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General / Re: Ever Bought a Game with No Plans on Opening it?
« on: April 02, 2021, 08:46:40 am »
The whole point of games is to play them! I certainly own sealed games that I'm not going to open now, but they were bought with the intent to play them. Then I didn't get around to it & the prices spiked- so now I have the dilemma of opening the copy I have, or selling it for profit & buying a CIB copy to replace it.

I do technically own one game I bought without intending to play it- for awhile I collected this Japanese doll/figure line called Pinky Street... they put out a couple games that came with special edition dolls. The DS games I could (and did) play, but the PS2's region lock meant that one went right on the shelf sealed. Ironically, I have since picked up a Japanese PS2, so it might get played yet! (It's an RPG & my Japanese isn't great, so we'll see!)

General / Re: How Much Do You Value Physical Video Game Compilations?
« on: November 24, 2020, 10:03:11 pm »
I don't imagine many digital compilations coming out, if only becuase I imagine most companies would release the games ala carte to get more sales. I prefer the physical take- I've found some very cool games becuase they were on a compilation I bought for another reason (Bosconian comes to mind.) I wouldn't discover these games if they weren't sold as a package deal.

General / Re: Will Retro Games Ever Disappear from the Market?
« on: August 20, 2020, 11:58:38 pm »
Not a chance- there's just way, way too many copies of most of these floating around for them to just vanish. Even assuming that more & more end up in the hands of permanent collectors, other factors will see them back on the market, including: financial hardship, downsizing, lifestyle changes, spousal pressure, theft, and death of owner. Yes, that did get morbid- but it's true. I even have a friend who laments having both Felix the Cat & Flinstones Dinosaur Peak as a kid, but lost them as her grandmother had the games. She was out of state when she passed, & her mom had no idea her greedy cousins had run off with the valuables from Grandma's until she called asking why half her games weren't in the box sent to her. I guarantee those people didn't keep them!

So yeah- prices are hardly set in stone, but availability isn't likely to change anytime soon.

I go through at least a chunk of my collection every couple of weeks, just as part of the process of putting away new acquisitions or taking out/putting back games im playing. And honestly? Every so often I really do just pull them out to look at, for fun- I like just seeing all the pretty box/label art, remembering the game and/or how I came to own it, etc.

I'm rarely caught off guard by what I own, although I did once have to pull out the PS1 boxes to check on a game, becuase I was cleaning up my photo files & found a haul pic from a con with Ogre Battle in the shot, and I'd 100% forgot buying it. So I got to be happy twice, once when I bought it & again a couple months later remembering I did!

As for doubles- amazingly not an issue! I can only think of 2 times total where I bought a 'double without knowing it. The first was years ago, when I impulsively grabbed a Burgertime cart, only to discover I already had one in the Intellivision set. Of course, in my haste I'd bought a 2600 copy anyway, so I just started buying Burgertime variants to be silly. It's lead to my only legally licensed Chinese import, so ended up being a good thing! The second one was just recently- Devil May Cry 5 went on sub-$20 sale. I kinda thought I had it but wasn't sure, so I checked here- nope, not in the collection, I'll buy it! Then when it came & I went to put it away, I found out I had the Deluxe Edition & that's why it didn't come up when I searched it. Whoops- teach me to shop fast on break at work! Luckily it was an Xbox One copy, so I could give it to my brother (who was quite happy to have it!) Didn't seem worth the hassle to set up the return.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Category/Platform Requests 2.0
« on: June 30, 2020, 12:05:25 am »
Small product line. Maybe in a few years when Blaze expands the line, we can think of putting it in its own section. There really isn't any presence for them in the db, most of their products are in Dedicated Consoles.

Around what amount of items might warrant the separate category? Just because I'm kinda stoked over the thing & intend to follow it awhile, I wanna know when it's appropriate to bring up again.

Oh, it's worse than that- they've said the next one is actually just Xbox, like it's a generic brand name. Like how if you ask someone what their phone is and they say 'iphone'. Series X just tells you what iteration (like iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XS or whatnot.) Because THAT makes it so much clearer! *extreme eyeroll*

Playstation's naming may be boring as heck, but at least you always know what system you're talking about!

Off Topic / Re: What Outdoor Activities Or Games Are You Into
« on: June 28, 2020, 12:37:55 am »
Most of my activities are very indoors, but there's two main things that involve the outdoors: gardening (usually potted plants these days since the yard's kinda set with perennials & there's less weeding), and pokewalks. Maybe street fairs? Don't know if that counts (and it's not like any are happening right now anyway).

Swimming, I grew up in a hot climate and living in one to this day. Swimming is great to cool off and work out without blowing out my crappy joints. Swimming is also just a good skill to have. I wouldn't want to drown.  It's a fairly common life skill where I'm from unlike where I live now.

Fun Fact: I cannot swim. My parents put me in lessons as a kid, but I panicked so badly I was thrown out becuase it was scaring the other kids. Underwater bothers me greatly- to the point that if I go to an aquarium and they have one of those 360 hallways, I go through it really fast becuase being that kind of surrounded by water makes me SUPER uneasy. And my fiancé had to bribe me to go on Splash Mountain becuase I was worried about going under during the drop (yes, I know that was extra paranoid). I actually really like the beach & shells & fish & whatnot- but apparently I'm too aquaphobic to do much but walk along the sand & look. Sometimes if I'm feeling daring I'll go into the water ANKLE DEEP! Shocking, I know!

