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:

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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.





The History Of Hockey Video Games

15 04 2013

I found this on a fellow classic gamer’s Youtube Channel, Atarileaf. It’s a history of Hockey video games by a Canadian gamer. Funny stuff and you should watch it!





Nuts for Nintendo–An ABC News 20/20 Special Report from 1988

3 07 2011

I found this while Stumbling today: a special report on the Nintendo Craze of the Late 1980s (1988) from ABC News 20/20.Nintendo-Carts

This is a great look back at what was the beginning of the third (or second, depending on how you decipher the trends) Video Game Boom. These were heady times for Gamers and Nintendo was leading the Video Game revolution here in North America.

Check out the video at the link below (or click the picture – your choice!)

http://vimeo.com/12997770

While Blogging I was listening to Wall of Voodoo – Call of the West – Mexican Radio





A Tour Through My Madness (My Basement)

5 05 2008

Omnibot I forgot that I Had these pictures up on Picasa’s web site. It’s basically a tour through my basement from about a year and a half ago from the time of this posting.

You’ll see a lot of my systems that I have out, though there are a lot more in boxes under my stairs that I have to pull out some day. Also, the TV shown was sold a while ago to make way for a plasma, and a PS3 has been added to the mix, along with various other toys and old systems.

Click Here to go to the slideshow/album

 

music note While writing this, I was listening to “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” by Alan Parsons Project





A Couple More Gems from my Video Game Collection

13 02 2008

I find myself with a little extra time before work, so I thought I would post (brag) a few pictures of two more little gems from my video collection.

We’ll start with a real rarity:NEC TurboDuo 16

This was the NEC Turbo Grafx 16 with integrated CD-ROM and a number of internal enhancements (including more system memory). Released in North America in October of 1992 with a price tag of $299 U.S., the system languished on shelves ($300 was way too expensive for a game system at that time). NEC tried to combat this by selling various bundles with a number of game pack ins. Even so, sales were dismal.

NEC beat Sony to the punch by releasing a CD-ROM based system a full two years before the Playstation invaded our homes. At the time, CD-ROMs were rare in computers, let alone game consoles.

Here’s a a look at my system:

TBD-System

TurboDuo, two controllers and multi-tap

TBD

The Console alone

TBD-Controller

Close up of one of the controllers

TBD-Multitap

The multi-tap. The system only had one controller port, but with the multi-tap up to four controllers could be used.

System Two: The Sega Game Gear

Sega released the Game Gear (hereon referred to as “GG”) in Japan in October 1990 and in North America in 1991. This was a hand held system designed to compete with Nintendo’s wildly popular Gameboy handheld system. The GG had some advantages over the Gameboy, namely a beautiful (for the time) colour screen (the Gameboy had a sickly looking green screen with the graphics displayed in grey).

One disadvantage was the fact that it ate batteries like crazy… and it took six AA batteries at a time. You were lucky to eek out five hours of game play with fresh alkaline batteries, compared to what seemed a lifetime of play (probably a couple of days) out of four AA batteries in the Gameboy. Sega tried to combat this with rechargeable, external battery packs that greatly increased the gameplay between charges, but also increased the bulk of the already large game system.

Despite the fact that this was a great little system (far superior to the original Gameboy, in my opinion), it was not accepted in Japan, and while a little more popular in Europe and North America, it was outsold by Nintendo’s Gameboy by a large margine. Nintedo continued to eat up the handheld market over the years. Eventualy, in 1997, Sega dropped support for the system.

Although I wouldn’t call this system rare, I definitely consider it collector worthy. With lots of add-ons and a ton of games to hunt down from a lot of markets (any GG game from any region will play on any GG), I always seem to find somethig new…well, new to me.

Here are some pictures of my collection:

GG

The Game Gear unit.

GG-bag

Official Sega Game Gear carrying bag

GG-Games

Some of my Game Gear games.

GG-TV-Tuner

The coveted Television tuner add-on. Note: This did not work with later releases of the Game Gear

GG-Magnifier

The “official” screen magnifier (there were quite a few third party versions of this).

GG-Game-Genie

The Game Gear Game Genie – a third party “cheat” device.





Some More Classic Video Game Commercials & Videos

13 02 2008

Well, it’s been a few days since the last time I wrote or posted anything, so I thought I’d take the easy route and post some video game clips and commercials.

Hope you enjoy them!

Sega Game Gear “Colour” Commercial

Sega Master System – Sega’s (technically) superior challenger to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

Turbo Grafx 16 commercial. A visually stunning machine (for the time) that went no where in North America, but was huge in Japan under the name PC-Engine. The CD-Rom add-on was big news at the time…shame it’s price was prohibitively high.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Some Dispute over T-Shirt Sales” by Butthole Surfers