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Posted on Nov 20th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under physical media, PS5, XBox Snugglebunny


pic from vg247.  I'd dive in there like Scrooge McDuck.

I remember when eBay was a new thing.  In the wake of a fresh and burgeoning public internet, with dial-up squeals and stilted page updates, the world suddenly felt connected in a new and unprecedented way.  It didn't take long for me to use this powerful collection of advanced tools to finally achieve a feat that had eluded me for what felt like forever:

I tracked down the import Final Fantasy IV soundtrack CD.

Spent way too much, in hind sight.  Didn't we all, the first time we realized we could bid on objects that had tantalized our imaginations?  Or replace that lost childhood toy?  Or prove that yes, Song of the South really exists but only on withered VHS tapes?  Before it became a store, in its infancy eBay felt like an untapped treasure trove, that fabled yard sale where everybody found something they were looking for.

But this isn't about eBay.  It is about what that described moment represents; connecting with a lost treasure, or finding a new one.  Few gamers over thirty wouldn't stop and look at a pristine collection of rare games from a few decades ago, if just to reminisce or wonder about what was never played.  Games back then represented a thing to buy and savor, from mining every secret and technique to staying up with a buddy to beat each other's high scores.  Before they were services, video games were products to own.


Continue reading Are We Past The Golden Era Of Physical Media?



Posted on Nov 19th 2017 at 01:34:53 AM by (nupoile)
Posted under collecting, prge, cowlitz, pinball, tailgate party, ed averett


Sometimes life is funny. For the last 18 months or so my wife and I have been far more busy than ever before. I like to tell the story of how there was a day a few months ago when the busyness was at it's height were I was able to sit down without anything to do for 45 seconds and that was the longest break I had had for a few weeks. I think things are slowing down, I occasionally come home now and have an hour or two were I can think about the work I should be doing, heh heh. The only reason I've had time to put this together is I've had a cold and only worked a few hours today, so if my prose is all wonky, remember, I'm sick and tired....

Somehow I managed to pick up a few things during all that time being busy. It's been so long since I've posted in the small scores, this is going to look like a lot of stuff, like, Zagnorch and GamerNick levels of stuff, so be prepared.




Lets start with the Cowlitz Gamers for Kids show. This was all the way back in April and is about were I left off posting my finds.





A smaller show but with lots of vendors that go to PRGE (which we'll get to in a bit). The highlights of this show is the more laid back atmosphere and the chance to hang out with Fokakis all day. We meet up here pretty much every year and wander about, chatting up the other people we know from past shows. There is a pretty good selection of stuff, fun people to talk to and things to look at.







I made out with these Laser Discs, the middle row was from Fokakis and I was super excited about The Killer and Hard Boiled. Criterion Hard Boiled. That movie is all but impossible to find in the original aspect ratio outside of this version.







Also from Cowlitz, games! Your going to notice a little bit of a trend with picking up common Xbox titles. Not that it's set up yet, but I've got all the bits for two complete Xbox lan stations. (I keep forgetting I can also do this with GameCube and PS2 now as well, and maybe xbox360....hmmm)





Now for more normal finds:




There were so many random pickups this year I forgot everything, this is just what I found as I was wrapping up taking all the pictures for this. Wife was really excited to find the Minecraft book set, the 7 year old that hangs around with us is really into them. She studies the books and builds what she sees in the game.








For awhile now I've really been thinking of the best way, which includes being cheap, of hooking up lots of consoles at once. We all probably have those av selectors which let you plug 4 things into 1 but I'm looking for more, lots more. I finally came across a decent AV receiver for a good price. Rarely do I see used receivers around here other than beat up entry models. Craigslist has $100+ mid-level ones but that's about it. This one is pretty good for my needs, I'm still on the lookout for one of those awesome Denon, top of the line, things from 10 years ago, but this Sony will hold me over for a bit. The matrix switcher was at the thrift next to it. Got them both for ~$25








Look at those inputs! And outputs too for the switcher. This is a early 90's high end switcher. Something really rich people had at home or small local tv stations might use. I can't find much on it, but saw something saying it was $1000 new and one guy was using it in his quarter million dollar home theater. What I really wonder is if it can run more than one thing at once. It's 7 in and 7 out plus 2 monitors, so can you have 7 consoles hooked up to it and one person on one tv play one of them and another person on a 2nd tv be playing a different console all through this box? It even has a remote, so I could just sit back and switch from console to console without ever leaving my seat!









