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I've been playing video games for many, many years, starting at the innocent age of 4 (back in 1981). I have no affiliation to any one system; if a console has good games, I'm there. Currently own an NES (yes, it works), Genesis, DS Lite, Gamecube, PS2, Wii, and 360...oh, and a PC, but I rarely play games on it. With well over 300 games for all systems in my collection...pretty sure it's approaching 400 now.

As of late, my 360 has been getting as much play-time as my PS2 had. My poor Wii hasn't been touched in a long time...heh heh. He said "wii".

Hooray.

I said...hooray.

For my win on Chad's "The Great Retro Quiz! .23: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link":


'Bout time my knowledge of the red-headed step-child of the Zelda universe came in handy. Not counting the CD-i games...they are like the bald, albino street urchins that somehow made it into your house and refuse to leave even after you feed them rat poison.

Also, laser bewbies:
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Okay, so if you read the other two blogs I posted, you'd know that I've been on a bit of a quest to reclaim all of the games I sold a few years back. I didn't really go into a lot of detail about it, so here's a basic rundown:

When the DS Lite was released in June of 2006, I decided to breakdown and buy one. I borrowed my brother's DS a few times to play Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow and really wanted a copy of my own. And with a bunch of games on the horizon that appealed to my interests (like the New Super Mario Brothers and Portrait of Ruin), the purchase was pretty much a no-brainer.


This was my siren. I'd do anything to obtain it...well, short of prostitution and selling my first-born.

However, the missus didn't want me dropping almost $200 for a game system, since she was pregnant with our second kid and said that money could go towards something we really need. So I gathered up some games, old comics, and CDs, and threw them up on eBay. Some of the games were rare or hard-to-find ones; Valkyrie Profile (sold for around $120), Suikoden (I think I got $80-$90 for it), Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (I was surprised; I believe I sold it for $70). At the time, I justified their sale with the thought that I don't play them, nor did I plan to play them anytime soon.

A year later, I realized my mistake. No, I highly enjoyed my DS Lite; it's served me well all these years and is my go-to game system when I get bored with console games. My mistake was selling off the games I did. What the hell was I thinking?


How you would usually find me after I realized what I had done.

Since then, I've been slowly but surely reclaiming what I have lost. Thankfully, a good chunk of my games were sold to my little brother; the two Lunar games for the PS1, the first Shadow Hearts, Dragon Quest VII, among others. He sold them back to me for around the same amount I sold them to him. Some were located in game stores; most at Gamestop, a few at Game Crazy and Play N' Trade. And others have been tracked down online, with most found on Amazon's marketplace.

Which leads me to this:



The game I didn't think I'd ever own again: Suikoden. I found this one for $50 on Amazon. The case is in excellent condition. The instruction manual has a small tear on the front cover, but is otherwise in great shape. And the disc has very light scratches, nothing too serious or that would affect gameplay. This and Valkyrie Profile were the two games I really regretted selling, and now both have returned to my collection. I was extremely happy to place it on my shelf.

Also, why the hell did we get the crappy covers back in the day (and still do occasionally)? What is going on with this cover? It's like something for a bad 80's fantasy movie or hair metal band. Compare that to what Japan got:



Europe's cover was the same, just with a white background. This and the cover for the first Mega Man stand out in my mind as being the most "WTF" game cover art.

And one of the games that was on my short-list of games I wanted to buy was also purchased:



I almost had this one a year or so ago. Found a complete copy at Gamestop and immediately bought it. When I got out to my car, I realized I didn't see if the clerk put both discs into the case. He did, but upon closer inspection, I found one of the discs had a deep gouge in it. Dammit. Seeing as though I couldn't find another copy in a brick-and-mortar store, I had to turn to the online variety.

So...the quest is coming to an end. There are only a couple more games to locate; looking for a copy of Skygunner, Suffering: Ties That Bind (you'd think this would be an easy one), and Clock Tower for the PS1.

I did pick up three other games this week; Batman Arkham Asylum, Metroid Trilogy, and Mana Khemia 2. But, figured I didn't need to post pics of them here.

Oh, forgot about this:



That would be my copy of Fatal Frame 2 for the Xbox, with cover art and instruction manual (not pictured). I mentioned buying the game the other week from Gamestop, sans cover and manual. I also mentioned I located a site that sells cover art inserts and instruction manuals, BRE Software's VideoGameInstructionBooklets.com (whew). I ordered the missing items for my Fatal Frame 2, as well as 4 extra Xbox cases. Everything arrived this past Saturday, 4 days after I placed my order. The cases are used, but in good condition, and they put the insert and instruction manual in them. A minor detail, but still cool.

