my microwave HAS to do it’s three beeps to inform me that the microwaving process is complete even when I’ve opened the door and am trying to programme in another couple of minutes. I have to wait because it won’t accept new input until the beeps have been beeped thricely. I imagine it thinking, I don’t have many jobs but this one is VITAL and cannot be half assed if we are to stand any chance of staving off chaos.

I'm starting to think watching travel videos on YouTube while I'm on the exercise bike is not a good idea these days. I should switch to home organization videos instead.