Collecting Cycle

I’ve always been jealous of people with ostentatious game rooms. That’s because I wished I had one. Living in New York City has its perks, but space is in short supply.

So when it comes to collecting, it becomes this cycle of getting a bunch of stuff…then about 2-3 years in, I will have a huge purge that brings my collection down to the bare minimum.

We are fast approaching the purge stage in my collecting once again, and this time it’s more serious than before.

My two girls are growing fast and that means we need more space and that means daddy’s stuff gots to go ­čÖü

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Is there a need for physical games when you have a digital copy?

I don’t know how to answer that questions. The collector in me wants to collect every game available for any system, but space and price are big constraints. Having a digital copy of a game means I can go ahead and get rid of my physical copy thus gaining more space. I do still love Premium/Collector’s/Limited editions of good games with extras but digital copies are really appealing in that they are always readily available. Enjoy this awesome wallpaper that came with the game.

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On the Back of Backlogs and Current Playlist

It used to be I couldn’t wait to save up enough money and buy the next big game. And I would dive head first and explore every corner of the world. Nowadays though, it’s quite different. There are just way too many games to play. Good games too. And my time is very limited also. I average only about 5-7 hours a week on gaming. Many of those hours are spent on Street Fighter V. It takes me months to get through an RPG, and that’s if I rush through it.

How do people play through so many games I wonder? I guess if all your disposable time is spent playing videogames, it’s possible. I am happy to just be able to finish a game these days. And I pray for the short play time genres like shmups or platformers.

An advice for myself to follow, just stick to one game until you beat it! Your backlog is way too long, the more you skip around playing a bit of this and a bit of that is only wasting time when you pick it up again later and you have to start from the beginning.

Current Playlist

NES – Castlevania
PS4 – Persona 5 (Soon to start)

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Embracing Digital

As a long time collector of video games, back when collecting video games was a nerd’s uncool hobby, back when video games weren’t “retro” yet, I love it! But it’s 2017, you know what I love(maybe slightly less than collecting)? Digital games. The legal and simple way to own and play video games and it doesn’t take up any space in your house, just a few bytes(maybe gigabites for some). I find myself┬áconstantly impulse buying a lot of digital games. I admit, I usually forget that I had bought them, the latest example was I was about to buy Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara on Xbox 360 when I checked PSN on a whim, and of course I already have it.

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara triggered two realizations for me. One, why do I have and still continue to buy these digital games if my time is all but taken up by physical games that I own? Two, digital is way easier and cheaper than collecting. This specific D&D game, is an arcade beat-em-up by Capcom. It was slated for a Sega Saturn release but Capcom pulled it since Sega Saturn was a sinking ship and it never saw a US release. The only way to play it was to import it for the Sega Saturn, the game also requires the 4MB Ram Cart. Thankfully, both import adapter and 4MB Ram Cart can be easily obtained for Sega Saturn in this little device called Action Replay Plus. The Action Replay Plus is a great little accessory for the Sega Saturn, not only does it let you play imports, it also packs 4MB/1MB Ram Cart capabilities, as well as a storage device(Memory Card) and it can also let you use cheats, all that in a nice little cartridge.

Even if imports are easily accessible, Sega Saturn imports are not cheap. Especially the shmup or action-oriented genres that require little or no Japanese to play. D&D would have cost me $100, even more if it came with the Ram cart in big outer box. On the other hand, I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for the PSN copy of D&D, but I am positive it was ALOT less than $100. Though to be fair, playing on Sega Saturn is pretty awesome, especially if you have the proper equipment to render 240p signals(check this guide if you want to get started).

For those who are in similar situation(I have two kids and live in a small city apartment), digital might just be an easier alternative to collectarding collecting.

