Best Buy, Red/Blue States

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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

The $254 Purchase

The title of this post is supposed to be like “The Louisiana Purchase”, but it isn’t quite as clever (or funny) when I spell it out.  Doh!

GI Joe Vehicles Flagg IMG_3162Well I’ve done it… I’ve sold my old G.I. Joe collection.  I had it all man… the Flagg, Terror Drome, Sky Strikers, Rattlers, HISS, and about 115 figures including the original Cobra Commander, Scarlett, and Rock’n Roll among many others.  I had been collecting these toys since university (roughly 18 years ago), but I just wasn’t getting much enjoyment out of them anymore.  So I posted an add on Kijiji and basically sold the whole lot in less than 24 hours.  I knew it was going to sell, but not so quickly!  Anyways I got $1700 out of it which is a fraction of what I paid so I’m quite happy.  I could have gotten more if I had held out and sold the pieces to multiple buyers, but then I would have to deal with all these people in my house trying to lowball me.  I was lucky and got a quick sale and a reasonable price.  He got a good deal too though as the majority of the toys were in good shape and are hard to find.  I bring this up, as I now have some money to spend… $1700 to be exact.  All of a sudden Mega Man 5 is no longer unattainable:)

I had to wait for this guys yard sale for two weeks.  He had put up a post on Kijiji advertising as 1500+ video games.  I try not to get excited so as I’m not disappointed, but this couldn’t be helped.  The thing is, this yard sale was in Oshawa, Ontario (about a 30 minute drive) which is crazy far for something like this, but I couldn’t resist… and it paid off:)

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When I arrived at this dude’s place (at precisely 7:00am) I was already late.  Other collectors were already there!  Early bird gets the worm I suppose.  But there were lots of worms to go around.  I had no idea what this guys prices would be like so I just started making piles of games and accessories.  For the NES I managed to pick up a copy of Back to the Future 2 & 3, Dirty Harry, MTV Remote Control, Circus Caper, Dragon Power, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bad Street Brawler, Predator, Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular, The Last Ninja, Amagon, Quantum Fighter, and last but not least The Adventures of Dizzy.  I also got an NES Max game pad, and a Quick Shot Joystick (I guess it is supposed to be for flight simulators??).  The max game pad seems pretty cool as it has a turbo feature.

IMG_3867Next up was a bin full of SNES games.  Aero the Acobat, Robo Cop Vs. The Terminator, Street Combat, Time Slip, C2: Judgement Clay, Wolf Child, and Pilot wings were the acquisitions of the day.  The game I’m most excited about is Clayfighter 2 as I just picked up the original last week.  Robocop and Terminator in the same game… are you kidding me???  While I’ve not played it yet, this game just has to be great… how can it not be when it stars two of the greatest cyborgs created (at least in my opinion).  While we are on the topic, I did see the new Robocop, and even though it received bad reviews I still liked it.  However not as much as the original as it lacked a villain as mean as as Clarence Bodicker, but what are you going to do?  I’ll try out these games and if I find that I don’t like them I’ll trade it for other games at the store up the street.

IMG_3870Also coincidently I found a copy of Donkey Konga 2 (with the set of bongo drums) for the Game Cube.  This was a good find since last week I also purchased the original game.  I hardly think the game will be that great, but the bongo drums will look great in the collection.

 

IMG_3869Mario Vs. Donkey Kong for the GBA, Mario & Yoshi, along with Bomberman for the Gameboy were three other finds.  Interestingly enough I have no idea how much the Mario & Yoshi game is worth as I can’t seem to find it on my usual website of choice, videogames.pricecharting.com.  I’m sure it is not a gem, but it is a Mario game that I didn’t have.

IMG_3872The best purchase however was a complete Nintendo Wii for $25.  Previously I was the owner of this system, but I traded it straight up for an Xbox 360 when it was still a big deal.  I just wasn’t playing it, and all my friends had Xbox.  Over all it was a good trade… but this just makes it all come together.  Now this doesn’t have the story of my old console… where the Sega Dude and I camped outside Toys R Us at 2:00am when this system was so popular for a while that you literally couldn’t get it in the stores.  It was an innovative machine that carried a price tag of $259.00.  Not bad when you put it up against the PS4, or Xbox One… neither of which I’m interested in at the moment as to me there doesn’t seem to be anything groundbreaking yet that would make me want to fork over $400 + tax for the system.

While there were no Mega Man 5’s to be found at this yard sale (or any Mega Man for that matter) I think I still did pretty good.  The guys prices were NOT typical garage sale prices but was somewhere in between them and store prices.  Basically his lot of games came from a Game Swap store and he was charging 50% of the price tag.  Perhaps a disgruntled employee?!? A good price for collecting.  I also did buy two Pokemon DS games (not pictured) to trade.  I have no idea why Pokemon is so popular because personally I couldn’t care less… but to each there own I suppose.  So the lot of games, accessories, and the Wii was $254.  A nice way to start out summer break!