Video Game Collector Community

The Video Game Collector Community (VGCC) puts on a twice annual video game swap event in Waterloo Ontario.  You can check out a video link of the event here.  My first time there was last September where the Sega Dude and I had a vendors table.  I thought we did quite well… so much so that i didn’t have enough inventory to justify getting another dealer table.  Instead, we both went with a back pack and a list of what we had to trade.  Of course I lost my list at a dealer table within the first 5 minutes of arriving:(  This is what happens when I get REALLY excited… i get stupid.  This is also what cut my Street Fighting career short: I just got too excited at the prospect of becoming world champion that i would forget my own name.  This brings up something else.  The Sega Dude told me that I need a name for myself in this blog.  He suggested Nintendo Dude, but really, there can be only one Dude and he has claim to that.  I was thinking of going generic with something like “Nintendo Joe”, but that isn’t really very creative and a million other people probably already have that name.  Oh well, for now anyways the name is Joe.

So I was able to come back from the Waterloo swap meet with a pretty good score:


Now settle down.  Please let me explain the bottom photo.  Yes I did spend $15 on a mint copy of Thunderforce II for the Sega Genesis but I had no choice!  I used to have it way back in the day when Genesis first came out and I was really good at it… admittedly not as good as some of the people i’ve seen on youtube finish it with one life:(  It might have been the only thing that I was ever really good at, so it has a bit of sentimental value to me.  Plus, even though it’s a Sega game, it’s really kick ass!  They have made several sequels to a game (Thunderforce) of which no one seems to remember the original.  I did a little looking around and found out that the original game was released by Technosoft in 1983 for the Sharp X1 computer.  Basically the story is about the struggles of the Galactic Federation agains the Orn empire.  The first game was an overhead shooter and was pretty brutal compared to it’s sequels, but considering the year it came out it’s not that bad.  Thunderforce III was one of the first games that I bought, and if i remember correctly I spent $90 for the Mega Drive version of the game before it was released here in north America.  I look back on that and am astounded how much the games used to cost, and more importantly where a 14 year old kid gets that kind of money.  I must have delivered hundreds of newspapers to save up for this game.  What’s scary is that I had several games…. though once i hit 16 and got my first real job as a janitor on the weekends, not only were the games cheaper, but i also had the money to buy them.  That’s how i afforded my SNES back in the day.  So while Genesis may not be Nintendo, they did make some pretty kick ass games including the Phantasy Star series which is probably my favourite thing Sega ever produced.  Thunder Spirits on the SNES is basically just Thunderforce III with a few added levels.  The good news is that the cart sells for only around $9 so it should be in my collection before long.

The other titles that I picked up I either bought or traded for.  I ordered 200 universal game cases to store my NES and SNES games in.  I was told last night that I’m out of my mind if i print the covers out myself… i think i told you in an earlier post on where to find them, but so you don’t have to go routing around in my old blogs, i’ll give you the link again.  It is a site called and has the covers of most systems (including handheld systems such as the Game Boy Advance, or DS.  In fact I found that the old DS cases have a slot on the inside that Fits GBA games.  At the swap i bought a few of those to put my GBA games in.  I’ve printed some of the covers and they turned out great.  I don’t know why Nintendo didn’t release their games in clam cases like Sega did?!  Like it or not, Sega had this right, and it amazes me how many Sega games I see loose.  Where did the hard box go?  It’s what made keeping Sega games in good condition easy… and it looks nice.  So now I’m buying universal game cases, and printing out my own covers, or rather pay staples $0.40 per page to do it for me.  My goal is to have my collection all cased up by the end of the summer.  It might be a pipe dream, but it is something to strive for:)


Nintendo Joe (for now)

6 thoughts on “Video Game Collector Community

  1. Nintendo Joe isn’t terrible but lets see if inspiration strikes before Nintendo Joe becomes permanent.
    That Thunder Force II was a super deal. It’s in perfect condition. I checked my copy and you’ll be happy to hear that yours is in a wee bit better condition than my own. I’d be upset but this is something I can correct on my next visit to your place.
    Why didn’t you write about the excellent condition Ms. Pac Man mini cabinet ($60) that you passed up?! That decision should haunt you for a good long while. You collect those mini cabinets, you love them, they are really cool, there aren’t many to collect… and you passed one up.
    Whenever you print a new cover for a game you should make it a post. Just a mini update like that will be interesting enough to see. Maybe a pic of the game with it’s new case and then a picture of it added to the collection with the others. We’ll get to see the cover additions grow as you go along.


  2. I have a name for ya: Joetendo

    Get it? A fusion between Joe and Nintendo!

    Nice haul I say! I also remember games being really expensive back then, and people nowadays still complain even though the games are cheaper…

    I’d prefer Universal Game Cases as well but they’re too expensive over here. But I have fixad up some NDS cases to hold both GBA and Gameboy/Gameboy Color games, you can check my blog for those posts if you’re interested. I printed the covers myself as that was the cheaper option for me, and with the glossy sleeve I only needed regular printer paper and it still looked very good. I even made some covers custom made myself, of titles they didn’t have any for, which I yet have to upload on The Cover Project.

    Anyhow, good post, looking forward to more!


    • I funny how I don’t remember games being so expensive but I believe you guys when you say so. However, I do remember paying (Mom paid) $100 for a used copy of Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System; didn’t even have the manual. I thought this game was so expensive because it was in such high demand at the time.
      I had a friend who could order Japanese Mega Drive games for me from Hong Kong but I can’t remember what I use to pay. I should because by then I was paying for them myself.
      But yes, I’m still happy to complain about how today’s AAA games are getting more expensive 🙂 At the same time I cannot fuss at all about the prices of the many Indie games out there that really do rock. I just bought Child of Light for $15. Can’t complain about that.

      Joetendo is not bad. A bit more creative than Nintendo Joe. But both seem reasonable.

      martianoddity, I have to say I’m pretty envious of how neat and clean your retro game room is! Mines getting close to your organization but it needs some work still.Do you have an pictures of your custom covers?


  3. Joetendo eh, hmmmm… sounds like it has possibilities. Okay we’ll go with that for now:) You say that the universal game cases are so expensive… how much? We can only order them in packs of 100 directly from the manufacturer. After shipping (and yes they do rob my by collecting duty before hand) works out to $1.25 Canadian per case. Is it more expensive for you?


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