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My name is Eric and I am a 31 year old video game collector. I have been playing games since I was 4 years old starting with Atari and have gotten all of the main stream systems from then until now throughout the years. I currently have over 2600+ games in my collection spanning over 20+ systems from Atari to Wii U. I am a big collector of video game related things in general such as t-shirts, some figures, posters and other such stuff.

I was a former Game Crazy (former video game store; attached to Hollywood video) employee for 5 years before the company went bankrupt in June of 2010.

I enjoy video game music, be it original scores, symphony, chiptune, remixes, or whatever else. I also listen to metal/hard rock. I am currently listening to bands like Poets of the Fall, Skillet, and Mudvayne. My all time favorite band is Soundgarden, and my all time favorite artist is Chris Cornell.

I am also a wicked sci-fi nerd, primarily Star Trek. I also love Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Sliders, etc..etc..
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For many years, Pac-man has been the mascot of all things video games. But as the years progressed he has been outshined by the likes of such stars as Mario, Megaman and Sonic. Well I say it is not time for Pac-man to seek his revenge by eating the power pill of justice and laying the smash down on all who oppose him.

Plainly and simply out: I call dibs on Pac-man!

Now you may ask, "Grimm, why do you consider yourself the chosen one to unleash Pac-man's fury?" Well here they are, the reasons why I am the best man for the job.

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1.) I was in 2 consecutive Pac-Man Championship DX tournaments
- Back when PAX East first started, I entered a tournament. While I didn't win, i did place 3rd (the guy who beat me moved on to win the whole thing so I say that makes me 3rd and the guy who lost to the runner up being 4th. The 2nd year I went I placed 2nd. My own hubris got the better of me and one fatal mistake was made. They asked me after my semi-final win if I wanted to wait a few mnutes, I said no, and it was my undoing. But I still did damn good and i DID get the highest point totals of anyone in that 2nd tournament so that's something. The picture shows my runner up medal for placing in the top 4 in my first tournament. In the 2nd tournament I played... 2nd place got nothing.


2.) Of the 3,051 games I own, 21 of them are Pac-man related (not including Pac Championship and Championship DX on XBLA)- You could say that I am quite the fan of Pac-man in general. I have played almost every game there is including all of the arcade stand up machines (thanks to Funspot in New Hampshire and their Video Game Museum). One of the first games I ever played were Pac-man and Jr. Pac-man for the Atari 2600 and I spent countless hours playing them. To this day, Pac-man is one of those games you can still play for hours and have a blast. Hell, I even own Pac-pix! Now that's dedication!


3.) I have wanted Pac-man (also Megaman and Little Mac) in Smash bros since the N64 game.
- Years ago, when Super Smash Bros first came out for the N64, my friends and I always talked about what if there were guest characters from other games. We all spouted off names like Megaman and Sonic, but I was always a firm believer that pac-man deserved a chance to be a playable fighter. All these years later, when I saw the announcement, I lost my mind! I couldn't believe that alongside Megaman and Little Mac who I also wanted, that my main choice made it in the game! When Melee came and he wasn't in I was crushed. Then Brawl came and we had Sonic and Snake.... but no Pac-man. Finally, his time has come and my dream has come true!


4.) I have Pac-man floor mats in my car and a steering wheel cover
- Sure they're beat to hell cuz I've had them for over a decade, but they're still there and still awesome. Sadly the steering wheel cover is too big for my current car, but I still have it somewhere.

So to make a long story less long, I call dibs on Pac-man because he and I go way back and have been bros for over 20 years. I for one cannot wait to see what he can do next week in Super Smash bros for the 3DS! I have dibs on Pac-man!


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So as we know everyone loves a good bandwagon with which to jump on and so here's my super sexy list of stuff about me that some know, some don't, and now all shall know.

1.) I have been playing video games for just over 27 years.

Myself (around age 8) and a few friends playing Wrestlefest at Chuck E. Cheese's. My mom wanted me to smile but I was in the middle of a game.

