Nostaljourney is a retro gaming podcast that features an new cast every episode. Each episode is based on discussing a particular game or series, then finding people who are nostalgic for it and people who have never played it before. If need be we go so far as to donate all the necessary gaming hardware to the newcomers. We compare the experiences of the two groups to find out how well a game has really aged as well as discuss its history.
For younger community members it may be a chance to learn what gaming was like in the past. For older community members it may be a chance to discover what games are truly classic and what games are not. In general the show exists to evaluate and discuss the nature of nostalgia and for everyone in the community to get to know each other better. Because the show involves giving out free games, it only records once every couple of months.
Recent changes to the game plan will hopefully entail the show recording every 2 weeks.
Wryviews are my personal review series where I try to do things different from the norm by asking myself how well the game achieved its goal, instead of if I liked the game or not. Wryviews are a personal challenge to stay objective and identify who would enjoy a certain game, rather than complain about who wouldn't. I feel that being a good reviewer entails being able to identify each game's audience.
Gemnalysis is a series where I hunt down lesser known or neglected games and make a case for playing them despite the fact that they're older. Instead of flat out reviewing these games I look at them from the perspective of a collector and go over the game's history, and special trivia it may have.
Fatal Impact is a series of community tournaments revolving around SNK fighters; rather, it was. I happen to host the tournaments, but only once in a blue moon when I have the free time. I accept any and all callers, though I am not an entrant. Instead I am a trainer who organizes my entrants and helps to improve their game while introducing them to new and lesser appreciated fighting games.
The Fatal Impact tournaments will likely not continue until SNK releases games with better netcode. With recent promises from Atlus, King of Fighters XIII is likely to become the next big Fatal Impact game.
The King of Fighters Love Letter is a series dedicated to the storyline and history of SNK fighting games. Many people don't know anything about SNK in general, and with King of Fighters XIII on its way I'm going to bring everyone up to speed on the story in the series thus far.
Now that King of Fighters XIII has an actual release date this series may continue beyond the first story arc (Orochi Saga), but it's difficult to find solid information on the series' backstory.
Podsumaki Episode 09: Mortal Kombat Special Podsumaki is a fighting game podcast that I hosted on and organized. There was a lot of random smack talk but it was a fun show. Currently it's on hold and none of the hosts are sure if it will ever come back. Our last episode was our highlight, where we spoke with three of the best Mortal Kombat players in the US and discussed the Mortal Kombat community and the upcoming game. If you were to listen to any one episode of Podsumaki, I'd recommend it be this.
The Top Three Things "Gamers" Should Care About Less Somebody on Call of Duty: Black Ops screamed at me for not being good enough at the game, even though I wasn't on his team. Thanks to that I decided to write an article on some of the biggest problems with the gaming community, mostly their inability to care about things that actually matter.
Tainted Beauty: The Death and Rebirth of a Genre What we have here is an article revolving around the 2D fighting game genre, the path one must go through to become good at the games, and all the obstacles in the way of this that I feel eventually led to the temporary death of the genre prior to the release of games like Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue.
Wry Guides: Goozex Training Manual Wry Guides are a series where I try to educate the people of the community by writing about something that I in particular know a lot about. More than anything else though, it's just me unleashing a bad pun upon the world.
Top 11 Dreamcast Games You Probably Didn't Play In this article I recap my experience as a guy who loved the Dreamcast, because he grew up with it as one of his primary forms of entertainment. The games listed aren't the popular and trendy choices so much as the lesser played B-list and C-list games that only true Dreamcast veterans touched.
Hey, I liked it: Mega Man VII Hey, I liked it was a series where I reflected on games that I'm fond of that weren't appreciated by many people. As opposed to Wryviews which are meant to be impartial, this was a much more personal series. This series might continue some day but I could really not think of a bigger black sheep game than Mega Man VII.
Wry's Dreamcast Homebrew Guide: Pre-Brewed There was a time when I was extremely, extremely into my Dreamcast. I didn't just play tons of regular games that I found on sale, I also researched the wealth of bootleg Dreamcast programs. These days I'm a collector and I'm not concerned with unofficial software. I'm too busy playing games I actually own. Still I created a quick guide to some of the easiest and best programs available for the Dreamcast that can be used with no hassle.
