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Here was my pre-apocolypse haul.

Classic Video Games / Re: Your Focus on Collecting?
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:56:40 pm »
It's as sporadic as it's ever been. One month it's console A, B, and C that I'm most interested in, the next month it's X, Y, and Z.

When I got an XB1 in January it became very much about that, and to some degree PS2 and original Xbox on the side. Now, I'm trending back towards Nintendo Switch, and PS4 on the side.

My overall focus is and has always been, basically all of the major consoles from gen 3 through current gen.

Off Topic / Re: Does Nostalgia Ever Wear Off?
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:47:52 pm »
For me it's quite the opposite in all honesty.

As I've entered my 30s, I become more and more fond of my memories. Without a doubt, I'm one of those old soul types. I prefer things of the past to things of the present, and I tend to be either indifferent and somewhat resistant to the changes of the present. Nothing in the present day really inspires, or fills me with wonder. It's all just... whatever. I feel very cynically about the present. I can't even stand the haircuts that are considered fashionable right now. But it all seems to be a moving target with me as I age. The previous decade is looked upon more charitably than the one I'm living in, even while I felt far more cynical when I was living that period of the past. I look back now quite fondly on my days as a young adult, the 2000s particularly and pine for a return to the way things were then.

I often find myself comparing things "in my day" versus the way those things are now, and for the most part feel the current state of affairs is inferior. For example, back in my day we had arcades. Nowadays, there are none left in my area. With the way society progresses and moves on, it's likely I'll never see anything like an arcade again. It's simply gone with the past. Then there's the stark contrast of social behavior before and after smartphones. I feel like there was more humanity, civility, and realness to people before everyone had this collective mind in their palm all of the time. I often wonder what it would have been like to have been born much earlier than I was - to experience long bygone eras first hand, to feel like I could actually get lost when traveling, and like there might be something unique to see and do in the next town, before mega-corporatism hollowed out everything that made each place it's own. To be engaged in the things people did for fun before staring at a screen in any capacity ever became a national pass time.

But that's all an abstraction of my nostalgic feelings. I don't really know if the past is better than the present, but the grass always seems greener. I know that the times of my youth, seemed to be simpler and happier than the ones I'm currently living. It could just be that a younger mind doesn't perceive all of the negative things that become apparent when you grow older. My parents probably felt weary of raising kids in the 90s, and now I would feel weary of raising them in the 2020s.

Nostalgia is a complicated topic, but yes, I am very much a nostalgic person and I find that growing older makes me all the more fond of the past and that's never waned. If I didn't cherish where I've come from, I don't know that I'd have much to ground me at all. In many ways it informs the path that I want to take going forward in life, and tomorrow isn't a guarantee, so I refuse to put faith in any promises that the best is yet to come.

Overall, I'm a bit concerned, mostly for my parents who are older and with health conditions. My father's work is particularly problematic as his boss refuses to shutter and has a penchant for greed and using the business as personal piggy-bank while illegally withholding employee paychecks whenever he drains the store's payroll accounts. So while he's busy slaving away for that tyrant, I'm afraid he could catch it and also bring it home to my chronically ill mother. Not a good situation.

As for me, I'm taking every precaution that comes to mind in avoiding it. I don't want to get it, and more importantly I don't want to help spread it. So hand washing has become a religion. I'm fortunate enough to live in a state that is mostly rural with no major metro areas so our numbers are low, relatively speaking. However, I feel like the people here aren't using their heads, and aren't being as cautious as they need to be, despite the benefit of a shutdown before we even had a single reported case. People aren't staying home enough, and they're packing into the open stores far too densely, and still hoarding essentials in way too much frenzy. For some it would seem the reality of this still hasn't hit close enough and they need to wake up and take it all a bit more seriously, or many more people could pay the price.

Everyone should relax, and stay home as much as they can possibly tolerate. Don't go running into dense crowds to snatch up sugary snack foods and toilet paper. I'm making a conscious effort to stop going out except when out of staple food supplies, maintaining a distance, washing hands, and hoping for the best.

Stay safe everyone.

as all bars, restaurants, caf├ęs and gyms, cinemas, theatres, leisure centres ordered to close

what about sports, reading any other hobby that is not gaming.

not everything has to cost money?

Also if where talking cinema's the cheap variant is netflix use that instead.

The post is obvious hyperbole.

That said, sports are definitely a no-go right now. I wouldn't recommend it. Also, Netflix is terrible and not even close to be being an alternative to cinema, or bluray in terms of quality or quantity. I've come to realize that Netflix is basically the 21st century HBO. I'd rather pay for exactly what I want to watch than pay a network to spoon feed me content that I may or may not want to watch.

Not a failure, just not the runaway success that other PlayStation systems have been before and since. I took a while for it to pick up steam, due to initial price and receiving some botched ports in early years. I'm not a big fan of where this era took Sony's first party exclusive efforts compared to the previous systems. Games like Uncharted, Resistance, Infamous and Killzone come across as also-ran responses to what was going on in the industry, and not as era defining titles. There were some interesting exclusive titles, but the majority of those weren't overwhelmingly successful.