I just recently turned 31 in April and I have been playing games since age 4. I started with my Dad's Atari which he gave to me and it just continued on from there. I received, and still have every mainstream system since Atari. I also have random stuff like a Turbo Grafx 16 and a Sega Master system which I've only had for about 3 years on both.

2.) I am a huge wrestling fan.

My autograph of the Rock when he was IC champ.

I have been watching wrestling, primarily WWE (then WWF), since I was just shy of 7 years old. The first time I saw it was Wrestlemania 6. I have been hooked since. My all time favorites are the Ultimate Warrior (RIP) and Hulk Hogan, but along the way I have also been fans of guys like The Undertaker, Gangrel, but more recently Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro. I look forward to the future of the WWE. While it's not nearly as amazing as it was when I was younger, it's still fun and I love seeing the children of my favorite legends as current superstars. Also it helped that my dad was friends with former WWE Referee Tim White so I have lots of cool autographs that he got for me.

3.) I have a video game collection consisting of 3,026 games.

This is what 2,450+ of my games look like (500+ not shown).

Yes, you read correctly, Three THOUSAND games. I have been playing games for years and this is the most awe inspiring thing about myself. I have kept almost every game I ever bought/received and while I have played a lot of them, I doubt I've played more than 50%. I buy way more games than I play which sucks. But now that I've hit this milestone I am slowing down on my collecting process and going to focus more on PLAYING them. I truly do understand those memes that say "There's nothing to play!" and it's an image of a huge stack of games. First world problems I guess.

4.) I used to collect action figures before video games.

U.S. Agent in a Punisher Package? Yep!

Collect is a loose term when it comes to me and figures. Do I have some in the original packaging? Sure. But most are in crates in my basement since, as a kid, I played with them. Some are broken, some are missing pieces, but when you have crates of He-man, Ghostbusters, Marvel/DC figures, and Ninja Turtles figures it's still pretty cool to have. I couldn't afford to collect both so I chose games. I also enjoy this mispackaged one I found ages ago. If someone sealed it back to do this, then they did a damn good job because it's seamless. I also have a decent collection of comics, as well as video game and Star trek based novels.

5.) I once dressed as Spock, Kano (MK3), and The Shredder for the last 3 Halloweens at my job.

I had lots of fun wearing these at the bank where I work.

I love to dress up for Halloween. I don't think I ever missed a Halloween for dressing in a costume. So for my 3 years at the bank where I work, I dressed up all 3 years that I have been there and these are them. I think they're pretty good. Kano and Shredder were home made, Spock I bought the shirt and ears but drew on the eyebrows.

6.) I have a BA in Art with a focus on Graphic Design.

Something I drew just from looking at an image of Mega Man I found online, no tracing. Project was to draw something 3 times in 3 different ways.

You ever go to school, unsure of what you want, then you graduate and realize it's not what you want to do? Yea that was me. I always wanted to work with video games but when I went to college "video game design" wasn't really a thing, not here in Rhode Island anyway. I started with Computer science. I didn't want to be a programmer. So I moved to art. I mean I enjoyed drawing and whatnot and had good ideas so why not. So I got my BA and then after I graduated I just really didn't want to do it. While my drawing skills are good, I am no natural at it, as it takes me quite some time to make good images. I wish I went for English as I enjoy writing. I am focused this year to make a website with my writing as a focus. We will see how it goes and I will let you all know when it happens!

7.) I was in the first 2 "Blockbuster Video" video game tournaments.

Not my actual pin, but I do have this exact one on an old busted Batman hat shown in my first image. The hat is somewhere around my house.

Some of you may be old enough to remember this, but once Video games could be rented in a store! And sometimes, the biggest store of them all, Blockbuster Video, would hold tournaments. They did it for about 3 years I think. The first one was with a special Donkey Kong Country cart which just went level to level and the goal was to get the most bananas in the allotted time. For 2 straight weeks I was number 1, but the third week I got beat by like 50 bananas. I was crushed. You see, I was young then and both my Dad and I assumed it was your CUMULATIVE score from all 3 weeks... nope... just the highest score overall. So I lost at the end. Lame.

