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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Suits » May 11th, 2019, 10:18 am

Simonsloth wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 10:07 am
I just bought Diddy Kong Racing in a charity shop for 50p. Boxed with manual albeit looks like it’s been left out in the rain.

We shall see later if I’ve bought a plastic ornament or whether that 50p has nabbed me a bargain.
Man, what a find !!!

Even finding DKR in the wild complete is a score but for 50p, well that's just superb.

You'll find that the actual cartridges are pretty robust, only really serious physical damage to the pins means that they are useless.

If it doesn't boot, or crashes I'm sure a good clean will get it back to form.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Magical_Isopod » May 11th, 2019, 4:18 pm

I'll never understand how people get these thrift store finds. Every time I look, the shops know exactly what things are worth. My brother and I found a copy of Earthbound at a Value Village, torn label, they wanted $150.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Alex79uk » May 11th, 2019, 4:29 pm

It just depends on who's running them I guess. Bargains are much rarer these days, but I can't resist popping in every one I pass! It's a shame really, before eBay and the likes got everyone wised up to what they could charge for things there were bargains galore at boot sales etc. I used to buy and resell all the time back in the day. Sometimes rare CDs, too. I remember getting a Bowie box set for a couple of quid and turning in round for about £30, but my best ever was a Metallica bootleg in a snakeskin sleeve for less than a quid and watching it go for over £50 on eBay a week later!

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Magical_Isopod » May 11th, 2019, 5:36 pm

Garage sale hunting became a really big problem in Ontario. A bunch of game collectors would literally camp out neighbourhood garage sales in advance and buy up everything so they could re-sell it. It was like an industry. I know Ivan, the guy who runs Toyratt in Milton (he has a reputation in GTA game trading), would pay his employees to show up at far-flung yard sales to buy inventory. It's an absolute shitshow, and it has been for years. Even game swaps, like, the vendors will go to smaller tables and buy up all their good stock just to mark it up and sell it at the same show.

When I was in Michigan though, I actually found some legit deals. Like a Saturn complete and working for $90 - would have bought it if I had the means. I got Link to the Past on GBA for $1. I got a Genesis with Sonic 1-3 and Vectorman 1-2 for $25. So I guess it depends on how aggressive the local buyers are.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Alex79uk » May 11th, 2019, 6:24 pm

I'm really enjoying Punch Out on the NES classics on Switch. It's really fun. They clearly never changed a bit with the SNES and Wii versions, nor did they need to!

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Suits » May 12th, 2019, 7:39 am

It is hard to find value in the wild nowadays but that's just the way it is now, it has been for a few years now I feel. It's not going to change, it's only going to get worse sadly.

That said, it's the community around it that still makes it fun.

Sometimes we go out, don't even see anything at all and still have a good time. We still have breakfast, a few coffees and a few laughs as we walk about and drive from car boot to charity shop.

I picked up Wonder Boy 3 on the Master System, boxed for £6 the other day - at a convention. You've just got to keep at it, you've not always going to score big.

If I'm out and see a game I already have, thats cheap, I'll pick it up. I won't pass over it, or leave it. I'll either upgrade my current copy or bits of it then offer it to the boys, then if no-one wants it, I'll usually trade it in at my mates Retro Game shop for credit.

The way I see it, is you're doing the scene a favour and getting a game back into the eco-system.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Simonsloth » May 12th, 2019, 8:07 pm

Suits wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 7:39 am
It is hard to find value in the wild nowadays but that's just the way it is now, it has been for a few years now I feel. It's not going to change, it's only going to get worse sadly.

That said, it's the community around it that still makes it fun.

Sometimes we go out, don't even see anything at all and still have a good time. We still have breakfast, a few coffees and a few laughs as we walk about and drive from car boot to charity shop.

I picked up Wonder Boy 3 on the Master System, boxed for £6 the other day - at a convention. You've just got to keep at it, you've not always going to score big.

If I'm out and see a game I already have, thats cheap, I'll pick it up. I won't pass over it, or leave it. I'll either upgrade my current copy or bits of it then offer it to the boys, then if no-one wants it, I'll usually trade it in at my mates Retro Game shop for credit.

The way I see it, is you're doing the scene a favour and getting a game back into the eco-system.
You’re making me feel bad.

Next to Diddy Kong racing were a couple of PsOne games I already own but could have helped get back into the hands of people who would love them. Only £1 each:(

They were Moho, a random puzzle game where your character rolls around on a ball and Winky the little bear.

