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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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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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. 





Disposable Hero for Commodore CD32

13 05 2013

Just a little video I made of me playing the Commodore CD32 game, Disposable Hero.

Seems like a colourful shoot ‘em up. I suck at at so this is a short video – hope you enjoy it anyway.





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!





Colexions.com–A Special Place on the Net for Us: The Crazy Classic Video Game Collectors

29 01 2013

Last year sometime I was looking for software that would allow me to catalogue my game and system collection. Using various search word combos in Google I came to the conclusion that there wasn’t such a thing (or at least not one that had all the functions I wanted). That was a bummer. There was an upshot to my search, though: I found the awesome site, colexions.com.

What the heck is colexions.com? It’s a site where fellow classic video gamingcolexions collectors can congregate and post our collections and look at other like minded folks collections. If you want to blog about your hobby you can, and if you want to read someone else blogging about it you can do that also. Do you have a game or a system you want to buy? Or maybe something you want to sell? You can do either here. It’s got pretty much everything you need in a classic video game collecting except one single thing. What’s that thing? Before I tell you what it is, I will tell you that you can actually bring that missing piece to the site yourself. That missing piece is just this: The site needs more members for it truly to be as effective as I know it will be.

So I am asking you to do me a favour and go to colexions.com and sign up and post your collection. I get no financial benefit as the site is not mine in any way, shape or form. The benefit I get is that I get to gawk at even more systems and games and toys on a site that is made just for that. If you’re a collector, or even thinking of collecting then I don’t see what you have to lose.