I'm a big fan of video game related art. I do a lot myself.
My name is Tim, I'm currently going to the Art Institute of Philly to get my degree in graphic design to work in the video gaming industry. Namely I want to make video game covers, and instruction booklets, random, I know. I also wouldn't mind doing advertising or magazine layouts either, just as long as its video game related. I'm also a collector of consoles and currently have over 26 consoles so far and over 600 games.
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Well since the DSi launch was last night, and everyone and their mother has/will be sharing their experiences, I
thought I'd do something a little different. The launch for me was like everyone else's, uneventful. We wait, go in,
pay off the preorder, and leave with a new DSi in hand. Nothing much.
The main reason for this post is I wanted to share this photo of every US iteration of the Nintendo handhelds. In
every generation of handhelds (except the Game & Watch) I've got one limited edition. The DSi has completed
the DS generation. I'll be very surprised if theres a fourth iteration of the DS.
I wonder what the next generation of portables from Nintendo will be...
Earlier yesterday I visited Drexel again here in Philly for the fourth time in search of another COG tag. That's when I decided I'd sneak in last night. My girlfriend came with me to stand guard for security. She did great, I looked everywhere I could. Climbed under the trailer in mud/dirt, dug up a ton of holes, nothing.
But that's not the story. After we left that area we walked exactly one block away on 33rd and Walnut. Out of nowhere three cars ran a red light going down Chestnut. One of those cars hit a car that was coming up 33rd, T-boned it. That car spun 180 degrees and would have plowed right into us if it wasn't for the curb stopping it.
We were three feet away.
I grabbed my girlfriend, and pulled us out of the way as fast as I could. After that there was glass and debris everywhere and we were all coughing from it. I check to see if the guy in the car was okay. He was.
The other car stopped half way down the block. I think it was going to do a hit and run, but then decided against it. Security guards and policemen surrounded us all within the minute, or so it seemed like it. We both gave our names as witnesses, and might get a suppena (or however you spell it) to show up in court as witnesses. Great. The cops said that the woman driving the other car was all liquored up.
I'm still very shaken up from the whole ordeal. But it's not like I haven't been close to death a number of times before. I've got a very long list of that which I can rattle off like it's nothing. It's just that I was more worried about my girlfriend than anything.
God, what I go through to try and get a damn cog! :P
You can see where my gf is standing, we were a few feet closer to the car than that.
The totaled car. The car WAS going the complete opposite direction til he spun...
Alright so Friday night I had to go back to NJ for a my girlfriends brother's Halloween party (I was pacman btw). Didn't think in a million years that would be the night for SixOkay to drop a ****ton of coords on philly. Boy was I pissed. My gf was getting annoyed because I was pacing back and forth trying to think of what I should do. So I called up Docta Splatta (from the Epic boards) and told him there were four coords in Philly right now.
He left and I talked to him through some of it, but then I had to go to the party so I PMed AOW Waterborn (again, from the Epic boards) to see if he could call Docta Splatta up and guide him. So then he found the one behind the Rocky statue under rocks.
So I went to the party, and my gf (being as awesome as she is) genuinely offered to drop me off at the train station. Which just so happen to be right around the block from her brothers place. So I got on the the train at 1:30am and met the most awesome train conductor ever, accompanied with his sidekick cop. They were talking about how they love the train at Halloween because of all the half nekid girls. And how they're whoring it out and sometimes they take a whole car and get it on in there lol.
Anyway, I got back, gave Docta Splatta a call to help me search. But he was out drinking somewhere. So I went to Rittenhouse and sat. I saw two other people there just kinda looking over things, combing the park with just their eyes. Not really going through the bushes or anything. I think they were afraid to draw attention lol. I waited til they left, because I knew they wouldn't find anything like that.
I got up off the bench and started jumping over everything trying to figure where the good spots are. I checked under bushes, dug things up, everything. Eventually I posted on the Epic boards that I needed help and Enforcer (from the Epic boards) came to the rescue.
Enforcer guided me to some great places, but he had a gut feeling about the fountain. So we checked there again. I had already gone over it a few dozen times, but hey, one more wouldn't hurt. So I climb in, and for some reason I stick my hand in the mouth of the face where the water spurts out. And I flipped! Sure enough it was there. I had trouble getting it out and scraped up my hand pretty good. There was some sort of metal sheet in there, it was pretty sharp.