Was going to make a joke about Winky but I don’t really need to and yes I do have Winky the little bear in my collection.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Michiel K » May 13th, 2019, 8:27 pm

Suits wrote:
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Sounds rad man, I'll get in touch a bot closer to the time and we can see what works.
Let's make it happen!

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Flabyo » May 17th, 2019, 4:42 am

One of the charity shops in Guildford will sometimes print out an eBay listing they’ve found and put it next to an item to demonstrate that they know what’s its worth so that’s why they’re asking what they’re asking for it.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Suits » May 17th, 2019, 5:26 am

Huh, that’s unique.

I hope it’s a completed sale, not something Brian from Stoke has had on there at “RARE !! Buy it Now - £89.99” for the last 5 months.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Michiel K » May 17th, 2019, 5:29 am

I came across a (PAL) copy of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door in a local charity stop the other day. All their non-FIFA GC games are priced 3,50 EUR, including that one. I already have the game, but is anyone else interested to add it to their collection (not for reselling purposes)? If so, I'll go and grab it, pretty sure it's still there.

Note: the disc might not be in the greatest condition and the packaging and manual will most probably in Dutch language.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by KSubzero1000 » May 17th, 2019, 6:58 am

Michiel K wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 5:29 am
I came across a (PAL) copy of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door in a local charity stop the other day. All their non-FIFA GC games are priced 3,50 EUR, including that one. I already have the game, but is anyone else interested to add it to their collection (not for reselling purposes)? If so, I'll go and grab it, pretty sure it's still there.

Note: the disc might not be in the greatest condition and the packaging and manual will most probably in Dutch language.
...Yes, please! :o

One of the very few GCN games I'm still looking for so I'd love to get my talons on that if possible.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Michiel K » May 17th, 2019, 7:20 am

Just went and it was gone, along with any other decent GC game they had. :'(

Sorry for getting you excited for nothing. I genuinely though the stuff was sitting there for a while already. Will probably show up on eBay as **ULTRA RARE 150 EURO!!!** very soon.

Knowing this, I will keep an eye out for you, however.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by KSubzero1000 » May 17th, 2019, 7:26 am

Oh, well that's too bad. Thanks a lot for checking, however. :)

I've never had much luck with this one as the prices it's going for tend to be ever so slightly higher than I'm willing to pay, especially when in good condition.

One day!

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Flabyo » May 21st, 2019, 5:11 pm

Hey Suits, question for you.

I’ve picked up some Isopropanol to clean some problematic carts, and I’m wondering... when you use it do you dilute it? Cause it seems pretty damn potent to be using neat.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Suits » May 21st, 2019, 5:28 pm

Flabyo wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 5:11 pm
I’ve picked up some Isopropanol to clean some problematic carts, and I’m wondering... when you use it do you dilute it?
I don't dilute it no, but I use it sparingly.

My method involves dipping a cotton bud into the Isopropanol then tapping it on the inside of the bottle neck so that its not sopping.

It sounds daft but that's the best way to describe how I control how much I use.

I'll then use that method for one side of a Mega Drive board, then a fresh dip for the other.

Really stubborn marks or oils may take a little more (that Killer Instinct cart took about twenty passes and many vigorous polishes with the fibreglass pen before anything sparked).

Also, you really should it in well ventilated areas - but now I just use it in my office freely.

Some people I follow use Isopropanol baths for entire boards !!!!

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Flabyo » May 21st, 2019, 5:37 pm

Yeah, it’s all the ‘for gods sake man, open a window at least!’ Warnings on the bottle that made me ask :)

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by Suits » May 21st, 2019, 5:47 pm

Flabyo wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 5:37 pm
Yeah, it’s all the ‘for gods sake man, open a window at least!’ Warnings on the bottle that made me ask :)
Yeah, it will evaporate pretty quick in the quantities you'll want to be using it in but you'll be fine just being mindful of it.

It can get dodgy using it in large quantities, like if you were cleaning a floor tile or something like that.

There are WEL values for all this stuff but using it like this is fine.

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Re: Retro gaming

Post by clippa » May 28th, 2019, 3:04 pm

Ooh, this might be good if you've got an hour to kill. Will give it a watch tonight or tomorrow some time.


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Re: Retro gaming

Post by ratsoalbion » May 28th, 2019, 3:18 pm

Excellent.

There’s also a cool new DF Retro with our man John looking at the Castlevania Collection.

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