Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Games Conquered in 2014: A brief reflection


I'm a little obsessive when it comes to keeping track of my backlog.  After completing a game, I rush to the website HowLongToBeat.com and change the game from "playing" to "completed" fit with the date, my review score, and if available, the time it took to complete.

I completed 31 games in 2013 including one Skyrim DLC.  So far in 2014 I've completed 30 games with a few more likely to come to round out the month.  Even though I don't have much of a life and play too many video games, I'm happy to see at least I'm consistently a loser year to year.

Without further adieu, the 2014 breakdown!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Loot grab: OTC Video Games.com

I recently discovered a game trading/selling/buying site via NintendoAge.com called OTCVideoGames.com and boy do I like that place!  They don't bump up the prices on their low end games just to be dicks, the prices seem totally fair and on point with what they should be or at least with what people typically pay for them.  Plus, for orders over a certain amount, you get free shipping.  FREE SHIPPING.  So I traded in some games on their site which is super easy to do, just send some pics and some descriptions, they'll reply in a few days via email and give you a quote.  You just pack it up and mail it off!  They'll give you a gift card to their site if you want to get trade in value so that's just what I did.  I traded in about 20 doubles for 60 or so dollars of store credit and then bought this stuff in the picture.  Fuck yeah!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Couch Co-Op Beats Tomb Raider

Two guys on a couch, known as Couch Co-op (or Couch Bro-op), finally knocked Tomb Raider, otherwise known as "Pointy-titty, Angle Jump", off the list.  It took us months to finally complete.  We started July 3rd, just after we beat the Resident Evil REmake for GameCube and finished October 27th. We started with just once-per-week play sessions of two or three hours but quickly realized we had a learning curve with this old bastard.  The precise jumps and patience required to overcome some parts were some things we didn't account for.  We thought we were decent at video games and then we played the original Tomb Raider.

In the span of time it took us to complete this couch co-op mission, there were a handful of weeks we were unable to get together.  Finally toward the end, my co-op bro, Brian, decided that once-per-week just wasn't going to cut it so we started turning our lunch breaks into gaming breaks.  Why didn't we think of this years ago?.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

N64 Collection Update

I like collecting N64 because...it's easy.  Yeah, I mean I loved the N64 growing up but the 300 game library is so much  more attainable than the 700+ libraries of NES and SNES.  Here's what my stuff looks like so far.  (Just realizing during upload that my phone camera sucks nuts, but bear with me).

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Loot grab: Little bit of Genesis

I don't always buy Genesis games but when I do they're in the box.  Genesis games haven't gone the way of Nintendo with soaring price tags which is a good thing if you collect Genesis.  I only collect Genesis when it's convenient to do so.

The Sega Genesis was my second console growing up.  I started with the original Nintendo and didn't get the Super Nintendo for whatever reason.  Probably because I was 8 and didn't have my own income. My parents got my Sega Genesis used from a local trading post like Craigslist except it was in print.  I didn't complain.  It came with two games:  NBA Jam and Sonic 2.

Some folks can be snobby about the Genesis and much prefer the Super Nintendo but I had fun with my Genesis.  That said, I collect SNES a little more nowadays because the games are worth a little more.  But the one cool thing about Genesis is that the boxes held up.  Because the boxes were plastic with actual notched placeholders for the Genesis games to snap into, people held onto them so you can still find them today pretty easily.  I'll occasionally pick up a Genesis cart without the box but if I do, it's because the game is pretty rare.  Genesis boxes are pretty fantastic in my opinion.

So, at my local game store I spotted these three guys.  The store was having a ...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Loot: 3 more N64 games

N64 isn't the most difficult system to collect for and may even be the easiest among major consoles.  It has such a small library compared to other systems that it's tempting to try to get a complete set whether you really want one or not.  So while at an out of town doctor's visit, I went by one of my old regular stores I haven't been to in a while to see if I could nab up anything I didn't have.  Ya know?  As collectors do.  I'm still missing quite a few common-cheap N64 games though most of the console's library falls into that category.  But with these three games, none of which are particularly great, I now have 116 of 308.  So ...WooHoo!

Flying Dragon achieved mixed reviews that mostly averaged out to be "meh".  It's a Japanese...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Loot: Craigslist comes through on big SNES deal

Football season distracted me from collecting games for a while and my lack of disposable income recently hasn't helped matters either.  But I'm always keeping an eye out for the perfect deal on the Craig and once I found one I liked, I bit.


