Best Buy, Red/Blue States


I was in Best Buy the other day because I have been looking to buy a PVR that doesn’t require a cable subscription.  We cut our cable over ten years ago and haven’t looked back since!  I do miss watching a Raptor game every now and then, but for the amount of money that this would cost for either a Bell or Rogers account (both are evil entities run by Satan by the way) just isn’t worth it.  I’m satisfied with my over the air antenna which gets 23 channels… most of them reliably in excellent quality.  The three channels that I need are CTV, CTV2, and Fox as these carry the NFL games that I love to watch on Sunday afternoons.  I want a PVR as I am so tired of watching the endless commercials during games.  They are mind numbing!  I figure I’ll start taping the game at 1pm, then start watching around 2:30pm so that I’ll be caught up (sans commercials) by the end of the game.  Genius right, we’ll see… any ways Best buy didn’t carry such a device in their stores, but they did have a new antenna that supposedly had a 115km range.  Even at a pricey $224, I thought this would be a good investment.  I set it up, and literally put it right in front of my $60 antenna.  It was WAY WAY worse!  Even the normally reliable channels would be sketchy.  I didn’t hesitate to take this piece of crap back!

Red Dead

I had some time to kill while I was in the store, so I thought I would mosey over to check out the latest PS4 games and came across Red Dead Redemption 2.  From what I hear, this game is quite good, and I must say I really enjoyed the first chapter on the Xbox 360… at least for a while.  I found the game was a bit repetitive, and didn’t really have much of a finale at the end.  However I’m interested in seeing the sequel as they made a big deal about it on last weeks episode of South Park.   I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently Officer Yates was upset at all the school shootings happening lately, as it took him away from playing Red Dead Redemption 2.  Quite disturbing, but I would expect nothing less from my boys at South Park!

Good and bad states

I found a map of the United States for everyone to help them determine if the State they are travelling to is acceptable or not.  Blue States are good, red states are bad, and green states are neutral.  I’m happy that unsurprisingly New York went blue as it means I can still visit my relatives in Buffalo.  I’m disappointed that Wyoming went red, as I really wanted to go on a cattle drive vacation over there next summer.  Most disappointing however is my beloved Florida.  Why man… WHY?!  I loved you Florida, and this is what you do to me?!



I’ve joined a jujitsu club called Silver Back Gorilla in mid Scarborough as a colleague of mine was telling me how much he enjoyed it.  I did the free trial, and got my ass handed to me.  I was sore for the entire next week afterwards with bruises all over my chest and arms.  I was later told by the lead instructor (pictured above) that the reason I got hurt was because I was trying too hard without knowing the techniques properly.  So I tried again last Thursday and he was correct.  I didn’t try to muscle my opponent as much, but rather focused on the technique and it seemed to have better results.  I signed up for the next three months, and the first thing I plan on doing afterwards is choking out the Sega Dude over at Retro Megabit!



SEGA Corner: I noticed that there was an $80 price tag on Red Dead Redemption 2.  At first I thought this sounded really high as what kid has this much money to blow on a game… but then I remembered the $90 – $100 the Sega Dude and I paid for Japanese Megadrive games back in the early 1990’s.  I couldn’t have asked my parents for the money as the definitely would have emphatically said “NO!”.  Thus I must have relied on my only source of income… my Toronto Sun paper route which paid about $10/week.  I think I was paid about 30 cents a paper… that’s a lot of deliveries I had to make just for an early copy of Thunder Force 3 and Mickey Mouse!  At least they were both awesome games!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Super Metroid Comes Home!


My dear friend the sega dude (pictured above) has been collecting games since university back in the mid 90’s and he has built up quite an impressive display.  As his name indicates, he is primarily into Sega/Mega Drive, but occasionally he’ll dabble some NES/SNES.  While I haven’t been collecting for nearly as long, we felt that we had acquired too many doubles thus when we stumbled upon the seasonal swap meet, we were quick to sign up for an exhibitor table.  Even though we were so late in signing up, the convenors were friendly enough to squeeze us in!  At $25 per table, this was a bargain!  Interestingly enough the guy who had the table beside us had bought games from me before at on of my yard sales this past summer… small world.  My quest in at going to this event was to bring home a copy of Super Metroid, however there were only two vendors at the entire event that had a single copy each… and one was only using it as a display… he was taunting me!  However with a lot of verbal harassment (and and i mean A LOT!) he finally caved and sold it to me for $45.  This was a tad more than I wanted to pay, but I couldn’t turn it down because it is my favourite game for the SNES and I haven’t even physically played it…. ever… that’s how good this game really is.


I was able to pick up a few other titles… most notably Final Fantasy and Ultima: Quest of the Avatar for $25 total.  I’m not really sure about the Ultima game as I’ve never played (or seen it played) before.  However it is an RPG so I figured I would give it a shot.  Maybe I’ll write a review of it in a later posting.  Final Fantasy is a classic that goes without saying.  

The Sega Dude told me I should use this site as a bit of a trading post.  Back in university, he had a site and if I remember correctly he did quite well… made a lot of contacts, and was able to get some good trades.  Maybe he was onto something.  The games I’m looking for are pretty standard:  Anything with Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Mario, etc..  I’m missing 4 & 5 of the NES Mega Man, and all of the X games.  True, I have a copy of Rockman X, but that doesn’t really count.

The hunt for games must go on!