In my Sport of the Yr 2022 article and video I mentioned one thing alongside the traces of “Vampire Survivors is my most performed recreation of the yr.” I believe that may have been a lie. I didn’t take into account that I’ve been taking part in one basic recreation virtually every day for the entire yr. Whereas this won’t be the sport I’ve put probably the most time into, I’ve actually ‘booted’ Jewel greater than some other recreation this yr. However why? And why have I by no means performed past the primary stage? Sadly, this can be a quite boring story of how I waste my life to earn tiny quantities of cash.
This story begins a few years in the past, approach earlier than the Xbox Sequence X was launched. Microsoft runs a rewards program in which you’ll be able to earn factors by finishing duties. A few of these are web-based, akin to looking on Bing, participating in polls, or finishing quick quizzes. There’s additionally an Xbox facet to it, with factors being given for finishing challenges in set Sport Go titles, incomes achievements in sure video games, and extra. As Meghan Trainor virtually mentioned, I turned all in regards to the factors.
Within the years main as much as the discharge of the Xbox Sequence X, I had turn out to be a point-earning machine. I’d do all I may, activating bonuses and finishing all the additional actions to quantity a digital mountain of this particular digital forex. Lengthy story quick, I ended up utilizing all of them on Microsoft Retailer credit score, which resulted in with the ability to purchase an Xbox Sequence X for about £50. Regardless of the every day grind I felt like I’d reached into Microsoft’s pocket and stolen the brand new console.
However the level comedown was so much to take. I’d wiped myself out and was beginning once more from scratch. It additionally appeared as if factors have been changing into more durable to earn, avenues to get them drying up. That’s till I found the Xbox app, which let me earn virtually 300 factors a day. Most of those have been by means of taking part in PC video games (this text may simply have been titled: “I performed Forza Horizon 5 over 200 instances this yr, however by no means drove a automobile”), however there’s one tiny level earner tied to ending a single stage of Jewel. So I performed Jewel. I performed Jewel so much.
Jewel is launched from inside the Xbox app on my telephone. As quickly as you end stage 1 you obtain the notification that you just’ve earned some factors, so I click on it and add them to my stash. I’ve executed that almost all days this yr. After I don’t do it, I really feel a way of remorse. I’m beholden to Microsoft and its reward factors scheme. I’ve even received my son concerned and may repeatedly be heard asking him if he’s “executed his searches,” as if checking on the standing of his homework. He usually hasn’t, however I let him seize some Minecoins once in a while anyway. I’m form like that.
I even managed to get a Steam Deck for about £100 by means of the quite difficult path of changing reward factors into Curry’s PC World vouchers, shopping for Steam credit score on bodily playing cards, then utilizing that to repay a big chunk of the Deck’s value.
The purpose is, although, that I’m now doubtless a professional gamer at Jewel, however just for Stage 1. For all I do know the sport fully adjustments from stage 2 onwards. I’ve not seen it past the display screen that claims Stage 2. Possibly they introduce a brand new color jewel, or the jewels change form, or they begin transferring on their very own as if possessed by a ghost that likes to play image colour-match video games throughout its downtime. I don’t know, and I’m undecided if I must be blissful about that or not.
On one hand I’ve spent hours of my life this yr taking part in a recreation I’ve no need to play (and numerous extra hours incomes factors over the past 5 or so years), however however it’s free cash. Possibly I’d have earned more cash with that point by writing a ebook about stealth video games or one thing, however anybody may try this. How many individuals can say they’re pretty much as good as I’m at Jewel Stage 1?
With about six years to go till the following Xbox releases, most likely, that’s one other 1200 video games of Jewel Stage 1 to play. What a enjoyable life I lead.