Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World's Largest Video Game Collection, Sold? Does This Affect Us?

7/17/14 Update: Looks like the collection may not have sold after all. The top of his website also states this collection is still for sale. Unfortunately for collectors the damage is done as the publicity of the event cannot be taken back.


World's Largest Video Game Collection, Sold? Does This Affect Us?

I know I am late to comment on this but the supposed "World's Largest Video Game Collection" just sold for over $750,000. This entry isn't to describe minutia or details of the sale, if you want that the links above will give you access to all the particulars of the auction, bidding, contents etc.  I could dedicate a whole post to the contents of this auction and how misleading it is. Hell, I'd like to go on record and refute half the sets he calls complete, because clearly they aren't. I could do a follow up post to the one above about the nature of online auctions and how to even a barely trained eye this one looks like a sad grab at attention that preys on our hobby and is most probably fake. I am going to attempt to avoid the pitfalls of such discussions. To indulge in rants like those listed previously looks a lot like petty Internet jealousy, and even though I could tell you it isn't, that is exactly what it would look like. What I want to discuss is what this sale means for collectors, and I do think it affect us.


It's not often but every once in awhile the sale or a particular game, or this case games, grabs media attention outside of our little niche. You might remember the Gold Nintendo World Championship Cart that sold for 100k back in February, or the Stadium Events found at a Good Will that was immediately valued at 15k and least we forget the French collector that nabbed 1.2 Million for his games. These are transcendent events that seep into the general populous and alerts them, that HEY! video games are valuable. The trickle down of these events can be as innocuous as the random comments from your non-collector friends. It can also be seen in the positive upswing of new collectors on forums you visit. It may even lead to some less awkward family interaction, because they are going to call or email now that they feel they finally have something to talk to you about.

Those are some of the nice things that will happen, however, it will also lead to some not so nice things.  One thing that is sure to happen is an influx of resellers (annoying but not always bad). The problem with many new resellers is that they may not be collectors, which means you have to wade through their ignorance, explain what rare actually means and that no SMB/Duck Hunt is not in fact very valuable.Who can forget the 13k Nintendo from Storage Wars? YUUUUP it's NES-001, just like most of them. Another downside is that it more resellers and collectors means less product, less product means higher prices. Your local game store or favorite website might just not have the deals they use to, or less of them anyway. People on eBay will automatically list their games for more, people start over valuing their trades, and the incremental price hikes continue. 

We mustn't forget the scammers. As more money gets dumped into the hobby, so do more scammers. These people come in a few flavors but the worst of them are the ones who will join a community and just wait.They will hang out get to know the scene and after they build a little trust they take advantage of as many people as they can in one fell swoop. On eBay  and on the forums you get more people trying to pass off fakes as the real deal and then you also get more grey items like repros, custom boxes, and magnets. Grey items aren't all bad, and these people aren't always scammers but they are people who want to make money off of the hobby without selling the genuine article.

The whole buying experience of retro games changes when a transcendent event occurs. Do you troll Craigslist, your local paper, or Kijiji? Get ready for a bunch more ads stating " I buy Games for all systems, umm for my kids, so they ugh can, ummm, play the games that I grew up with?". For your kids, right, totally believe you. As if those posts weren't insulting enough you then have all the people who suddenly believe they are sitting on a pot of gold. These people putting up ads with a busted NES, 2 controller, and 3 games for $200. Oh shit, what a deal! Thank you for listing that.

I know I sound  all doom and gloom, but the reality is that video game collecting is a growing. With growth we have to be prepared for some things to get worse and take count measures to make it better. When big events like this happen people take notice and that notice comes with a cost.

Thank you for reading,

Stay Safe, Play Safe
~Johnny~

Monday, May 26, 2014

Retron 5 Review and Game Play Video

Retron 5 Video Review with Game Play


This is a basic review and game play video that puts the Retron 5 through it's paces. I test all the different formats that the Retron 5 is able to play, including, Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Master, System, Genesis, Gameboy, SNES, NES, GBA, Home Brew, and Repros.

