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Price at the register, it might be that $0.62 copy of Wappy Dog I bought the other day at Big Lots. 

But if you count post-sale promotions, I actually got paid some obscene amount of money to play Halo 4 thanks to in-store promotions at BB + some American Express offers MS was running where they actually gave you money for beating the game.  :P

Not sure what Wappy Dog is, but that's where I found some 3DS games for $2.

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General / Re: Tips for New/Newer Collector's
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:43:56 am »
If I could impart any wisdom, it would be the following

- Do not count your chickens before they hatch... err.. something like that. In other words, don't get caught up worrying about a million different games you want at the same time, focus on certain titles. Know the games you want, not just the name, but why you want them. Research the kind of games you're into and for what platforms. Which leads me to my second point...

- Don't go all willy buying everything you come across, try to stick to making informed choices. While quantity can be impressive, quality is more so. Try to refrain from impulses, unless you've got a really good feeling about the content or the value of what you have found. Game hunting is a great idea of just starting out, but waiting 6 months and some change to find a game you'd like to have for $3.50, instead of shelling the $25 to go ahead and get is a very small victory in the grand scheme.

- I wouldn't recommend going for any complete collections unless you've got lots of money, lots of time, and live in a densely populated area. While it's just my opinion, completionists end up spending a lot of time and money buying lots of junky stuff out of necessity. There's more junk out there, than there is good stuff.

- If you find games that appear to be boxed or cased, always check that it's actually inside, and if it's a disc check the condition. The one time you take this for granted, it will bite you.

- The time to buy something rare is when you see it (in the wild). Otherwise, you'll regret it.

- If you're going to flea markets, get up no later than 5:30 AM and go, take a flash light if you need one. Be there as people selling arrive and set up, and no later.

- If you're into collecting modern on the cheap, don't discount GS as some evil empire because they offered you $4.83 for that game you brought in that one time. They're everywhere and their used games are heavily discounted. 2,500 games under $20, as they say.

... and that's all she wrote.

 :P

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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.

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There's an old receipt in one of my Sega CD games, I forget which. Think it was from Funcoland and dated around 1994, showed a couple of games the guy had traded in to buy the SCD game.

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Video Game Database Discussion / Re: NEW Duplicate Listing Thread
« on: March 05, 2014, 02:32:13 pm »
There are two Metroid Prime: Hunters NDS [NA] pages. The bogus one is the one with no colon in the name "Metroid Prime Hunters", cataloged by only one user.

http://vgcollect.com/item/56349


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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?

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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?

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General / Re: Games you cannot find
« on: March 05, 2014, 12:50:31 am »
There are tons of games I've never seen in person, but see all of the time online. Including about 80% of what I'd like to have and what most collectors own for PS1, most Saturn games in general, Cave Story 3D, plenty of DS games that I've seen online in collections but never actually seen, most PSP RPGs, Lost Kingdoms II for GameCube (a game truly lost to the sands of time), Stubs the Zombie for Xbox, Risen 2 for 360 I have seen a few times but held off, still want it and it keeps slipping away, no local GS can keep that one in stock for more than a few days.

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Modern Video Games / Re: In Honor of the 7th Console Generation
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:08:56 pm »
Have you played Super Mario 3D World?  It's fantastic.

It's fun and I'm greatly enjoying it, but it's just too much the same stuff they were doing with the new super mario bros, it's nothing in the same vein as Super Mario 64, Sunshine or Galaxy.  It's essentially just a 2D game that happens to be 3D, rather than being a 3D game that really benefits from it.  I want to see Mario have a big adventure like he use to and really utilizing the hardware with some epic worlds, new and interesting bosses, and a proper hub world since they abandoned that with Super Mario Galaxy.  I just want to see Super Mario 64, but doubled or tripled in size lol

I'm of the complete opposite opinion. I think Super Mario 3D Land and World are exactly what Super Mario Bros. in 3D should have always been. It feels like you're exploring the mushroom kingdom from the days of the Super Mario Bros. series, in 3D. I love it!

It's not bad, but it's a diversion away from the natural progression of Mario games as we knew them. I absolutely loved 64, Sunshine, and the Galaxy games, and thought they were some of the best 3D platform adventure games ever. Super Mario 3D Land / Word is not that kind of game. In an era where nonlinear 3D platforming is nearly dead, I'm hoping the Mario franchise hasn't also abandon it. I'm really not sure what point "New" Super Mario Bros serves now, it's become redundant.

