Two nights ago I did something monumental. I finally beat Getting Over It: one of the most frustrating video games ever created. The basis of the video game is that you are a man in a cauldron who attempts to climb a mountain of trash, with only a giant hammer. The game is a philosophical nod to determination and that the point of life is undecipherable (if it has meaning at all) and that enjoyment is found in the climb. And further, that the harder the climb the more enjoyable it is.
The game is infamous for frustrating streamers and YouTubers to the point of insanity. This happens because unlike other games which have checkpoints, at almost any point in Getting Over It it is possible to fall to the beginning of the game, and thus you have “Get over it” all over again.
Now, I also should mention that the creator of the game continuously talks in your ear as you play the game, notably when you fall backwards. Bennett Foddy (the creator) always has some words for you: whether you want to hear them or not. (Trust me you don’t.)
While many people have given up on completing this game, I knew that I would not. Getting Over It was a metaphor for myself and for my stream. I am determined to make my show work and achieve my dreams. I won’t just give up easily. Once I started playing this game I knew that I was going to be in for a challenge and that it was going to be frustrating, but I knew that I must overcome it. Most things in life are not easy, in fact they can be very challenging. Thus it is good to get used to taking on challenges. If you want to achieve great things in your life, say buy a nice car, a nice house, dress well, travel, go out on fun dates, be fit, be famous, create content for the masses, you will need to work. These things do not come easily. So get used to frustration and many failed attempts, and just get over it.
And I totally did. After many many fails I beat the game and I climbed my way to the top of the mountain. I am very proud of this achievement and I encourage everyone who reads this post to suck it up and beat the game. Because the game is beatable. It is not impossible. It might feel that way, but it isn’t. And that is why I have come to really like this game. It really is a great metaphor for life. There are many things in life that may be very hard to achieve, and they truly are, but they are attainable. With hard work, and good critical thinking so that you learn from your mistakes, it is possible to attain them.
My goals in 2018 are to get twitch partnership and grow my stream, become proficient at riding my snowboard, become physically fit, and to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. So far 2018 has started off to a great start as I have made many changes to my stream such as blogging daily, created an Instagram, a snapchat, a twitter, a new YouTube with my close friend John, and have updated my streaming hours so that this year I have as much quality exposure as possible. I bought a Season Pass for snowboarding at Big Bear Mountain in Southern California and I ride at least once a week, fulfilling a life long desire of mine to go snowboarding. I have also started regularly working out my gym every morning and three times a week I study Chinese with my teacher Cindy.
2018 is going well and it is going to be a great year. And it all starts with beating Getting Over It.