So I made a list, and created an informal order:
1. Quest 64
2. Super Mario 64
3. Banjo Kazooie
4. Banjo Tooie
5. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
6. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
7. Donkey Kong 64
I've finished 1, 2, and 3 already, mainly because I've played each of them countless times and have the entire games memorized. I'll be done with 4 before New Year's (halfway done; just got Dragon Kazooie), and I had forgotten how amazing of a sequel Banjo Tooie was. Far and away the best sequel to any game I've ever played.
That brings me to January, where I should have enough time to bang out 5, 6, and 7 (although I'll be getting busier and busier as the month progresses, so I may not have time for DK64). But it's nice to have downtime for once; I was relatively overwhelmed during this past semester, so I totally feel justified in rewarding myself with a little "Fuck it; pretend you're a kid again and play N64" time.
Now where does SC2 come in to all this?
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to play the last few seasons because I've been so busy with real life, so I went from being a high diamond player playing master league players to... according to my new placement a la MMR decay, gold league, playing bronze and silver players. And it's absurd, because from time to time I'll still play with (and against) my diamond and master league friends who have been active over the past 2-3 seasons (and therefore retained their proper league placement), and I'm still just as good as them. So I've pretty much lost all faith in the ladder system, and I don't want to focus countless hours of repetitive rushes just to get promoted to a league that I'll lose for next season's inactivity.
But I did have the unique opportunity to be matched against players who were far below my level. After the first few games of playing against bronze and silver players, I realized that most of them were immediately intimidated by the fact that I was in gold league. They would type to me things like "Oh great, you're gold" and "Well I'm dead, I'm in bronze". I tried playing against them but it really was a free win for me, and an auto-loss for them. And I did really feel bad for them. And for me too; it was wasting everyone's time. I didn't really want to play them, and they didn't really want to play me either.
Plus, I wanted to focus on grinding out those N64 games, so I decided to run an experiment. Over the past week or so, I've picked only Terran and searched only for 1v1 Ranked games. Then at the start of the game, I would kill one of my six starting scvs, load the other five into my command center, and float off to a corner of the map. Takes all of ten seconds... then I'd go play N64 for a half hour, then return to see if my opponent had found and killed me, or left the game out of confusion.
Here are the last 34 games that I "played":
Yes that's right, I'm 18-16 over the past 24 hours, in games where I was afk the entire time. That's a winning record, and I've been getting about 50/50 over the past week or two. Not only that, but I'm now playing more gold players and fewer bronze players. And here's my ranking for the season (I started around rank 92):
Probably all 95 of my wins were from me lifting off and flying away. Every other game I win, I get messages like this:
So ladder has essentially devolved into this for me, unless I find another free month and the willpower to grind through the rest of the bronze, silver, and gold players. But knowing that everything's going to reset back to this crappy situation if I don't keep playing, makes it hard to bring myself to waste my time on the ladder. So I'll start a game, go do actual work (or play something else), and return to an apparent coinflip win.
And now, I'm off to play more Banjo Tooie ♥