“You are 13 % of the way toward the goal of 20000 points for a Bronze Award. Only 17303 points to go!”
Phew! Let me drop some long division on you. At this rate, it will take me 391.382 more days to earn the coveted Bronze Medal of presidential fitness. May 8, 2011, here I come!
However! If I want to step up my patriotic game, and–say– earn my medal by the Congressional Midterms, November 2nd 2010, that means I have to earn 84.82 points/day between now and then. Impossible, you say? Consider that 15 minutes of ‘light’ Wii Sports play yields 26 points and you start to get a sense of where this bar is actually set.
Can I do this? Yes I can.
The smartest thing that ever happened to video games was to structure them so you get little merit badges for doing different things in the game– ‘Achievements.’ Suddenly, you’re not just playing a game to kill time, or because it’s fun… there’s a concrete reward for continuing to play. And other people can see how cool you are by how many achievements you’ve earned. This system is why Kongregate has absorbed so many of my waking hours.
But somebody just took it to the next level.
That somebody is Obama.
I can get an achievement. From the president. And all I have to do is:
“earn 20,000 points in the Presidential Champions program”
You get points through doing fitness-y things, including shoveling snow and playing Wii tennis. I don’t even know how many points you get for going to the gym, but given how many I got for clearing off the car last weekend, it’s probably off the charts.
20,000 points is a bronze Presidential Champions medal. I’m totally there– and if you love achieving as much as I do, maybe give the site a look why not?