For $50, I got the lot pictured above.  Some of the cart labels are in bad shape like the Super Mario World in the middle and even Super Mario All-Stars in the bottom-left have seen better days.  And "Janice B." or maybe "Tanice" left her mark on several of them by scrawling her name on there in Sharpie which won't be hard to remove.  The label damage is forever but Sharpie on plastic is not.  But the real golden egg in this lot is the game just above Super Mario...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Couch Co-Op: Beat Super Punch Out!

It has been quite some time since Couch Co-Op beat a game.  Actually, it has been quite some time since I posted on the blog but there's other reasons for that.  While Brian and I have been hot and heavy on the original Tomb Raider for PSone, we decided we would take a break from that and try something that requires less time and precisely angled jumps to beat.

Super Punch Out! for the Super Nintendo was on both our lists of games we shamefully never got around to beating as kids, so we each put on our boxing gloves and jumped right in as Little Mac.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Retrogeddon 1: In the books

Yay!  We did it!  I've taken the time to write up all the final scores so you can see how things shook out at the bottom of this post.

The red team, self dubbed by the Jizzler and his crew as the "Sleepless Knights", took the championship from the blue team 169 to 145!  After two recounts of the point totals, I'm pretty certain this is the final score.  We had thought 159-145 when the group disbanded Sunday but after writing this article, the score wasn't as tight as we thought.  In the future I'll come up with a better and more efficient way to track our scores.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Retrogeddon: Teams and Points


EDIT:  For an updated version of the score table, check here.

**Dude, so Retrogeddon... that implies old games, correct?  Do you have any?

I'm glad you asked.  Yes, there are tons of games at Retrogeddon.  I have nearly 800 cartridge games, 200 disc games, and if you consider emulators, nearly 2,000 games in general.

**So, what?  Like I'm just going to be playing Tetris and shit all weekend?

If you want.   You can play and do as you wish but there will also be a few bigger events we would like to get going like 10-player Sega Saturn Bomberman, some 6 player Mario Kart Double Dash, and maybe even some 4-to-8 player connected DS stuff.  Bottom line, you'll be playing plenty of video games.  But for the most part, you can do whatever.


**So that's it?  We just run around playing games and drinking?  It's basically Videogeddon without 720P?



Monday, July 28, 2014

Retrogeddon: The Nearly Complete Setup

The setup is nearly complete.  Save for a few cables coming in the mail and a few consoles Tim will be bringing to fill out the multiplayer sessions, the Retrogeddon BoomBoomRoom is alive!  I would take pictures but the place is still under construction.  Piles of wires here, piles of non-working consoles there, dust, etc.  It's not so photogenic at the moment but I did want to show off a little bit of the setup so I found an awesome website that basically let me do just that.

If you follow the link above...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Loot: Small Craigslist Party

Due to my rigorous preparations for Retrogeddon (pronounced in my head recently as "reh-tra-gadon" like a dinosaur), I have next to no money.  In order to be broke, I would still probably need someone to loan me twenty bucks.  I've had Ramen for dinner all this past week and because of it my sodium levels are through the roof.  It's all worth it so long as I get my heart attack AFTER Retrogeddon.  But dealing with my empty wallet and looming demise doesn't stop me from perusing the ol' local Craigslist page from time to time.  I'm in the market for a new TV stand and a couple more TV's anyway (you can't spell Geddon without TV) but out of habit I check the video game section fairly regularly.

Recently all I've seen for sale on Craigslist and at Goodwills are last gen consoles (XBox 360's and PS3's) since I guess people are getting the newer generation consoles.  But, today I found a GameCube and DS game that caught my attention.


For a whopping....

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Loot: Planet Fun and a lesson on collecting

I went on vacation to Tybee Island, GA for the entire week after July 4th and it was pretty awesome.  Tybee is a pretty laid back beach just twenty minutes from Savannah.  Fun was certainly had and I took advantage of some well-deserved do-nothing, relaxation time.  I basically ate almost all of my money too, which is what vacation is all about.  And though I scouted before the trip and decided there were really no places along the way to stop and look for games, I still managed to find a retro gaming store and I sorta..kinda struck gold.