8.) I used to do game reviews for a small site my friends and I made called Glitchytasty.com.

Yes...this was the logo and I hated it. The info is correct except my Wii FC is different.

Ok so the name is obviously a pun on "Itchy..Tasty" from Resident Evil so let's get that out of the way. It was not my idea but my friends. So I did game reviews/previews for the 2 years the site was up. We did get  free copies of games but my friend hoarded them. I only managed to get a free Mario Sports Mix. The site is still up if anyone wants to see my olod previews/reviews. My friend who made the site now works for 343 Industries. He worked on halo 4 and now on Halo 5. Lucky Bastard.

9.) I worked at game Crazy for 5 years.

RIP Game Crazy.

I know I mentioned it earlier, but I did indeed work at a Game Crazy video game store. I started on its 4th day of opening and was there until it's bitter end. The company went bankrupt in 2010. My location closed it's game crazy around February of that year, but I transferred to the Hollywood video side until the doors closed in May. This year is the 4 year anniversary of it's closing. When they were about to close the doors for good,  I got over 60 games and over 30 movies/TV show discs for... get this.. $0.80 each. That was my best gaming haul ever. Only a few were rental copies, most were what we transferred from game crazy. I also met my friend, who works for 343 Industries now, here at Game Crazy and we've been friends ever since. It was a great 5 years of my life and I'll always miss it.

10.) I was in 2 Pac Man Championship DX Tournaments at the 1st and 2nd Pax East.

Friggin' amazing game.

This was my first REAL tournament. Sure Blockbuster tournaments were still you playing a game while others watched, but this was competitive and elimination. My first time I got 3th place (I lost to the man who won it in the finals), the 2nd year, sadly I only got 2nd. I can get 9mil+ points minimum in the Championship II level, which is the one the tournament used both times. Now my first tournament was great because I was killing the other players. When I lost, I lost to the guy who then became the 1st place winner, so it's cool that I lost to him if I were to lose to anyone. The 2nd year he didn't show up, so I had a chance. I whooped everyone, scoring 9 mil almost every time. But sadly, after my semi-final match, the final was next. The head of the tournament asked if I wanted a couple minutes to rest since I just played a match where I won by ONE ghost.

The small crowd was going crazy he and I were neck and neck. The funny thing was... the kid I was battling was in the previous years tournament. He lost to the guy who would become 2nd. So in essence him and I were battling to regain glory of our losses. In  the end I beat him by barely 2000 pts. it was insane and everyone went crazy. So the final came, my hands weren't too steady, i made ONE mistake which cost me the WHOLE thing because on that level, one death, just ONE, can cause you to lose hundreds of thousands of points. The kid only got to 8 mil, and if I didn't take the risk, I'd have won it all.

God damn Brain slugs.

So there's just a few fun facts about GrimmTrixX. Hopefully soon my site will be up and you all can hear more from me in a greater capacity. Thanks to those of you who read this whole thing!!

As many people are aware, the Xbox One and the PS4 are not compatible with their previous versions, Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively. This is a touchy subject for many people and I think I have some insight as to why.

Some may say the industry is changing. "Why would I want to play Xbox 360 when a new system is out?" They may shout! Well, besides the fact that they're still going to make games for the 360 for 1-2 years, it's so we can play games we currently own.

Many know me as a video game collector. By the end of 2013 I'll own over 2,700 games in my 26 years of gaming (I'm 30, been playing since I was 4). As a result of this, I own MANY video game consoles. One of the best parts about backwards compatibility is that I don't need to keep every single one hooked up. Now granted... I DO have them all hooked up, but the convenience is there for many, like me, who keep their old consoles. Many people believe that backwards compatibility is a relatively new thing, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

With this new generation of gaming, I am harkened back to the days of Intellivision, Colecovision and Atari. I would EASILY think of them as Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U. Many don't realize that Atari made 3 versions of their self-titled console: The 2600, the 5200, and the 7800. The 7800 was almost fully compatible with 2600 games. Hell, the Intellivision II (remodeled version) had an adapter to play Atari 2600 games! Cross compatibility right there! So to say there's no room for backwards compatibility in the gaming world is ludicrous!

