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  1. Besides, I'm pretty happy with the way my collecting career has gone. Yeah, maybe I made some mistakes, but I also got in while the getting was good...like, really good. If I had to purchase today all the stuff I got between 1998-2005, I'd easily be spending at least triple the money. This, exactly! I'd do a lot of stuff differently but but any regrets I still have are more than offset by the fact that I started collecting in the mid-90s before the classic game collecting fever really exploded. The entire city with its abundant thrift stores, pawn shops, and mom & pop second-hand stores was a giant playground for me in those days. And I felt like it was all mine! I'd go out once a week on my day off and come home with bags full of stuff. It was glorious, but it didn't last. So I'm grateful that I started when I did because I could never afford to buy all that stuff now at today's prices. As for what I would have done differently, a few things come to mind: -As a kid I had no appreciation/concept of collecting video games. I had various systems and games during my childhood and really enjoyed them but never considered them collectible. I only collected comics at that age, so I didn't hold onto any of them. I really wish I would have, because I no idea what a nostalgic hold they would have on me years later. -I would've gotten off my lazy ass and found a new job quicker after losing my job back in 2001. That caused me to have to sell a huge chunk of my collection to pay rent. I've replaced most of what I'd gotten rid of, but some of the pricier stuff I know I'll never own again. And I'm fine with that because I did it for the right reasons, but I definitely could have prevented it had I been a little more responsible. Alas. -There's a handful of amazing deals I should have jumped on when I had the chance but didn't realize how rare or valuable those items were or would become. Like the gamecube component cable I once saw at a thrift store for $4. That one always comes back to haunt me! Or the $50 NES top loaders they used to sell at the Montgomery Wards where I worked… I should have bought the entire inventory!!! And of course, those of us old enough to remember the insanely good deals to be had during the crash at Kay-Bee and Lionel Playworld (and others), I really wish I'd have taken full advantage of those once in a lifetime deals. But as an 11 year old kid, I had no idea whatsoever that a crash was even happening. Like the song says, "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger."
  2. I get a completely rolling picture with no visible image at all. Here is a pic (I used Atari Anthology on the PS2 and enabled progressive scan). Sorry about the sideways picture, I can't seem to get it to upload correctly!
  3. Actually no, but after a quick Google search I think I found the exact one we had. Still rockin' that woodgrain though!
  4. YES! I remember mine was a sliding tab with a tuning knob at the end. I used to love getting those cable company brochures in the mail with all the movie times in them. Making sure I had plenty of blank VHS tapes on hand and planning my recording sessions were a ritual for me. Ahhh, the 80s!
  5. Recently Breathed just did an amusing crossover with Bill Watterson! Now if we could just coax Gary Larson out of retirement...
  6. A nice CRT is an absolute necessity in my gaming setup. Like many others here I'll sing the praises of the Sony trinitron when it comes to quality presentation of classic consoles. I've had other sets from Panasonic, JVC, Samsung, etc, but none of those had the richness and detail that the trinitrons have. Mine is a KV-27FS100L. It has inputs for RF, composite, component, and s-video, as well as front inputs for hooking up systems on the fly. It's that 27" sweet spot: Big enough for a nice view but not heavy enough to throw your back out moving it. For pre-HDMI systems, I really can't recommend these later model Sony TVs enough!
  7. I was totally floored to see what this Sega CD dev console sold for on eBay yesterday: https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEGA-GENESIS-CD-DEVELOPER-CONSOLE-rare-COLLECTIBLE-/253578303015?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=%252BW6kP8UT6rE21U0ueQIo3%252FxN7qA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc Is this system actually that rare??? I do love the Sega CD, but this seems ridiculous to me! What do you guys and gals think?
  8. Why, the Panasonic REAL 3DO of course! ; ) But seriously, I would have to say traditional game consoles were replaced right after the PS2/Xbox/Dreamcast era. After that family of systems you really start to see a shift away from a dedicated games machine toward an all purpose entertainment box. At that point the online connectivity was no longer a novelty but an integral part of the experience. You also start to see digital downloading of games become more and more prevalent from the Xbox 360 on. So the basic architecture of the systems and the change in content delivery method (download versus disc) really mark that dividing line for me.
