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    I was thinking the opposite, how cool, playing games on your home TV, it's like the future.

     

    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 : )

     

     


  2. 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!


  3. 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.

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  4. 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!


  5. 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.

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  6. 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. :D

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  7. 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 ; )

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  8. I really dig these demo discs as well, especially the Playstation Underground series. Volume 2 issue 1from '98 is a personal favorite as it features a segment with Mike and the 'bots from MST3K riffing the game demos and it's utterly hilarious. At one point as they're playing PS1 games together, Servo says to Mike "My arms don't even work and I'm doing better than you!" Priceless!


  9. Nintendo hooks up with Phillips. Still scratching head on that one. Oh well it birthed the PS1 which brought me back to consoles.

     

    Haha, yes! I also had very little interest in gaming until the PS1 came along. But right after I saw one in person and played it, I went to the mall and maxed out my Sears credit card on it (hey, it was the only credit card I had at the time!). It was the first console I ever bought brand new for myself so it will always be fondly remembered.

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  10. It's also my understanding that Nintendo's decision to screw them on this venture was because of Sony's ridiculous demands concerning royalties and stakes in Nintendo's IPs. I'm not saying that what Nintendo did was excusable, but apparently Sony was just as shrewd as they were back then. But man, what a come-uppance Sony dealt them with the PS1 & 2! It's very cool to see some pics of this uber-rare console. This thing definitely belongs in a museum because of its historical significance to gaming.


  11. Love the avatar! Dr. Paul Bearer has come up if a few threads over the years. I forgot about his tag line till just now.

    Thanks! Dr. Paul made quite an impression on me as a lad growing up in the Tampa Bay area. I loved his show and would watch it every weekend. He featured some great movies that to this day I've never seen anywhere else like The Flesh Eaters and Matango.

     

    If you'd like to hear a really deep dive on the game, this is a GREAT podcast. :)

     

    https://soundcloud.com/watchoutforfireballs/episode-69-deadly-premonition

    Just listened to this and really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing that link! Their critique pretty much nailed the endearing yet frustrating nature of this game. I've never played another game quite like it. If you can look past its glaringly obvious flaws then its an incredibly rewarding experience (and there's only a handful of games I would actually consider an "experience"). And It's got a great soundtrack, which I'm always a sucker for.

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