I say thank you profusely to him, and get off the phone because its about to die. I walk two blocks to my gf's apt to go and crash there, and not two steps away from the door my phone completely dies.
Total time spent searching - 1hr 30min.
So yesterday, I was thinking about the location of that one. And I guess it's because I've lived here for three years and I'm numb to the street names. BUT there is a street that lines up perfectly with where the cog tag was found. The name of that street is Locust St.
Here are the pics:
Pic of it where it was found, it was not visible though. It was deeper in and covered with leaves.
Pic of where the fountain lines up with Locust St. I tried, but the trees were in the way.
So like most of you, I was very disappointed by the news of the delay for LittleBigPlanet. I had all but given up hope for finding a 1st edition. Like I've said before, I'm a collector. So I sucked it up and went to my local gamestop on south st here in Center City, Philly to buy Fable 2. The manager Dan I've known for years now. So we were chatting it up. When I was leaving I said I'll see him next week for LittleBigPlanet. And out of nowhere he screamed, "WAIT! I know a store that still has some!" I stopped dead in my tracks and ran back to the counter. "REALLY!?" He said he'd call to make sure and ask him to hold one for me.
So he called, they had it, and I biked as fast as I could (in the rain no less) to the Gallery (a mall here). Tucked away in the most hidden corner of the mall is a (new?) game store. A mom and pop shop. Apparently they had refused to send back the games and were now selling them for $70. Dude only had 2 left, and one of 'em he sold while he was on the phone with the manager of Gamestop when he was calling for me. So now I've got in my possession LBP and Fable 2 sans the Fable 2 DLC.
Here is the song in question. Quite catchy! It's the song for the second garden, first level.
I've been a long time lurker. So to earn my keep here, as well as a hardy welcome. I thought I'd share what is most precious to my heart. And what only seems to be growing every year. My video game collection.
Right now I live in Center City, Philadelphia in a small apartment and have my most current video games here with me. But back home in Jersey is where I hoard everything in my room and my basement. So come take my hand and lets travel between those places, shall we?
First up, my apartment in Philadelphia. Small and quaint, but what matters to me is I have enough room to play my games and wave my hand wildly when playing the Wii.
As you can see, I've got the essentials hooked up for my gaming purposes, the 360, PS3, Wii, and you've got to have the Dreamcast. On the shelf with the games are the PSP, DS Lite, and GPX F-200
Now lets go back to the armpit of America, Jersey. Below is a shot of my room at my Mom's house. Extremely messy, namely because I don't spend much time there because I'm off at college year round.
Before we go any further I want to make one thing clear. I'm a collector. I collect. I focus on consoles, but I've got a number of gems in my collection. All of which I'll make posts about sometime in the future. But for now, I'll just show you these.
If you don't know what the above is, allow me to share. The books are the art books for Shadow of the Colossus and Doshin the Giant. The game is the Game & Watch Collection that I got signed by the ass kicker and name taker himself, Reggie Fils-Aime. I got that signed at the NYC Launch of the Wii. I was number 14 in line out of 2500 people. :o) And then there's the Gameboy Micro 20th Anniversary Ed. And lastly there is the Gold Zelda Ed. of the Gameboy Camera. Only 2,000 of these were made in '98 and only offered through the Nintendo Power Store.
Now it's time to show you the Basement in Jersey. This is everything that I have. This is my baby.
Everything on the couch is what I sell to a silent auction because I've got doubles of those. Except for the second Dreamcast I have, that I'm keeping. You can never have too many of those! The arcade I built from scratch with instructions I got online. It took me over a year to complete, but it was so worth it. All I have to do is print out a marquee for it and put the monitor bezel on. I try to keep all the boxes for the consoles and whatnot, but sometimes it doesn't work out so well. I think for the most part I've been consistent about my collecting. I don't collect for the value, I only collect to have it and say I have it. I have no intention, ever, of selling my things. Hell, I don't even trade in a single crappy game I've ever bought.
So that's my collection! Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any questions please ask. Thanks! :o)