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General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 30, 2023, 08:07:56 am »
What is this, VG Uncollect? VG Expel? We systematically make sure we don't own things, and track what we've gotten rid of?

Besides myself and mabye Wartoy, and TheFlea, I'm pretty sure no one here really likes to collect anymore.

Not at all, my man. I love my collection. I just realized that I don’t love everything in my collection.
To me, part of collecting is curating. A fine library of books doesn’t include the Penthouse Forum and every clipping of Garfield from the Sunday paper.

I’m still a collector. I’m just not a collector of everything

I wanted to say something similar to this. The only difference is that I've never really been a collector. It's been 99% gamer, 1% collector. New tastes in gaming, new hobbies, new interests and more have allowed me to prune and curate what I own as I see fit. Not everything belongs in it anymore.

I still like this site to keep track of what I actually do have. (I also use Game Eye).

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 28, 2023, 10:57:41 am »
I’m to that point. Collections become cumbersome. It’s time to thin the herd.
I honestly got to a point that my collection is a hassle. It’s too big. I’m putting this out there because if I say it out loud, I have to follow through with it.
Now, I just have to take that first step and sell some stuff.

I saw this post and felt this to my core. I'm at the point where I would like to thin out myself as I feel the need to declutter in general. I have already started putting stuff on ebay and even sold something on reddit. The fact that I saw this post feels like a sign but also I should probably post things here to see if there is any interest from peeps here.

I've had a lot of success selling to the fine folks on this site. I say do it!

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 27, 2023, 02:46:11 pm »
It's cathartic. The profits from the sales are nice, too.

Any iteration of chess.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 22, 2023, 10:54:54 pm »
27. Azure Striker Gunvolt 3

I was really looking forward to getting into this, but it ended up being a let down. If anyone played Shinobi or Nightshade on the PlayStation 2, then they'll get an idea of how this plays. Basically, Kirin will throw a talisman at an enemy to weaken and mark it. Then you hit a button to zip towards them with an instant kill, gain an extra jump, and try to keep this  process going until you run out of enemies or you run out of talisman. The problem is that I kept running face first into enemies I zap towards. She had other attacks that were more fun to use but they don't help your score. And it's really easy to run out of talisman, only to end up falling back towards the ground and losing your streak. The idea is there. And I'm sure with enough practice I would be able to play it better. But, I don't have the energy to bother because it would take way too much effort to get to that point. I'll just have to be okay with those A (and a few S and B) rankings. At least the story was somewhat interesting?

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 21, 2023, 10:13:14 am »
I say hit the buttons and download it to see what you get. It's a great game.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 20, 2023, 09:44:31 am »
26. The Legend of Dragoon - platinum'd

It's weird seeing Legend of Dragoon having a platinum trophy next to it. Time has been somewhat unkind to this game, but I still had a lot of fun. The translation? Still crunchy. The additions? Still finnicky, but satisfying. The graphics? Still gorgeous. The music? Still perfection. It's still a fun, palette cleansing RPG that doesn't take too long to finish. I like that it tries to take itself too seriously but ends up being campy. I still recommend it to people that haven't tried it yet. The rewind feature makes mastering additions a lot easier. My final party was Dart, Meru and Haschel.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 14, 2023, 11:27:28 am »
25. Theaterhythm Final Bar Line

Anyone who's a fan of both Final Fantasy and its music requires this game, full stop. There is just so much music that brings back so many memories. The gameplay itself is fun, too. My only gripe are some of the quests. They require too specific a set up and a touch of luck to complete. Otherwise, there's just so much good music and variety here that it's hard not to call this the best game in the Theaterhythm series. Side note: Final Fantasy Mobius' music SLAPS. Who knew?!

I never fell out of love with the hobby, but I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else shares!

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 13, 2023, 09:08:26 am »

Wow, it's been over 15 years since I had last heard that track. During the mid-2000s for about 3 years total, I played Dance Dance Revolution Extreme quite often, perhaps about 6-7 hours per month. During that time, I always told myself that I'd someday own a machine. It'll never happen, of course, but one can still dream.

I haven't played it, but one of the new modern rhythm dancing games named Dancerush Stardom looks like a lot of fun too. This video of a group playing seems really impressive.

Yeah, something about that song just fits my style to the letter. I have a lot of favorite songs but that one is just...something else. I'll check that video out, too. Thanks for posting that.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 12, 2023, 06:46:57 pm »
I'm back from an arcade expo in Louisville, KY. It was fun; not as fun as it used to be but still enjoyable. I dedicated more time to pinball, but managed to get in some favorites.

19. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone

I haven't even thought of this series since Project Diva X on the Vita. I played on beginner and it was...ok. The big screen was neat. The graphics were crisp. Sadly, it was so loud in the expo that I couldn't hear the song. So, I wasn't really a fan of it. It was cool that it was there, of course.

20. Darkstalkers - Bishamon

This was actually really fun. I never played Darkstalkers before, despite growing up as a fighting game fan. Naturally, I gravitated towards the samurai. All I'll say is that I'm glad that the cabinets were on free play. Otherwise, I would have lost a lot of quarters. The game is fun but those foes aren't playing. Felicia is more proof as to why I don't like cats.

21. Tekken 3 - Nina Williams

Someone asked me to jump in for them as I was walking by. I played some Tekken before, but it had been years. Normally, I play as Yoshimitsu or Anna. But, I covered the person that chose Nina and enjoyed it. As an arcade game, the game still runs silky smooth. It's crazy to think how old this game is. Lots of fun, though. Again, I'm glad that it was on free play.

22. Pump it Up NX2

I've always been team DDR, but I haven't seen a Pump it Up machine in over a decade. I had to give it a shot. Surprisingly, I was pretty good at it. That middle step, though. Ugh.

23. jubeat

I love this game. Hand Hand Revolution. The sounds are so crisp and there's such a tactile feeling when you land a perfect touch. The music was bumping, too. I never thought I'd see this game there, but lo and behold. I got an S on the last song I did which was the icing on the cake.

24. Dance Dance Revolution Extreme

I saved the best for last. This is where I spent most of the time. My go to song was 1998. Songs two and three were left up to chance or left up to the person I was playing with. It was so fun to get back into DDR. A late 30-something playing DDR? Only at an arcade expo.

I joined the site in either 2012 or 2013 at the request of disgaeniac. I can't remember which year, but I hardly posted because I was too lazy to start cataloguing my collection and didn't feel like trying to get too deep into another forum. Especially one that revolved around collecting video games. Reason being that I never saw myself as a collector prior to joining the site. I just had a bunch of games that I held onto for various reasons. And seeing others with collections getting into the thousands was a shock to the system.

But, in 2014 I got more into the idea of collecting and participating in the discussions on here. There were ebbs and flows in collecting because I'm luckily located in a city with a lot of used media stores. The prices weren't bad, but nowhere near what they (supposedly) once were back in the late aughts/early 2010s. Still, going from place to place to find things that looked somewhat fun was a good time. At one point, I had this bizarre ambition to collect every Sega Saturn game released in the states. I made surprisingly good progress, but eventually the thought of getting games that wouldn't "fit" my vibe stopped being appealing. That applied to every console; not just the Saturn.

Which I guess brings us to the present. I'm right back where I was before joining this site. I'll go through pruning phases in which I just offload a bunch of stuff that doesn't fit anymore. And it's pretty damn rewarding since the market continues to be hot. I know that we all have a distaste for flippers/scalpers/resellers but they've given me a lot of what I like to call "fun money." In other words, selling stuff that I no longer have any use has allowed me to fund other ventures or hobbies without having to dip into the work funds you get from the 9 to 5. For example, selling a couple of games let me hire someone to build my website. I've been able to spend a little extra on vacations. Things like that. In some ways, it's a bummer that the market has become saturated. In other ways, it's been a benefit for other things. And the best thing of all is that I still get to partake in this forum that has led me to some incredible friendships and connections.

I'm still a gamer, of course. That'll never change. Collecting was just a brief period of my life that I look back on somewhat fondly.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 09, 2023, 09:54:24 am »
18. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

It feels great to play a traditional, 2D style Kirby again. It's essentially an enhanced version of the game on Wii, but it's filled to the top with extra content. I have 100% story mode completion, but my file's completion is nowhere near that. I'll probably take a break from it for a bit so I can collect my thoughts on it for a review, but I do plan on trying the extra modes sooner than later. All in all, another great Kirby game.

General / Re: Which games would you be willing to pay $100 to own?
« on: March 07, 2023, 11:00:34 am »
I honestly can't think of anything.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 04, 2023, 11:03:28 am »
Looks like it worked. Now I just need to figure out why my PSN Profile Card isn't updating.

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