You might remember I got to meet techwizard this summer. Knowing he was going to visit Crabmaster shortly before me, we set it up for him to get me free shipping from Canada. It worked out great and I was super happy to get more lan worthy games for fun xbox nights with friends. You'll all have to visit some day so I can show you how to play Halo   Cool









Some random stuff. Cart is for GBA and is a mp3 device called Advanced Musicplayer. Lets you use your GBA as a portable mp3 machine. Hooks up to a pc via usb. Hard to pass up a plug and play from Avatar the Last Airbender. I'm not one for tv series' or cartoon/anime but Avatar is really good, you should check it out.









Most of this was from a garage sale. A guy was selling a huge collection of pc games for $1 each. I only bought a few of them though because it was raining really hard and although it was under a tarp, the games were all wet. I thought I was getting ones that were somewhat dry and leaving the soaked ones but most of these were pretty wet too. I didn't see how wet until I got home, they dried out surprisingly well though. Guy had an interesting collection though. 90% war games, flight sims and grand strat, from the early 90's to current.








More laser discs. Wife has told me several times she thinks it's weird I picked up Harold and Maude, I don't even know what the movie is about, I've heard it was good?









When techwizard and co. were here, we all went to a Toys r Us. They were closing out on Skylanders stuff so we jumped on that. I'm totally new to the series. This was $20ish I think for all of it.









I wanted to be able to use the 3DS for Skylanders, needed a portal though. Zagnorch the rescue! I owe him now, big time.









A pawn shop in town that normally prices things very much in line with ebay actually had some Intellivision games. They had them all under one sku though, named for a common INTV game that only sells for a couple dollars. I think the lot of these was less than $11 and some of those are $15-30 on ebay  Cheesy  I think I have fewer than 40 left in the library now. Not that I ever plan on finishing the whole collection, a few of them are super expensive.








A new used game shop opened up in town. I've gone in twice now and felt I should buy something even if it pains me to pay what the now expected prices are for NES games. Oh well, support your local game store and all that. At least I've added new NES games to the collection, don't do that as much anymore. Oh, and since we moved sometime in all that busyness, I'm going to try and work in different backgrounds to my posts going forward. We'll see if I follow through with that.




Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2017

PRGE is by all accounts the big retro game show. That's what I hear anyway. Something like 10,000 people showed up last year. Lots of vendors, huge arcade, tons of panels, Tetris World Championships....I've written at least something about it every year for several years now.




Caught someone doing some filming for his youtube channel.




When you go to these kind of shows, got to bring the 3DS to get those streetpasses!

Did I say I got to hang out with russlyman? He was there two years ago too, fun times for sure.










Wife is really into watching the Tetris world championships. This was during qualifying. Really hard to make out but the guy on the top left has a score of 999,999 which he did a second time right after this. These guys are really good. The guy on the top right, Jonas, won it in the end. World champ 7 times now. The guy in the bottom left, Harry, has won it all before and along with Jonas was in that Tetris movie. A few hundred people watch the finals and it's kinda funny but the contestants sit in the crowd with everyone else. My wife was sitting next to Harry and talked to him some about the Twitch stream he was looking at on his phone. I think I was streamed on Twitch, I'm famous now.








There was a museum at the show.





Dollar bin games I think.





Exercise while playing games? What do you know about this crabby? I think this is the one they sold at the auction later on.





Some "Sony-Nintendo" thing they had out to play. A cheap knock off for sure.








https://flic.kr/p/21CkHiW

The lighting in the vendor area is really bad for taking pictures and I've pretty much given up on that. I did manage this though. I can't say it's typical of anything one way or the other, but if you like looking at this sort of thing....click the link to see it bigger.