  9. Wow, this is my answer almost verbatim! I also grew up with the 2600, Colecovision and the NES, but the first system I was ever able to buy for myself was a PS1. I maxed out my first credit card buying the system, a few games, and a memory card at Sears. So I will always have a sentimental attachment to the PS1 collection I've built up over the years. I've got about 330 titles at this point and there are still tons more I'd like to someday own. But I think the system I'm the most serious about, or at least most dedicated to, would be the Sega Genesis. It's my second biggest collection after the PS1, with about 280 titles. The Genesis software library is fantastic, but I think the thing that makes it a particularly collector-centric system is all the hardware add-ons and iterations. It's one of the few systems that is both backward and forward compatible through all the crazy attachments. It's also my favorite cart-based system, so it's definitely the one I'm most serious about...
  10. So the year 2000 came and went and there's still no Death Race. Shenanigans!!!
  11. Oh, I meant to ask this before hitting the post button: are there any games that REQUIRE the extra buttons or are they there for enhancement/convenience?
  12. Just sent an email also! Id love to have a pair of these and not have to pay the currently ridiculous eBay price.
  13. Hey, as long as Uwe Boll isn't involved, I'll give it a chance!
  14. I vividly remember the first the I saw an Atari 2600 in action during a sleepover at my cousin's house. It was truly mind blowing!!! I mean, how often do you get to experience a brand new form of entertainment for the first time? It really was the future, and technical innovations for this new medium were around every corner. It was all new and it was all EXCITING. Sadly, we seem to be in an era of diminishing returns and very little about the video game landscape seems awe-inspiring or particularly innovative. Example: with the new Xbox One X, you can play the same exact games but with a slight graphical and performance improvement… and at only TWICE the price! No thanks! Just wake me up when we have Star Trek-style Holodecks : )
  15. That was fascinating, thanks for posting that. It's just a shame the whole "playing games on your TV" idea never really caught on ; )
  16. For me it was always Xbox over Gamecube, then as it is now. In fact, the first Xbox I owned came from a friend of mine who sold it to me so he could buy a Gamecube to play Windwaker. He threw in the original Halo and as soon as I started playing I was hooked. Very few games before or since really impressed me the way that one did. Mech Assault was another outstanding exclusive, and is probably my favorite OG Xbox title after Halo. Other games I really enjoyed were Midtown Madness 3 (a great free-roam multiplayer racer), Armed and Dangerous (a very original and hugely enjoyable shooter, also utterly hilarious!), Doom 3, Star Wars KOTOR, Fable, Stubbs the Zombie, Chronicles of Riddick, Splinter Cell (it was on Xbox first), as well as enhanced versions of the Grand Theft Auto games and Silent Hill 2. There are so many more I could mention, but I will keep that original Xbox forever just to be able to play these standouts. I did end up getting a Gamecube about a year later, mainly because I really wanted to play Resident Evil 4 and it was a Nintendo exclusive at the time. I ended up really liking that console as well, but never as much as the Xbox. Having to go back to managing memory cards was really inconvenient after being spoiled by the Xbox's hard drive. But a handful of exclusives eventually won me over: Rogue Squadron was absolutely gorgeous at the time, Mario Kart was a fun multiplayer racer, and Eternal Darkness… oh man, I nearly crapped myself the first time it threatened to erase my game save! The way that game messed with your perceptions was truly unique at the time. The Cube also had two of the best remakes of all time with Resident Evil and Metal Gear Twin Snakes. And it also had one of the greatest game reinventions ever with Metroid Prime. They're both great machines, but the Xbox will always be the preferred format for me. True, it's an ugly hulking beast (if ever a system needed a slim redesign, it was that one!) but it was a great first effort from Microsoft. Also, it's a helluva lot cheaper to get a component video signal out of an Xbox than it is a Gamecube!