I've had quite a few PS1 fail to output any video using my 60GB system. Although, that could be an issue with my TV not supporting the resolution through HDMI.

In all, I'm not the biggest PS3 fan and I do prefer both the Wii and the 360 over it, but it's by no means a "failure". It was quite a successful system in the end, with a vast library that has a little something for everyone.

I put many, many hours into that game in early 2000s. I now own Planet Coaster, the one and only digital only game in my possession. It's a vastly superior and long overdue improvement for the theme park simulation niche. It is developed by a lot of the same team behind the original RCT series. I don't ever see myself wanting to go back to the days of old, at this point. Planet Coaster is the way to go, if you're into this stuff.

So your idea of societal fabric is.... Costco lines and cheap hotdogs?

Canceling classes, and work, is a ultimately for the good. Hoarding toilet paper however, is not cool. The fabric of our society has had some ragged spots for some time now, I don't think the virus is to blame for that.

Invest in more stocks! Now is the time to buy!!!

Buy low and sell high.

What games do I get?

General / Re: Does a Game and Box Have to Match Exactly?
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:22:41 pm »
I never knew this was a thing. So, it certainly doesn't matter to me. Why stop there? Why not hunt down the literal box your games came in? Heck, just buy everything sealed. Unless you do, you'll never get all of those registration cards and Nintendo power ads, or those original baggies the carts came in, etc.

Either be 100% thorough and hardcore, or just settle for either boxed or loose, I'd say.

I use silica gel packs near my game collections to help keep things dry, also video game box protectors as much as possible for good measure, but also because I think they present better that way. For the record, I've owned games, movies, and music on disc since the late 90s and never had a good working copy stop working.

General / Re: Is Coronavirus going to crash the video game market?
« on: March 14, 2020, 11:03:09 pm »
I know I'm even a bit apprehensive of going out, and have considered not buying any more games, in particular ordering anything from who knows where to bring directly into my house. I want to limit my interaction in public spaces where it's not necessary. Not so much because I'm afraid to catch it, but more-so that I'm afraid I could possibly spread it to family members who are at much greater health risk if they contracted it. I feel like game collecting can wait, so I'm not so laser focused on it right now. I have a feeling a lot of others might feel the same. If so, yes it'll have some impact.

I find it hard to believe they're even nostalgic. This is a part of the past that nobody misses. Cheap, headache inducing knock-off products at best. The Angry Video Game Nerd episode on these is one that start holds up in particular, because it's a product that deserves to be mercilessly ripped into. I'd be shocked if these things aren't on clearance within 3 - 4 months. It's a terrible waste of time and money to do this.

Off Topic / Re: The Simpsons
« on: March 14, 2020, 10:35:08 pm »
I only had a passing interest in the show when I was younger, and I enjoyed playing some of the video games simply because I knew they were associated with the show. But I think I was too young to really "get" the Simpsons back then, so it didn't hold my interest like other cartoons.

About 2 or 3 years ago, I decided to sit down and really give the show a fair chance. I started collecting and binge watching the series with the DVD box sets. I really found myself hooked on the show, and eventually bought the first 10 or so seasons, watching them all in order. I would agree with most, in saying that the 90s really seemed to be the golden era of the show. Many of the seasons were very solid back to back. However, I noticed that around season 10 or so, the writing started to change a bit. I believe the show suffered from a lot of the same mistakes as other long-running shows. The creators want to take things in a different direction eventually, and it's a very delicate balance.

What always bothers me is when they start writing the characters in a way that totally conflicts with what you've come to "believe" about the universe they've created, the characters, the dialog. Once they start to tinker with that, it's a turn-off. I felt like what I was perceiving was more like the writers reaction to then up and coming shows, like Family Guy. By season 10, everything started to get way over-the-top for all of the standards that were established in the first 9 seasons. It kind of felt like they weren't taking the show as seriously as they had been. A lot of that subtle, witty humor was replaced with a lot of fast-paced absurdity and out of context gags, which is why I say that the show felt more like a Family Guy type deal. I remember being disappointed to find out in one episode that Skinner wasn't actually the person he said he was, or at least, was no longer the character they original wrote him as.

I've heard a lot of the later seasons were brought down by so many episodes based around a lot high profile celebrities. Rather than poking fun at American pop culture and celebrities, they were later embracing and incorporating a lot of that stuff into the show. I've not gotten that far at all into the 2000s era as of yet, but with the changes I've seen, and the things I've heard about the show's downturn, I'm not exactly that excited to continue watching. Although I am happy they've decided to continue releasing the box sets again, after a production hiatus they had taken for several years.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 10, 2020, 02:05:59 pm »
Reggie Fils-Aime is now on the GameStop board of directors? Interesting. I wonder if one man could somehow turn the fortunes of the company around? GS is a having a "Mario Day" sale currently. Coincidence?

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