I love riding escalators because it makes me feel lazy for a few seconds. This sign though. If the escalators are off, aren't they stairs?









What did I actually buy at the show though? Lots of mainstream games. I've been so slack on keeping track of my collection I mostly concentrated on important, popular, games I've missed out on. Prices weren't awesome but a little less than what you'd see in a game store. Eagles laser disc was free because my wife picked it up and the seller said she was the only person to ever show interest in it.





Two more INTV games, yay. Brett Weiss book, he's a member of this site. He was at the show and my wife saw the book and was like, "we need that" He signed the front of it for us. Nintendogs and Cats is for my nephew.





I have all the US Odyssey2 games, plus a few from other regions. Ed Aerett was the developer/programmer for about half the library. He was at the show. Got him to sign our program and later decided to just pick up a loose O2 game for him to sign too. Really nice guy. Full of laughs and smiles. Signs his name with "KC's dad".








Homebrew games are awesome. I love that they exist and am happy for people to get them that want them. I only have a couple though since they're normally priced the same as any new game and I don't normally buy games at 'new game' prices. Near the end of the show I was walking around and came across this. The guy how made it told me all about it, and let me play a bit. It's unique. A homebrew game for the NES Powerpad. Apparently this is only the 3rd homebrew-powerpad game. One of the others wasn't released and the other was similar to the Track and Field gameplay. Tailgate Party is played like that yard party game Cornhole. You have to supply your own beanbags, pick a distance away to stand and toss them at your powerpad. It's not a simple score keeper either, there is interesting gameplay involved. The dev was really thoughtful with the whole game package, lots of good design went into the layouts, characters, 'easter eggs', manual, logos, everything. I recommend looking into it just because it is so interesting of an idea and so well thought out.



A video of Tailgate Party

https://www.facebook.com/orabgames/

A facebook (whatever that is) page for the game.











Told a new guy at work I had moved and was hoping to set up a game room sometime soon. He gave me this.







Bally Lost World. All the parts seem to be there but it needs a lot of work, not the least of which is corrosion on the circuit boards. Supposedly this game is really loved for it's art, not so much for the gameplay which is simple and straight forward. My wife loves pinball and I surprised her by coming home with it, actually I only showed her the backglass first and told her a guy at work gave it to me for my game room, she thought that was awesome. I let it sink in before telling her I had the rest of the machine too  Cheesy










The backglass is awesome for sure. The guy gave it to me.




I think that wraps it up for now, I know I missed some things. Didn't even show the Gamecube and Xbox consoles along with all the main Resident Evil games for GC that someone gave me because it's in a box somewhere since the move. Didn't show all the PC hardware I picked up for new and old PCs. There will be a pc centric post coming at some point, maybe after life slows down a bit.

I nearly put all this in a single post in small scores, that would have been a fun page....






Posted on Nov 16th 2017 at 05:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Santa, Space invaders,Mass Effect,Splatoon,Bowser,Sonic

Hey now, everybody! Welcome to...


The 2017 NOT-So-Secret-Santa Give-Away!


 This year I offer 11 humble items for your first-come, first-served consideration! Just remember the rules:

-   Just one selection per person.

-   The first person to claim the item gets it. First come, first served.


How to make your claim:

-   Take note of the number of the item/lot you desire, and...

-   Post that number in the Not-So-Secret-Santa blog's comments section below.

All RF Generation members from anywhere in the world are welcome to take advantage. Just be aware that, that unless otherwise noted, all games being given away are NTSC U/C coded for use in machines for the North American market.

As for shipping costs: I'm covering it. Just note that I'll be mailing this stuff out using the cheapest shipping methods possible, so it might be a while before your claim gets to you. You'll receive a PM informing you of your successful claim, and either requesting your mailing address, or confirming the one I have on file.

And now, we open up Santa's sack (*SNICKER*) to reveal...



