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10:29 AM on 07.12.2009

My Quest to buy a 'Candy cab' Arcade cabinet!

Some may remember that about a year ago when MGS4 came out, I was on a quest to sell a lot of my consoles and get a PS3 plus that game. Well it worked and I reached my goal! But now I am facing a much harder task one that will require luck planning money strong arms and a lot of selling.

My home made cabinet

I came across this idea when I got more and more interested in shoot 'm ups. The combination of this and me playing on my semi home made arcade cabinet which is the American style 'Woodie' lead me to the Japanese style 'candy' cabinet. This is where I fell in love with the style. I had to have one. My only problem is that these kind of cabinets are hard to get, bar a certain sega cabinet. This makes it kind of frustrated because good priced cabs are offered to forum goers of the arcade community and most of the European offers are in the uk, a bit far away for me. But because of recent injections of cabs into mainland Europe even the Netherlands. I am pretty much in a prime position to get my arcade cabinet up and running

An example of a candy cab

I'm no stranger to the whole arcade cab business or community but still I am no expert. I have been researching what to do for a long time. And I am ready to take the last few steps to get to where I want. I am gonna sell a lot of my prised collection so I can buy a candy cab. And even though I haven't written anything here for a long time I'm gonna document it here. This is because I have the feeling a few people here would have a good read.

My first step is to of course sell some of my stuff.
I have put up a few ads in the local craigslist look alike. One with all of my game collection. And one with my unwanted consoles. I'm planning on selling: my limited edition pearl white Japanese Playstation never used and lovely to look at. Together with my second XBOX360. Now even though the XBOX is easy to sell I cant get enough for it really. I have put a maximum of 150 price tag and that is including halo 3 and halo wars. But my biggest problem is that the Japanese Playstation is hard to move because it is a very niche object, only people that plan to play japanese games are interested and people outside of europe are fucked on shipping. I need to get at least 150 out of it if these two sell I will have a total of 300 Euros. This is short of what I need but definitely a good amount to start with. I'm going to need around the 700 Euro to get a reasonable cab. There are cabs around the 500 mark but there is a quality problem especially with the screens of these cabs This is because the cabinets are from the nineties, and are pretty much all ex Japanese arcade cabinets. This means some of the games so called 'attract screens' have been on the monitors screen for years and some maybe even a decade. Screen burn in is the scourge of arcade cabinet buyers.

Some crazy screen burn

Up for sale I have the two consoles I mentioned above but those are not the things I'm most attached to in this effort. I also have up for sale: things like, Castlevania symphony of the night limited edition, DoDonpachi daioujou a game that I dont feel like releasing but I need the money. I have a signed metal gear solid 2 by Hideo Kojima. This is the one item I will avoid selling if possible. But I have a few games still on the list that will rake in good money. (If anyone is interested in something i have pm me and I will send you the link but I wont deal on dtoid cause that would make this an ad and thats not what i want)

My castlevania

So now I wait till I get some reactions on my Marktplaats ad and see if some of my stuff sells.
After that the search will begin!   read

2:32 PM on 09.02.2008

Best fatality ever. dont look here if you are like me and hate crappy blogs.

I hate Mortal combat. i dont like it one bit. but sometimes. something epic happens. this.

8:11 PM on 08.01.2008

6.5 better games to play than spend your time on Eternity's Child.

So now that the game is out, I can bitch about it. But im not gonna do that. I'm going to be functional for a change. What im going to do, is im going to show you 5 better games than EC but still in the same genre. You might say, “too soon” or “leave Luc Bernard alone” then I will say: “don't care” and “no”. And ill say it I dont like the artwork. The games ill show you are what luc tried but then done well. Now maybe you would say; but these games had money!! well see that is not the point of this post. I am taking these games as a game and nothing more. As a package and that is all. Also these games are not in any set sequence. So no ranking here.

1.Heart of Darkness

Some of you might remember this game. I loved this game in 1998. and what is there not to love? It has good artwork it has good gameplay and its crazy.