Welcome to what will officially now be known as Wry Guides, a pun I just couldn't pass up no matter how much I tried. I've got two goals as I make these: Improve my previous work and condense it so that it's easier to bookmark and use as a reference. Some of you might wonder why I'm bothering doing this, but I've actually been just looking for excuses to challenge myself and see if I can seriously improve my past articles. We're going to start off with redoing The Ultimate Goozex Guide. It has been completely re-written from the ground up with new content. If you read the guide before, this ain't the same anymore.
Goozex as I'm sure most people know by now, is a game trading website. The main difference between trading on Goozex as opposed to something like Destructoid's very own trading forums is that Goozex is automated. You construct a list of games you want to obtain and you're placed in line for them; after which you wait for the game to become available to you. Likewise you sit and wait for people to request your own games. Each game has a set point value you either receive or pay, you pay the exact same whether you're buying or selling. The only cash expense is that the buyer pays 1 dollar to the website and the seller pays their own shipping costs. Patience is key to putting Goozex to use but the payoff is extremely worth it. Compared to trading your games at a place like GameStop; it's not as convenient, but trust me when I say the values are incredible in comparison. On Goozex, newer games trade for nearly their full retail value. Older games (especially hard to find games) can also be found for cheaper than in most stores.
You interested yet? Make an account. New members are allowed to test out the system for themselves by requesting a free cheapo game. Doesn't mean you can't get a good one, though. In fact below in this very article you can find useful info in the "budget" section. If you want my own recommendation on a good free game to start out with, though: As of this writing either God of War or God of War II are available for free to new members. If you intend to keep reading and you don't have an account yet, you really should have one anyway. I really, really recommend that you experiment with the website for yourself while reading this article. European readers can actually get in on the fun too. I won't lie; I will receive slight benefits for anyone that signs up through this article, but let's be frank: You'd have to be insane to not at least try this website and I feel no shame in benefiting a bit from tipping you off.
If you're already interested in Goozex but don't intend to check out the rest of the guide, at least take away two tips: Goozex itself doesn't truly need a guide and everything I'm writing about just makes the place better, but these are two things you absolutely should know: Scamming is extremely rare on this website, but you can help protect yourself from this by getting Deilvery Confirmation on any packages you send out. If you end up needing direct intervention from the staff (for example changing the feedback of one of your games) send an E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and give them all the information you can about the situation. Though not extremely fast, they will help you take care of your problem.
Let it be said immediately that it's not the best use of Goozex to obtain recently released games, not if you want to get them anytime soon at least. Everybody on Goozex tries to get a game as soon as it's listed on the site. A popular new game is going to have hundreds of requests on the first day it's listed. Let us consider the natural process of things: Somebody has to buy a copy that game brand new in order to trade it to you, they then will want to take their time beating it before they get rid of it, and then after that time one copy will be made available to the tons of people waiting in line.
If you don't mind waiting a considerable amount of time for the game's demand and price to go down then be my guest, but I'd recommend using this demand to your advantage instead. Try using Goozex as a safety pad. Many people are afraid to buy a brand new game because of how poor the average gaming store's trade-in credit is. It's not uncommon for GameStop to offer you a fraction of the original value of a game, even on the day the game came out. Goozex will almost universally offer you the original value of a newer game, which you can then use to get a different game instead. There will be tons of people ready to just snatch that game away from you with absolutely no questions, should you buy it and decide you don't want it. It's a very simple way of obtaining your Goozex points to just dispose of the new releases you disliked or don't intend to hold on to.
Certainly Goozex is a great way to get rid of your older titles to boot, but it's best to trade away newer titles before their value goes down. Either way the website will get you some of the best values possible on your games. Every game has a set value. The buying price is also the selling price. You can't get shilled with that sort of model.
So the obvious question would be, "Well you just said new releases are hard as hell to get off of Goozex, so what should I spend my points on?" We'll get to that, but I feel it's best to clarify alternatives to Goozex itself before moving on. To get the most out of Goozex as a resource you should be using alternatives in conjunction with it. One alternative we should discuss is where to get "common" games. In terms of buying used: some games are going to be easy to find locally. Every game store is going to have at least 5 used copies of Halo 3 or Super Mario Galaxy no matter what. While often you can get those games cheaper on Goozex than in stores; Goozex has no genuine policy. GameStop on the other hand has a very nice return policy on used games. Used games can be returned for cash (assuming you paid cash) within 7 days. It's on every receipt.
