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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Atari 2600, Canadian History, Architecture, Copyright Law
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    Classic arcade game compilations on the PS 2

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  1. What is to prevent someone from playing (or otherwise enjoying) the game in private? As noted, not everyone feels the need to share all aspects of their life with other people. Some hobbies naturally lend themselves to solitude. Playing video games is a good example. Think for a moment about stolen art. There are multiple works by well-known artists that have been stolen from galleries and museums and whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Obviously they are unsalable on the open market, but there are still collectors who want to own a Van Gogh or a Rembrant and who do not care about the provenance. They may not be able to public display their collection, but most of these people would not care to do so anyway; a "private collection" is, by definition, private. The collector is still perfectly able to enjoy having an original Old Master painting, even if it necessarily hangs in a windowless room in the basement. As stated above, nobody knows what is included in my collection of (rare, valuable, antique, and/or limited edition) widgets. That does not reduce the amount of pleasure that possessing this collection brings me. Likewise, sharing the details would not increase the amount of pleasure that I derive from my collection.
  2. I have recently been watching some videos of Switch console diagnostics and repair. This is entirely entertainment for me as I do not have the skills to do board-level repairs on electronics. That said, very often the technician fixes the problem by replacing faulty chips. I was under the impression that modern game consoles use almost entirely custom silicon (unlike, say, the ColceoVision which was made entirely of off-the-shelf components). Is it possible to purchase these custom chips at retail, or is it more a matter of salvaging parts from otherwise broken consoles?
  3. My video game collection does not include anything particularly rare or valuable, but I do collect other things. I have never shared photos of this collection online (or otherwise), and while anyone who knows me knows that I have an interest in this subject matter, nobody knows the full extent of my collection (even me -- much of it is has been in secure storage in another province for more than a decade, and even I do not have unfettered physical access thereto), which does include some rare and valuable items. That said, I once received an e-mail from a completely random stranger who wanted to come and review my collection! The phrasing suggested that this person thought that it was a perfectly normal request. Not even my friends are welcome in my apartment.
  4. Growing-up in Atlantic Canada, I likewise never saw one for sale in person (though there were some newspaper ads) -- it was sold through small, independent shops rather than the mainstream department stores. Phillips was a well known brand, albeit more in professional than consumer markets; I had no idea that Magnavox was the same company. The only time that I ever saw a console and games in person was at a Filene's (IIRC) department store when I was on holidays in Massachusetts.
  5. Slightly O/T, but I had a Prof once who began his career in business in the UK in about the late-1950s or early-1960s. He once related the story that he spent several days working on a complex mathematical problem using a mechanical calculator. When he was finished, the result was clearly wrong. He re-checked the numbers, and discovered that very early on in the process he accidentally added instead of subtracted (or vice versa)! Shortly thereafter, the company was one of the first in the UK to purchase a computer. 😄
  6. Is that the actual, final production art, or just for the store display? It is beyond ugly!
  7. One issue with an arbitrarily assigned "value" for an object is finding a purchaser willing to pay that. My Father had a modest coin collection worth, he thought, a large amount. When he decided to sell it to fund a significant new purchase, he was shocked to discover that nobody was willing to pay the book value for his collection. The value on paper was meaningless. Personally, my main collecting interest is books -- not rare books, fine bindings, or first editions -- just titles that I actually want to read. I would be surprised if there is more than a small handful of people actively collecting in the same field as I am. Once or twice I have encountered individuals trying to make money as resellers, but given that so very few titles are significantly rare or valuable (and one is never going to find incunabula at a flea market or thrift shop) it is hardly worth the effort. Consequently, there are no price guides and the market is very stable. I have no idea of the "value" of my collection, and I frankly do not care.
  8. Was there any connection to the Mindlink for the 2600? They seem almost identical in terms of function.
  9. Whenever I am at a thrift shop, there are invariably piles of older sports games, especially Madden, Tiger Woods, and NHL. I am well aware that, with a few small exceptions, these titles are essentially worthless today. I wonder, however, if that may change over the (very) long-term. Is there any reason to expect that complete runs of titles (e.g. all of the Madden games for the PS 2) will someday be valuable or even collectible? I am looking at, at least, a 10 to 15 year timeline here -- possibly longer.
  10. As of this past weekend, my local Wal-Mart has them at Cdn$75 (roughly US$50); the shelves are still full of stock, so it does not look like they are selling too fast. I keep checking, waiting for a sale... 😞
  11. Wow, I have never seen any hardware of that vintage outside of a museum. Great find! What cards are included?
  12. Is there any way to tell from looking at the original source code what development system was used to create this cartridge? e.g. unusual compiler directives or unique formatting Way back in the very first post, the programmer indicated that he had no memory of the system used.
  13. Aside from the cost of purchasing and maintaining the arcade games, there is the cost of having someplace to put them. People underestimate the cost of a owning house; I know that I certainly did. I inherited my Parents' house some years ago. There was no mortgage, but I still have to pay for property taxes, utilities, general maintenance and upkeep, etc. I was very happy to finally sell the place -- and the final selling price was some 20% less than they originally paid for the house a decade before. I could not have afforded to fill the basement with arcade games and still keep the lights turned on.
  14. Hand coloured photographs have been around for a VERY long time -- I have a ca. 1947 print hanging in my apartment that has been hand-coloured from the original black and white image. This is the very first that I have heard of using AI to do so, however. The blue sports jacket pictured above is an interesting shade -- essentially navy blue dusted with charcoal.
  15. Given the absolute rarity of Jaguar games (and hardware) in Canada and the pathetically low current interest rates on traditional investments, this may not actually be that bad of an idea...
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