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tl;dr: Play games from 21st century systems and post your times!

For the fifth year in a row, it is time for the Modern gameplay tracker.


Here are the links to previous seasons of the tracker: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

So what is this?

The basic idea is to post what games you played during each week, and for how long. You don't have to time it down to the minute (though some of us do), and estimates are acceptable. Then, at the end of the week, the statskeeper (that's me) totals everything up and we find out which games and platforms are seeing the most action. Each week, we have top 10 lists for consoles/computers and for individual games.


1. Be sure to list the system, the name of the game, and the length of time you play. Please note if the game has any alternate titles by which it's better known. If you list multiple games, please group them by platform. If you play on a backwards-compatible system, e.g. Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One or PS2 games on PS3, the game should be listed under the older platform's name. This also means that games predating 2000 played on a modern system should be posted in the classic games tracker. e.g. PS1 games played on PS2, GB/GBC games played on GBA, Wonderswan played on Wonderswan Color, Windows 95/98 games on a newer PC and so forth.

2. Each week runs Monday through Sunday (at midnight), though exceptions may occur around New Year. Try to post your times no later than night to Tuesday in your local timezone. I will generally wait until Tuesday evening Central European Time before compiling the stats. If you post after stats have been posted, your times will be counted for the next week. Feel free to indicate in your post which dates your times relate to.


3. Playing on actual hardware is preferred, although emulators are certainly allowed. In some cases (homebrews in development, rare arcade games) there's no alternative to using an emulator.

4. Our cutoff year is 2000. That is, eligible consoles and computers have to have been first released somewhere in the world after 2000. Basically any systems released around the PlayStation 2, XBox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance or after. Anything released before this time period (including the Sega Dreamcast) please post to the Classic Game Tracker :)

The same goes for computers: we count Windows XP or newer, but not 98 or older; Mac OS X or newer, but not OS 9 or older; and so on.

5. Arcade games released on or after January 1, 2000 are permitted.

6. You don't just have to post a bare list of times -- comments, stories, images and helpful hints are always encouraged! If you're struggling with a level, got a new high score, or have some thoughts about what's great or what stinks about a particular game...well, that's the kind of stuff that makes this fun to read.

How to make the statskeeper's life easier:

- If you post a big list of games, please consider alphabetizing them first (after grouping them by platform).

- Posting your times in minutes, rather than hours + minutes, makes things a little simpler.

- Even if you don't know the exact time, it's better to post a specific number and say it's an estimate. If you say you posted a bunch of games for "between 20 minutes and an hour", I'll just average everything out to 40 minutes, but it's much better to have a sense of which games you played more and which ones you played less.


- If you only post game titles without any indication of how long you played each game, I will assume 5 minutes regardless of how long you may actually have played them. Surely you can play a game for far less - down to a single minute - and specifically mention that, and I'll use that number instead.

- If there's room for confusion or ambiguity, please address that in advance so I don't have to research it myself. Non-US releases, homebrews in progress, alternate titles, and expanded re-releases can get especially tricky.

That about covers it.

If you haven't participated before, or if you did and got busy with other things, consider taking part in 2022! You may find that it has some interesting side effects -- I've found that keeping a log dramatically changes how I think about my own gaming, and mostly for the better (though personally I very rarely play modern games).


The first week runs from January 3 - January 9, then it is every week until New Year's Eve and around that. As the calendar looks like for 2022, we'll have an overlap until January 1, 2023 but more about that later.

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Oh yeah~ starting the year off wrong with Sonic 06 on PS3~


Sonic the Hedgehog - 31


Arcana Heart 3 LOVEMAX SIXSTARS!!!!!! XTEND - 45

I kind of completely forgot how to play this game. I don't even remember which character I play as. Not a good sign, but hopefully I will figure it out.

Crimzon Clover World EXplosion - 244
Eschatos - 145
Ginga Force - 51
Natsuki Chronicles - 40


Battle Garegga Rev.2016 - 504

You're about to get to see how long it takes to become proficient at Battle Garegga. I was just taking screenshots of the times that I started and stopped playing, but that's stupid and annoying to calculate because there is an actual thing in the menu that tells you how long you have played the game for, so that is what I will use starting next time. Expect to see this game A LOT from now on until I can 1CC it.


Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting - 4

I'm not really sure what the hell this game is supposed to be called since sometimes you see it with the Hyper Solid Shooting subtitle and sometimes it's just Mars Matrix. Anyway, it's the arcade version. Yay, I guess.


Metroid Fusion (Japan) - 16

I was supposed to put 4 minutes into the previous (year's) tracker for this since I started a 1% run on the Japan-exclusive hard mode, saved my game, and totally forgot, so I played it for another 12 minutes just now and remembered that I forgot about it, so here it is. Oops.

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As with the classic gaming side, I am trying to start the year off right by playing as many systems as possible.


Atari VCS:


Asteroids Reloaded - 40 minutes. Leaderboards were down the whole time. Sigh. Not super keen on the art style here but it does play well.






PinOut - 70 minutes.




Duolingo - 43 minutes.


Pikmin Bloom - 73 minutes.


Tiny Arcade:


Mappy - 15 minutes. It’s way too easy but it plays really well. This is probably the best of the series. And it saves high scores!!



New Rally X - 15 minutes. Horrible screen tearing and music that sounds like it was recorded on a featurephone from a real cabinet, but it plays relatively well for being much slower and easier than the real thing.






watch this space


Game Boy Advance:


Sega Rally - 30 minutes. Played RC mode and won the first series.




Pinball Tycoon - 20 minutes. Despite the somewhat lacking graphical design, it plays better than you would think. For $3 I’m happy with it!






Star Fox Adventures - 45 minutes. You know what, I remember why I didn’t buy this.


Star Wars Rogue Squadron II - 15 minutes, just training.


Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike - 20 minutes, just training.


Nintendo DS:

Mystery Case Files Million Heir - 120 minutes+. Yes, this is the lowest form of interactive entertainment, the hidden object game. But it is entertainingly written.






 Opoona - 25 minutes. It starts awful slow…






Watch this space.


Wii U:


Watch this space.




Watch this space.




Pocket Racers - 25 minutes. Combine Micro Machines with a hilariously awful ripoff of Twisted Metal’s storyline and make it a somewhat lacking and ugly ripoff of Mario Kart. It’s not awful but it’s not good, at least so far.



BreakQuest - 25 minutes. This is so close to being a great Arkanoid clone, but the cramped screen and poor physics and responsiveness kind of wreck it. It’s a shame, it’s very close to being good.






Watch this space.


Okay, that’s a lot to catch up with today. Maybe I’ll do that next week.

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Here are my times for this past week (January 3rd to 9th, 2022) on modern systems:


Boulder Dash - 8 minutes

Taonga: Island Farm: 263 minutes in 14 sessions
World's biggest Pac-man - 7 minutes


This week I continued to play Taonga: Island Farm, as well as a bit of World's biggest Pac-Man and Boulder Dash, which I've played online. This version claims to be the original, but it can't be because it shows more of the maze at once than any of the original home computer versions did.

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Pokemon Sapphire - 540 minutes



Animal Crossing: New Horizons -- 360 minutes
Black Widow: Recharged -- 90 minutes
Centipede: Recharged -- 90 minutes
Demon's Tilt -- 120 minutes
Missile Command: Recharged -- 90 minutes
Pinball FX3 -- 120 minutes


XBox Series X
Forza Horizon 5 -- 360 minutes
Borderlands 3 -- 240 minutes

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It has been a long time since I had a big week, but I think I delivered this time:



Malzbie's Pinball Collection 54 



Mass Effect Legendary Edition 3585


I am now wrapping up my complete play through of Mass Effect 1-3.  With some time off last week, I really invested. 

