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Off Topic / real sick tonight
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:01:25 am »
threw up about 10 times, just drying heaving now all night. sorry for posting. keep me in your thoughts guys. im freaking out.

Obvious or not, I'm no fan of download only games. I actually own none. It's just my preference to stick with games that have tangible retail releases. I'm also a console gamer. Normally, I don't mind either way what someone chooses to buy, it's their own business. However, I have a friend who used to be pretty big into console gaming and collecting with me. That was, until a few years ago when he discovered Steam, and declared that he was never buying another hard copy new release again, aside from Nintendo exclusives. He prefers Steam for convenience, price, and the fact that PC is always technically superior.

He is of the mindset that basically everything out there worth playing is on Steam, except for Nintendo games. Really he's just uniformed about what's out there, because obviously there has got to be more than just Ninty that you can't get on Steam. Obviously there's PlayStation first party, and Xbox first party. It's kind of hard to tell though, what third party software out there exists that is exclusive to consoles? Without running a search of every game on Steam, that is.

I came across a series of lists on Wiki called "list of (insert generation) console exclusives". But the list was useless, because despite the title, many of the games listed are available on Windows, which is not a console. Either people editing this list do not get the point, or else I don't. But when you talk about console exclusives, you think PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, etc.

I want to give him some good reasons to still look into console games, instead of just assuming anything that is good and relevant is on Steam. I still get the impression that plenty of good games come out that are console only, and not just first party. Another thing I'm unsure of (not a PC gamer), is weather or not every PC game is technically on Steam or not?

General / What would you do in this kind of situation?
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:05:07 pm »
Say one of your most wanted games on your wishlist popped up on eBay for well under the average price BIN. Pictures looked good, and the game looked complete. But then, you check the description to be sure and it says "case, manual, and disc." "blah, blah, blah." "no manual". So it says that it has the manual, and says that it doesn't also. But the pictures show a manual. You can even see the staples on the spine, so you know it's not a printed off piece of paper.

What would you do? Ask, and wait? Or BIN and hope what you see is really what you're getting?

General / The lost art of shipping a video game
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:31:39 pm »
It gets to be a headache, especially when buying from sellers on eBay who are not gamers. In my day, I've terrible luck with the methods in which sellers like to ship games that come in jewel cases or oversized jewel cases, mostly PlayStation and Sega Saturn / CD. They show up in a bubble mailer, freshly crushed, plastic shards spilling out of the package. A pity too, when you can tell they were in excellent shape.

I think common sense would tell you a bubble mailer is inefficient to mail a jewel case in, it's no match for the United States Postal Service. It's too bridle, it's like mailing glassware in a grocery bag. I think eBay should force users to into a tutorial about mailing items like games, then quiz them. If they can't pass the shipping quiz, they should be disallowed to sell games.

Well, now I'm off to figure out where I can find some new clear spine jewel cases!  :-\

General / Ever use re-sealable baggies on your games?
« on: March 25, 2014, 07:14:08 pm »
This is something I am going to start doing soon. The main reason is shelf wear. I hate shelf wear, because I love the glossiness of a brand new game. Also ideal if your home is not air conditioned, like mine isn't. In the summer, depending on where you live, that can wreak havoc on your games. Not everything I have is pristine, but what is, I wish to keep that way.

They make these for DVD cases, but I wonder, do they make them for blu-ray, or 3DS? Vita for that matter?

Site Feedback / How can I view the site on mobile in desktop mode?
« on: March 23, 2014, 05:52:55 pm »
I don't care for the mobile site because its difficult to navigate between the lists and the category selector area (categories are far from accurate to the touch and sometimes slow and unresponsive). Really I'd like to just view the site as desktop on my mobile. I even have a browser (Dolphin) which allows all sites to view as desktop but Vgcollect still shows as mobile. Funny because the forum views like desktop. What's wrong with the site section?

In an order from most favorite to least, and exclude the genres you don't play.

