|Posted on March 2, 2016 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
What can I say about John "Gamester81" Lester that has not already been said? The guy is a man after my won heart. A man who loves video games and shares his passion for them with the world. Whether it be in his contribution via his YouTube channel, his work at CollectorVision Games or even his genuine participation in the community, John is an amazing guy. He is the personification of what the gaming community should be. Honest. Passionate. Open. Sincere. Very few people have these qualities today. John does.
It is sad the way people use their anger to attack anyone even faintly attached to a project that doesn't turn out as planned or the way they hoped it would. We all feel like fools for falling for the hype of the Retro VGS and later rebranded Coleco Chameleon. The team got us excited and let us all down. And I understand the frustration cause I feel it too. But burning people at the stake for things there were just as clueless about as the rest of us is totally unacceptable. John is one of the kindest people in this community. He would give up the cloths off his own back if you needed them. And he shares his hobby with us all because he seriously loves this community. The last thing he would want to do is divide or harm this community in any way. And he simply cannot and should not he held accountable for the actions of a few guys who were clearly in over their heads.
So in short, I stand behind John AND CollectorVision Games. I appreciate what they do for this community and I really hope the mob gives up the chase. At the very least, I hope they direct their anger in the right direction. But John does not deserve this. He is in support of this community and he has done everything in his power to cultivate this community. Contribute to this community. And help make it what it is today. The retro gaming community is bigger than it has ever been. And we have people like John to thank for that. So please, I implore you. Drop your stones. Stop the witch-hunt. We all said our peace about the Coleco Chameleon and those involved can't ignore us anymore. But please keep those who were in the dark just like us out of it. Don't make John or anyone else loosely connected to the project an example for the decisions made that they had no involvement with. John is a representative of this community who genuinely loves this community. And I support him whole-heartedly. You should too...
|Posted on December 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM||comments (2)|
The hobby of collecting video games, more specifically retro video games is growing at an alarming rate. More and more people are drawn to the hobby everyday due to the fact that it is not only a hobby involving collecting and preserving of a collectable, but also experiencing it. Video games are an interactive medium and therefore collectors do not simply display them, but also play and enjoy them. The hobby is also driven largely by nostalgia, becoming one of the largest collectible communities of them all.
With that in mind, many are out there to take advantage of new collectors and overcharge them in exchange for allowing them to "relive their childhood". Even worse, this is a hobby that can quickly become an out of control addiction. So here are some simple tips I'd like to share with new collectors to help keep your collection manageable and to keep you from overpaying to build your dream collection.
Tip #1: Reacquiring Your Childhood.
For this tip, I'd like to suggest that new collectors start small. As I stated earlier, many people are driven to this hobby though nostalgia. They have fond memories of games they played as a child. So the first goal of any collector should be to reacquire the games and consoles they played as a kid. Not all of them of course...just the ones you have fond memories of. This will give you a decent starting point. For me, I had fond memories of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. So I started there. With each system, there were about 10 games I had fond memories of as a child. So that in addition to the modern games I had at the time, a Playstation and Sega Dreamcast with approximately 10 games each was the starting point of my game collection.
Tip #2: Seek out great titles you may have missed as a child.
When you're a kid, you can only play what your parents buy you. Sure...you may be able to burrow games off of friends or family members, but even that limits you to what you can play. So it's impossible to play all the great games there are available. Heck, it wasn't even possible to know all the great games that existed. We knew about the big titles. The Mario's, Sonic's and Street Fighters. But what about hidden gems like Bonk's Adventure and Zombies Ate My Neighbors? Today we have the Internet. We can easily look up reviews for great games...new and old. My favorite source is YouTube. Look up reviews of games for the consoles you wish to collect for. Watch a few and make a list of the games that catch your attention. Seek those out. Not only is it a great way to build your collection, but it's also a great way to create new memories for your new hobby.
Tip #3: Online shopping should only be a last resort.
