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Posted on Sep 27th 2011 at 01:40:05 AM by (Paully3433)
Posted under People of RFGeneration, Members, Interview, Paully3433, RFG, singlebanana

Well well, it has been too long since we have done one of these, and honestly, too long for me to be away. This summer was really busy working on our house & my job and family. With winter coming soon, and more time being laid off due to the freezing temps and piles of snow, I will have more time to be active on the site. So i figured we could pick up where we left off, with a new interview! Also look for new reviews, interviews and other content. As well as a ton of updates in the DB. This time I ask singlebanana a few questions. He joined in summer of last year and has been a great contributor of articles and is currently on staff as a blog writer. READ HIS BLOG!


Rich aka singlebanana
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Location: Summerfield, North Carolina

Where does your screen name come from?The name actually comes from my frustration with the game MarioKart 64.  My friend and I played the game when we would unwind during grad school.  We noticed that every time you were in the lead and ran over a box, the majority of the time all you got was a dreaded single banana.

MarioKart has wasted many hours, How did you find RFG?A guy I went to high school with, DevIancE on RFG, knew I was a collector and directed me to the site.

What made you stay and become part of RFG?
I enjoyed the articles, blog posts, and the ease and thorough nature of the database.  Plus, I've met some great people to trade games with.

Have you ever met or personally know anyone at RFG?Just DevIance.


Basics

Number of Games Owned (at time of printing):1,605 (a mere infant compared to some on here)

Number of Games on Wishlist (at time of printing):140

Number of Systems:Around 25


When did you start collecting?I guess I've been "collecting" since I was five (1982 to be exact), but I just realized I was an addict this year when the volume of games I was buying really started to increase.

What was your first system you owned?Sadly, the notorious Atari 5200.  Asked for an "Atari" for Christmas expecting to get a 2600, which all my friends/family had.  Neither I, or my parents knew that a new system had just been released.  It was an awkward Christmas morning.  Ironically, I'm looking to purchase one now...go figure.

What was your first game?Got a few games all at once that fateful Xmas morning, so here goes: Congo Bongo, Galaxian, Pac-Man, and Popeye.

Man, Santa didn't like you much, What was your first game you bought yourself (if different from above)?T & C Surf Designs for the NES, had that sucker on layaway for 6 months...enter disappointment.

6 months of waiting for that? What made you decide to buy that particular game?I was into skateboarding at the time, guess I thought it would be "gnarly."

First game you ever beat?Contra for the NES.  I actually beat it the first time I played it over at a soccer team sleepover at a local rec center.  30 men code of course.

I was gonna say, first time, holy crap. Have you ever broken anything due to frustration from a game?I kicked a folding chair once that just happened to fold up and topple directly toward my bedroom window in slow motion.  Luckily, only one pane of the window broke.  My parents still don't know about this, so I'd like to keep this information hush hush.  I believe the game was Kid Icarus, which yes, I finally beat.

Kid Icarus was really fun, hard but fun, and I can see why you broke a chair with that haha! But we will keep that on the down low.

Interview

Are you collecting now, if so what anything specific?I'm a cartridge guy.  I primarily collect for the Atari 2600 and NES that I grew up on, but I'll grab a few of the more popular/recommend games for SNES, Genesis, SMS, and N64 when I can.  I also have a Vectrex fetish that stems from spending summers at my great grandparent's lake house and a convenience store within walking distance that had a Tempest cabinet.

When did you feel a tipping point from gamer to both gamer and game collector?Earlier this year when I found myself going to flea markets every weekend to "hunt."

More of this flea market hunting, we never have them around me, sucks Sad What are your goals as a game collector, how have you developed them, and how do you feel about your progress toward them?I'd like to put together a complete collection of loose NES games and grab as many 2600 titles as possible, though I know the impossibility of doing so.  I feel like I have a pretty good start on the former.

Big goals are good to have, how many games, systems, etc. are "enough"? enough? - "does not compute"

What's your proudest moment as a game collector?Finding a prototype of Gremlins for the Atari 2600, which I bought at a local thrift shop in NC for $2.16.

