mr stephen r. covey wrote this whole ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ in 1989. however, it’s not 1989 now, and accordingly it’s out of date. in his defense though, he probably never thought it’d still be around. i’ve altered it here, as a favour to him, and it is from a gaming perspective.
Habit 1: Be Proactive: Principles of Personal Choice
don’t buy games because your friends do. also, it’s ok to not like the ‘trendy’ games. if you want to spend your time playing pokemon snap, that’s ok. well, it’s not, but it’s really a matter of personal taste.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind: Principles of Personal Vision
if you want to platinum, look at the trophy list first. can you do it? can it be done easily?
Habit 3: Put First Things First: Principles of Integrity & Execution
have a trophy strategy. and there is no shame in looking out for number one. if you want to blow off a previous engagement to play video games, you need to search your soul.
Independence to Interdependence
‘baby, can you do this part?’ is something a gamer should never say. equally lame is downloading game data to load into your ps3 to get trophies. you get a lot more out of an achievement if you do it yourself.
Habit 4: Think Win/Win: Principles of Mutual Benefit
two-player games, or multiplayer mode means working together. games like mercenaries 2 lets players earn trophies at the same time.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Principles of Mutual Understanding
if your friends already have the trophies, convince them that they should play it again to help you earn more trophies. offering sexual favours at this point is gauche and is not recommended. if someone is offering YOU sexual favours, inform them that while you’ll let it happen because they’re hot and you’re at a loading screen, they shouldn’t look any further into it.
Habit 6: Synergize: Principles of Creative Cooperation
sometimes you can only get a platinum trophy if you have a buddy.
keep gaming. read game blogs, and news sites. have tea parties with your friends and talk about games. everyone needs a hobby. if you suck at a game, practice your shooting skills.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal of body
don’t underestimate the power of sleep. sometimes the easiest puzzles will escape you because you haven’t slept in hours and hours.
and there you have it, ladies and gents. now that your thumbs have had a rest, go forth to your consoles.