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Savoring The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

So no doubt every gamer on the planet was playing Zelda for the past month since it came out. I had decided to delay my playing until I was able to secure a Nintendo Switch System. It’s sad that in 2017, a gamer who wants to play the newest system can’t get his or her hands on one unless they pay out of their ass for one on eBay. Seems like everyone and their grandmothers are scalping these days. Buy stuff at MSRP and sell it for profit! Who needs real jobs? I then decided to stick it out with the Wii U and play Zelda on that until I can get a Switch.

Not really surprised, Nintendo Switches are continuing to sell out and the only place available seems to be eBay. I was finally able to get an order in through Amazon when they had a small restock of Grey Switches. At the time, I was already a couple of hours into BotW on the Wii U, the transition to Switch was seamless. The different is so minute I wasn’t sure if it’s a good thing. This means the Switch is not a huge step up in terms of power compared to the Wii U. In any case, this does not take away from how breathtaking the new Zelda game is.

My favorite Zelda game is Ocarina of Time. I think it has storyline, music and gameplay in perfect harmony. I remember many fond memories of OOT, though I can’t say the same about the Nintendo 64. The N64 hasn’t aged well at all, where as other systems(with the help of upscalers) look surprisingly good even today, the N64 is still a blurry mess, except back in the day, alot of forgiven and Zelda: OOT was loved by all. Thankfully, OOT is available in many other forms such as the wonderful 3DS version(the 3D effects are surprisingly good and relevant) and the GameCube’s Zelda Collector’s Edition. Breath of the Wild also invoked that sense of wonder the first time I played it. The world is huge and so far I’ve only seen just a fraction of what’s out there. One of the biggest elements of the game is gathering of loot and cooking the materials into food and elixirs, which is fun and exciting to see what you can cook up with. Combat mostly stayed the same from the other Zelda games, actually, I believe the controls are exactly the same as OOT. The music so far is pretty unmemorable. The different abilities the Sheikah slate grants you are pretty interesting so far and the ability to hunt and mount animals is always fun. The funnest thing would have to be the Hang Glider. Climb to the highest part of the land and just soar and glide, just take in the view!

Overall, I am very impressed with Breath of the Wild so far and can’t wait to see what else the game has stored!

 

 

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My Collection – Second Shelf

As of 3/13/2017, this is what I have on my┬ásecond shelf. I haven’t gotten to alot of these games yet, but hoping to go through them soon!

PCE CD – Ai Chouaniki
PCE CD – Astralius
PCE CD – Bikkuriman Daijikai
PCE CD – Burai: Yadama no Yuushi Densetsu
PCE CD – Burai II: Yamikoutei no Gyakushuu
PCE CD – Chou Aniki
PCE CD – Choujikuu Yousai Macross 2036
PCE CD – Cyber City Oedo 808
PCE CD – Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
PCE CD – Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II
PCE CD – Efera & Jiliora
PCE CD – Emerald Dragon
PCE CD – Fantastic Night Dreams Cotton
PCE CD – Farjius no Jakoutei: Neo Metal Fantasy
PCE CD – Faussete Amour
PCE CD – Fighting Street
PCE CD – Final Zone II
PCE CD – Forgotten Worlds
PCE CD – Golden Axe
PCE CD – GS Mikami
PCE CD – Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman 3: Ikai no Princess
PCE CD – The Legend of Xanadu
PCE CD – Mashou Denki La Valeur
PCE CD – Prince of Persia
PCE CD – Puyo Puyo CD
PCE CD – Record of Lodoss War
PCE CD – Red Alert
PCE CD – Seirei Senshi Spriggan
PCE CD – Sidearms Special
PCE CD – Snatcher
PCE CD – Snatcher Pilot Disk
PCE CD – Space Adventure Cobra: Kuroryuuou no Densetsu
PCE CD – Space Adventure Cobra II: Densetsu no Otoko
PCE CD – Spriggan Mark 2: Re Terraform Project
PCE CD – Super Darius
PCE CD – Valis: The Phantasm Soldier
PCE CD – Valis II
PCE CD – Valis III
PCE CD – Valis IV
PCE CD – Xak: Xak I – II
PCE CD – Ys Book I & II
PCE CD – Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
PCE CD – Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys

