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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Another Let’s Play Video Arkanoid

16 06 2013

The folks at Gaming History Source posted another great Let’s Compare video for the game Arkanoid.

Arkanoid is fantastic breakout style arcade game that was ported to what seem every system ever made. An exaggeration, of course. Enjoy the video and make sure you subscribe to Gaming History Source’s Youtube channel. 





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!





TurboGrafx 16 Commercial

29 09 2012

Hey folks, how are you all doing? [Insert cricket noises here]

I was poking around on Youtube seeing if Steve Benway* had uploaded anything today when I noticed that one of the suggested videos for me was a commercial for the old TurboGrafx console. A great machine that I think never got the respect that it deserved here in North America, it was wildly popular in Japan where it was known as the PC Engine. I remember seeing the commercials and lusting after the system! Check out that commercial here:

* If you don’t know who Steve Benway is and you come to this site, then you should go check out his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBenway where he has uploaded, and continues to upload hundreds of classic video game gameplay video (so hard to say). He’s the best!





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.