Aside from this, the 3D Land / World games are incredibly short and small, and easy. You can beat the whole game in an hour, okay maybe two. Nintendo doesn't care anymore, they're like anybody else, they are just waiting to release DLC that they should have included in the game. These games are okay, but in my opinion the Mario franchise has been wrecked and I'm thoroughly disappointed.

So short = bad? There's a whole lot of short games out there I adore.

Greatest game ever made is Super Metroid (that's science!), and it's around 2 hours long.

Sure, because it's over and I want to play more. They didn't put enough content in the game yet we paid $60 for it, there's no excuse for it nowadays other than a DLC scam. If that isn't enough to gripe about, it's basically the same thing as NSMBU from the year before, but with depth. The environments are small, unimpressive to look at, and lack the element of exploration. It's fairly obvious they were oriented towards family / casual multi-player and that's why so little went into them.

I wouldn't call them bad, but I could take or leave them, much like the NSMB franchise.

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Modern Video Games / Re: Obscure, good Wii games
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:47:37 pm »
Mushroom Men is pretty good, Excite Bots and Fragile Dreams

What's Fragile Dreams like?

Oh yeah, Fragile Dreams! That is a great Wii game, imo. Sort-of open world exploration of a post-apocalyptic world where you may be the only living human. Great cast of characters, cool story but also very emotional and melancholic, beautiful environments and light RPG elements. I would say it's a must for Wii owners. I really liked it.

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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.

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Modern Video Games / Re: Obscure, good Wii games
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:20:11 pm »
If you like 3D platforming adventures, check out Spray. Really clunky and glitch ridden, but still fun.

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Sounds good. I've never played it online either. Hell, my copy is still sealed. :(

I wouldn't mind playing some if we got some people together. I think Nintendo has a real network now with screen-names and such, do they not? I know I'm registered because I did so with my 3DS.

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Modern Video Games / Re: In Honor of the 7th Console Generation
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:09:00 pm »
Have you played Super Mario 3D World?  It's fantastic.

It's fun and I'm greatly enjoying it, but it's just too much the same stuff they were doing with the new super mario bros, it's nothing in the same vein as Super Mario 64, Sunshine or Galaxy.  It's essentially just a 2D game that happens to be 3D, rather than being a 3D game that really benefits from it.  I want to see Mario have a big adventure like he use to and really utilizing the hardware with some epic worlds, new and interesting bosses, and a proper hub world since they abandoned that with Super Mario Galaxy.  I just want to see Super Mario 64, but doubled or tripled in size lol

I'm of the complete opposite opinion. I think Super Mario 3D Land and World are exactly what Super Mario Bros. in 3D should have always been. It feels like you're exploring the mushroom kingdom from the days of the Super Mario Bros. series, in 3D. I love it!

It's not bad, but it's a diversion away from the natural progression of Mario games as we knew them. I absolutely loved 64, Sunshine, and the Galaxy games, and thought they were some of the best 3D platform adventure games ever. Super Mario 3D Land / Word is not that kind of game. In an era where nonlinear 3D platforming is nearly dead, I'm hoping the Mario franchise hasn't also abandon it. I'm really not sure what point "New" Super Mario Bros serves now, it's become redundant.

Aside from this, the 3D Land / World games are incredibly short and small, and easy. You can beat the whole game in an hour, okay maybe two. Nintendo doesn't care anymore, they're like anybody else, they are just waiting to release DLC that they should have included in the game. These games are okay, but in my opinion the Mario franchise has been wrecked and I'm thoroughly disappointed.

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Modern Video Games / Re: In Honor of the 7th Console Generation
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:51:49 pm »
I jumped into the 7th gen scene about mid-way through, and yeah, it is kind of bittersweet to see it going. It was an especially long-winded generation, with lots of memorable new franchises and games. It was the first gen that I really followed closely through the years, I know the libraries inside and out.

What's funny is how hard the retail market wants to kick these consoles to the curb, when 8th gen is sooo slow coming in to it's own. Usually previous generations hang on in the retail market for a few years after the next gen starts. Microsoft and Sony have even vowed to keep 360 and PS3 relevant for a few more years, yet retail really wants rid of it.

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