So if you're looking for manuals, cases, or cover art for your games, check them out. They don't have items for every game (been keeping an eye out on the site for an Ico manual), but they've got a lot. Only downside is that shipping is a bit high; maybe it was the additional cases, but my order total was about $9, and $12 to ship it.

There you go. One game returned to my collection, one game to cross off my list, and one game made whole, with a plug for the site that helped me make it whole.
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I love Destructoid because, while there are the occasional trolls to deal with, I don't have to worry about this:



The underage gamer. The kid who finds joy in mocking older gamers. The kid who uses haxor-L33t speak, even though the extent of their hacking skills ends with their ability to guess their parent's email password. You post an intelligent, well-thought out blog/comment, they come in with their failure to grasp the English language, their love of replacing letters with numbers, and their excess of exclamation points.

They aren't here, and I love Destructoid for that.
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So, slightly inspired by my recent c-blog discussing my video game collection, I went on a mission this weekend: increase the collection. The focus was on PS2 and PS1 games. First stop, my parents' house to pick up some games from my little brother.



I sold Shadow Hearts to him a few years ago to fund my DS Lite purchase. I mentioned before that there were games that I didn't want to put on eBay and lose forever, so my little brother bought them from me. This one was one of those games. Can't remember how much he bought it from me for; I bought it back for $10.

Wild ARMs 2 was a surprise. He picked it up at the Play N' Trade store near us for $20, but wasn't thrilled with it. It so happens that I used to own it but traded it in (stupidly) to Gamestop many years ago. He sold it to me for $15, for the same reason I had sold him my games: don't want to sell them to someone outside of the family.

Next stop? The above mentioned Play N' Trade. Last time I went there, they had just opened, so their selection wasn't all that great. I did find a pristine copy of Thousand Arms, complete with the memory card sticks and hologram card. This time around?



That would be the third game in the Wizards and Warriors series (full name: Wizards and Warriors III - Kuros: Visions of Power). I own the first two and played the hell out of both of them when I was little. I never had the chance to play the third, and for whatever reason, never felt the need to search for it. When I spotted it in the display case, I decided it was time to complete the trilogy...especially since it was only $5. The clerk threw the plastic case in for free; he told me they had been selling them, but some guy came in recently and bought up most of them. They only had a few left, so they were throwing them in with NES cart purchases.

Also grabbed these:



The Fable purchase was one I mulled over for a bit. I never played it, and while I did like the second one, it was a bit on the short side (and had a disappointing ending). People told me the second was better than the first, but I was also told that the Lost Chapters version is better than the original version of the game. So, what the hell...bought.

And while they are the Greatest Hits versions of the games, Final Fantasy Anthology and Final Fantasy Origins are sealed. They were also part of the Great DS Lite Funding Purge of '06, so I snagged them as soon as I spotted them.

Alundra 2...yeah. Bought this one a long time ago, after playing through most of the first game (which I have been meaning to actually finish one of these days). When I popped it in the ol' Playstation, I was like "what the hell is this? Where are the sprites and the Zelda-feel?" I hung onto it for a while and then traded it in. I did later regret that I didn't give the game a chance. Glad I've finally found one out in the wild.

I was a little disappointed that I didn't find a few of the games that are on my "must-find" list, which includes:

- Shadow Hearts: Covenant
- Shadow Hearts: From the New World
- Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly - Director's Cut (Xbox)
- Mega Man X Collection
- Suikoden

There are others; these are the ones highest on the list.

But hey, nice haul, right?

Well, I decided that while I'm on a roll, I might as well continue my search. I found that there is a Play N' Trade near where I work, so I took a trip there during my lunch break on Monday.

Sadly, this store seemed to focus on the newer-gen games. They did have a Dreamcast, which I'm considering picking up, but most of the retro games were sports games. Bleh.

On the way back to work, I decided to make a quick stop at a nearby Gamestop. Glad I did.



Knocked two off of my list. Sweet. I know the third Shadow Hearts isn't the best in the series, but it brings me that much closer to completing the trilogy. And Mega Man X Collection has eluded my hands for far too long, teasing me a couple times (like when I visited a Gamestop to find they only had the case and instructions, no game disc).