What's your least proud moment as a game collector?Passing up on a complete boxed 5200 system and about 8 games for $40.  In my defense, the controllers were beat up and missing grips.  I felt that if someone had treated the controllers that bad, then the system was probably shot as well.  The flea market where I saw it was a few hours out of town and when I returned a few weeks later, it was gone.  It still haunts me.

I know we all have those stories, don't worry, they happen to us all! If you had to give part of your collection away for a worthy cause what part would it be, and why?Definitely the N64, I converted from Nintendo to Playstation in college and never had one until this year.  Wow, giving up a fairly cheap system...upon reflection, this answer is pretty selfish.

Wow really the N64? Where/how do you store it all?I just moved into a new home in April of this year.  Luckily, it has a third floor with a playroom for my kids and a small office for myself.  My wife has been kind enough to let me turn it into my gameroom.


Nice, I need to add on to our house for that! What's your favorite part of your collection?Right now it's my Vectrex, but I suppose that's subject to change.  I get pretty geeked over the vector graphics and the overlays.

What about a favorite series?Big fan of the Bust-A-Move puzzle games.

What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to gaming?The kids games on the 2600, especially Cookie Monster Munch and Big Bird's Egg Catch.  Ironically, I don't have the latter yet, but I remember the bouncing hens on their nests well.

I am seeing a trend here in these interviews, always going back to the kids games. What is the most valuable part of your collection(Value or sentimental)?There is nothing too valuable in my collection, but I'll go with my Vectrex.

What game do you have the most nostalgia for?Probably Grand Prix on the 2600.  My grandmother use to play it with my cousin and I when we were very young.  I distinctly remember the electrocution sound of running into other cars in the game and my grandmother's high pitched scream when she would crash.

A grandma that plays is cool in my book. What would you like to improve in your collection?I'd like to beef up my 2600 collection, which is currently around 336 games.

What do you think was your best deal while game buying?Snagging Aero Fighters (SNES) from a flea market vendor for $5.

What item in your collection do you feel you overpaid for?Pole Position and Polar Rescue (CIB) for the Vectrex. 

Good spending is crucial in collection. What do you feel is the strangest or weirdest item in your collection?Several months ago, I purchased a Panther light gun that looks like a semi-automatic handgun for .99.  From the research I've done, I have only been able to find one online that is similar and plugs into a PS1.  This one has an Atari/Genesis plug on the end.  I'm sure it's for a bootleg system, but I think it's cool.

What item(s) do you not have in your collection that people are surprised to hear you don't have?Probably an XBox 360 or a PS3.  I'm not adverse to having newer consoles and do own a Wii, but I honestly wouldn't even know what to buy if I ever considered purchasing one.  I'm just the kind of person who is not in a hurry to get his hands on a new system or game.  Even with Wii titles, I tend to wait to buy used copies or new ones that have dropped in price considerably.

Not to surprising, I don't have any of the new age systems at the moment! Is there any way you'd ever stop collecting? Maybe if my wife put her foot down.  She's not a gamer (though she can be tempted by the occasional game of Warlords), but she's very cool and supportive of my collecting.

Nice, sounds very similar to mine. She did ask me to get rid of a few things that weren't my favorite and I was fine with that. Do you have a funny story about your collection?My friends and I will call in for a mental health day about once a year to game. We fittingly refer to as "Nintenday."  There have been songs written about our exploits.  Is that too weird?

That is awesome, I would do the same but I get the entire winter off to play! Smiley Have you ever had to move your collection to another house? What was it like? Yeah, I recently moved my collection in April.  At the time, I had just under 1000 games.  Our old house was very small, so I had everything in our guest room and boxed up to keep it out of site.  Since everything was already boxed, the move was quite easy....except for hauling everything up two full flights of stairs at the new place.  We used movers for the larger stuff, but of course I did the games myself and wouldn't let anyone else touch them.

If your significant other told you no more games, what would you do? I'd probably have to concede.  If she told me I'd have to sell the ones that I already have, then there would be an issue.