In the game you play a kid that is afraid of the dark. While watching an eclipse his dog disappears. So he jumps in his spaceship and crashes in the darklands.In the game you fight shadows and jump platforms. This is one of my favorite games on ps1. And it is a better game than EC so if you have the time for EC rather spend it on this game. Or spend it on:

2.Oddworld: Abe's Oddysey

Now I know you have atleast heard of this game. It is so much fun aswell. Its pretty much one big puzzle. And it is pretty hard. When I was 9 and I played this for the first time, I failed miserably. Couldnt even get past the 1st monster. But I still loved the game, because even then I thought the game was funny. So I popped it into my ps2 last week and I got much further than I did 9 years ago and it is a very good game.

The point of the game is that you are a slave to a pretty much better race. What you have to do Is get your racemates out of this slavery. And its fun. You can speak to your friends and fart but also you can use GameSpeak, possession, activation or deactivation of mines or levers, and rocks, grenades, or meat chunks that can be picked up and used in a variety of situations. Did a particulair word strike you as amazing? I bet if one did it was “possession” yes you can posess the enemys and turn them against eachother. That there is just sweet gravy ontop of the already great package. and with all these tools you have to solve this giant puzzle.
If you dont care about sequels or prequels and that kind of stuff. Maybe the sequel Is a good place to start.

2.5, Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

As you can imagine this game is similar to oddysey. But that is a good thing. It is a game that takes something that is not broken and it keeps it the way it is and it works. Now you have tiny tweaks that help the game anyway they can. The AI is a tad smarter, and all the original dynamics are kept persevered. But it is now expanded. You can posess more that one kind of enemy. And its oh so great. Please if you have not played any of these two games. Play one now! use that time you were gonna use on EC and spend it on this. Even if you torrent it, I dont care! ( I do not endorse piracy and you will burn in hell if you pirate this game. But it is the only way to keep it cheaper than EC)
the artwork is genius and the story is good. If you are up for something newer than you are weird but id be a better host if i'd cater to more guests.

3.N, N+

In N, the player controls a ninja who runs and jumps around levels, picks up gold, opens and closes doors through switches, and avoids enemies in an attempt to trigger a switch which opens an exit door, and get to it safely. Gameplay involves three keys—moving left, moving right, and jumping — combinations of these moves on various types of terrain allow the ninja to do much more than simply run and jump, such as jumping from wall to wall and onto platforms.

That there was straight from wiki but that is the game and if you dont know this game run and die on the way. This is a game that does it right. Sure there isnt really an artwork. But its all about the gameplay and it works. It works so well even that it is gonna be retailed. Called N+. and I cant wait till it comes out on ds. Really this is so much better than EC that if you have 1 hour to play EC. Id rather you play this for 10 minutes. Its that much better.
If you dont like sellouts then take a look at this game.

4.Cave Story

this game is FREEWAREEEEEE. And it is classic. And that is why it is great. It has life capsules like old school games there are different weapons similair to metroid. Its a long game. Runs about 4 to 6 hours. And did I mention how it's free. So even if you think im full of shit atleast download this game and play it from time to time. LINK TO FREE GAME
there is also a patch to patch it from jap to english. link to language patch
also there is another freeware game that is better and has multiplayer, also it has mr destructoid in it.


tadaa the game that contains mr destructoid and is better. Put your time in this when there are ppl in the server do it tonight even. Its a fun game. And is made by a REAL community member.


just play this instead. Its better than EC and you probably already have it.

If you made it this far. Good!! dont play EC and use your time for something fun.

or read some good blogs. like:
this one or this one   read

4:59 PM on 07.27.2008

My banner makes me happy. Gotta give credit :D. Also amazing site included, rpg fmvs

A relatively new friend of mine. Just made herself my best friend ever. (She deserves the Ass kissing :)) she made my amazing banner. I am a person of simple taste and she has captured a few of my favorite things in a banner. And I love her for it. Also, she is beautiful If you like it comment, ill make sure she reads it.

Now for something completely different. I just found a site that features pretty much all the fmv's in rpg's . now this is just full of win.

Best site ever?

I shall retire to watch the pure win. See you laters.   read

9:55 PM on 06.27.2008

TF2: The spy update info I want so badly

The Achievement whoring will continue

8:13 AM on 06.20.2008

Someone, please help me find a ntsc snes.

I have loads of snes games. A lot of good ones as well. But i don't have a snes anymore, well at least not a working one. I have a converter for ntsc to pal but the problem is that super metroid detects the converter and pisses on my chances of playing. My other problem is that I live in the Netherlands, so I cant get my hands on a ntsc snes.