PCE – Doraemon: Meikyuu Daisakusen
PCE – Doraemon: Nobita no Dorabian Night
PCE – Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman
TG16 – Keith Courage in Alpha Zones
TGCD – Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
TGCD – Gate of Thunder
TGCD – Lords of Thunder
TGCD – Mysterious Song
TGCD – Valis II
TGCD – Ys Book I & II
TGCD – Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

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My Collection – Top Shelf

As of 3/11/2017, this is what I have on my top shelf. These are the games I will least likely to trade away since they are what I set out to collect for.

Guide – Lunar 2: Eternal Blue
Guide – Lunar: The Silver Star
Guide – Vay
Guide – Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
Guide – Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
Guide – Alundra
Sega CD – CD Back Up Ram Cart (Complete)
Sega CD – Lunar: The Silver Star (Complete)
Sega CD – Shining Force CD (Complete)
Sega CD – Vay (Complete)
Sega Saturn – Dragon Force (Complete)
Sega Saturn – Magic Knight Rayearth (Complete)
Sega CD – Popful Mail (Disc only)
Sega CD – The Space Adventure (Disc Only)
PCE CD – Castlevania X: Rondo of Blood (Repro)
SNES – The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets (Custom Case)
SNES – Sailor Moon (Custom Case)
SNES – Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes (Custom Case)
SNES – Magic Knight Rayearth (Custom Case)
SNES – Super Everdrive (Custom Case)
Genesis – Phantasy Star II (Complete)
Genesis – Phantasy Star III (Complete)
Genesis – Shining Force (Complete)
Genesis – Wings of Wor (Complete)
Genesis – Ys III: Wanders from Ys (Complete)
Genesis – Pier Solar (Complete)
Genesis – Psyoblade (Complete)
TGCD – Cosmic Fantasy 2 (Complete)
TGCD – Exile (Complete)
Artbook – Fire Emblem: Awakening
Artbook – Xenoblade Chronicles

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Hisashiburi!

It’s been a while since I have updated ALinkToRetro!

Many things happened in my world of retro collecting. The one big shift is that I started with upscaling. I never really cared before as I was able to play all retro systems on a 27″ CRT. But now with space limitations in my apartment, I am forced to do all my gaming on modern LCD displays. I was put off by the sub par to outright awful quality of video output. ┬áThen I was introduced to the elite niche-y and expensive world of upscaling! Then everything became clear. It was like I was playing on my CRT again. I can’t wait to go through all the old favorites with the upgraded video quality!

Focus of my collection also shifted. Due to space restraints, I am trying to limit my collection down to one bookshelf and it’s proving to be almost impossible. This is what my shelf always looks like. Games are just overflowing and I can’t seem to get rid of them before new ones would come and replace them.

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One of my goals this year is to really downsize to accommodate the space of this one single bookshelf with games that I actually thoroughly enjoy and want to keep.

And get rid of the excess clutter.

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First Impression: Song of the Deep

Finally got some time to sit down and play Song of the Deep a bit. At first, the game reminded me of a shooter called In The Hunt for PS1/Saturn as they are both underwater sub games. After about 2 minutes of maneuvering Merryn’s sub, I knew the games were going to be drastically different. As In the Hunt is essentially a horizontal shoot em up with submarines, Song of the Deep is all about exploration.

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I will have a review up soon after a good playing session. The game is pretty interesting so far. The narrative is well done, the artwork is almost Ghibli-like.

The physical version and digital version of the game cost the same at $14.99, while the collector’s edition costs $29.99. It’s definitely worth it in my opinion, as it comes with a book, and the game in a nice steel case with couple of ┬ástickers.

I also got the HUGE Merryn Pop figure, it’s a bit expensive at $24.99 but it’s definitely one of the biggest pop figures I’ve ever seen.

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