What percentage of your games are still sealed?less than 1%

What percentage of your game have you actually played? Completed?probably about 50% played; as far as completed, probably well under 5%.  Can you ever really "complete" Atari games though?  I could totally score some Activision patches if they would still let me send off for them.

Do you own any complete collections (every game for a certain system)? No, but I'm working toward a complete NES collection at the moment and am very close to completing an originally released Vectrex collection.


I am the evil interviewer with these questions....

What is your favorite game of all time?
Missile Command is my favorite.  I'm not sure why, but I've always loved this game and pick up copies for various systems whenever I can and Warlords would be my multiplayer selection

Least Favorite?Since E.T. is too generic, I'll go with the Swordquest series on the 2600.  What a bunch of nonsense!

Others

Do you collect anything else besides games?Vinyl, a few G.I. Joe action figures (1982-1987 exclusively) when I find them, DVDs, and many books which I'll probably never read.

What do you outside of games? Work, spend time with my wife, wrestle with my 2 year-old daughter and newborn son, drink with friends, listen to indie music and attend shows.

What other features would you like to see more of at RFG (Example: Reviews, Articles, Interviews, Previews, etc)?I'd like to see more pre-NES game and console reviews.

Agree, if I played more Pre-Nes games I would love to review, I just don't get into to many. Do you have a question for the next interview?What is your favorite gaming cabinet of all time?

Sweet look for that question coming up in the new interview. Thanks for your time!

Click the banner below to check out more of singlebanana's, collection, RFG Profile and many more picture of his awesome collection.





Posted on Dec 29th 2010 at 03:25:33 AM by (Paully3433)
Posted under People of RFGeneration, Members, Interview, Paully3433, RFG

The time has come after the busy holidays to get you guys some new content. I have posted a review about a DS game that I have just played beaten and shelved, look for that right here. Now with that in the bag it is time for another Interview with the People of RFGeneration. This time an Editor from across the pond in the UK steps up and takes his turn, none other than Ga5ket.


Anton aka Ga5ket
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Location: Nottinghamshire, UK

Where does your screen name come from?Back in my motorcycle days at university I had a bike that I blew 5 head gaskets in 3 weeks, hence the name

How did you find RFG?I hung around racketboy's forums for a while, but they didn't really understand the collecting obsession, and someone there mentioned RFG

What made you stay and become part of RFG?
It's the first (and only site) that I've ever come across that caters properly for Euro releases. Every other site seems to list US releases with a small note about the Euro version. The community was an added bonus. Plus now I'm an editor it'd just be rude to leave at this point

Have you ever met or personally know anyone at RFG?Data and I work for different branches of the same company, and we've got together a few times


Basics


Number of Games Owned (at time of printing): 1694

Number of Games on Wishlist (at time of printing): 0, on RFG, but about 4000 on paper

Number of Systems: Including variations, 51

When did you start collecting? Not really sure about games, but I've collected something of one form or another most of my life

What was your first system you owned? Dragon 32. Dad bought it for me way back when, been programming and gaming ever since.

What was your first game? Probably Quest or Madness and the Minotaur

What was your first game you bought yourself (if different from above)? No idea, but it'd be for the Dragon

First game you ever beat? Franklin's Tomb on the Dragon. It's a text based adventure, and I remember my friend and I spending hours playing it.

Have you ever broken anything due to frustration from a game? Not that I remember


Interview

Are you collecting now, if so what anything specific? Bundled games & peripherals, but just about anything I find really

That is always a good thing because you can usually find a deal somewhere on something you like. When did you feel a tipping point from gamer to both gamer and game collector?I've always collected, it just took a while to admit it

Yeah it is kind of like a habit, sometimes it takes time to realize what has happened Smiley What are your goals as a game collector, how have you developed them, and how do you feel about your progress toward them? I'm aiming for a full set of Dragon games, although I can't see it ever happening. I have a passion for bundled games, i.e. ones that come with a controller or similar, so I'm picking those up as and when I find them

That is a pretty impressive goal, how many games, systems, etc. are "enough"?
I didn't realize that I had to have a limit?

