So i've got a big suprise for you. I was thinking recently about videogames. Radical concept on this website, but bear with me. What came to mind was the stuff that i will probably never but would love to own (for various reasons, be it rarity, space issues or the money thing), and i've come up with a top 5 list of em. Take a look.
5. Arcade Cabinet with Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Now, this one is every gamer's dream. Having your very own arcade cabinet with your favourite game in your living room. This is something that i already sorta
own (the cabinet lives at a friend's house currently) so its not too far fetched of an idea. For the record, i have a 1 slot MVS machine with King of Fighters '98.
The problems involved with this one don't really lie within getting the cabinet. Even if i didn't already have one, arcade cabinets go for abour 100-200 bucks these days due to arcades taking a big dirt nap. The problem lies with getting a copy of Garou: Mark of the Wolves. I've never even seen this game in arcades and I've only ever played it via an emulator, but i know its out there. And i also know that it goes for a pretty penny.
4. Boxed Copy of Final Fantasy Completely Intact
Now before you start screaming "Dickey you magnificent retard! FF1 Boxed isn't hard to get at all!" I know. I have a friend who has a copy, boxed with all of the maps, and everything in it.
Except for the stickers.
Those that know a little bit about games know that FF had a sticker sheet in it, and every kid who played Final Fantasy stuck them on their chest / forehead / brother's wang etc. I want to find one with the stickers in it and however unlikely that is, I'll buy one on the spot if i ever find it.
3. A Gun Con Arcade Machine. Any of them.
Well, not any
of them. Specifically, i want one of the iterations of House of the Dead or Time Crisis. They're fun as hell, and some of my fondest memories are blasting the crap out of whatever's put in front of me with a buddy. The games are just fun as hell. Also, i had this little habit of dual weilding the gun controllers if i was alone. Got pretty good at it too.
Why wont it happen? Two reasons. Cost, and unavailability. At last check, i can't for the life of me find someone selling a Time Crisis machine. All of the House of the Dead machines i've found are pushing $3,000. I want one, but not THAT bad.
2. King of Fighters 2000, Last Blade and Samurai Showdown MVS Carts
This one is probably the most likely of all of them to happen. MVS cartridges aren't too expensive, and i'm pretty sure KoF2000, Last Blade and Samurai Showdown were pretty plentiful around here. I'm actually hoping to pick these up as soon as my arcade cabinet makes the journey into my humble abode, which should be before Christmas so if any of you wanna get me a gift, you know what to do.
Anyway, these are probably my 3 favourite MVS games. I've spent too much money kicking the crap out of my friends(and getting my crap kicked out of me) at these games. I have especially fond memories of KoF2000, because they had one at the small arcade in college and we used to skip class and waste our money on it all the time.
1. Virtual On Arcade Machine
This Is probably my favourite arcade game of all time. Better than the fighting games, better than the rarities...This game has got to be the most fun game i've ever played in an arcade. The control scheme is set up in such a way that you really feel like you're in a massive Gundam battle. I want this. Bad.
What are the problems with this, pray tell?
Well, for starters they're pretty rare. At last check, only one person was selling one, and he was in California. For those that don't read too good, I live in Toronto Ontario Canada. Too far for a casual jaunt to Cali, if you catch my drift. That goes hand in hand with the second point, which is the pricing issue. The machine is suprisingly cheap (about $500, believe it or not) but the shipping on something like that would be astronomical. I'm not willing to pay more than something's worth in shipping alone.
The last thing revolves around the fact that i'm extrordinarily lazy. What i mean by that is this machine weights a fuckton, and I live at the top of some "Better not come home drunk" hardcore 45 degree incline british style stairs. I mean, i dont even know if my stairwell is big enough for the machine to fit, let alone get it up the stairs. This one is probably the most impractical of all of em, but one day...
Maybe one day I'll live in a barn and have lots of room. read