Now i'm looking for someone who can help me get my hands on one. Ill pay any money needed.
Also the person who helps me can have all the cables and controllers(if they want) so I can save on shipping. Pleaassssee someone help me:) also anyone who wants something from europe, I can help:)   read

11:02 PM on 06.17.2008

I didn't think Diablo 2 still had people playing it. A.K.A new D2 patch

Today i was stumbling and i came across a surprise. blizzard has released a new patch for Diablo 2. i seriously thought no one played this game no more. I guess I was wrong

Diablo II Version History

- Patch 1.12

Downloadable Installer Support

- If all required Diablo 2 ‘.MPQ’ files are installed on the hard drive, the game will no longer require the CD to play.

For users that originally performed a ‘Full Installation’ and wish to run without the CD, all ‘.MPQ’ files should be copied from the Diablo 2 CDs to the Diablo 2 directory. Most users will only need to copy D2Music.mpq from the Diablo 2 Play CD and/or D2xMusic.mpq from the Lord of Destruction CD. Mac users will need to copy these music files and rename them to ‘Diablo II Music’ and ‘Diablo II Expansion Music’ respectively.

Anyone who did not perform a ‘Full Installation’ will need to re-install from CD again to ultimately play without the CD. In this case, a ‘Full Installation’ is required, followed by file
copy step noted above.

Bug Fixes

- Fixed an incompatibility between Rosetta and OpenGL mode on Intel Mac.   read

8:44 PM on 06.15.2008

A week of epic. i passed exams, MGS4, football.

So this week was pretty much amazing. Not only did mgs4 come out, I passed my exams. Means I rock at the momenr. So what happened this week that made this week so epic? More like EPIC.

First lets go over saturday: hideo kojima came to amsterdam, I got my mgs2 signed and I was happy and hyped. Then some stupid news came to me. My ex girlfriend that I had a relationship with for a year and a person that tried to be my friend and helped me to get her back betrayed me and took advantage of the situation. And got her to like him instead of me and is now her boyfriend. I nearly threw my keyboard out of a window of of pure anger that built up after all this stuff between me and her happened. Well I needed distraction. So I decided to sell my wii and psp to get a ps3. Also this is the day the european soccer championship started.

On sunday : I took some much needed rest didn't help to much cause of the girlfriend situation. I got ready for the upcoming match between the netherlands and italy that was gonna take place on monday. I got a call from a girl who wanted my wii. She came by and bought it. Nothing much happened.

On monday: I got a call in the morning that someone was interested in my psp. I agreed a price and was happy. Today was the day that the netherlands was going to play their opener against italy. So I got a pickup time for before the match started. I sold the psp and after I watched the match. It was amazing. A 3-0 victory over italy. Great stuff.

On tuesday I was very close to my goal. I nearly had enough money to get my ps3. My grandma gave me the money I needed without me even asking:O. I refused but she wanted me to have it. Nothing else happened this day.

On wednesday my sister woke me up to go to town. I agreed and took my money with me. I found a ps3 and I bought it. Got home and played some games. I couldnt sleep because I knew tomorrow was gonna be good. So I stayed up and at 9 oclock the next morning I went to the store to get me some mgs. When I got home I played till 5 oclock in the afternoon.

This is when I got a call.
It was my main teacher. He gave me news that I passed all my exams and that I could collect my grade list at seven oclock. I was overjoyed. I was afraid I was gonna fail. I got to school and was amazed.
Physics2 the hard kind: 7.4
chemistry: 7.5 (pure shock to me)
biology: 7.2 ( needed a 5 or higher cause I didnt complete a task so my average went down )
maths2 the hard kind: 7,6

I was so shocked and happy with my grades. I made my mom very happy cause I havent touched any of my books for the whole 5 years. I didnt even learn for my exams. The exam party was a week ago on monday and I wore a kilt. It was great.

Then friday came. There was nothing epic about this day. Except that holland beat france 4-1. im really hyped for this championship, I really think holland can win it.

Skip saturday and on to sunday. I completed MGS4. It has to be the most epic game ive played. Its as good as the series can end. As I could ever imagine. Now I dont know what to play.