Let's jump to the NES era. In this era you have NES, Sega Master System, and the Atari 7800 battling. Atari dies out and the NES wins over the SMS. But think of some fine points about Sega for a minute. They made a handheld console called the Game Gear, maybe you heard of it. Well this has an adapter to play SMS games on it! 

Then comes the SNES, Sega Genesis era of gaming, which to me is still the best. Now granted the SNES couldn't play NES games but with the help of an adapter, the Sega Genesis could play SMS games which was great! When the Gameboy came out, Nintendo came up with Super Gameboy and I don't know about you but I lost my mind! The fact that I could play my handheld games on my big TV (20 inch TVs were big back then for a kid to have in his room) was a great incentive to stick with the SNES.

But the consoles were not the only form of gaming to get compatibility by this point! Gameboy games worked on the Gameboy Color which, even though the GBC is an upgraded Gameboy, it still counts as you could toss your old GB and strictly use the GBC. Then the beloved GBA comes out... that thing could play GB, GBC, AND GBA games.

So now we advance, the N64, Sega Saturn, PS1 era lurks. Once again we get struck down with no backwards compatibility. This marks the first time in in 5 generations of gaming that we can't use our older games. Now I'll admit, I don't think many of us were even thinking of backwards compatibility back then, despite having it, since it didn't really have a name yet. But you COULD use the same video cable for the SNES/N64/Gamecube so there's that! But thinking back on it now, yea it kind of sucked. Luckily for us there was tons of games for older consoles and back then trading games wasn't really going around in full swing like it is today. Hell the first used game I ever bought was Mario Golf for the N64, and the battery inside was dead and I had to swap it for another copy.

So now we hit arguably the most popular gen of gaming, the sixth gen with PS2, Dreamcast, Gamecube, and Xbox. PS2 could play 99.5% of PS1 games. I leave out 0.5% cuz there's about 10 games that don't work completely. I found this out playing Mortal Kombat Trilogy which plays fine in VS, but go play single player and try to see your characters ending, the game will freeze on Shao Kahn when he gets ready to explode.

PS2 was an amazing all in one system. Oddly, I was an Xbox fan and actually bought that, then GC and PS2 dead last. I still own the very last fat model they made and it works great. I had a DVD player so that wasn't a priority to me. But then we move to Gamecube. Gamecube couldn't play old CONSOLE games, but, with the GBA player, you could once again play GB/GBC/GBA games on your TV which was an amazing feature. The Xbox has nothing jumping into this gen and took a gamble, but I say they're doing pretty good.

Let's not forget more handhelds. The Nintendo DS could play GBA and DS games, and our beloved 3DS can play DS games, furthering the compatibility into this gen. But next we get to the current gen, Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3. These 3 consoles are simply amazing and I am glad to own them all. Once again this gen I went 360, wii then PS3. Even now I haven't played a PS3 game in over a year (don't worry Santa is bringing me The Last of Us). But let's look at this gen closely.

It all began with 360. Now the 360 can play a good amount of original Xbox games, and sadly Microsoft stopped despite claiming eventually all would work. This however proves that updates could be done for compatibility. Now I don't pretend to know how to create video games, but compatibility, on a superior system, should fairly easily be done using software and not hardware, right? Someone correct me on the specifics but it seems odd to not have it. But at least SOME games worked on the 360. The Wii could play almost every Gamecube game which drew me in so I could let my Gamecube rest for a while (only to be resurrected to play GBA games on my 40 inch HDTV). The PS3, at first, could play PS2 games because it had the actual PS2 hardware. But... Sony realized they could remove that and sell PS2 games as PS2 Classic games and make more money, but hey, the compatibility was there initially. We don't talk about PSP and Vita because well... they did a poor job when it comes to this topic. Hell, the PSP Go made it so you couldn't even play PSP games on it unless you downloaded them.