  • The lowlight was not remembering the details of some of the DLC and totally getting caught off guard by the difficulty.  I'm trying to finish the whole series on the highest difficulty level and one section really caused me to despair last week.  I finally figured out a good squad/weapon combo to deal with it, but it was a doozy and made me question if I should even keep playing. 
  • The highlight was the fact that Mass Effect is an amazing overall story.  I doubt we will ever see any interactive fiction quite like it ever again.  Popular tastes are changing so rapidly away from the material that inspired Bioware in the first place that  I just don't think there will be anyone who will dream of attempting such a game series again.  I guess that is also sort of another lowlight <sniff>. 

Anyway, I only have the final missions to complete and I've re-played the entire series (again).  How many more years till my next play through?


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You ever just totally forget that yesterday was Monday? Yeah... me either :lol:



Missile Command (Atari 2600) - 117 minutes

Ms. Pac-Man (Arcade) - 18 minutes

Samurai Shodown (Game Boy) - 20 minutes

Star Raiders (Atari 2600) - 63 minutes


Nintendo Switch
Alien: Isolation - 835 minutes
Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! - 90 minutes


Total Video Game Play Time This Week
1,143 minutes (19 hours 3 minutes) [925 minutes eligible]


Individual System Play Times This Week
Nintendo Switch: 925 minutes
Atari 2600: 180 minutes
Game Boy: 20 minutes
Arcade: 18 minutes

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Week 01


Top games


1. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (Xbox One) - 3585 min.
2. Alien: Isolation (Switch) - 835 min.
3. Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X) - 734 min. (#6)
4. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Xbox One) - 571 min. (#10)
5. Pokémon Sapphire (GBA) - 540 min. (#2)
6. Battle Garegga Rev.2016 (PS4) - 504 min.
7. Microsoft Solitaire Collection (iOS) - 494 min. (#8)
8. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) - 480 min. (#7)
9. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) - 360 min. (#4)
9. Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X) - 360 min. (#1)


Top systems


1. Xbox One - 4156 min. (#5)
2. Switch - 1795 min. (#1)
3. Xbox Series X - 1381 min. (#2)
4. iOS - 979 min. (#4)
5. GBA - 606 min. (#3)
6. PC - 579 min. (#6)
7. PS4 - 504 min.
8. PS2 - 480 min. (#7)
9. Browser based - 278 min. (#8)

10. DS - 120 min. (#10)


Total 11159 minutes and 49 different games on 18 different systems, with 9 participants.


After 3500+ minutes in the 22nd century, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition pulls off a huge win, which by the way seems to be the fourth highest number in a single week after RimWorld 4393 min (2021), Elder Scrolls III: Morrowwind 3881 min (2019) and Animal Crossing: New Horizons 3789 min (2020).


Obviously no system can match the Xbox One. However the modern tracker sets a new record with 18 (!!) different systems, much thanks to @jgkspsx. As you observed, the previous record was 15 systems so slowly the modern tracker covering 2000-2022 is having almost as much diversity as the classic tracker covering ~1950-1999.

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Not much Garegga this time. Not much Sonic 06, either; I bought it to see how terribly broken it is, but it's actually way better than the internet would have you believe. It's still complete trash, but you will likely be bored as hell instead of laughing at how glitchy it is. Also finished the Fusion hard mode 1% playthrough, which was way easier than I thought it would be.


Battle Garegga Rev.2016 - 80


Sonic the Hedgehog - 118


Eschatos - 8


Metroid Fusion (Japan) - 65


Shin Megami Tensei V - 895

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Android Phone:
QBlock / Block Puzzle [Studio Beetles] - 25 min.


Burnout Legends - 91 min.
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - 18 min.


So yeah, a remarkable amount of modern gaming for being me. I decided to charge up my PSP to see if the battery still holds a charge, which it seems to do, at least so far. I played a short game of PES, a game that I barely never played before. Then I switched to Burnout Legends and was greeted by my save profile dated 2010. Back then I played the PSP a lot before going to sleep, and it shows by the fact that I have 60% of the game completed. Quite amazing to get back to a game some 11-12 years later at the point where I left it.

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Here are my times for this week (January 10th through 16th, 2022) on modern systems...


Taonga: The island farm - 280 min. in 14 sessions


Sliding puzzles (in-browser) - 125 min.