Also grabbed these two:



Metropolismania was $5. It was also another one I owned and sold to buy my DS Lite and games...so kids, use me as an example: unless the game really sucks, hang onto it. You may end up spending far too much time trying to track them down later on.

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is for my son. He's now 5 and loves to play video games. His favorites are the Lego games (Batman, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones), and the Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Any game that has a fairly simple control scheme is something he can jump right into. Assuming this game is one of those (haven't tried it out yet; he's been getting into trouble recently so he lost his video game time on Monday).

Yesterday, on a whim, I went to Gamestop's site to see if they listed the second Fatal Frame for the Xbox. Sure enough, they did. And the site showed that there was one available at the store right down the road from where I work (different store than the one above).

I rushed over and found it in the bargain bin outside the store. Sadly, it had lost the case and instructions:



But, I couldn't pass it up. This is the first time I've purchased a game disc-only, and it'll probably be the last. I did remember reading about a site that sells case, artwork, and instructions for video games. After a quick bit of searching, I found it. And lo and behold, they've got the artwork and instructions for the game. Awesome. Just hope they aren't a scam. Guess I'll find out soon enough, eh?

Well...there you go. The weekend/beginning of the week haul. Blogs like this will probably be few and far between from me, as my list of "must-find" games has shrunk considerably recently. But, should I track down more or find something worth throwing up here, I'll make sure to write up another one.
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I started my wild and crazy path into the world of gaming back when I was a wee lad of 4. My aunt would babysit me while my parents went to work, and what better place to take a little kid than a bar?

Yes, I said a bar.

While it probably wasn't the most kid-friendly of places, it did have a couple pinball and arcade machines. The bartender would give me a chair or stool to stand on, and I'd go to town playing whatever machine was available at the time. People in the bar, friends of my aunt, would give me quarters to keep me happy. I have no idea if I had to do a crazy little kid dance or carry beer to their tables; it was a simpler time in 1981, so maybe they just gave them to me without any goofy requests. Thankfully, I walked away with only a video game addiction and not a love for booze.

Anyway, flash-forward 27 years, and I've now got a nice little collection going. Nothing like the collections you'll see online where some dude has every single NES game, or has an entire room filled with games and consoles. But, I'm proud of what I have and figured I'd share it with my fellow Destructoid members.

Here's a shot of everything together, along with a couple game-related figures:



The picture shows somewhere around 410 video games. See? I have a problem, right? I'm just happy that my wife understands my obsession and was kind enough to agree to allow me to display most of the games in our family room (the NES and Genesis are in storage, taken out the other night so I could get them in the picture).

Sadly, I can't find my old Atari games; they are probably buried somewhere in my parents' cellar. And my SNES games were given to my little brother after my SNES died, so I didn't include them. I'll get them back from him someday.

Here's a closer look at the games:


The NES games, with the few surviving manuals. There are a few that I cannot find, such as the first Megaman. Pretty sure those games are in a box with the Atari games at my parents' house...


The Genesis and GBA games, with two of my favorite figures (Mitsuru and Orange Knight). I actually did not own a Genesis; I came upon the console (not pictured) and games when the in-laws moved out of the house we now live in. My wife has a love for ToeJam and Earl, and when we found the box containing it and the other games, she wanted to keep them. One of her brothers sold the family's N64 (bastards), so we didn't want the Genesis to disappear as well. Her parents were cool with it; we didn't tell her brothers (one lives in Florida, the other still lives with my in-laws). They probably don't care either.


The 360 and original Xbox games. My 360 collection has grown quite a bit since I got the system last June. I only own 4 original Xbox games because I never actually owned the console. I also didn't want to buy a game and find out I can't play it on my 360. Stupid pseudo-BC...




The centerpiece of my collection: the PS2 games (also pictured are a few of the Wii and PS1 games). My NES collection didn't really take off until much later, when I started tracking down games I wanted when I was little but couldn't convince my parents to buy for me. My SNES collection was somewhat small, and while I owned quite a few PS1 games, it was the PS2 era that caused my collection to expand dramatically. The 360 and DS may be taking up most of my gaming time, the PS2 was (and is) the one that, in my opinion, had the best and most diverse library. I'm still keeping an eye out for a few titles I missed; one, Shadow Hearts, I am buying off my brother this weekend. Just have to find the other two in the series, along with a copy of the Mega Man X Collection.