Planet Fun is pretty fucking awesome.  It has a decent selection of video games but actually better serves as a museum for us 80's and 90's kids.  Check the link and check out the pics of the store, it's pretty amazing.  I stared at the old school TMNT playset for way too long while contemplating buying it.  But since I already own over a thousand video games I hardly find time to play, I don't see myself sprawled out on the carpet playing with Ninja Turtle action figures.  Nevertheless, the nostalgia trip was more than welcomed.

But anyway, as I do, I ended up...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Couch Co-Op: Beat Resident Evil REmake; Started: OG Tomb Raider

After what was months and what felt like years of playing through the Resident Evil remake for GameCube during our weekly (yet sporadic) couch co-op sessions, Brian and I have finally laid to rest one of the keystones in video gaming history. Resident Evil is REmarkable.  To be nearing its original twenty year birthday, the layout and story of this game, not to mention the thrills and scares along the way, help me to realize what a ground breaking release it was then.  Even now, over a decade after the GameCube upgrade, the graphics still hold up wonderfully. As a twenty-eight year old man, I was pleased to find a game this old had the ability to give me the willies.  I was wrought with fear on several occasions during our sessions.  Fuck snakes.

The new house, the Retrogeddon house, has been great in helping me collaborate with my friends and getting some games played that I've needed to.  So far, despite our busy schedules, we've knocked off three pretty good titles, and we're moving right along to the next thing on our lists.

Chad and I briefly started Gauntlet for Playstation 2 about a month ago but haven't reconvened.  But I'm not worried, we'll get back to it eventually.

Brian and I couldn't wait to get started on our next adventure and to commemorate the 2013 revamp of the Tomb Raider series and the E3 announcement of another game in the series, we decided to go back and play as pointy-triangle titty Lara from way back in the mid '90s.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Loot Update: Rocky Mountain High Prices

I realize Denver is the mile-high city and that people there like to get high thanks to loosening marijuana laws, but that's no excuse for the high video game prices I endured on my stay there in late May.

That said, I still bought shit because I'm a freak.

Doc's Video Games, Aurora, CO
The first place I hit up was Doc's Video Games and it sucked a giant... 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Three E3 announcements that would make me pee

Pee involuntarily, of course. 

E3 is a little like the NFL draft for nerds except without college providing a preview of what a draftee might be.  Nonetheless, it's a chance for major companies to unveil their future and provide all us nerds hope for what's to come.  Like the draft, some over hype occurs and what seemed awesome in a trailer turns out to be a disappointment upon release (looking at you Watch Dogs).  But there are obviously times when what is previewed at E3 carries through and becomes just what you asked for.

That said, here three things that would make me tinkle just a tad if they were announced at E3.  Chances are they won't be but a guy can dream, right?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gaming Chairs

Gaming chairs are one of those accessories I never really thought much about.  I have a recliner and it's comfortable.  I can recline, play games, and feel comfortable.  Why do people even get gaming chairs?

I had always been a little curious.  Obviously, people are buying them.  They're popular enough that several companies make them.  So when it came time to decide on how I want people to be seated at RetroGeddon, I took the plunge and bought a couple.  Worst case, they suck at being gaming chairs and can just be chairs.  The other worst case would be that they sucked at being chairs, so they become chair shaped speakers.  Turns out though, they're pretty good at being gaming chairs so I ordered two more!

The current count is four.  I bought these about a month ago but I'm just now getting around to posting pictures of them. 


All 4 chairs.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Twitching

I'm relatively new at Twitch.tv.  Before using Twitch, I never found the idea of watching other people play video games to be that appealing.  It's like watching other people have fun when you could be doing it yourself.  But after streaming a few Couch Co-op sessions with Brian and Chad, I got kind of hooked on the idea of having an audience while I played... whether one was actually there or not.

One unfortunate side effect of being a new Twitcher is not understanding how videos are saved and archived.  Brian and I got it right the first time on his Citizen_Gamer account when we played some Resident Evil on the GameCube but for the recent few videos, I forgot to save them forever.  Consequently, they are gone.  All that is left of them here on this blog is an empty video window that says it has failed at its duty to provide any video.

Oh well.  As the great Alanis Morissette once so proudly sang, You Live.  You Learn.

"You you you oughta know!!"