This week I continued to play Taonga: The island farm, and I made two achievements in on the one hand opening up the island of the plant kingdom (or whatever it's called in English) and also unearthing the second asteroid part in the island of the fiery stone. Strangely, my money went down quite a bit... maybe I planted the fruit gardens a bit too often.

Other than that, I tried some sliding puzzles which are available online in attempt to learn a good strategy for solving them, and I think I succeded in that.

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Wordle - 25 minutes. Excellently designed game with no attempt at addiction or monetization, kind of takes me back to when the internet was good :)





Absurdle - 50 minutes. It lets you play more than once a day, hence more time spent. It’s essentially a Wordle that keeps changing the answer as you get closer until there are no valid alternatives left. It’s evil, but fun.





Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls - 146 minutes. Gatcha game that would be pretty fun with real controls.


Duolingo - 91 minutes.


Pikmin Bloom - 45 minutes.


Pinball Deluxe Reloaded - 57 minutes.


Pinout - 36 minutes.




Ballistic - 20 minutes with a remote control.




Black Widow Recharged - 75 minutes. I was really terrible at this so I kept playing the challenges to try to understand it. I did about half of them. Most of the challenges are fun but the hornet one was a real pain.




Pedra! - 25 minutes






Marble Saga Kororinpa - 35 minutes. Finished the first world including one of the challenge stages. All I play on the Wii anymore is Hudson Soft games, RIP.



Feels like real life:



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Bionic Commando Rearmed 88 

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 129 



Mass Effect Legendary Edition 484 

Sable 6 

Superliminal 6 


I finished ME 3 as part of the Legendary Edition.  Posted about it here https://atariage.com/forums/topic/329714-modern-games-beaten-in-2022/?do=findComment&comment=4984474



Kept going with the Bionic Commandos.  I am still trying to find collectibles and get through the final challenge room on BCR.  It's so hard that it is laughable at this point and only more practice will get me through.  I can't quit! (or maybe I can - we'll see)


I tried playing Sable and Superliminal via Xbox Cloud gaming.  The feature just doesn't work very well for me on my actual Xbox.  I can get it to work pretty nicely on my PC, but the games on the Xbox are more like a slideshow - not even worth it.

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On 1/17/2022 at 6:45 PM, jgkspsx said:

Wordle - 25 minutes. [..] play [..] once a day

I just realized that if you change the system clock by moving forward (or perhaps backward) the date, you can access more Wordles in the same session. It is kind of cheating, but interesting that new puzzles are not published every 24 hours, but probably are prepared for a longer period. I tried Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in short succession.

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A pretty standard week for gaming around here, with a good mix of classic Atari 2600 time both for the high score club and just for the enjoyment of myself and Mrs. Skippy, plus a fair bit of modern gaming spread across a couple different titles. 


For my modern gaming this week I finished my playthrough of Alien: Isolation on Nightmare difficulty and once again felt like I should have played it on Hard instead, since having next to nothing in the way of ammo or crafting supplies made some of the later parts of the game intensely frustrating; but I did manage to finish the game in spite of the lack of resources. After that I spent the rest of the week playing through Yoku's Island Express for the first time, which for those unfamiliar with it is a Metroidvania style pinball game with all the charm and whimsy of a Kirby game.


I ended up enjoying Yoku's Island Express so much that after beating it I went back and put several more hours into the game until I had seen all there was to see, done all there was to do, and achieved 100% completion. It's not often I go for 100% in a big expansive modern game, but this one was just so darn fun I really couldn't put it down! Yoku's Island Express was definitely one of those rare perfect 10 games for me :)







Ineligible (All Atari 2600)
Adventure - 33 minutes
Dungeon - 45 minutes
Missile Command - 106 minutes
Wizard of Wor - 123 minutes


Nintendo Switch

Alien: Isolation - 845 minutes

Yoku's Island Express - 650 minutes

Total Video Game Play Time This Week
1,802 minutes (30 hours 2 minutes) [1,495 minutes eligible]


Individual System Play Times This Week
Nintendo Switch: 1,495 minutes
Atari 2600: 307 minutes

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