There's a lot of motivation to not sticking strictly to Goozex. The obvious benefit of shopping locally for used games is not having to deal with waiting on the mail, but brick and mortar return policies are critically overlooked. Now we can get to Goozex itself. Common and new games can be found elsewhere, but that hard to find stuff is one of Goozex's real strength. There are some games you'll have a much harder time finding locally. How many of you have been looking for a copy of Psychonauts for ages? What about Okami? Valkyria Chronicles, perhaps? Pretty easy games to find on Goozex; and you can get them cheap too. Unless the game is obscenely rare a little bit of waiting is all it takes to get it. Sit on your ass and the game will come to you on its own. The system's automatic. You don't even need to pay attention to the site itself. The system alerts you by E-Mail when anything important happens.
We're not done talking about alternatives, though. If you personally have something especially rare or interesting, don't consider Goozex as your only option to get rid of it. Your fellow D-Toiders might be interested themselves. Take your offers to the trading forums. Sometimes you can get some really interesting stuff from your fellow community members. I once traded Kyousuke Nanbu a copy of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence for a huge pile of old strategy guides and artbooks. Likewise some of your fellow members of the collective have some OBSCENELY rare games. Between all these resources you've actually got an extremely good chance of finding any game you want; just make sure to remember that your premium trading ammo could net you some really cool stuff outside of Goozex.
Alright, let's get to learning how to abuse some of the site's features. Some of you guys are probably operating on a budget. You might not be interested in getting rare or hard to find titles so much as just having something to actually play. Aside from just getting hard to find games, Goozex's strength also lies in being able to get you some extremely cheap games. Gaming's an expensive hobby, which sucks if you happen to be broke. Totally understood my friends, and allow me to show you how to easily find all the absolute cheapest games available to you. Let's discuss using Goozex's Advanced Search:
Said feature is extremely useful for finding specific types of games. In this case we're looking for anything cheap. In the upper-left corner of the screen find the search bar and click the Advanced Search button directly below it. You'll be presented with a variety of pull-down lists and checkboxes. First check off the gaming platforms that are of interest to you. After that you may be tempted to narrow your search down by genre, but I personally recommend you skip this part. The site doesn't classify the genre of a game as clearly as it could. Next select the point range that you'd like to use. For older systems I recommend setting the minimum point range to 100 and the maximum point range to 200. Finally we need to make sure we're avoiding the cheap games that nobody actually wants. Check off "game requested as full package" and "request queue: medium". If you're looking to do searches on generally more expensive platforms like the PSWii60 I recommend doubling the maximum point values to 400.
If you want to find games that will require no waiting you can play with the options further. Depending on the platform you're searching through; the results for cheap games may not be glorious. Still, you will find some good games worth your time. There's some great deals to be found, I assure you. Right now you can get the original Pikmin on Gamecube for 100 points. Sounds pretty great if you ask me. GameStop charges about 20 dollars for the game. Goozex is basically asking for one quarter of that price right now. The DS is a pretty great place to search if you ask me. Hotel Dusk and Contra 4 for 150 points? Yes, please!
Whether you're on a budget or not: Tread with caution and make sure to examine any game's statistics before you buy or sell. If you intend to make your Goozex account last you need to make sure you can cycle your games in and out without trouble. If you have no intention of ever getting rid of certain games this isn't an issue. However if you request games that have no demand, remember they may as well be worthless now that you have them. If nobody would bother taking them out of your hands, those games do not have any value. This is one particular reason why I stress keeping other options like GameStop and their used return policy in mind. You can nickel and dime your account to death; if out of curiosity you get a bunch of games with no demand.
You should always check the game's supply and demand. At any point you can click on a game and be taken to a stats page. On that page you can find a link that says "trading info." Go there and examine the stats given to you. You'll be presented with little grid of numbers, but what you're really interested in is the "active" columns for requests and offers; as well as "trades going on now" which you'll find lower down. These are the people who basically have active accounts. Anyone else for various reasons is unable to trade at the moment. They can be a bit of an X-Factor because later on their accounts may go active again, but it's best to concern yourself with the people who actually have working accounts.