I know now, Alanis.  I know now.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Couch Co-Op: Gauntlet Dark Legacy

A few weeks ago you might remember that I picked up Gauntlet: Dark Legacy for Playstation 2 from a pawn shop.  Actually, in the original post I said that I got it for XBox, but it turns out, nope.  PS2.  Regardless, last night my buddy Chad and I finally got around to giving it a try.  We made sure our expectations were low and that probably helped the game out a little.  Having never played a Gauntlet title before, we were unsure what to expect.  The game has an arcade style to it, is simultaneous co-op (no split screen), and falls in the hack'n slash genre.  All in all, we had a good time with it and next time he's over, we'll pick up where we left off.

There is a lot about this game that we never figured out.  There are plenty of power-ups and combo moves we never even touched so the future for this one looks bright!

We streamed our playtime with it on Twitch but because Citizen Gamer (Brian) wasn't in the house, I ended up having to use my personal Twitch account, twitch.tv/diddles_mcbean, to make it happen.  Check it out below if you want to see what Dark Legacy is all about.  

VIDEO GONE FOREVER!  SHIIIIIT!

Watch live video from diddles_mcbean on TwitchTV

Friday, May 9, 2014

Couch Co-Op: More Resident Evil and some Snake-mares

I fucking hate snakes.  I'm not going to tiptoe around it or censor it.  I hate them.  Go ahead, call it an "irrational fear" or whatever but snakes look mythically evil and the worst part is that they're real.  Snakes actually exist.  I can hardly believe it and I've seen several.  Snakes are everywhere.  One probably lives somewhere in or around your house.  Eating your spiders and rats, trying to get you on its side, but seriously just waiting for the day you slip up so it can slither inside your brain and erase your dreams.  Every creature on God's green Earth deserves the precious brevity of life we're all so lucky to have.. except fucking snakes.  If you have a pet snake, we can't be friends.  My roommate in college had a pet snake and I haven't talked to him since we graduated.  He's a cool guy and all, but he has a snake.  Resident Evil has a snake in it.  A big snake.  And we found it.  I hugged a pillow while Brian fought it.  The pillow made me feel safe and it also covered my fear boner.  I'm kidding, I don't get those.  But all that said, the snake looked pretty good on this remake.  I was impressed.

Couch Co-op continued this week with mine and Brian's attempt to put the eldest Resident Evil to rest.  We found snakes, and spiders, and sharks and I said "OMG" at least 300 times to cover up the urges I had to scream like a baby girl.

VIDEO GONE FOREVER!  SHIIIIIT!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

One wall of shelves complete

Game collecting is addictive to me for a few different reasons.  Number one, obviously, video games are fun and nostalgic.  Duh.  Number two, hunting down old relics at yard sales and thrift shops is challenging and fun.  And third, displaying your collection for you and others to marvel at is super satisfying.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Couch Co-op beats Sonic the Hedgehog

My long time buddy Chad finally made it over to the new digs to check out the Boom Boom Room aka "The Retrogeddon Lair".  Chad helped Brian and I on Thursday night setup the Twitch.TV stream, so he's obviously pretty interested in video games.  He was impressed with my den of awesomeness, naturally, as any gamer should be, but also wanted to try out some of the wares.  Instead of pulling out an old Genesis and blowing the dust off it, I decided since I already had an original Xbox plugged in, we would play some old school Sonic on an old school Xbox.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Couch Co-Op Night Goes Live on Twitch.TV

Couch Co-Op night returned this week with a bit of a twist: it was live on Twitch.TV!  With the help of my buddy Chad, Brian and I were able to get the software setup to record our GameCube playthrough of the original Resident Evil remake.  Scares and hilarity ensued as we tried to navigate the dark, danky, creepy hallways of the Resident Evil mansion.  The full video is below and a highlight reel of the best parts among our entire RE playthrough will come after we finally beat the game which should only take a few more Couch Co-Op weeks!

Watch live video from Citizen_Gamer on TwitchTV

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Loot: NES #400 and a WiiU

It's common among collectors that each hundred milestone after 200 (300, 400, 500, 600, and 700) be a special purchase.  At 600 and especially 700, most collectors have no choice.  The games they're looking for are extremely rare and costly unless they get super lucky at a yard sale, flea market, or Craigslist.  But that's where the fun is.  For every stupid purchase I've made, I've gotten twice as lucky because some old lady didn't know what her estranged son's childhood goodies were worth.  That's where the fun in this hobby is:  ripping off ignorant people for the sake of owning outdated technology because I'm oddly nostalgic about things that my parents couldn't actually afford for me 20 years ago.  It's completely normal.  Lots of folks are just like me, why else are these games becoming more and more valuable?  Anyway...