  17. I'll also nominate the ViewMaster Interactive Vision. This thing isn't just an eyesore, it's an abomination. It's so ugly, Perseus could have defeated the Kraken with it!
  18. The Thriller voice-over and music were an awesome touch! Red Skies by The Fixx would have been a good choice for this trailer also. I am truly excited about the return of this show. That last season was superb, easily one of the best shows I've ever seen.
  19. Ah, YouTube. You're so great because you're so terrible! The problem with it is the vast majority of content there is simply not worth watching. But the fact that it gives everyone on the planet an outlet to be seen and heard is a testament to the freedom and awesomeness of the internet. Speaking as an aging Gen-exer, I find the vast majority of YouTubers to be annoying and talentless. But are they damaging this hobby? if they're spreading misinformation, then yes. But if they're just making certain games harder and more expensive to acquire by talking about them, then that's not really their fault. It's the umpteen million subscribers that take every word they say as gospel and then go out and buy any given game at an inflated price because they were told that's what it's worth… they're the ones to blame, and that's my only real gripe about the influence of YouTubers. But the real problem with this hobby, in my opinion, are the ridiculous BIN prices on eBay. I think those are way more damaging because they deliberately skew the prices of any random game. EBay used to be an auction site where something would sell for basically what it was worth, as dictated by the marketplace and the basic laws of economics (supply and demand). Good luck finding a traditional auction now where you can bid what you're actually willing to pay because those are few and far between. And that really sucks because I used to love eBay. Now it's just a glorified Craig's List.
  20. My first exposure to 3DO was at the local mall in the old Electric Avenue department of Montgomery Ward. I had just started working there in '94 and was thrilled to be working in the part of the store that sold video games! They had an impressive free-standing kiosk for it with these fins on the sides that housed those huge cardboard game clamshells. Naturally, I was blown away by the (at the time) cutting edge graphics of games like Crash 'n Burn and Gex. And I was equally floored by the price tag… $700!!! Yep, that really was the asking price. So to my knowledge, we never actually sold one, go figure! At the time, we also had demo units for the Philips CD-I and JVC X-Eye. Those were eventually phased out when the PS1 juggernaut launched the following year. But I'll always have fond memories of the 3DO for that brief, shining moment when it really was the coolest kid in the room!
  21. I had both the honor and misfortune of living through this exact scenario. I was a manager for Blockbuster Video for 9 years and went down with the ship when they closed my store in 2011. Digital distribution played a huge role in Blockbuster's eventual downfall, and I really loved that job, so this topic is very near and dear to my heart. I wish you guys the best of luck with this project and I'm really looking forward to seeing the final product.
  22. Quite true, that's a very insightful way to put it. I had no idea when I was starting out that this hobby would become the behemoth that it is today. I was able to build a fairly large collection of games and records for pennies on the dollar compared to today's prices. I could NEVER afford to get into collecting these things now. I pity anyone that's just now getting into it! We were searching for the Reef Store, never realizing that were were already in it. I just wish I could have combined yesterday's prices with today's salary.
  23. RGVC was my first introduction to the world of classic gaming discussion. It was back in '97 or so that I got heavily into collecting and around '99 that I discovered the newsgroup. Back then I couldn't afford an actual PC so I used to dial in on an old WebTV box (remember those?!?). I used to love reading about the scores people would find out in the wild and it used to get me so excited for my day off when I could head out and hit up all the local thrift stores searching for my own personal Holy Grails. I used to get so jealous over some of those brag posts. That was the golden era of game collecting, for sure... before Buy It Now prices, YouTubers and speculators came along and jacked all the prices up to the stratosphere. And say what you will about the Spaceboss, the guy was certainly entertaining! If RGVC were a sitcom, he was its Kramer ; )
  24. And I had the silver one! It was an awesome distraction in the classroom. This was probably around '84 or so when transforming robot toys were all the rage.
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