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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition • Explored all areas of a single map • 20G • 1.51% of gamers unlocked this

Wow. Talk about a rare achievement. Having watched the launch of the Definitive Edition live from Mixer’s NYC Studio yesterday, some deep-rooted nostalgia came over me, and by the end of the day, I had the 17GB download of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition making its way onto my laptop.

I played a lot of this game as a kid.

A lot.

I am almost certain that most of that time was spent punching in cheat codes and completely annihilating my opponents with an overwhelming display of force – but that was in the days before achievements, so this time around I have to adopt a bit of a nuanced approach.

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Right now, I am working my way through the tutorial, which is fairly substantial in-and-of itself. I doubt I’ll get through it all today (another achievement tomorrow, perhaps), but in the meantime, I had to wait around for my Egyptians to harvest and stockpile 800 units of food – so I made one of my scouts ride his horse around the map in the meantime, resulting in a delightful little 20G with only one-and-a-half percent completion rate! One of the perks with starting a game at (re)launch! I imagine that will go up over time, though – as we’ve seen before – people are so philosophically opposed to the Windows Store that they just can’t bring themselves to click ‘buy.’

Their loss.

I have another night of training (three days in a row this week – lucky me!) so I anticipate being completely stuffed by the time I get home tonight. I may be able to dabble in something extra when I get home – otherwise I’m still keen to check out the deals I got in yesterday’s EA sale.

Variety. It’s the spice of life!

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