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  1. Seriously, a LOT of negativity toward this thing already! I for one would love to see a new cart-based system enter the market (It's so crazy, it just might work!). I guess I'm just at a point where both the nostalgia factor and the disdain for modern game install/updates/patches creates a desire to just plug it and play it. 16-bit is probably my favorite era of video games and it sounds like this console will definitely cater to that style of gaming. I will certainly be following this as it develops. I just hope they go with the sturdy plastic clamshells and not the flimsy Nintendo-style cardboard boxes for their carts!

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  2. Haha, nice! I was wondering if anyone here would get that reference. Will definitely be picking up this expansion as the last game was a very entertaining shooter. I beat it on the PS3 but just recently re-purchased it for the PS4 after finding it on clearance at Target for about $11. The graphics are much improved on the PS4 version I've noticed.


    Almost got that red Wolfenstein background.....




  3. There will always be a market and a collector base for carts. I just see it eventually becoming more of a niche thing. In the gaming world it seems that everything is moving toward digital distribution and storage. So even optical discs will eventually become irrelevant. Rumors that consoles themselves are in jeopardy of becoming obsolete are already being circulated. I've read that Sony is considering making the next Playstation a download-only machine, if it exists in a physical form at all. There's a Samsung TV coming out this year that plays PS games requiring no extra hardware. So changes are definitely coming. It's not just the format that I worry about disappearing, it's the entire ecosystem of the game/console/used game store(and second-hand market) that I fear will be lost to us collectors over time. Because of this, I can only speculate that the costs of these little plastic and silicon treasures will only go up in the future. So maybe the whole idea of a "video game collector" will become an outdated notion at some point. Just my two cents... what do you guys think?

  4. I absolutely love the 3DO. My first exposure to this system was at a Montgomery Ward store where I had just started working after high school. I was blown away by how amazing the graphics were for the time. But that $700 price tag... OUCH! The store had a free standing 3DO demo, a CD-I demo, as well as a JVC X-Eye kiosk in the Electric Avenue department which I would play compulsively on my lunch breaks. This would have been in late '94. Those units were eventually replaced by the much more popular PS1 and N64 demos and so those other systems were relegated to console obscurity. But I'll never forget that awesome first impression the graphics and gloriously oversized boxes for the 3DO made on me.


    I didn't actually own a 3DO until much later, around the year 2000 or so after picking one up in a thrift store. Of course by then the graphics and appeal had aged quite a bit but the playabilty of some of those games was still top notch. It has the best version of Road Rash, for sure. I would also recommend Killing Time (an excellent FPS akin to Wolfenstein), Wing Commander III, Shock Wave, D&D Slayer, Dragon Lore, Alone in the Dark, Gex, Starblade (an excellent space shooter that will really give your thumbs a workout) and Corpse Killer. The system still has an appeal to me that I can't quite explain. One of my favorites to collect for.


    Heh thats the same one I posted above but in black. (8 inputs component, S-video etc)


    I didnt know they made a vesion all in black I would have looked for that. They are really hard to find now and I agree they are not the highest quality but they do a great job and the picture quality is great, no issues.

    Haha, so it is! I've tried numerous other switchboxes (daisychaining is SO cumbersome) and this one does the job nicely. Found mine at a Goodwill, luckily. Had to track down a universal power adapter for it but it was worth it.

  6. The Vita is a great handheld, but like others have said, it's a victim of Sony's bad business practices. The proprietary memory cards are an absolute bitch to deal with. They're way over priced and fill up much too quickly. I'm constantly having to delete games to make room for new ones. And the one big game I was most looking forward to, Borderlands 2, was pretty good, but just made me want to go back and keep playing the console version, which I did. Sony's strength is definitely in console gaming, not handhelds. They're just not as inherently good at it the way Nintendo is. BUT... the Vita does have some great features. The screen is drop-dead gorgeous. That OLED display looks better than anything else I own. Playing PS1 and PSP games on it is a real treat. But I admit that the main thing I use it for is Youtube. When I'm having trouble getting to sleep I watch old episodes of MST3K until I get drowsy : ) So I'm not at all regretful that I bought one, but the future of the Vita is definitely a big question mark.