Well no there is no limit, hey sometimes people finally realize we collector types have way to many games! Shocked What's your proudest moment as a game collector? My longest serving friend donating his Dragon 32 to me, along with a ton of games

That is a true friend right there, anyone who donates games to a collector's cause is a true friend. What's your least proud moment as a game collector? Selling my original Dragon, back in the 90s

Where/how do you store it all? The media boxes and billy bookcase system from Ikea. I'm rapidly running out of space though, so I need to have a bit of a rethink


Ikea is a great place to pick up storage things like that. I really like the way you have things set up. What's your favorite part of your collection? The Dragon stuff (see a pattern emerging here?)

Yes, the pattern is a good thing though, it shows you have a passion and really enjoy that system.What about a favorite series?
Difficult one that. Probably PS1 era Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, Ratchet & Clank or Bioshock

Sorry that can be difficult. What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to gaming? Female characters in games. Nothing weird, or maybe it is! Given a choice between male and female I always pick female. No idea why.

No doubt, same here. And if there is a choice, I will always pick the dark sinister type that may not be on your side in the end. What would you like to improve in your collection? A proper stand up arcade cab, probably Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters. I loved that game back in the day

What game do you have the most nostalgia for?Sonic the Hedgehog 2

What is the most valuable part of your collection?I don't think there's anything especially valuable

What do you think was your best deal while game buying? ICO, original release with art cards. I found it in a charity shop for 3

Awesome, that is a great game BTW. What item in your collection do you feel you overpaid for? Bioshock 2 Collector's edition. Bought it once at full price to keep sealed, and then again when I found it in a sale so I could enjoy the contents. I don't regret buying it, but I could have just waited and bought 2 copies at sale time

I have done similar things so don't feel bad. What do you feel is the strangest or weirdest item in your collection? It's not a game, but it's related. It's a MGS4 Ga-Ko alarm clock. It quacks and shakes it's head.

That is sweet, although my wife would probably not like it Smiley What item(s) do you not have in your collection that people are surprised to hear you don't have? SNES games. I think I only own about 4, but it was just never part of my scene growing up, so it doesn't have the same draw for me as say the Mega Drive or Master System

Really? Quite different from the last interview with bickman who was crazy about his SNES. Diversity makes us who we are! Is there any way you'd ever stop collecting? Death or financial crisis maybe?

Do you have a funny story about your collection? Not that I can think of

Have you ever had to move your collection to another house? What was it like? Not really, been here 15 or so years now, I guess it's grown mostly during that time

That is probably a good thing, it is difficult to move and people really don't understand what it means to be gentle with totes full of games. If your significant other told you no more games, what would you do? Never happen. She buys them for me too. She bought me a 320Gb PS3 a couple of months ago because she knew that the limited space on the original 40Gb one (that she bought me) was winding me up. In fact thinking about it, she's bought all my PlayStation consoles.

Sounds like you have a keeper! What percentage of your games are still sealed? Less than 1%.

What percentage of your game have you actually played? Completed? Probably about 20% max, sadly

Do you own any complete collections (every game for a certain system)? No, and I don't think I ever will. I only (usually) buy games that I intend to play, so no Barney for me Smiley
Actually, that's not quite true, I'm attempting a sealed collection of Tiger Game.com just cuz


Well, Barney can be fun according to bickman, he revealed later in undisclosed notes of the interview he plays it frequently.... Anyways, I am the evil interviewer with these questions....
What is your favorite game of all time (Top 5 if you need to)?
Original Tomb Raider, Ratchet & Clank, Bioshock, Gran Turismo, MGS4 in no particular order

Least Favorite? Halo. Not generally a fan of FPS or online multiplayer. Can't see what all the fuss is about. Let the flaming commence.
The funny thing is, I have Halo, but I also don't like FPS as much. I have never played it online and barely made it past the first stages without regretting turning it on.

Others

Do you collect anything else besides games? SF Books, over 1200 and still counting. Records, mainly metal & 80s. Gaming memorabilia.

