I know this is probably too late now, but it took 4 days. At first i wasn't even sure i'd aim for 35 + 1 (the last you get when you have 35) I had about 6 at day 1 and didn't even understand you could get more than 1 potato in each game. But day 2, thankfully i took my time and read things, and then i made a checklist and wen't through each game, but even with solution, save games, dedicated servers or modified songs it was still a pain in the arse sometimes
Particularly Audiosurf and Killing zone, but also AAAaaAaa, and 123 kick-it.
Had i known you get Portal 2 + the Complete Valve collection i could have saved myself 44€ though. But alas, no point in crying about it, i didn't have most of the complete pack yet either, just hl2 portal 1/2 and hl2 ep1. And i get why valve didn't say this beforehand. It'd have caused all kinds of exploiting and cheating.
Naturally after i had 30 potatoes my count and what i had didn't match up so i spend quarter a day trying to find why it doesn't match up.. oh the joy ;p
This is one thing i will likely never do again though. I realize now that i am not just getting older but my dislike for hunting the high-score has grown as well. Particularly in 123 Kick-it - you had to do 100% perfect runs on those songs when you don't "pad" them. At first i actually tried to do most of the things fully legit, but 123 kickit and audiosurf really took the cake. Those were nightmarish hard
Also i got potato 36 when the count-down was at 17 hours. So yeah, i could have easily borked it up and leave the game emptyhanded
Also for reference, i am Freelancer, and in between 2 projects - it fit perfectly! This comment was edited on Apr 20, 2011, 08:29.