Kiss Colexions.com Goodbye

23 10 2015

Game over ColexionsWell it looks like it is time for us to say goodbye to what was for the longest time my favourite gaming site on the net, colexions.com. I found colexions quite some time ago when I was searching for some way to to catalogue my growing retro gaming collection. I joined this then tiny community of like minded collectors, and aside from a weird time when there was an issue with the site’s URL, I’ve been a member since. Created and curated by Corey Buckner, a guy that quickly became a personal friend, colexions brought together some great folks. Heck, it even eventually became what I was looking for when I found the site: a way to catalogue my collection. Then there were the “Show and Tells” where a bunch of us would get together via Google hangouts and show off our collections and talk about gaming and other collecting topics, and generally have a great time. I met some great people and made a few good friends there. Unfortunately a change in management led to a change in the overall feel of the place. It didn’t feel as fun anymore so I started hanging out there less and less. That said, I never gave up on it, I just didn’t hangout as much.

Earlier this week I noticed the site wasn’t loading, but just thought it was a server issue. Well, after a few days it was announced that the site was no more. This is unfortunate, as it was a good place for a long time. I don’t know exactly why Corey decided to shut the site down, but I have a few ideas that I will keep to myself as they are nothing but conjecture. Ganx, the “President” of the site made some general statements regarding the end of colexions that gave no clarity, though to be fair, I believe that Corey may have not told him. I will say that Ganx telling the now ex members of the colexions community to look at ourselves when trying to figure out the reason as to why Corey may have shuttered the site was asinine. Ganx, you won me over as a friend a long time ago, but lost that when I realized how much of what we all were hearing was nothing but smoke and mirrors. There’s the mirror you should look into.





The Top Ten Toy Lines Of The 60’s through 2000 (And More) According to Watch Mojo

3 01 2015

I subscribe to Watchmojo’s Youtube channel due to my love of trivia. Well they also manage to combine my love of lists with my love of toys on there series of Best Toy Lines of various decades. If you got some time to spare, check them out below and don’t forget to subscribe to watchmojo’s channel.

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1960s

 

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1970s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1980s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1990s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 2000s

Top 10 Toy Lines of All Time





Some Pick Ups from A Saturday of Garage Sales

28 05 2014

Just a quick video going over some gaming pick ups I acquired this weekend





Had An Awesome Time Hangin’ With My Retro Collector Friends From Colexions.com

7 04 2014

My buddy and fellow Retro Gaming fanatic Corey Buckner has put together a great community of fellow minded collectors over at colexions.com. Well, not only has he put together a great site to show off your own collection and geek out over fellow collectors treasures, he also hosts a monthly “Show And Tell” on Google Hangouts. What it is is a group of us collectors having a great time, showing off our stuff and talking about retro gaming and what ever else might come to mind. This was the third monthly get together and boy did we get to see some amazing stuff. We represented five different countries and three different continents but the distances just made the conversation better. It’s really cool to be able to meet like this. We had Corey Buckner (of course) from just outside Chicago and indie game developer Gary Brafford in West Virginia and lifespiller79 from…um sorry man, Texas (I think), all three in the U.S. of A,  We had Gabo representing Argentina, Mark in the U.K, Paul in Australia and little ol’ me up here in Canada. Everyone pulled out all the stops and showed some real stunners from our collections. Checkout last Saturday’s get together below:





A Fantastic Intellivision Haul…And More!

5 01 2014

I decided to peruse a local online buy and sell site to see if there was any retro treasure to be found… There was! I bagged a boxed, great condition Intellivision, a crap load of great games, the Intellivoice add-on. But that, my fine feathered Internet friends was not all. No indeed, it is not. Included with the Intellivision was the extremely rare Educational Computer System (ECS) add-on, with the also ridiculously rare Music Synthesizer keyboard add-on. Pretty crazy, eh? Well, wait – there’s even more: the guy also threw in an Atari XE computer/console, matching joystick AND light gun,some Atari paddle controllers, a Kraft joystick, and the really cool button controller for Track and Field.

I got this entire haul for a total of $85 Canadian. The ECS and the XE didn’t come with power supplies, but I tested the XE with an existing power supply from the XE I already have and it works great, as does the ECS as I was able to test it using a Nintendo Entertainment System power supply.