Sweet, metal rocks Smiley  What do you outside of games? Time with the family, camping (UK style), hiking


Do I need to ask what UK style of camping is??? Finally, what other features would you like to see more of at RFG (Example: Reviews, Articles, Interviews, Previews, etc)? As we're a retro community I'd like to see more reviews. We've got some really good bloggers now, and the quality of stuff they're putting out is great. More I say! Oh, and image submissions.

Agree, Reviews and image submissions, non-stolen images ahem, would be great. Lastly, do you have a question for the next interview?If you had to give a part of your collection away for a worthy cause what part would it be, and why?

Sweet look for that question coming up in the new interview. Thanks for your time! Below you can find Antons RFG Collection.

Click the banner below to check out more of Antons, collection, RFG Profile and many more picture of his awesome collection.


And on a last note, the end of the year is approaching quickly, make sure you add a few more submissions to get your yearly total just that tad bit higher! And always I am open to suggestions/comments and everything else. Please let me know via PM or email if you are interested in being interviewed. Thanks again!



Posted on Mar 24th 2009 at 06:56:10 AM by (Izret101)
Posted under RFG Around the World, world, members, RFGen, RFG

After a jabbering in the chat for a bit i figured why the hell not ask everyone?
Who knows maybe RFG Around the World will turn into another periodic segment whenever i want to do something you know... world wide.

I've only lived in 3 cities (technically) but all of them were relatively significant or in the case of "The Island" at least interesting. I'm just going to rip info from Wiki (and add a few little notes of my own) that i find most interesting about each place. I'll also be including a link to the main page if people are more interested in any of them Smiley

They are in order of when i first lived there.

Feel free to follow suit and/or leave some thoughts/comments

Springfield, Ma USA - http://en.wikipedia.org/w...pringfield,_Massachusetts

The first Springfield in the USA.

Has 2 nicknames The City of Homes and the City of Firsts

Birthplace of Basketball and home of the Basketball hall of fame.

Birth place of Dr. Suess aka Theodor Geisel

4th largest city in New England

Lost part of its land to Conn due to land disputes

Birth place of Smith&Wesson. Headquarters still located here.

Springfield Armory was the first National Armory. Produced then developer weapons up to Vietnam War. Now is a museum and shares its grounds with Springfield Community College

Shays' Rebellion

Springfield Airport was home to Granville Brothers Aircraft best known for the trophy and speed record holding Senior Sportster series of racing aircraft during the "Golden Age of Airracing"(The air port went bankrupt in 1934 a strip mall movies theater and various other shops and buildings are where it once stood. One of these buildins was a gamecrazy i worked at.)

Duryea Motor Wagon Company built and sold the first gasoline powered automobile. The brothers where born and lived in Springfield.

Indian Motorcycles had a factory here 1901-1953 (one of my great grandfathers worked there when he came over from sweden) the building is now low income/HUD housing.

Home to Forest Park (and the Bright Nights Festival) one of the largest municipal parks in the USA.

Port Aransas, Texas USA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Aransas

At the 2000 census the population was 3,370 the land area is 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2). The census is actually relatively flawed since many of those "residents" are just part timers who owned condos or second houses. The actual number of full time residents was probably under 1,000.

Elevation 7 ft

Discovered in 1519 by a Spaniard on commission by the governor of Jamaica.

First recorded permanent settler in Port Aransas was Capt. Robert Ainsworth Mercer of Lancaster, England. Established a sheep and cattle ranch known as El Mar Rancho in 1853 or 55.

Port Aransas claims to be one of the most popular vacation spots in Texas. (I lived there it was. Especially since Galveston and Padre Island are still recovering from Hurricane Ike)

While i lived there the only high school on the island had a 100% graduation rate. The senior class had 60-70 students.(Possibly less.)


Corpus Christi, Texas USA - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_Christi,_Texas

18th Largest city in Texas

The latin translation means Body of Christ.

Selena was murdered here by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar.

Corpus Christi actually owns part of the aforementioned island. It was owned by the state and went up for auction the city of Port Aransas was unable to come close to winning the bid.

NYC attempted a law suit against Corpus because of T-shirts being sold saying "I


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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