...and the rest; the Gamecube, DS, and remaining Wii games (also pictured are a few PS1 games, which I'll get to momentarily). Funny (or sad, depending on how you look at it); the Gamecube is considered a failure by some, with the Wii being marked as a success for Nintendo. Yet, I own more games for the GC than the Wii, and probably spent more time playing those games.

Guess I'm not the target audience that Nintendo is aiming for with the Wii ;)

Finally, I give you a closer look at the PS1 games; apologies for the not-so great pictures. I didn't want my games to take up an entire wall, so I put the shelves up in a corner of the room. After I started to organize them, I realized that there would always be games stuck in the corner. Since I don't play much of them anymore, I put the PS1 games back there so I could easily grab any one of the newer console games.

I also didn't feel like pulling them all out, after digging out the NES and Genesis games. I'm lazy. Sue me.


The unmarked game is Darkstalkers 3; got the game through Goozex with the disc and instructions.


Pretty sure the game under Incredible Crisis is Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Forgot to look at these the other night to see if any names were blocked, and I don't see that one in the other pictures. Also, both Lunar games contain all the junk that came with them. Almost sold them on eBay a long time ago...glad I didn't.




Sorry about the cut-off on the right in this picture. Didn't realize I did that.

And there you have it, my collection. Good? Bad? I do wish I could find my Atari games; while I have a good amount of them on the Atari Anthology disc for the PS2, I would like to be able to show my kids what started my home-console gaming obsession off (they've seen arcade and pinball machines already). They also probably wouldn't believe me if I told them that a console once had a wood finish on it...
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So, I figured I'd try my hand at this. Hopefully I didn't yank any characters that others posted about.

First in my 3-man/woman team is Poison Ivy.



I've always had a thing for Poison Ivy. Probably the red hair. Or that her normal outfit usually involves only leaves around her no-no ares. Or maybe it's the fact that I will go out in the back yard and rub poison ivy on my...

Wait. Sorry. Too much information there.

Anyway...

I know she's in Lego Batman and the upcoming Arkham Asylum game, but I don't care; she'd be considered a comic book character for my team. And I think she'd be a pretty cool addition to a fighting game. She'd have simple punch and kick moves, but I'd also give her some power attacks where she'd cause plants to grow under her opponent's feet, where they'd either sustain injury or get caught up in vines. It would be like a long-range grab move. Maybe allow her to grow plants at her feet that spit poisonous seeds that release toxic vapors for a few seconds, damaging foes.

Super attack...hmmm. How about calling forth a large venus fly-trap that grabs the enemy in its mouth, chew on it a bit, and then spits them into the side of the screen, smashing them against it?

I'll admit...it's a little unimaginative. Maybe I'm a little distracted.


What would sex with a plant be classified as? Foliagality?

Next up...I'm hoping this one isn't a stretch. He does appear in a Capcom game, so bonus points there. However, he started off as a cartoon character (or was it a comic book character, and then cartoon?). That still counts as being a video game character, right?

I hope it does...because it's Uncle Mother Fucking Scrooge.



The pogo-cane attack is a given for his arsenal of geriatric attacks. And he could do the golf-swing to knock projectiles back at his opponent. Long-range attack? Covered: he throws gold coins. Granted, it would be a weak attack, but with his near-unlimited amounts of gold, he could care less. It's F.U. money.

His super attack would be to whistle and call forth a wave of gold (bars, coins, statues, whatever) from his vault...let's call it "The Gold Rush". Suck that, poor people. You've got all sorts of fancy fireballs and uppercuts; Scrooge pisses on those moves and shows you what really counts in this world.


Screw your Hadouken; he's got cash to buy you 50,000 times over.

And finally...my favorite: Hellboy.



C'mon...look at him. He'd be awesome in a fighting game, and including him would redeem him from his initial lackluster console entries (sadly, I own both). His Right Hand of Doom alone sounds like a combo or power move. The Samaritan, his large revolver? Though he admits in the comics that he's a lousy shot, it's still screaming to be used as a long-range attack.

And his power-up move could be the "World Destroyer" or something along those lines. His horns would grow, the screen would change to some hellish, supernatural background, and he'd call down some sort of other-worldly beast to wreak havoc on his opponent. When the move has finished, he'd break off the horns and return to normal.

I'm getting a nerd-boner just thinking about using him in a fighting game.