For me it goes a little something like this: Action RPG > JRPG > WRPG > Platformer > Action Adventure > Hack and Slash/Dungeon Crawl > Rhythm/Music > Beat em Up/Brawler > First Person Shooter > Third Person Shooter > Classic Adventure/Visual Novel > Puzzle > Shoot em Up/Cute em Up > SRPG > Tower Defense > Fighter > Racing > Sim

General / Games to consider buying before they some day become pricey?
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:04:25 am »
I've got habit of missing out on games when they were less expensive. Classic, modern, whichever. Happens routinely, gets irritating for a CAG like me. One recent example, Cave Story 3D for the 3DS. Learned about it when it was hovering at about $50, decided I'd get around to getting it before last year's end and didn't. Now? It's about $80 to $100 for a complete copy. It happens a lot with classic games as well. I will discover a cool looking classic game I overlooked, go check prices on eBay and find that it's going for $60. Hit up PriceCharting and learn that the game was going for $20 about 6 months ago.  :-\

Basically things that are suited to my tastes seem to be on the rise, and I'm just a little too late for a reasonable deal. I'd like to take some proactive measures to get ahead somehow if possible. So I ask you classic and modern game guru's, what are some games that are good to invest in now, that you feel will not always stay so generously priced? I know some people say that expensive games never really loose much value after they release. Well, that doesn't explain why some old games can be going for $20 the summer of last year, and now $60. $20 is a significant loss of value from MSRP. Something must have rekindled the interest?

I'm not particularly well versed in NES, SNES, SMS, or Genesis (Mega Drive) despite all that I do already know about their libraries. Those are platforms that have really seen the price jump in recent years. We all know the essentials, but I keep discovering these lesser known gems too little, too late. If there is anything that has yet to become pricey still left, let me know.

Another platform is PS1. I feel like PS1 is an active volcano. I know a few of the games have already gotten out of hand, but also seems that a lot of games are generously priced for now. Any pointers to avoid an inflation disaster on PS1 would be appreciated. ... eh, let's go ahead and add PS2 on that same note. PS2 is mostly reasonable now. I do have a large library, but maybe I've overlooked some cool games that should not be missed at their current price?

For a general idea my top genres rpg, action and/or adventure, platformer, hack-n-slash, rhythm / music, unique / quirky, beat-em-up, run-n-gun... that sort of stuff, mostly but not strictly. Tall order I know. Thanks guys.  :D

Interesting topic I think. I thought of this a few days ago after I came across a dirt cheap sealed Splinter Cell 3D (3DS) for exactly $2. The only sealed game I ever got cheaper than that, was a copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula (SCD) for $1.

I don't see a guide specifying where a hundred and one different things should check out before submitting like with other sites. I'm mostly wondering, is there a specific image size that is or isn't allowed? Can cover images taken from the Internet be submitted? Obviously no watermarks I'm sure, but does it matter the source?

At least where such receipts apply, like brick and mortar? I do. Not sure why. I think I like preserving the memory of where I got the game and when. Although my memory is quite good with the locations where I bought most any game in my collection, months and years are usually a blur. Sometimes I don't even know what year it is. I just realized VG Collect has a feature where you can enter the date when you purchased.

Bonus question - Does anyone use the notes feature to describe the where's, when's and hows? Or what do you use that for, if anything?

So the per-orders for this sold out early February. I'm sure people exploited the 3 per customer limit, for resale purposes. I'm really bummed I missed it. It was only $75 retail. :(

If anyone bought extra copies, or you are having second thoughts about your purchase and would be willing to sell it for somewhere close to the retail price, let me know.

General / Dumpster diving game stores?
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:33:19 pm »
Any one here do this? By stores, I'm pretty much referring to GS.

I started doing this last year of out curiosity. Indeed it's tiring, and gross, but worth it I think. I've found so much stuff this way. Everything from pre-order bonuses, store displays, to complete games, and ones I wanted to add to my collection. A lot of the stuff is really profitable. I've made nearly a grand out of their dumpster.

For myself, most of what I hope to find is just DS cases. Since I'm such a big DS fan / collector, I like to find the cases to games still on my wishlist in hopes that I'll be able to obtain them cheaper, either through GS, or due to being less expensive cart only online. I also feel a personal duty to stop good DS cases (for good titles) from going to the landfill. But I also like finding all the different, neat and often times collectible stuff that gets thrown out.

Last night's run yielded a lot of good cases, and a disc only copy of Tactics Ogre. Not my cup of tea, but what a waste to be thrown out!

The downside is it eventually becomes a hoarding habit. I've accumulated so much stuff I can't possibly find a home for all of it. A lot of it I just wanna unload now, but I don't just want to throw it back out.  ;D

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