This will be my last post for a while as my wife and I are off to Africa to see some good animals not limited to but including: Great White Sharks (my personal favorite and motivation for initiating this trip), mountain gorillas, lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, etc.. This is all a bucket list trip… something that I’ve been wanting to do since 4th grade when I first saw Jaws on City TV. Interestingly enough, the whole trip will cost more than a complete NES collection, but honestly I would rather see some kick ass animals (some that I will never see in a zoo) in their natural habitat. We are flying from Toronto to Ethiopia, then onto South Africa where we will go on safari, and come face to face with Jaws. Then it is onto Uganda to see the mountain gorillas and to solve Diane Fossey’s murder and bring those bastards to justice! She may have been in another neighboring country where we are not going, but it’s the same animals she was protecting so I’ll be on a constant lookout for clues!
When my time comes… hopefully later rather than sooner, my intention is to give my fortune to these animals in hopes that it will help them to co-exist with the disease that is humans. At my passing, all my NES games (hopefully a complete collection) will not be liquidated but rather go to the Sega Dude to keep or sell to complete his own collection! I’ll be sure to blog upon my return from the Dark Continent… though I give it a 50% chance at surviving with these wild beasts!
A few months ago, my former band mate (the Stone Mason) turned me onto this Norwegian guy who makes metal cover songs out of 80’s music. His name is Leo and he rocks! I sponsor him every time he produces a new cover song, and he hasn’t disappointed me yet! This link is to his cover of Toto’s song Africa. If you love heavy metal like I do… you’ll love this guy!
Back to video game collecting news… we were at the GTA Games X 2018 in Mississauga ON this past Sunday after being invited to sell our wares at a table with our dealer at Flavio’s Video Games. These events are always a great time, and it’s fun to see the same nerds time and time again… show after show. It’s awesome how small a community as the gaming collectors are, and how we help each other out to achieve our individual goals…
… which brings to mind something that happened at the show that I found rather funny. Remember a few months back when I sold pretty much all my boxed SNES and N64 games on Kijiji within under a minute of posting? The buyer had told me that all these games were going to his son to play… which was kind of interesting as the same dude was at the table behind us selling the very same games he bought from me! The guy was a re-seller!… but if I’m being honest I don’t mind as he paid a good price and bought my games at just under market value… I gave him a a deal as he was basically cleaning me out of my extended Nintendo collection and as such I didn’t have to deal with any other strangers in my house. I just wondered why the guy gave me the song and dance about his alleged son?! I have come to peace these past few years with re-sellers as they are only charging what someone will pay… if they over charge they’ll soon go out of business. I was never a math prodigy… in fact I only have my grade 11 and only achieved a 54% in that course! However even to me this makes obvious numeric sense!
Also at the show, the Sega Dude apparently had a conversation with the Retro Game Brothers about a conversation I had had earlier. I had told them that there was no way I was paying $1,200 for Little Sampson, and that I had previously passed on a mint $800 copy of Flintstones 2: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak. They all agreed that if I am to ever acquire those games, 2G’s is what it is going to cost me on the cheap. What they are all forgetting is the expensive monetary and emotional cost of the divorce my wife will ask for if I spend this kind of cash on what she considers a dumb hobby… far more than I want to pay for two NES games of which only one (Little Sampson) is of any fun! Besides, the fun is in the collecting… not the completion. Once I complete my collection and achieve infamy, then what? NES manuals I suppose?!
On a side note… remember a few posts ago when I commented on that gorgeous woman who dressed up as Chainsaw Lollipop?! Well, at this event she didn’t come in costume and of course looked as awesome as always. However she and her video game selling boyfriend obviously don’t read this blog as she was once again sitting on his lap, giving him a shoulder massage on the sales floor?! I think it is only good business sense to have our gaming nerd clientele think they actually have a chance with her?! Her boyfriend would be the most successful seller at the show!
These were my pick-ups at the Game X show. They were both from the same guy from Belleville (Peter) that I made a major trade with a few months back. I didn’t have much to sell at the show… just a few not so expensive PS2 and XBox 360 games, but I made $70 and spent an additional $50 for these two games. I actually really like Lemmings… it’s both addictive and fun (though the PC version is a million times better!). L’Empereur is a military strategy game that Nintendo has made a million of… it’s okay if you have patience (I don’t), but not that great.
SEGA Corner: Before we went into the show, I had quietly told the Sega Dude in private that lately I had sort of become a big deal in the retro gaming community… what with my awesome NES collection, and being featured on the Retro Game Btothers VLOG’s. Of course he couldn’t let me have one over him, and informed me that during the past six weeks he was given the role of a game tester for some new home brew Sega Genesis game… he showed me some footage and it actually looked really good! Kind of Sonic the hedgehogish, but an original platform never-the-less. Check it out here: Tanglewood Gameplay Demo. Let him know what you think!
In other sad heavy metal news, I was angered to hear that my beloved Vinnie Paul of the band Pantera passed away in his sleep the other night. First his brother Dimebag Darrel gets blown away on stage by some psycho, then Oderus Urungus of GWAR dies of a heroin overdose, my beloved Delores O’Riordian of the Cranberries dies of unknown (but probably suicide) causes… and now Vinnie? He was a metal drumming master and I will never forget the way he made me feel during my rebellious years. I’m still living the dream!
Until we are back from Africa,