Two weeks ago I had 399 NES games and was looking for big number 400.  I was ready to spend some money too.  My collection has a special meaning to me already but a semi-rare title that isn't found in many collections really adds to the experience.  Unfortunately, at my local video game shop, I owned every single game they had in stock and they had hundreds.  I scoured for an hour, flipping every cartridge over and double-checking it with my inventory list.  The only game they had that I did not was Rampage for NES.  Not a great game, not a rare game, and not even a pricey game.  In fact, I overpaid by a little just to bring something home.  I'm retarded. So at $10, here was number 400.

#400!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Couch Co-Op Recap: Condemned Criminal Origins

Couch Co-op night is a night of the week Brian and I have decided to join video game playing forces on a single couch, using a single TV, with a single controller... and tag team a bucket list of games.. in the Retrogeddon Den of Doom (or Boom Boom Room).  The games range from 8-bit to last gen releases and include a long list of highly esteemed titles thought to be the best of their generation.  Our first victim was the XBOX 360 launch title Condemned: Criminal Origins.  Brian beat it almost ten years ago and was itching to give it another go.  I had never played the game before but figured it was a creepy game centered around melee combat and shitting your pants. I was right.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Loot: Boxed NES, 22 games, and some pawn junk

I got my tax refund back and decided to go hunting.  I went to the Pawn Shop down the street and picked up a few games I didn't have and probably paid a little more than I should have.  Picked up Cruisin' Exotica for N64 which completes my Cruisin' series (Exotica, USA, and World).  It cost me $12, I could have probably found it for cheaper but I've not seen it out in the wild ever, so I figured what the hell.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Loot: Update over the last month

I figure my video game collection is a huge part of RetroGeddon.  The games I go out and find good deals for are ultimately what people will end up playing (hopefully) when they come over to my house and share in my Boom Boom Room experience.  Here are some solid finds over the last month for me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Boom Boom Room: Floored it (video)

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Boom Boom Room: Floored it

A week ago when I started ripping up carpet and tack strips, I remember thinking "Can't wait to get this floor down this weekend, should be awesome!"  Though I was right, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  In retrospect, it would have been like saying "Can't wait to get beaten over the back repeatedly with a lead pipe this weekend, should be awesome!"

Installing a floor, no matter what type, is hard work.  It cost me  $800, roughly.  I still have giant cement boogers lodged in my face.  Every joint I have is sore because repeatedly standing and squatting over concrete takes its toll unless you're Mickey and it involves weird goat romance.  But back to floors, here it is, look at it...


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Boom Boom Room under construction


 If listening to rap in middle school taught me anything, it taught me that the "Boom Boom Room" is a fun and majestic place.  Rappers back then loved to mention the Boom Boom Room, an actual nightclub in San Francisco, and praise the glorious amounts of fine booty and Tanqueray it amply provides. Fifteen years later as a grown man and new homeowner, I still continue to call the fun room in my house the "Boom Boom Room" and this week I'm remodeling that mother fucker so we can geddon inside of it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

House: Engaged


The first major step toward Retro Geddon is underway:  I put in an offer on the house and it was accepted.  In one month I'll be moving over my retro-collection and other junk I own like two cats into my new abode.  I have so many dreams for what I want the gaming lair to be that for the past two nights sleeping on my stomach has caused some severe disruptions in blood-flow to my brain on account of my engorged house boner.  Much of it is inspired by grand-master Tim (I should say, Tim's house.  Tim doesn't directly do anything for my boner.  Though, what happens at FagMess stays at FagMess), the rest of the inspiration is borne from my mistaken belief that I have unlimited time and money.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

House update

The Lady and I ventured to the two houses shown in the first blog.  I liked them exactly opposite as I thought I would.  I thought house one would be a bummer since it was a little bit outside of Christiansburg and further away from the neat stores and such.  I also thought the second house would be better in terms of location and have a much bigger downstairs area for me to build RetroMecca.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Looking for a house

If there's anything I've learned from VideoGeddon proper it's that space is of utmost importance.  What grandmaster Tim has been able to do with his house is amazing.  The VideoGeddon house, nestled among other ordinary homes, rests on a wooded hillside and appears as nothing more than a typical suburban abode from the road.  But one step inside and shit gets real in a hurry.  The house is no small dwelling and provides enough room for several arcade machines, TV's, XBoxes, portable mattresses, high end recording equipment, and of course flip cup.