Tell me, what should I play?   read

9:08 PM on 06.12.2008

My MGS4 impressions. A.K.A: this game is amazing.(no story spoilers but enter at own risk)

So I've played the game for about 5 hours. Just bathing in awesomeness. I like the game so far and I think it's great. I'm happy that I bought a ps3 for this game, but I don't know if a ps3 game will ever match this game. It scares me even, cause if this is the game that defines the ps3 then I need more. Well im gonna need more.
Just playing the first part shows me how this game has a beast of a replay value. So many ways to kill or sneak. And thats the point. YOU choose what YOU do to advance. You can just avoid all. Kill all. Or even help militia's fight pmc's. Or you can mix it up, its all good.

Mgs used to depend on a place where you can roam. Now you are on an adventure, and it feels so epic. The game is even split in to stages, and every time you complete a stage you get points for how ace you are. These points you can use to buy weapons ammo. Or extensions. And that is what makes the game so great, it is an allround game. It takes tactical espionage action and uses every word to its fullest. You can just do a rambo. Or you can do a snake. It makes the game deeper than you would think. The cutscenes are great and are pretty funny. The graphics are great. The sound is good. I seriously didn't think the game could feel good to me, a die hard mgs fan. But it is blowing me away.
The controls have been perfected. Cqc is easy to execute and fun to do. The octocamo, is a great addition. And the enemys make you go “wow” everyrime a new one comes on.

Now let me play more. Ciaosssu

4:20 AM on 06.12.2008

Ok I have MGS4. Me is happy. no spoilers ofcourse

Ok im back from the shop. I have my copy of mgs. I already popped it in my ps3, now all I have to do is plaaaayyyyyyy.

1 minute later edit: all I have to do is playyyyyyy, AFTER it installs :(
8 mins later edit: omg omg omg omg omg
10min later edit : WTF WTF WTF WTF:P   read

11:18 PM on 06.11.2008

My first day impressions of my ps3. also haze sucks.

So i've had my ps3 for half a day and I would like to tell my first impression.

The console itself isn't very attractive, it is not square like the ps2 but it is more curved than i'm used to. It is made of that annoying fingerprint attractive plastic. I had it in a room for a hour and when I looked at it. It was totally covered. For the rest I really like the console. I like the light touchbuttons that are on the front for the power and eject. Surprisingly I quite like the sixaxis, but as a lot of people are saying, it is to light. When I first took it out of the box I thought I needed battery's. I seriously went to my supermarket 2 mins away from my house to get battery's. When I came home to my sis playing ratchet and clank I felt my fail drip from my chin. I have only given all three games I have a hour spin each. I like the feeling of the wireless playstation controller, cause i'm used to corded ps2 controllers.

I got internets setup pretty fast. Much faster than the original ps2 Internet. Im gonna try linux when I get a spare dvd to burn the iso on.. I did not know that the demos downloaded from the ps store take ages to install. Really boring. ATM im waiting for the grid demo to install.92% atm. I installed F@H so when im gone I can put that on:).overall a good buy. But every system is a good buy with mgs 4 on it. 3 hours left (posted at 6am) and ill get me copy:). Cant wait. Grid just installed so ill play that. I just like approving things.

Also, haze sucks. The trailers looked so good but the demo is soooooo baaaaddddd..   read

12:05 PM on 06.11.2008

I has ps3. And i touched MGS4

Well I woke up today to my sister hitting me on the head to get me out of bed. It worked, but I noticed she was home, Can't be I said. She skipped school with no reason. And wanted to go to town. I agreed and to be sure took my ps3 money with me.

Well in the end I did get a ps3. It was a pack with 2 controllers, ratchet and clank, and fifa 08. plus I got motorstorm for 20 euros second hand.
The shop I got my ps3 was a small shop but part of a chain of stores. I knew the guys from previous purchases. I mentioned I was getting a ps3 for MGS4. And he turns away to the drawers and takes out a brand new MGS4 game. I went in to fanboy mode and died. Then the sadistic bastard that he was told me he couldnt sell it yet. I was broken. I opened the box and was happy to see nothing in it.(with happy I mean devastated). That means ill have to stand infront of the media markt at 10 to get a copy right away.

Now to the games I got. I havent had a lot of time with them but I had a lot of fun with motorstorm. Failed at fifa because after 5 minutes I was already 2-0 down. And I liked the way ratchet and clank looks.

I havent been online yet if you send me a pm ill get back to you with my ID. Cant wait till tomorrow.

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