So now the next gen is upon us! in 6 days it's be in full swing with Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One all coming out. This Gen I already own a Wii U, but I am going Xbox One. I am not picking it due to my fanboyism, I simply chose it because I am a die hard Dead Rising fan and I NEED DR3. That and the PS4 has no exclusive games I care about except God of War and even then Ascension sucked. I am sorry but it's the worst in the entire series but that's for another day.

So what does everyone think? Is it weird that only 2 generations of gaming didn't have backwards compatibility? Did you notice it or not? I always knew it, but it never impacted me as much once I truly realized that we've had it almost all this time. To be nice, if you didn't want to read this blog, here's a compatibility rundown (if I am missing something please add it:

(C/W= compatible with)
(C/A = Compatible with adapter)

[u]Compatibility thru the ages:[/u]
- Atari 2600 C/W 7800
- Atari 2600 C/A Intellivision II
- Sega Master System C/A Sega Genesis and Game Gear
- Gameboy C/A SNES
- Gameboy C/W Gameboy Color
- GBA C/W Nintendo DS and DS Lite
- GB,GBC,GBA C/A Gamecube (via GBA player)
- PS1 C/W PS2 and PS3 (earlier models)
- Xbox C/W Xbox 360 (Limited)
- Gamecube C/W Wii
- Wii C/W Wii U

The 5th gen is the only one to have zero compatibility since the 8th (now current) gen has Wii to Wii U, and the 3rd gen had at least SMS to game gear and Genesis.

But sadly no 360 to One, or PS3 to PS4. Not even digital games ::shrug:: You'd think by now we'd know how to use software and allow it, especially if I paid for it digitally on 360.. Why they wouldn't think I'd wanna play it on the next console, when digital will be the 9th generation of gaming most likely, is beyond me. Don't worry, they'll be gracious to add older games to XBLA (or whatever Xbox One will call it) and make us pay for them again, such is gaming. 

Long story short, there's been WAY more Backwards compatibility than not, so why remove it now?

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Like most gamers of today, I started out as a young child at age 4 with a little system called the Atari 2600. It all started when my father gave me his Atari system when I was around 4 years old (26 years ago since I am now 30). Now while I cannot say this is when I fell in love with video games, since i was only 4, but this was my first time actually playing games. The first game I ever played was called Kangaroo. This was your basic old school platformer where you have to make the mama Kangaroo reach her baby at the top. I played this game, and many others such as Pac man Jr, Dig Dug, and Missile Command, which simply added to my future love for gaming.

So come age 5 I finally received my own Atari 2600 Jr... but that's not where it all began. This is simply because in Christmas of 1988 I received my NES. This is when gaming got its hooks in me and would from then on never let me go. Now growing up as an only child, I was spoiled rotten. While my parents didn't buy many games for me, they sure as hell rented plenty of them. Twice a week my dad would swing by the local Major Video (which would later become Blockbuster Video and then later become an empty building) and get me a new NES game. I would play games for hours on end after school right up until bed time. I still went outside and played with friends, but as an only child, when my friends weren't around, what else was a boy to do? Growing up I owned MAYBE 16 or so games during the NES's actual lifetime (I now own 253 NES games thanks to my game collecting addiction), but renting was the thing to do. I must've killed hundreds of NES games as a kid and I definitely miss it more than you know.

So then we move onto the SNES/Genesis generation. Good lord what a time this was! I remember waking up on Christmas morning (not sure on the year) and opening up my SNES and hooking it up all by myself to our TV in the den and playing Spider-man/X-men and Super Mario World. Now this was not the first time I played the SNES, I had previously rented the console 2 times from some mom and pop video store. Both times playing Joe and Mac and Super Mario World. Renting consoles was a thing many people did since they couldn't afford to buy them unless it was a holiday. But I definitely remember the day I played MY SNES for the first time quite well. I rented the Sega Genesis about 3 times, playing the likes of Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, and Dick Tracy. I also rented tons of games over the years, the same as NES, for both consoles.