1)   3-IN-1 SUPER JOY BOX Adapter allows you to use your PS1, PS2, XBox, and Game Cube controllers on your PC via USB port! This device supports Windows 9X / ME / 2000 / XP systems.





2)   HOW TO DRAW SONIC THE HEDGEHOG & THE GANG Book





3)   Light blue (heavy) Nintendo DS carry case





4)   SPLATOON Squid Plush





5)   Loot Crate SPACE INVADERS Mini Alien Vinyl Figure





6)   MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA Peebee Fig Pin


 


7)   Nintendo 64 Bowser Bean Bag Plush





Cool   MARIO KART 8 DELUXE Rubiks Cube



 

9)   Official Nintendo GameCube-to-GBA Link Cable

 



10)   Donkey Kong 3DS XL Carry Case





11)   The Triumphant Return of the Lot of Mystery Games!





It's dibs-callin' time, guys; get to it!


Also, feel free to drop by the Official 2017 Not-So-Secret Santa thread:

http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=18392.0


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Posted on Nov 14th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Alleyway, Dramatic Readings, Game Boy Guru, Game Boy, Nintendo, launch title, game review


Here's Episode 006 of my Dramatic Readings! series. This episode is all about the Game Boy launch title, Alleyway!  Nintendo's simple paddle & ball game, based on one of their earliest video game attempts, brings the basic formula to the small screen.  Is this game a breakout success, or does it drop the ball into the void?  Watch and find out!



Posted on Nov 8th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under RF Cinema, Brainscan, movies, video game movies, discussion


As the first entry in the new RF Cinema video game movie discussion, Brainscan made for a great October watch and those who participated in the conversation really seemed to enjoy it. For those who missed it, join us as we recap the film itself and the comments it inspired, won't you?

And don't worry, I'll keep this article spoiler-free.



Continue reading RF Cinema: Brainscan



Posted on Nov 6th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Duke.Togo)
Posted under Collectorcast, Podcast, Retro World Expo, Duke.Togo, Wildbil52, Singlebanana


**photo by THE Russlyman**


Episode 45 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...rum/index.php?topic=18380

Bil, Duke, and Rich get together for a live panel at Retro World Expo 2017!

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Posted on Nov 2nd 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Mario, Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo, Platformer, Bros, Switch



The Switch has been out for roughly 8 months as of this article. It's been selling at or above expectations each month. Software attach rates are incredibly high. In general, people seem quite enthusiastic about the system. I picked one up at launch hoping Zelda would tide me over while I waited patiently for much of the future software that has been promised. Zelda didn't strike me like I'd hoped it would. Arms and Splatoon 2 are for a different audience than myself, and while I had a bit of fun playing both with my son, they are not games I've returned to or have ever been interested in playing by myself. As a day one Wii U owner, I've played a significant amount of Mario Kart 8 already, so the deluxe version isn't quite what I want to justify owning the system.

With games like Fire Emblem, Shin Megami Tensei V, Kirby, Dragon Quest and others looming in the distance, I've never been worried that I'll regret my purchase in the long run. But after 8 months, I really do long for something to play that gets me excited to own a Switch. With that in mind, I have very high hopes for Super Mario Odyssey and how it will make me feel to be a Switch owner.



Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey



Posted on Oct 31st 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Android app, Google Play, updates, other news

We're back on Google Play!
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Continue reading RF Generation - Back on Google Play!



Posted on Oct 27th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, NES, Famicom, Horror, RPG, Capcom, Japanese


The Japanese Famicom exclusive title Sweet Home has always intrigued me.  It is a hybrid of two of my favorite genres: turn-based RPGs and survival horror, and it is often regarded as a large inspiration for one of my favorite video game series, Resident Evil.  I have tried to play this game a couple of times in the past, but it can feel incredibly daunting to newcomers who are not familiar with its mechanics.  However, I have finally been able to experience this game in its entirety, and I found myself impressed with many of its unique and innovative ideas.



