Picking seems to have become something of a national pastime lately. Dilapidated old barns that were once fit for little more than housing various vermin now find themselves instead crawling with would-be fortune seekers clad in dust masks and dreams of finding musty treasures.
But for those of us who prefer to avoid handling recluse-infested, rat-feces-covered crates whenever possible, retrogaming generally (but not always) provides a more hygienic hobby alternative. From the largely insect-free confines of a local pawn or game shop to the antiseptic realm of online buying, classic game enthusiasts typically need not risk the perils of respiratory infection or weak flooring to grow their collections.
Witness the latest video from Metal Jesus: In this week's episode, he exhibits no fewer than 40 new additions to the Metal Man Cave, with nary a spider bite to show for it. So go ahead and set off that bug bomb in your parents' attic, then come back down and watch the newest MJR! while waiting for the fog to clear out:
I went up into my parents' storage barn again this past Sunday to see what I could find. I was heartbroken to run across a huge box full of my old big-box PC games.... with severe water damage that ruined almost all of them. #GameSavingFail
That's a beautiful lot right there. My problems with the big-box games are just two, I think.
First, how do you search craigslist when looking for older PC games software? I've yet to come up with a good filter that doesn't pull in tons of crap listings. Any tips?
And second, my man cave space is just about taxed, and my two closets are all but full. I'm going to put up a bit more high shelving where I can, but honestly there's just not much more room anywhere here in the house, and I'm certainly not going to rent a storage unit. I either need to build a garage with a storage attic, or I need to hold off on expanding into PC games for a while.
Btw, one of the games that rotted was a CIB big-box Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. I managed to save the game disc and most of the documentation, but the box was just trashed. Stupid leaky barn. I also found my copy of QFG2, and while it wasn't destroyed (the inner box was only partially deteriorated, although the outer sleeve was gone), all of the contents were at least in great shape, including the map, manuals, and both 3.5" and 5.25" install disks. I'll have to post some pics in the SYC thread later.
Damn Jesus... thats a fair portion of my formative years right there.
Awesome to see MechWarrior Mercenaries... that was a gem of a game.
And like Demo_Boy said, ToEE was indeed plague ridden at release. Such a shame too - you could tell it had a lot of potential if they wouldn't have been forced to release.
If I remember rumors correctly, there was something a few months before release where Atari wanted to change the ESRB rating on the game to Teen & thus they had to remove all the references to children in the game or something?
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Love the shirt! I still remember the small box transition, I was SOOO disappointed. But I gave up PC box collectiing a long time ago and threw them all out, just keeping the manuals. One exception being my Ultima IX Dragon Edition GIANT box.
Nowadays I think PC physical collecting is totally pointless, and console physical collecting makes more sense. Of course, if I still had my boxed copies of Ultima IV, Ultima 7, Wizardry, M&M, Bard's Tale, etc. I might feel differently.
Yes, contrary to popular belief, I was once part of the PC gaming elite master race. Been there, done that.
Please develop apps for Windows Phone.
Nowadays I think PC physical collecting is totally pointless, and console physical collecting makes more sense.
If it wasn't for GOG.com and other sites like that, I might agree. Even if I can't (or don't want to) get old 5.25 floppies to work on a modern computer, you don't have to worry about it with digital downloads. Best of both worlds!