So...a team-up attack? I thought about it for a little bit, and then realized something that connects the three of them: "Man's Ruin". You've got Poison Ivy: sex. Uncle Scrooge is a miser with way too much money. And Hellboy could very well bring about the end of the world. So let's work with that. Poison Ivy jumps in, grabs the opponent and plants (heh heh) a kiss on them...followed up with a spinning body slam onto the ground. Uncle Scrooge drops gold bars from the sky, building a wall around them as Hellboy steps in rips open the ground under them, causing waves of flame to erupt from the depths of hell.

And...that's it. Hopefully it's good enough.
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The second image that pops up in a Google search for "360 achievement".

We all go in with the best of intentions. Prior to owning a 360, you hear about the achievements you can gain through playing a game and how people brag about them. "That's not going to be me!" you say to yourself.

Liar.

The day you get your 360 and start up your first game, what do you do? Check the achievements.

It's okay; we all do it. Even if we're not actively trying to get every single one, we're going to look just to see what might be the easiest. And while we may deny it, we're doing it so we can have at least one to show off to others. But look at it this way: we did it back in the day as well. Who here from the NES generation hasn't gone into school after beating a game and bragged about it? The achievement system is just a way of being able to do just that, only with the ability to prove what we did...instead of having to take a picture of the final screen or have a friend present to validate our claim.


This kid probably never had to submit proof of his awesomeness to his classmates...

Now, there's a difference between what kinda of achievement whore you may be. There are those that go for achievements just to have them; they will play a game they'd normally never touch if the achievements are easy enough. Some will aim for the hardest ones out there, just to tell other people that they got them. They too may play a game they'd never normally play, though they are less likely to be found playing a kid's game, since those tend to be a little liberal with handing out achievements.


Seriously: five achievements, lowest one worth 150 points. You play this, you're either 12-years old, or a good ol' fashioned achievement whore. Or maybe a pedophile, according to some law enforcement officials.

There are some of us that are a mix of both; we'll pad our score with a mix of easy games, but also throw in harder ones just so people don't call us out on our 20k+ score. "Dude, my little brother played that using my account".

Others may go for certain achievements, but normally tend to just get them when they get them. They know what the achievements are, but know they'll eventually get them through normal playing, so they won't be as aggressive as others may be.

And finally, there's the ones that take that second part and live by it: "I'll get it when I get it." They'll look at what is available, but won't look at how to get them. They like the surprise.

Me? I'm the second to last one. I will look to see what I can get, and may make it a goal to get certain ones, but I also like having them attained without knowing I'm about to get them.



So now that we've got that out of the way, what's your first "1000 out of 1000 achievements" game?

Mine happened recently, with a game I sunk well over 80 hours into: Fallout 3. Up until this game, I wasn't all that interested in hitting 1000/1000. Not to say I played games I didn't like; I just really didn't have any desire to grab every single achievement in any other game. Some games included achievements I had no desire in attaining; I can't stand the Tow Truck side-mission in Saint's Row 2, so the Blue Collar achievement is out. Or they have odd multiplayer achievements, or multiplayer achievements that aren't attainable anymore, usually because no one is playing it online. And I can't stand the ones that require you to beat one of the game's developers. While cool, it's not like they are on 24/7, or on when you're playing.


Wait, I have to beat a developer who previously beat me and 2 other developers, but only using the X button and only at 2 in the morning while...*BOOM*

But Fallout 3? The majority of the achievements are attained by finishing quests, while the others aren't too difficult to reach and would normally appear through a regular play-through. Sure, this may been viewed by some as an easy one to hit 1000 with, but I don't care. At a certain point, I looked at the achievements I had gained and thought "I've invested a lot of time in this game...it's going to be my 1000 pointer."


1 down, 49 to go.

And okay, so the achievements aren't anything like "beat the game on the hardest difficulty while using only a knife and one Stimpak", but they aren't like the previously mentioned Avatar game. You can miss out on an achievement if you miss one of the bobbleheads (won't reveal which ones, just to avoid spoilers) or screw up Speech challenges (and don't reload when you fail them). So...yeah. I may have picked one that is easier than others to hit 1000 on (or as it stands with the DLC, 1200), but it's not stupid-easy.

ANYWAY...

So, I ask again: what was your first 1000-pointer? Was it a planned event? Did it happen as a natural progression of the game? Or was a little of both, as was my case?

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