Continue reading Sweet Home



Posted on Oct 26th 2017 at 04:02:35 PM by (ErbBetaPatched)
Posted under Playstation 2, Introduction, Reviews, Youtube

Greetings.

My name is ErbBetaPatched and I have a goal in life. I want to review every PS2 game. Why? Because I love the system and there are a lot of oddities that need to be looked at and enjoyed, and people deserve to know about them.

The PS2 has the most games out of any console and had a lifespan that extended into the next two generations of games. So there's going to be a lot of games that slip through the cracks and just go unnoticed. Some of them deserve no attention, because they're shovelware, but thats not always the case. My goal is to play and review each one.



Continue reading Review The PS2: An Introduction



Posted on Oct 25th 2017 at 03:59:27 AM by (Techie413)
Posted under Staying Strong

Dang, how long has it been?  I know, I suddenly disappeared without a trace after years of regular activity.  Then I got hit with a rare skin cancer that required three surgeries including a large chunk of my upper shoulder  (and part of a tattoo) being completely cut off of my body and replaced with a skin graft from my leg.  Rare because there is no known cause.  It wasn't caused by being out in the sun or anything I could have done to prevent it.  One in a million chance, as the statistics would confirm.  Chemo pills that left me in a lull for months then surgeries that left me in a recovery state for pretty much all of 2016 and the first part of 2017.

Since then, I've been camping as much as able and riding the 4-wheeler to the mountain tops.  I have enjoyed a female passenger and long time friend that may just lead to a life long commitment.  I found out this week that I'm going to be a grandpa, although I still look like I'm in my 30s. 

It's time to let the gaming collection go, but Chrono Trigger isn't going anywhere.



Posted on Oct 24th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under Extra Life


It is that time again! Extra Life 2017 is upon us, and I though I'd take it upon myself to do a "part 2" to a post I made last year (find it HERE). Go read that, especially if you aren't familiar with Extra Life (and you should be...because you read Zophar53's excellent article HERE]). Last year, our team raised 1905.00 Dollars for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and we intend to try and break that record this year!



Continue reading Extra Life 2017



Posted on Oct 21st 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under ace combat, ps2, psp, reviews


Before I dove back into the numbered series of Ace Combat games, I decided to take a look at another handheld entry in the series with Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception for the Sony PSP. The game certainly starts out promising and converts elements from the console games to handheld very nicely, but it does have a few shortcomings. Ace Combat X is seemingly going for the same dramatic presentation of Ace Combat 4, but it can't quite reach the high bar set by that title. For one thing, the voice acting is pretty poor. For a series with anime-influenced futuristic war stories, the presentation has to be really authentic to be effective. In this game it was difficult to take the story seriously at times.



Continue reading Ace Combat Retrospective, Part 2



Posted on Oct 19th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under PSVR 2017, VR


Pic from PlayStation Universe

Virtual Reality gaming in 2017 is in a bit of a strange place.  After the Oculus Rift re-ignited VR interest a few years ago, all of a sudden it felt (as least to me) that a once-promised futuristic technology was suddenly right around the corner.  It was as if Toyota announced a flying car that could be purchased next year.  Fast-forward a bit and even your phone can get a goofy attachment and transport you into a limited VR experience.  Along comes Sony whose VR specs notably lagged behind the big PC names, yet it offered a comparative product for a home console millions already owned.   



Continue reading Thoughts on PSVR One Year Out



Posted on Oct 17th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under backlog, Dead Space


I realized a while ago I need to do something about my backlog.  While I could just sell it, many of my games are digital, so the next best thing (after unplugging and living off the grid) is to just play them.  But given that my time is a bit limited (husband, father, mortgage, laundry, zombies, etc.), just finishing the game isn't my ultimate goal.  I need an easy way to check these games off and move on when I am done with them, and thus, The List was born.   


**DISCLAIMER** - PICTURES AND VIDEOS BEYOND THIS BREAK CONTAIN VIOLENCE, BLOOD AND GORE, AND ADULT LANGUAGE THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


Continue reading The List 1 - Dead Space


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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