  7. Another great video, MJ! Kudos for mentioning a lot of unexpected stuff, you're obviously very passionate about your list. Here's mine (also in no particular order):


    1) Silent Hill (PS1): Oh man, this game profoundly affected me. The atmosphere, that intense and unsettling music, and that mind-fuck of a story... this game took survival horror into a whole new realm by making the scares psychological, not just visceral.

    2) Halo Combat Evolved (Xbox): Countless hours spent playing this! Simply put, it's gaming perfection. Let's admit it, it's the reason we have an Xbox 360 and an Xbox One!

    3) Pitfall 2 (Atari 2600): Best. Theme music. Ever. Seriously, that someone could program such an insanely catchy tune on 2600 hardware is mind-blowing. Also, just about every 80's platformer owes a HUGE debt of gratitude to this utterly fantastic game (I'm looking at you, NES!).

    4) Super Metroid (SNES): Yeah, this game has been praised to death but it deserves its accolades. This improves on the original in every way.

    5) Deus Ex The Conspiracy (PS2): I'm with MJ on this one. An amazing fully realized world with a dizzying array of choices to be made. Great story and a great soundtrack also.

    6) Dino Crisis (PS1): Resident Evil gets all the praise as far as survival horror series go, but this other Capcom game was just as good. And these enemies were fast... and clever.

    7) Resident Evil (Gamecube): An incredibly good re-imagining of the first RE game, and one of the best survival horror games ever.

    8) Bioshock (Xbox 360): Design, setting, and atmosphere. This game has it in spades. A wholly original shooter that just blew me away. That scene where you confront Ryan is one of the most unsettling things I've ever experienced in a game. "Would you kindly... ?"

    9) The Legend of Zelda (NES): One of the first games I can remember that felt like a totally new experience. The sense of adventure in this game was thrilling. For me, this title blew the lid off what was possible in video games. A true classic.

    10) Uncharted 2 (PS3): Oh man, this is my go-to answer when someone asks me what my all-time favorite game is. One of the most satisfying gaming experiences I've ever had. That train-hopping level was both gorgeous and ridiculously fun.


    My honorable mentions... Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Metal Gear Solid, Fallout 3, Alan Wake, Crackdown, Champions of Norrath, Armed and Dangerous, Mech Assault, Contra 3 the Alien Wars, and soooo many more...

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  8. This is what I use:




    This thing has 8 (!!!) inputs and accommodates composite, component, s-video, stereo, optical digital (toslink), AND ethernet connections. It's truly an all-in-one device if you're looking for a good switchbox for all your pre-HDMI systems. It's not made from the highest quality materials but it works very well. They're not in production anymore so you'll have to track down a used one from eBay or some other reseller but they can usually be had for pretty cheap. Can't recommend this thing enough as it has saved me a lot of space and headaches over trying to keep all my systems hooked up to one TV and stereo receiver.

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  9. To this day, the hardest part of a video game I've ever experienced was the challenge mode at the end of Resident Evil Code Veronica for the Dreamcast. If you play as Wesker, you're given only a knife and one herb to run through a gauntlet of the most difficult levels in the game. Brutally difficult to say the least. But HUGELY satisfying when you actually make it through to the end. I'll also mention Legendary mode in Halo 2. It took me and a friend HOURS just to clear one room to advance to the next area. No falling back to respawn your fallen co-player either! Now that was tough...

  10. Hum....I had that game also (loved it!) and trying to think about how many dics's it came with....I'm not sure it was six, maybe cause I had the collector's edition? I recall that Arc 1 came on 1 CD, Arc 2 came on a second, and Arc 3 was just 2, I think. There was a soundtrack CD also, not sure about the last one.

