Game Pickups November

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Recently I’ve been falling down the You Tube rabbit hole and watching a lot of videos from game collectors talking about their collections and how to get started, what hardware exists and some guides to rarity. If you’re interested I’ll put some links at the bottom to a couple of my favourites.

One of the channels features videos showing games which they’ve recently picked up which has inspired me to do the same as I do go out every week looking for games when I take my mum and niece shopping.

First up is a set of PS2 games which I was lucky enough to find in a charity shop for just £3. Now don’t get me wrong the games themselves aren’t that great however there are a couple of good games in Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.   I already own The rise of the underminer which is the follow up to The Incredibles so picking up the first game was a win for me.

I’ve not played any of the other games before and to be honest a couple are just going to go into the collection never to be played as I am not a fan of football and first person shooters but I am interested in trying out Splashdown as it’s an Atari game, who tend to knock out pretty good games, and I tend to enjoy water racing games like Rapid Racer on the PS1.

A few more games here for the Playstation consoles here, nothing really amazing here apart from Spider-man which I was holding out for when it was released as I expected it to drop in price quite quickly as most popular games tend to. I picked this up on a black Friday deal for just £29 which I believe is a steal. I really am looking forward to playing this as I like superhero games and the last Spider-Man game I played (Shattered Dimensions) was exceptional.

Next I found some original XBOX games, unfortunately I don’t actually own an XBOX at the moment so these will go straight into storage but I am hopeful that I will pick one up at some point.  The big issue that I have with getting a console here is that they aren’t really about for a good price because they were modable to run XBMC and massive collections of games so when they do come up for a good price they tend to get snapped up so that someone can mod them and flip them for a good profit.

A couple of random other console finds here Boogie and Weakest link were nice and cheap, I already owned The Weakest Link but the one I found was in a really good case which I can swap for one of my less good cases but it also had a preowned paper disc under the game that I have never seen before, this was an advert from Game letting people know they could trade in their games. 

Shante and the Switch Pro controller were again black Friday deals which I couldn’t resist.

Bonus item, I paid more that I would have liked for this, not because it wasn’t worth it but I am storing my games on a bookcase and this takes up a lot of room but it is a throw back to my younger days where you would store your games in something like this to keep them from being damaged.

eBay Follow Up

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Not had chance to post but the game I sold and accepted the return on has arrived back to me. When it landed I was eager to get this tested and contested with eBay, so much so I had played my own copy so I could power through and prove it worked…

Unfortunately however the game arrived back smashed. I don’t think I can put into words how angry this made me.

I’ve taken this up with eBay and they are investigating but have refunded the buyer and me as I can no longer sell the item.

Below are the pictures of what came back to me…

PlayStation mini thoughts

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Apologies for the lack of posts recently, my PC blew up, literally smoke billowing out of thee back, and as such I’ve been without the means I’d usually use to post.

So the mini

As most people who know me I am a bit of a gamer and an amateur collector of video games and hardware, with a focus on the PS1 which was the big computer of my youth. The collection I currently have, which while it’s no t massive, is quite substantial (320 original PAL games) and as such I feel that I am well placed to discuss the device.

Honestly I don’t have problem with the PS mini or infact any mini console, I’ve played and owned a number of them. As a collector of games this could go one of a few ways in my opinion.

Firstly and most likely is that it will have little to no impact on me/us, the minis will appeal to a different demographic, the people buying these are not the people buying retro games.

Next it could be a good thing, people who buy this will sell their retro games or they will remember they have them and decided that they should sell them, especially as the chances are that the unit will have a HDMI port which the old console don’t, at best you have a RGB/scary but you’ll likely have an RF cable.

Lastly it could be a bad thing, people who buy this will sell their retro games or they will remember they have them and decided that they should sell them, yes this is the same a the last point but when people sell their collections they could drive the prices down (yay) or more likely up (boo).


Finally let’s look at the value, a second hand PS1 will cost you no more than £10 of your English pounds, anything more and you’re being had over, I have 6 I can’t sell at £10 each.

Next the games:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden (£2)
  • Cool Boarders 2 (£2)
  • Destruction Derby (£5)
  • Final Fantasy VII (£8)
  • Grand Theft Auto (£4)
  • Intelligent Qube (£20 – need to research this more as it seems overpriced)
  • Jumping Flash! (£10)
  • Metal Gear Solid (£10)
  • Mr. Driller (£20)
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (£8)
  • Rayman (£3)
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut (£16)
  • Revelations: Persona (£90 – first time PAL release)
  • Ridge Racer Type 4 (£4)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (£15)
  • Syphon Filter (£4)
  • Tekken 3 (£5)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (£2)
  • Twisted Metal (£30)
  • Wild Arms (£15)

So is this good value for money, absolutely. The games above easily out value the price (my prices are based on what people have actually paid on eBay in the past week-month) of £90 as well as the opportunity to play Persona which never made it to the UK.