Looking for a particular game? It can be tempting to hop online and just buy it. Sure...it's easy to find what you want on eBay or Amazon. But you will pay for that convenience. Many times, people on these sites will overcharge you or for rare and valuable games, you miss the opportunity to get a potential deal on them. Online you can't haggle over price or negotiate. The price is what you pay and that's final. Not only that, but there is also the added expense of shipping costs. Part of collecting is the thrill of the hunt. Going to pawn shops, flea markets, swap meets and trade shows to try and get your hands on that long sought after game. Not to mention the fact that you're more like to find a deal if you keep up with the hunt. I rarely buy games online. If I do, it's a game I have spent years searching for with no luck. So I highly encourage new collectors to stay away from the Internet and only use it as a last ditch effort to find that long sought addition to your collection.
Tip #4: Barter for those high-priced games.
Like any hobby, there are Crown Jewels that many collectors seek out. And with supply and demand not on your side, it can get expensive real quick. Games like Earthbound that fetch $250 for a loose cartridge or Little Samson that can go for as high as $500 depending on condition are the games we collectors dream of owning but can probably never afford. So how does one get these games without breaking the bank? Aside from getting lucky and finding someone who doesn't know what they have, trading unwanted games is a good technique. Say you buy a game that you thought you would like but didn't. Why keep it around? Trade it for something you might enjoy more! Ever on a hunt and find a valuable game at an extremely low price? Even if you already have it, buy it. This can be used to trade for games you might actually want. Utilizing trading is a great way to get the games you want but can't afford cheaply. So it is a tip that should not be ignored.
Tip #5: Keep your collection manageable by only collecting games you want to play.
With so many games having been created, a game collection can quickly get out of hand and become an unhealthy obsession. I've seen many collectors with boxes of unwanted games and rooms full of those boxes. Why? Simply because they are games! Do they play them? No! Do they even like those games? No! So why keep them? That's not collecting....that's hoarding!!! So my advice, and probably the best advice I can offer is only collect games you want to play. Not only will your collection be more manageable, but you will also be able to grab any game off the shelf to play and know you will have a good time doing it. Games were meant to be fun. So keeping bad games around defeats the purpose. It may look awesome to have dozens of book cases full of games. But why does that matter if you only play a small portion of them? Short answer? It doesn't...
So those are just a handful of tips I think will help new collectors both build their collections and have fun doing it in the process. These tips can also be applied to other hobbies as well. So if retro video game collecting isn't your thing, I hope this still helps you in other collecting as well. I have to admit...I had to learn most of the above mentioned tips the hard way. But at least you can take my early collecting mistakes, learn from them and avoid all the bad moves that I made early on. So good luck in your journeys and happy collecting!
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So about a few months back, I watched a video from one of my fav YouTuber's, Johnny Millenium AKA The Happy Console Gamer, where he mentioned a game franchise called "Ys". I had never heard of it, but after hearing him talk about it on several occasions and seeing his passion for the franchise, I had to try these games for myself. So I picked up a couple of the games and unfortunately never got around to actually trying them.
As of yesterday, I kind of had a rush after finally completing FInal Fantasy VII this past weekend after years of trying and failing to do so. That said, I wanted to try and tackle other RPG's that I had never played or finished. After all, I have several RPG's that I never took the time to play, let alone complete. Not knowing where to start, I started watching some of Johnny's older videos as I know he is a huge RPG fan. In the process of watching those old videos, I again was reminded of Ys. remembering I had just bought a couple games in the series, I scoured my collection and found the ones I own..."Ys III: Wanderers from Ys" for the Super NES and "Ys: Oath of Felghana" for the PSP.
Not wanting to take the time to pull out my Super NES, I decided to start with "Oath of Felghana" for the PSP. I have already logged over 2 hours on this game and I have to say...I'm hooked!!! The environments to explore are amazing, the combat is solid, the story is compelling and best of all...the soundtrack is major ear-candy. I'm still early into the game, but so far I love it!
Thank you so much Johnny for introducing me to such an awesome game. It is definitely a fantastic game and I am looking forward to seeing more of it as well as the rest of this franchise. You have opened my eyes to the fact that not only Squaresoft (Square-Enix) can make a damn good RPG.