    Hmmm, I went back and looked at my copy and noticed this: The case states there are 5 discs included in this collection but there are actually 6 (Arc the Lad, ATL 2, ATL 3 discs 1 & 2, Arc Arena Monster Tournament disc, and ATL The Making Of disc). All discs have the ATL Collection insignia on them, so that's kind of odd.

  11. r.v.g.c.? Hmm. Is that rec.videogames.general.collecting or something?


    I'm pretty sure he meant R.G.V.C. That's the old rec.games.video.classic newsgroup. Used to be a great discussion forum for classic games until about the mid-200's when traffic started to wind down considerably. It's completely dead now, sadly. Everyone seems to have migrated to the web forums such as this one. I do miss it though, as it was populated by some really cool people.

  12. I've got about a dozen of these UMD movies and I think it's a pretty cool format. But my biggest gripe about the UMD is its plastic shell. These things are WAY too flimsy and prone to breakage. The clear window can easily fall out of place and keep your disc from working. And the white plastic frame can split open or crack very easily. It's a shame that the replacement "sandwich" style cases are 10 times better than what Sony came up with. They should have just stuck with the minidisc case. Squares are way more stackable/manageable that that goofy UMD shape! BTW, @Metal Jesus: I've got that Heavy Metal UMD also. It's one of the few movies I have on multiple formats... awesome film with the best soundtrack ever!

  13. I laughed when I saw the title of this thread, not because of the topic, but because I've always wanted to check into a hotel under the pseudonym "Les Izmore." One day I hope to make that dream a reality : )


    Like others here have stated I'm definitely of the opinion that, unless money is no option, you should really only collect what you will actually play. Or if something has sentimental value for nostalgic reasons. After my last move, I quickly realized what a burden having all this random media is. So I've begun selling off big chunks of my collection, stuff that I know I'll never get around to playing. I've decided to keep and collect for only my favorite systems. And I've discovered that it really does make you appreciate (and actually PLAY) the stuff that you have left. I just decided to start behaving less like a "collector" and more like an "enthusiast".

  14. The best accessory I've picked up for the Vita so far is the Nyko sound dock/charging station. It keeps my Vita fully charged and provides surprisingly good amplified sound from its small stereo speakers. For $15 bucks it's definitely worth the money if you find yourself doing a lot of video streaming and don't want to hold up the Vita while you're viewing. I've become addicted to watching MST3K episodes from youtube on it!

  15. I don't know anything about video game competitions, but that was one of my favorite shows as a kid, when they showed it on Nickelodeon.

    Oh yeah, same for me! I don't recall ever seeing any game competitions on that show either. In fact, the only real things I remember from that show are the water (when someone would say water), the green slime (when someone would say "I don't know"), and Barth saying "IIIIIIII heard that!" when someone would complain about the burgers. Holy crap that was a long time ago!!!

  16. Note that the Xbox One uses PC hardware and has USB ports. If a hacker finds a backdoor into the system with a game exploit as they had the Wii with Zelda and the original Xbox with Mechassault, they could theoretically disable the wi-fi, online security checks, and all of Microsoft's other fun little features, and turn this system into a wonderland for piracy. You could borrow games from all your friends (or download them from a warez site and put them on a flash drive), install them to the internal hard drive, and play them at your leisure without paying a cent.


    Oh I'm sure hackers around the globe are already licking their chops waiting for the opportunity to crack this thing wide open. And if ever there was a device just BEGGING to be hacked, it's this one.

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  17. At this point, asking whether or not to jump ship from the XBox is like being on the deck of the Titanic and wondering if you should get onto a lifeboat when you're standing knee deep in seawater. M$ has some SERIOUS damage control to do here and really needs to reevaluate its current stance and the direction they're taking the new console in. I love my 360, but am filled with disgust/disappointment toward nearly everything I've heard about the XBone. They've created the least consumer-friendly device ever... except for maybe the Kevorkian kit ;-)

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