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Three weeks ago a truck with tubs of my stuff that I have not seen in four years came, and I have been sorting through it and finding a whole lot of wonderful, nostalgic, and amazing things.
Like more than 50 issues of Sonic the Hedgehog I have been saving for the last 7 years.
Well I had always sort of thought when I told my mother that when I was collecting rare video games it meant that I would be collecting them and never selling them. I just let her think I was going to sell them so she would feel better about all the stuff I had in our storage unit.
Then the economy crashed right before I was able to graduate, and it still is in the worst recession that has ever happened in the USA.
Things are slowly picking up I guess, but between forced health care and mandates for full-time employees make it much harder for employers to justify hearing people on whims.
Less to say my collection has to go if I want to fund myself into a future carrer so I am selling and sold some of the best NES games.
Yep, this was mine
Yep I actually bought a copy of Metal Storm from a Dillon's Grocery Store when their video department. It was in a nice plastic box they made when they proceeded it and was in decent shape. As the sticker says I bought it for $5.95 in 1998.
Fast forward to 2008 and HVGN or Happy Video Game Nerd does a special about this game, frankly I was really excited that someone else knew about this gem of a game. All of the sudden Ebay prices start rising to $30.
And last week I sold my copy for $63.00 on Ebay, which even though it is much lower than full price it is a heck of a lot more than $5.95 and the $30 some local video game stores were trying to buy it for.
Its just really hard at time because I see wonderful articles like Jordan's and it really reminds me that in many ways these games that I have stored away for more than five years are some of the best memories I have had. And dang, it is super hard not getting emotional over certain titles... Like I still find myself trying to justify keeping certain games I have not played in 5-6 years.
but they got to go... if I am going to keep going.
But then there is guilt, guilt that there still are great times to be had with these games.
Like NES Play Action Football.
I am not a sports guy, but my father bought this game for me and we played it almost every Sunday when I grew up. Literally this game even for its age is awesome, you got the play book, injury, and tournament mode. But I guess my favorite part about it was spending time with my father, and it would be all too easy to take this game and my system and plug it in and see if he would like to play another game.
Then there are the game I never beat... Right now I am sitting on copies of some of the best NES games: Double Dragon 2, Metal Gear, Snakes Revenge, and the TMNT trilogy. But I have never beaten them, which bother me and I have no clue why.
But then I get into the selling mind frame, and soon my boxed and complete GBA games start looking like large bills that can help fund my future... but I have to think a boxed copy of Zero Mission is going to go for a lot more later on so I should keep on to it for a while.
Guess the largest problem is even if I amass all the funds I need for the item I want to buy there still is not sure shot that I will be getting a job.
Only a very slight chance...
But I guess that is better than nothing :)
So I guess I will leave you with two questions:
1) What games have you sold and got a ton of money from? (figurative tonnage here pls :))
2) What were the hardest games to let go?
GOG is giving away Aliens VS Preditor to anyone that signs up for the GOG Galaxy beta in the next 42 hours.
*edit its Aliens vs Preditor 2000*
Mid way though the generation I like to think about what is going to happen in this next generation.
Becuase technology is changing, and belive it or not improving graphics is not going to start another golden age of gaming.
I think the future of video games and mobile devices are completly intertwined. Or at least in the seanse that in the next two generations we will have the most mobile video game consoles to ever be realeased.
Can we talk about all the teathering going on? Pretty much every company has some form of wi-fi or wired teathering with mobile devices. Being the Wii U pad, the PSP Vita, or even your Windows Phone or Tablet.
Simply to say I have to think that it is not going away any time soon. Nintendo did something crazy this generation, delivering a system with a portable device that has to be teathered for games. They have taken a lot of heat as it is not dramatically different than the 3DS and even the fact that the "New" 3DS as a Wii U controler pretty much proves that their hardware was mre than compatible than they let on and that in the future they were planing to do what Sony has already sort of pushed... Sort of.
Before I go off and say that Sony's remote play is perfect... it is not. Because you are spending about $200 more for a vita and a PS4 to get marginal functionality. As the vita hardware is sort of ignored to a simple data signal from the PS4 and back. So it is like a $200 portable screen... bit pricy (though streaming games via internet is cool)
I would mention Microsoft but they have not dabbeled enough in mobile hardware to put anything comparible, except basic functions most smart TVs do, besides some web baised apps.
Because there really is about two factors that really is holding this generation back:
3D graphics are about on the edge of what they can push polygonally, obvoisly there is alway time to push more and more but that cuts into devlopment costs, devlopment time, and content avaliblity. Which is why most games have started putting in tons and tons of different textures as of recent.
Which is why a lot of the newer games need more space for all the polygons and textures, which sometimes take up all the space in the hard drive. Which none of the consoles are terribly easy to upgrade hard disks because it is in a mess of plastic and wires that protect your valuble hardware from dust and scraches. (and worst of all, piracy)
So why not work to your advantage and put the hardware in a portible device that syncs with a base unit that has next to unlimited capasity?
Well at least with how everything is going to be digital after this generation, it jsut makes too much sense to me to have a home unit with 2tb hard drives loading and saving media that you wanted to load on your portable device while you are sleeping.
With the gbps wi-fi tech we have right now streaming/swaping content off the hard drive is simply faster and much more convenient than boggling all the local bandwidth down every time you have to manage your disk space :)
Basically the home unit would be a mini-private server to store your content in when you are not using it. So if you do not have the internet or there is a DDOS attack, you would never have to worry about it distrupting your installing of games. When the internet is up it will automatically download and patch when you are gone. (same for your movies and music you bought)
But with all that alone time with your TV... things might get freaky and start recording your favorite TV shows and movies for some extra curricular activites ;D
Pre-order a game and have the home unit pre-load it while you are not gaming at work... lol.
But the posiblities are pretty wide open in terms what this might allow for the next generation. But I am pretty sure that this next group will be close to the end of home consoles as we know it. Thanks for reading!!!
Well I tipically stay away from Steam Greenlight games, but one night when I was looking through I saw that Creepy Castle was on the green light list. You know this game looks like it has a lot of heart.
Typically these retro style games ask for huge budgets when they are kick starting but I found it quite refreshing when I saw that their KickStarter is asking for $6,000.
I have to say this game has a nice nod to the animation and graphics during the C64 days, thought some of the animations are more complex than that era they do a great job of making basic movements feel authintic for the time.
This game is being devloped by Dopterra which consists of:
The hybred action rpg elements looked very interesting, so I hope they make their KickStarter :D