All the info available to you will really help you decide whether you should or should not use Goozex. After examining the stats you may discover a particular game will take forever to obtain thanks to its overwhelming demand. Sometimes you'll find a particular game will take forever to get rid of thanks to the exact opposite. Now keep in mind if you wait in line long enough you're pretty much able to get anything off this site. Unless a game has absolutely non-existent traffic you will eventually be able to obtain or get rid of any given title. When you observe supply and demand, what you're actually doing is evaluating the sort of waiting that will entail.
Alright guys, It's time to go crazy. If you haven't done this yet start making some lists. Search for absolutely every game that you have an even remote amount of interest in and and request it, then put that request on hold. It doesn't matter when you'll be able to afford these games; you just want to make sure you have a place in line. Get in line as early as possible, especially if your game is hard to find. What's the point of not doing it? The only limit you have is that your hold list can only be 100 games long. Unless you're a hardcore collector there probably aren't even that many games you can think to ask for.
Make sure that you're in line to offer all the games you can too. Put everything you conceivably might not want onto your offers line, and then put it on hold. Even if you JUST received a game, add it to your offers on hold. There's a good chance by the time you're done playing it, you could be at the front of the line already thanks to that foresight. After you have your lists all prepared, there is a way to check your position in line easily. Next to every one of the games on your list there's a link called "[view stats]" and when you click on it, a pop-up comes up. If you REALLY examine this pop-up you can find out all the information available on the normal stats page we just talked about. You can find your overall place in line, the number of people with active accounts ahead of you, how many total people are in line... really you can find out just about everything you need to know about the game from this link. Just browse through your hold lists every once in a while and check out those quick stats, then when you're near the front of the line go for it.
Finally, something that people almost always seem to overlook: Set your trading regions. In your account options there is a trading regions tab. Find that and add Bermuda and Canada to your region. Trust me. The shipping costs aren't that much higher and filling out a quick little customs form at the post office isn't a very big deal. Did you ever notice on that trading info page how there's a statistic for how many times a game's been traded in the US and then how many times it'd been traded through all countries? Usually you'll notice the international stat is twice as large, if not larger. It means you have twice as many chances to get a hold of a game, and twice as many chances to get rid of a game.
It's really in your favor more than that. Imagine if there are 10 people in line ahead of you, but none of them are set to trade with Canadians. That means that if a Canadian is selling a game or requesting a game, those 10 people in front of you don't matter. That Canadian offering a copy of some incredibly rare game cannot trade with those 10 people ahead of you. They didn't set their trading regions. Thanks to that you can literally jump ahead in line. Don't worry, the games you receive will work. America, Canada, and Bermuda are all part of "Region 1." What this means is that all of us basically get the same video games. When looking for rare games especially, do this already.
From here on we've finished up on all the real essentials. Now we're going to get into some tricks that just make the experience easier. None of this stuff is necessarily important, but hell if you won't thank me for some of it. Every add-on here is a simple one-click install. Some of you people might not feel like converting Goozex points into people money all the time, and thus I present to you the Grease Monkey Firefox add-on. Next install the Goozex Script. Viola, automatic price conversion.
Firefox users, once more you are on the cutting edge of Goozex technology. Next you should install the Videogamepricecharts.com price comparison add-on. Remember that yellow "buy from Amazon" link that's on every game's individual page? Now that link is an automatic price check. A link will show up on Amazon.com that will lead you to a price chart as well as inform you of the cheapest source of the game. This is useful for two reasons: In case Goozex doesn't offer the best price on a game, and in case you want to do some flipping. Every one in a while you can find a game much cheaper outside of Goozex while there is still a demand for the game. For example, Chrono Trigger for the DS started out being worth almost 45 dollars in credit and the demand was still high for a very long time. Even after price drops and sales. For example: if you took advantage of a Black Friday sale from last year to get Chrono Trigger for 20 dollars, then traded it on Goozex for 45 in credit; suddenly you just made a profit. Remember if you ever want to do anything remotely resembling flipping: Observe the supply and demand first.