My testing of Repros and Homebrews is ongoing. Please see this link for more info.
The Test List

Thank you for watching,
~Johnny~

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pick ups 5/21/14 and a Hint at what set I am going to try and complete next.

Greeting Constant Reader,

I don't do many posts about my recent pick ups, but this one was kind of large so I figured I'd drop the pics on here and show you guys the next set I am going to try and finish, I guess it's not so much a hint as an obvious confession. Notice  though I did say try, I could very well get distracted, or if I get some good trades hopefully I can finish that NES set I have been plugging away at. I am about 7 games from a PS1 Long Box set so I could get a wild hair and finish that, but as to what I am currently working at it's GameCube and NES, just like with Sith there can be only two. The Sith rule is a bit of a slap in the face to Highlander...just a random musing, as it is now well past my bed time.



~Johnny~


Pics of my trades here

Thursday, May 8, 2014

What system do you play? It's Rant Time, Fanboy Edition

What system do you play?


FFS! I hate this question and all of it's variants. I hate it more than Mayo, Unsolicited advice from all GameStop and Best Buy Employees, Sun in my face while I am trying to drive, The end of HIMYM, The end of Lost, Final Fantasy 8 and Final Fantasy X, Cabbage, Ads for politicians or bills, Politicians, Alf, Scrappy Doo, Toilet seats warmed by someone else's ass, Christian Bale's bat voice, and hair in my food just to name a few.

Seriously, this question makes me want to scream. People ask this question with a fuck you smirk plastered to their face, ready to call you an idiot if you don't pick the console they like best. I know I am more fortunate than most in that I have the ability to own multiple systems, but being a shit-mouthed fanboy is pointless. I don't fault anyone for having a preference or an opinion but opining vitriolically about how much you hate the X-Box just because it's an X-Box makes you look like a fool. Let me be frank with everyone, I couldn't give two shits what system a game is released on. It makes no difference that Nintendo was my first love. Eff Microsoft, Eff Sony, and Eff Nintendo too. I am here to play games, a game is not made bad simply because it was released on a console that is not my first choice. Be a fan of games, not of large multinational corporations who do not care about you.

As gamers we should look to criticize  poorly made games, bad controls, cash grabs, lazy design, poor narratives, and all on disc dlc. Does this mean we shouldn't criticize Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo? No, not at all. All three of these companies deserve valid criticism. Sony's PS3 deserved to be blasted for the security holes, high price, arrogance, and their sub par online service. Microsoft earned it's hate with the Red Ring of Death, and Nintendo should apologize for the tragic mishandling of the Virtual Console, the inaccurate Wiimote, and it's terrible online functionality. While these companies earned their scars none of this has anything to do with how good Bioshock and The Last of Us are. Go to IGN.com and read the comment section of any game review. What you find is fanboys lobbing hate bombs back and forth, and for what? Because Sony is awesome? Sony isn't awesome, Sony is a large company, they are not your friend, they don't care about you, and they are made of money and don't need your help. Stop being a walking, talking billboard!

People want to validate their consumer choices or those of their parents, but they don't need to. People should be free to like what they like without having to have a fight about it.

So what system do I play? I play all of them, as each has it's own merits and collection of exclusive titles that I want to play. I could go on about this for days but that is not what you are here for. I leave you with this.

Please remember to follow Wheaton's Law.






~Johnny~

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter 2014 Video Game Themed Easter Eggs

Easter 2014

After last years great Pokemon hunt my wife and I decided to keep it low key this year. Keeping in that spirit I decided not to write an article about some awesome Video Game Easter Eggs, plus it has been done. In fact, you can see a really good article about 100 great Easter Eggs HERE.

So I present you pictures of video game themed Easter Eggs. I stole these from the Internet, they are not mine but they are pretty cool.

Smash Bros
Pokemon
Super Meat Boy
Portal
Mario Brothers


Happy Easter 2014 - If you care about such things.
~Johnny~

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I Had To Catch'em All - 151 Pokemon caught including Mew. April Fools by Google

Gotta Catch'em All!