Long story short, I moved through the ranks of every major console. I chose PS1 over the Saturn (I own one now, however), I got an N64, Dreamcast, and everything in between leading up to the Wii U. I have every major console or handheld released in the US and played thousands of hours on an original Gameboy playing such titles as Tetris, Quarth, Gremlins 2, and other such obscure titles as well. But the time that got me into gaming was that time between NES and SNES.

So here we are, 26 years after playing my first video game, and I still love it. I currently own 2,614 video games spanning countless systems. I own an Atari 2600 (2 of them), Atari 2600 jr, NES (top loader and 2 front loaders), SNES, Sega Genesis gen 1 (with Sega CD gen2 and Sega 32x), Gameboy (and a Gameboy pocket), GBA SP (NES style), Mario Kart edition Nintendo DS, DS Lite (2 of them, one black and one Zelda gold edition), 3DS, Turbo Grafx-16, N64, PS1 (original and a PS One with monitor), PS2 (last fat model made), Sega Saturn, Sega Master System, Atari Jaguar, Gamecube, Xbox, Wii, Xbox 360 (2 of them one non-HDMI white and one halo 3 special edition), Virtual Boy, PS3, PSP slim, and a Sega Dreamcast. I might be leaving some out but I think that's it.

So to say I am serious about video games is quite an accurate description. With the dawn of digital gaming, I am sadly losing interest in the next generation of video games. I will always have my games to play, however, as my backlog is over 1000 of these games. If 26 years later I am still into gaming, it's pretty obvious I will remain so, whether it's with new games or simply playing all my old games. Either way, gaming is who I am.

I can't say what the future of gaming truly holds and if I will embrace the digital age of gaming for sure, but I am definitely not as in love with the games of today as I was when I was a child. With having to work 35-40 hrs a week, spending time with family, friends, or my fiance, and the fact that many of my friends aren't as into gaming as me and never really was, there's not nearly enough time to play games as I would have liked. I do try my best to game at least 1-2hrs a day if I am lucky but such is life. While my gaming addiction may have started with the NES, it will not end until the day i die and that is a truth that you can bet on when it comes to me. Here's some fun stuff I drew a few years back, for some classes in college, thus further showing my love for games. Here's some Atari characters (and its 3ft by 4 ft in size), 3 megaman drawn with alternating mediums (based on a pic I found online but hand drawn not traced), and a close up of Chris Redfields alt attire from the RE1 remake)

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Now I love a difficult game as much as the next person, but good lord what have I gotten myself into this time? Now back in the day I remember when DOOM was a new game. My friend got the shareware version and we played "knee deep in the dead" over and over. But when I was a kid, I wasn't much for challenging games and I think that's common even today. You bet I used all the cheat codes and played on ultra violence. I've only ever beaten DOOM and DOOM 2 on normal without cheats maybe once or twice. So I've decided that now is the time to kick this series in the ass and beat all 5 major titles on Nightmare...Good lord I am in for some pain.

So I started playing Ultimate DOOM on the Doom 3 BFG edition on Nightmare... Let's just say this is definitely going to be a challenge. My goal in this is to beat these games all on Nightmare:

- (Ultimate) DOOM (Xbox 360; plus the hidden Xbox only e1m10 on the Xbox doom 3 special edition)
- DOOM 2: Hell on Earth
- Final DOOM (original PC version I have that's been collecting dust)
- DOOM 64 (N64 version; Duh)
- DOOM 3 (Xbox 360 version)
--Plus Resurrection of Evil and Lost Chapters and probably all 21 Master Levels primarily on the Xbox version for a level by level structure setup and then the 3 missing levels on PC

Why do I want to do this? I don't truly know. Call me a glutton for punishment I guess. I mean maybe in the last 10 years or so I decided that I enjoy difficult games and difficult challenges. I mean I've beaten every Halo game on legendary solo (except Halo anniversary so far since I beat Halo CE on legendary before and Halo 2... good lord I hate you halo 2. Difficult isn't even the word). But I like a challenge and this seems like an amazing one. I also love DOOM as a series and always have wanted to do this so now is that time.