Freakin’ awesome!

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$5 VIC 20 Garage Sale Haul!

28 11 2013

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Pac-Man Homebrew for the Fairchild Channel F

21 10 2013

So I was looking through some suggestions from Youtube when I found this: video of a homebrew version of Pac-Man for the early cartridge based game console, Channel F, by Fairchild. The Channel F came to market about a year or so before Atari came out with their game changing 2600  (aka VCS).

Whilr this video may not look like much now, if you compare it to what games were available for the Channel F back in the day, then you’ll realize just how amazing this is!

Check it out below:





Classic Arcade Pinball Plug and Play

22 05 2013

Hey people of Earth, hope all is well.

Today I would like to share a quick video of me giving you a tour of the “Classic Arcade Pinball” plug and play game system. It has three tables, runs on four AA batteries and is loads of fun, if cheezy. The unit itself is styled after the 50’s and seems to be 16 bit. Check out my video below!





Michael Jackson’s Thriller Done With Mario Paint!

26 04 2013

This is pretty cool… Thanks Reddit!!!





Sega Master System SegaScope 3-D System

15 04 2013

MastersystemIn 1986, Sega entered the console market in North America with the Sega Master System. Competing against the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES for short), Sega brought to the living room a technically superior system, but still managed to lose that generation’s console war due to a lack of good 3rd party games. That said the system still had some great games including some awesome Sega arcade ports.

Back in ‘86 my roommate had the Master System and the really cool 3-SegaSope Glasses. This was a funky 3D system that utilized a pair of active shutter glasses that synched on and off with alternating images on the TV creating a surprisingly effective 3D effect in the few games that supported it. People looking at the TV without the glasses would see a flickery mess of an image while the wearer of the 3D glasses would see a (semi) realistic 3D image.

Well, a lot of time has passed since then and while I had been able to acquire a few Master Systems over the years, a working, complete set of the 3D glasses and required adapter always seemed to elude me. That is until recently:

2013-03-29 12.43.03One night while randomly searching Ebay for retro gaming related items I decided to search for the Master System 3D glasses and was surprised by my results. I found a new pair of LCD glasses that the seller claimed was compatible with the Sega Master System. They were selling for $20, but I would till need the adapter, assuming that the glasses really were compatible. A quick Google search for post from anyone who may have actually used these style of glasses with a Master System confirmed that while the 2013-03-29 12.42.20glasses weren’t manufactured by Sega, they were indeed compatible. I hit buy now on those and the looked and quickly found someone selling the 3-D adaptor part of the SegaScope system for about $5. This is the piece that plugs into the Master System’s card slot and the glasses plug into it. So, I was able to recreate the SegaScope system for under $30. The real question was would it be as good as I seemed to remember it being? I was really hoping this wasn’t one of those Rose Coloured Glasses kind of situations

LightPhaserPlugging in the glasses and Zaxxon 3-D into the system, I fired it up and was very happy to see that my age fogged memory was accurate in this case: the 3-D still held up, considering the time. Though clucky to coordinate the 3D glasses and my own glasses, one I found a comfortable solution, the actual 3-D effect was quite impressive. I played a few rounds of Zaxxon and then plunked in Missile Defense 3-D.  This is a fast pace 3-D shooter where you use a light gun to target ICBMs – nuclear missiles that are heading your way. This is a game that is particularly good at taking advantage of the 3-D with both over head and first person views. Not only was I impressed with what I saw on TV, I was also very content with the old Light Phaser light gun’s accuracy. This old system was and is working great, and it’s the revolutionary 3-D system still worked well. There was a reason I backed this eventually losing horse back in it’s early days. The Master System can still be had for reasonably cheap if you look for it, and the 3-D glasses combo that I created can be easily done with a simple Ebay search. As for the games, I’ve found them at pawn shops for a few dollars and they’re pretty easy to find on Ebay. There’s even a flash cart available called the Master EverDrive that allows you to load up all the games on an SD card and play from a menu on the Master System. I just ordered one from Stoneagegamer.com and I’ll let you know what I think of it after I get it and try it out for a bit.