I like to think of April 1st as internet avoidence day. Most April Fools gags are telegraphed and not funny, but occasionally you find a bit of WIN. Think Geek usually does pretty well as does Google. April 1st 2014 was won by Google this year, hands down as 150 + 1 hidden Pokemon invaded Google Maps. While Pokemon is normally my wifes domain I decided to go on a hunt this year and catch'em all. I caught'em all. (Note Mew - cannot be found until you have the first 150 Pokemon)

Wild NERD appeared!


The video below gives you all the details. I am not sure how much longer you will be able to hunt, but if you hit the search bar in your Google Maps App and scroll down to the bottom you will find the Pokedex and The Pokemon Lab. 


Happy Hunting
~Johnny~


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Top 50 Favorite Games, err I mean 60 (Nintendo, Sega, Xbox, Playstation, PC)

So here it is the list, and a third post in under 14 days.


A Minor Preamble:
This list is divided by generations, beginning with Nintendo (NES) and ending with current gen systems like Xbox 360 and the PS3. All games are listed alphabetically in their generation. The idea of trying to rank these individually even by generation makes me want to run screaming from the room. This list was hard to write. To begin I started listing games I thought were really good and when I looked up I had over 100, after double checking my collection and some online lists I was over 150. After scratching many games from the list I was at 100 but that is still too many, I was determined to reduce that number by half. Getting the number to 50 proved impossible so I settled at 60.

My Favorite Games:
8 Bit16 Bit32/64 BitLast GenCurrent Gen
Castlevania 2: SImon's QuestCastle of IllusionBaldurs Gate 2City of Heroes / VilliansArkham City
CrystalisChronoTriggerCastlevania: Symphony of the NightEternal DarknessBioshock
Dragon Warrior 3Crusader of CentyChronoCrossKingdom HeartsBioShock: Infinite
Dragon Warrior 4Final Fantasy 2 /4Final Fantasy 7Knights of the Old RepublicCastlevania: Mirror of Fate
FaxanaduFinal Fantasy 3 / 6Shining Force 3Metroid PrimeCastlevania: Lords of Shadow
Final FantasySecret of ManaWave RaceNinja Gaiden BlackLast of Us
Goonies 2Shining Force 1Zelda: Ocarina of TimeOnimushaLego Harry Potter Years 1-4
Legend of ZeldaShining Force 2PyschonautsMass Effect 2
Little SamsonSuper Empire Stikes BackResident Evil 4Portal
MetroidSuper Mario WorldShadow of the ColussusPortal 2
RygarSuper MetroidSuper Smash BrosShadow Complex
ShadowgateZelda Link to the PastSuper Mario Galaxy
Super Mario BrothersTomb Raider (2013)
Zelda II: The Adventure of LinkUncharted
Uncharted 2

Zelda Twilight Princess

Somethings you might notice about my list.
I use to play a lot of RPG's, but as I get older I have less time for games that take 100 hours. I love sequels and series. I like adventure games. You don't see many Shmups, but that doesn't mean I don't like any, same goes for FPS. I am not a fan of RTS games. Not many PC games are on the list but that is because I didn't have a PC until I was an adult. I didn't play many games in the 64 bit era because I was in college and the military, also I was in my early 20's and girls were far more interesting. Portable games didn't really make the cut, I didn't get my first Game Boy until after my first Xbox. I play modern games and while I love the classics, I love new games too. Zelda has 5 int he top 60, Castlevania has 4, and Final Fantasy has 4.5, counting Kingdom Hearts.

Somethings you wouldn't notice by reading this list.
I dislike most current JRPGs. Most of the expensive games I own are not on this list. I am a sucker for Star Wars games. I own all the games on this list CIB. Ocarina of Time is not my favorite Zelda and Final Fantasy 7 is not my favorite Final Fantasy. Out of the 60 games on this list I own multiple versions of 40 of them. I think games from the 32/64 bit era hold up the worst. If my wife made this list it would be made up of Pokemon, Pikmin, and Mario games. The least known game on this list is probably Crusader of Centy for the Sega Genesis. The game most people are probably questioning is Lego Harry Potter, but I love Lego and Harry Potter so this is a big win for me. I have a perfect gamer score on Bioshock and beat Ninja Gaiden Black on hard.