Goozex is a pretty cheap way to unload your games, but the expenses can add up. The biggest thing that'll eat into your wallet would be the shipping costs, especially if you trade off games that aren't worth much. If a game is worth 5 dollars in credit and it costs 2.50 to ship it, you're not making very much off of it. Having to buy a mailer on top of that further cuts into the cost. This is why you might want to consider the fact that all the people sending you games? Free mailers right there. With a little patchwork you can just recycle them. What I typically do is I buy some packing tape from the Post Office, then get a sheet of paper. I fold it so that it can cover all the pre-existing labels and writing on a mailer, write my own addresses, then apply tape generously. The tape you can get from the Post Office is pretty quality stuff and I've never had a problem with recycling mailers in this fashion.
You may also want to consider that the weight of the game does eat into your shipping costs. In fact the Post Office charges you in increments. The lighter your package is, the cheaper it is. If you examine a page's stats and realize that there's an active demand for one of your games as disc-only, I would go that route. It doesn't seem like you're saving much at first, but mailing 5 CDs instead of 5 full packages will add up to being easier on you. Just make sure to send your CDs in a small jewel case for protection.
Finally, this is a big one that can really help you save some money: Use the E-Mail notifications. In your account settings, there is a place to check your E-Mail Preferences. Make sure it sends you alerts on price changes in your request list. Every week you'll get a list of games that have had their value raised or lowered. It only changes 50 points every week, but this is a penny pinching, copper gold mine. What if you had 5 games, all priced at 150 points on your request list? What if you put them on hold and waited to see if they would drop to 100 points? You saved 50 points on those 5 games, which adds up to 250 points. That's $12.50 you saved just for being patient and observing the trends. No actual effort.
Consider that in all likelihood you'll get something in better condition on Goozex than from a store. Why? Because games at a store may sit on shelves, being beaten up by little savage children running through the area. Hell, even a lot of the adults that shop in game shops will treat the games poorly. On Goozex things are being mailed to you off of someone's personal shelf, but a lot of people have stated that Goozex is not for collectors. You're not obligated to mail games in good condition on Goozex, but there are ways to ensure you get games in good condition anyway.
Whenever you click on a person's username you can find their user feedback, which helps you get a general feel for who you're dealing with. If the comments all say something like "Great condition!" then you don't have a lot to worry about, and if you're just getting a cheaper game that's all I personally need. However, when you've been waiting in line for about 6 months and you're dishing out 40 dollars worth of credit, I personally care a little bit more. This is where user communication really helps out. The moment you notice one of your games has matched up with someone, send them a private message even if they haven't accepted the trade yet. Keep in mind that nobody is obligated to send you a game in good condition and be polite and friendly, and send them a message asking about the condition of the game. More often than not the user will be kind enough to let you know about the condition. If the game's not what you were hoping for keep in mind the rules behind canceling.
Whenever you cancel a game request, the person who initiated the cancel is the one who gets sent to the back of the line. Keep in mind who takes the smallest hit from initiating the cancel and ask accordingly. If you're asking for a very high demand game, ask for the seller to cancel. They'll be sent to the back of a non-existent line because anyone who offered the game has had it snatched up long ago. If you're requesting a game that doesn't have much demand, do not ask for the seller to cancel. Do it yourself. If the game is in ready supply that means you won't have to wait to try and get another copy of the game later, and that person does not have to wait behind other people to get rid of his game. In both instances I believe your copy of the game will be put on hold. Wait a little while for the seller to match up with somebody else. Then try again. Again, a little patience goes a long way. Keep in mind if you are a collector that you can also use Goozex to get rid of your items that aren't in good condition. If someone really cares, they will probably send you a message in the same way I'm advising you do right now.
And to finally finish off this guide, I present to you an absolute last resort. Sending back messed up games. Sometimes you get a game in god-awful, just unacceptable condition. You have three options based on the Goozex system. Accept the game because it technically does work, lie and say it was broken, or mail it back. Here's what you do. Give the game negative feedback and say it was broken, but leave a comment saying that the game is actually just in bad condition and you want to return it. Ask the seller to leave his address in either a private message, or in the "dispute center" that will appear whenever negative feedback is given. Get their address, absolutely get delivery confirmation and perhaps take pictures and send it back. It should really work itself out by that point.
With that I've given you all the advice I can on Goozex. Was it useful, was it not? Got any suggestions to improve the guide? In particular was I a little too liberal with using bold font? Leave a comment, folks, and please bookmark and spread this around if you think it's worthwhile.