My main focus is to beat the levels. I am not out to kill every enemy and find every secret item, I WILL however beat every mission in these games, secret ones and all. Now I am only on E1M3 in DOOM but it's all about trial and error. Lets see the facts. While you get double the ammo from all ammo pickups and enemies do way more damage... enemies RESPAWN! I thought the Arch-vile resurrecting enemies in DOOM 2 was bad enough, now all enemies respawn. Yipes! I never knew this about Nightmare and man oh man is that difficult. The name Nightmare truly does this difficulty justice.

So I urge anyone who wants a super challenge, try the DOOM games on Nightmare. It's punishing but when its all over I always get a sense of personal accomplishment. I mean.. I have a 100% gamerscore on Dead Rising... it almost made me go absolutely insane but now that it's done, I actually enjoyed doing it... next stop, finish my achievements for the other dead rising games.... once I am done with DOOM.. and by the looks of things, that could be a while. Wish me luck!

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Have you ever heard someone say phrases like "Oh that game didn't age well" or the term "Nostalgia Goggles"? I don't know if I too am afflicted with the dreaded disease of Nostalgia or not, but I don't believe in the word. As you know if you read one of my previous blogs, I own way too many video games. The majority of them are from the classic gaming era. Consoles such as NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis are just a few of many that plague my very existence. But, like most people who enjoy the classic games, they were the highlights of many of our lives.

I can go, right now, and play Goldeneye 64 without even thinking about it. I have NEVER said a game didn't age well because I don't compare games of yesteryear with the games of today. It makes no sense to compare an SNES game to a PS3 game. Remember Toejam and Earl? The game is still fun as hell, at least to me anyway. I play classic games in the same mindset that I played them when I was younger and not as a side by side comparison of how games look today. Every generation of games has their great moments. Does gaming get better? I say no. I say games get DIFFERENT. Video games, much like music, simply change with the times. Why did they make Megaman 9 and 10? If Megaman Legends was so much more amazing due to its 3D platformer graphics why would we have made "throwback" games? Hell, 2D fighting games are STILL bigger than any 3D fighting game franchise. Now granted, some 3D fighters are great. But some games need to stay 2D while others can evolve to 3D and be great like the Super Mario Galaxy series or Prince of Persia.

Still amazing fun after all these years

See, in my youth I played LOTS of video games. As an only child, whenever my friends weren't around, what else was I going to do? Read? Throw a baseball to myself? Jog around the block repeatedly? I had fish growing up so I couldn't go play with the family pet and I was the first grandchild on my mom's side of the family (my dads's side of the family all live further away) until I was 7 so I couldn't even hang with cousins until later in life. I turned to video games as something to do as a child when I couldn't go see my friends which happened often for reasons I don't really know because I was young. I would wake up, go to school, come home around 2pm and play games until 10pm. Then I'd fall asleep watching back to back episodes of Star Trek TNG and Star Trek DS9. But take that example of a day in the life of GrimmTrixX, and make it 5-7 days a week and multiply it numerous times.

My dad would rent games from Major video (then it became Blockbuster video; now it's an Eb Lens...) twice a week. He'd pick a different game for me every time and I would kill the games and move onto the next ones. This happened for years so as a kid I played hundreds of games and every game blockbuster had to offer during the NES-N64 eras of gaming. So looking back on old games and playing them brings back fond memories but they're also insane fun even now.