Off Topic / Re: Instructions On How To Post Images To Forum
« on: June 26, 2020, 12:00:45 am »
Works for me. What browser are you using?

I typically use Windows Edge. The emojis at least will work in Chrome... when I can get Chrome to work (it's unbearably slow on my system for some reason). Plus, I'm not crazy about what Google does with my data (not that Microsoft is inherently better, just that it's less obvious at least.)

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Category/Platform Requests 2.0
« on: June 25, 2020, 11:51:54 pm »
Other\Blaze Evercade
category created

Looks good- out of curiosity though, is there a reason for the Evercade still being listed under 'other' as opposed to having its own unique category (like, for example, the Nintendo Switch or the Atari Lynx)? Just curious what the criteria is.

Video Game Database Discussion / Re: Category/Platform Requests 2.0
« on: June 24, 2020, 04:54:23 pm »
Not sure if this has been asked yet- can we get a new console category for the Evercade? Currently it's listed under Hardware[NA] with the games under Other. I submitted an edit to Hardware[EU] since, while available at North American Amazon, the unit is mainly distributed from England & has everything rated in Pegi.

I think an Evercade[EU] category is in order, so the games can be attached directly to it. With 10 cartridges available now & 4 more announced, I think it's got enough support to warrant it's own slot!

Off Topic / Re: Instructions On How To Post Images To Forum
« on: June 16, 2020, 08:28:15 am »
That's nice info- now, can anyone explain to me why none of the buttons for formatting, hyperlinks, & emojis actually work in my browser? They've never functioned in the entire time I've visited this site. Always assumed it was just a browser thing, but it is annoying being limited to BBcode I memorized back in high school & can type out manually that the site recognizes.

General / Re: Dangerous Console Video Games We Have Encountered
« on: June 15, 2020, 08:25:22 pm »
This is good advice, yes some old PC games will actually read as malware on a newer windows OS, but at the same time I did not have any anti-virus software growing up in the 1990, (and my PC ran just fine) yet when I connected to the Internet on a more modern Windows Operating System, (Windows XP and later) some of the newer malware programs will block older PC games

I've heard of the Dreamcast game before, and it's far worse than OS issues... the original disc was compiled on a computer that (unknown to them) had been infected with the Kriz virus- a particularly nasty fellow that spread through your files, waited for Christmas Day, then started deleting- including essential operating functions & corrupting the BIOS. In short- it would destroy your PC. Since the original developer machines had the virus, they inadvertently printed it into the data on the game disc- specifically a screensaver file. Anyone who installed the screensaver risked killing their machines.

Of course, when they figured it out they re-issued the disc, but these days? You have no way of knowing if you've got a bad disc or not. Especially if you live overseas, where the importers would be less likely to be aware of the issue & tell their customers about the recall.

General / Re: How do y'all handle your backlogs?
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:38:17 am »
Back when I actually put effort into my backlog, I once took and old purse I wasn't using, filled it with slips of paper with game names on it, and literally drew a slip to pick a new game. I gave up on that becuase, eventually, you draw a slip for something you just don't wanna play- eventually it starts to feel like work, not fun.

I have accepted at this point, that there are games I may never devote a good, proper play attempt to anymore. I'm okay with that- I at least buy every game with an intent to play it, which helps keep me from grabbing whatever's around and cheap. One thing I am trying to work on- don't buy a whole series run until you've actually played a game or two in it! For example: I have the first 3 Darksiders games, but I haven't played one yet. I really didn't need to buy Darksiders 3 when I did... sure, it was on sale, but it's literally going for 5 bucks now. I could've done better. Especially since technically, I don't even know if I like these games yet! One side effect I've noticed of trying to stick to this is, it helps push me towards trying these games out! I started Yazkuza Kiwami when I was seeing the Remastered collection links coming up- basically telling myself 'you already bought Kiwami and Zero, play one of them before your buy more!' Turns out I enjoy Yakuza, although I feel hard into the Animal Crossing hole before I finished Kiwami. I need to do that!

General / Re: Dangerous Console Video Games We Have Encountered
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:21:46 am »
Demo arrived.  First PS2 wouldnt read it.  Second PS2 did.  Successfully formatted memory card with corrupted data

So it DOES work! Oh that's good to know- I always thought that disc could be a valuable tool for collectors/retro stores that might need to fix a corrupt card!

General / Re: Value Increase of Games Lately
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:16:00 am »
Like seriously the xenoblade one has a vinyl record like wtf it's definitely getting out of control with CE being super big and filled with trinkets.

Why make such huge collectors editions if physical is on the delcine, also seen quite some young ladds spending their money on those as in it being cool. and that's modern stuff. Collectors editions need to be dead before we can see full on digital because atm it's kinda insane with them big ass collectors editions and collector fests.

It's two factors, really. One- there is a specific group of collectors who treat these oversized, overpriced CEs like trophies. They stick the latest & greatest somewhere prominent so visitors & people watching their Twitch stream can tell them how cool it is that they have it. It's the videogame equivalent of showing off some designer label accessory. Or putting a deer head on your wall. Two- tat is cheap. It's easy for a company to slap together an artbook, some postcards, and a big lump of plastic shaped like a game character and charge you a premium for it. It's almost certainly more profitable than just a game disc. The digital factor isn't a problem- just stick a paper with a code in the lootcrate you're calling a Collector's Edition and you're done! There's still a desire for stuff in people, even if that stuff isn't actual media.

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