They remind me of a simpler time in gaming when game companies focused on if a game was good and not if it could make them money. Sure I can go play halo 4 right now or Black Ops 2, but then what? Are they great games? Sure. Will I remember them in 20 years and look back on them fondly? Probably not. Why? Well I am an adult now. I have so much more to think about today then when I was younger that playing games of this generation, while fun, are harder to enjoy because I cannot invest nearly as much time into them as I could in the past. I cannot attach meaningful life experiences to many video games made in the last 5 or so years. But if we play Kickle Cubicle on the NES I remember my friends first cat being hit by a car, because that's the game we were playing when it happened. Go figure.

One reason I love classic games is that they were quick to pick up and play and even beat.I don't even know how many times have defeated Super Mario World? I have beaten and re-beaten that game so many times I lost count. It's still my all time favorite SNES game and I could go play it right now and have as much fun as I did back when it had first come out and beat the game again. Old school games have ultimate re-playability to me. But with Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/WiiU era games, once I beat it, I'm done. You can throw all the alternate endings at me you want, once I beat it, good or bad ending, it's over. The only series this gaming generation that I really replay is any Dead Rising game. Something about that series is just plain enjoyable.

Proximity mines on Facility...best gaming years of my life

All i am saying is, I hate the hate that the term Nostalgia gets. It's used more as a put down than anything else. Do I deny that games today look more realistic? Of course not. But does that mean better? How many lush and vibrant worlds exist in RPGs today, yet some can't hold a candle to greats like Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger? Why do I have more fun playing ANY SNES game over half the things that came out in the last 5 years? I mean sure I must have some kind of bias, since I own over 2500 video games, but keep in mind, I own almost 100 Xbox 360 games. I own 280 PS2 games, etc..etc.. My collection spans the gaming universe from Atari To Wii U. i love all things video games, I'll just always prefer gaming from The 80s-00s over any video game era even when I an a super old man. The difference is, I will keep playing new games and evolving to new consoles, unlike many people who get into their bubble and don't advance. My dad hates movies of today and hates any music made after the 80s unless it was made by an older artist who started in his time. Our generation needs to evolve with technology lest we be defeated by it.

Gaming, in itself, is an opinion. We like what we like and that's that. I won't ever tell someone what they like sucks and is terrible. Believe me I have played and I currently own LOTS of terrible games but if you come to me and say Black Ops is the best game you ever played, and you truly believe it, then enjoy the hell out of it because I am glad you found what you enjoy to play.

I just want everyone to be a gamer. I want everyone for years to come who is just getting into games to feel how I felt all those years ago when I started with Atari and NES back in 1987-88 when I was 4 or 5. I love looking at and playing my old school game collection both as current and past enjoyment. My "Nostalgia Goggles" are forever super glued to my face and I wouldn't ever change that. If I like something now, I like it forever. I don't ever change the things I once enjoyed over time. I don't like rap music... but do I hate rap music I once liked? Hell No! Bone Thugs N Harmony is still my all time favorite rap group and always will be. I still love music from the 80s and 90s, I still love watching classic cartoons and TV shows I once loved and enjoy them just as much today such as: classic TMNT, Star Trek TOS/TNG/DS9/VOY, Power Rangers, He-Man, etc..etc.. hell, I have a large collection of action figures from the 80s-90s and they were all obtained just by buying them in the store as a kid with my parents. I didn't go to ebay and buy them like I had to with my huge gaming collection (namely because buying all these games at full retail would've never happened and would've cost SO much more than obtaining them used or for free by working at a video game store for 5 years and customers would give me classic games for the hell of it or sell them to me dirt cheap).

So to end this somewhat shorter blog than I normally do, I just want to say there's nothing wrong with nostalgia. Without it, how do we know about the history of gaming? I'll someday be that 80 year old man telling his grand children about a man fighting a giant gorilla or about a female bounty hunter Samus. And while they won't get the reference (maybe.. depends on if my game collection lasts that long and if TVs/electricity still works roughly the same in 2063). But if you love old games like me and still enjoy them then feel free to leave a comment. I will forever miss having hours upon hours to play games, but the sad truth about growing up is you truly have less time to do the things you love because 30-40 hrs of week just steal that time and energy away...Now if only I could win the lottery...

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