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CGE 2014 – It’s History

Playing video games has always been tagged as being a rather solitary pastime, even when you consider the ubiquity of online gaming today. Sure, you might be in a shooter with 24 other people, but you don’t see them and probably have never met them IRL, and communication is generally on the level of potty-mouthed trash talk over a tinny mic. In my youth I played a lot with friends in front of my C64 (see: M.U.L.E.), but when I tally up all of the game time, statistically speaking I was by myself playing video games.

Now, collecting retro video games might seem to demand a certain amount of face time with other like-minded traders, looking to score deals and complete collections. However, with the advent of eBay and other online venues for classic game purchasing and trading, it’s possible you could pursue your hobby sequestered at home with your only connection to the outside world being a furtive peek through the curtains at your local UPS guy delivering your latest acquisition.

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Amazon Opens Retro Game Store

Having long since moved on from just being a simple online bookseller, Amazon has gradually expanded to become the Wal-Mart of online businesses, shilling everything under the sun.  The company has recently made a move to become a one-stop shop for retro game collectors with their new Retro Gaming store.   From Atari to Zelda, mint boxed systems to boxes of motherboards, they seem to have it all.

If you want to skip the hassles of online auctions and relive your video game memories with quick, impulsive one-click purchases, check out the store here.

Source: MTV Multiplayer

Instant Video Game Collection. Only Half a Million Bucks.

But wait, look what else you get!

Got some discretionary spending money burning a hole in your pocket?  If so, you could buy this game collection on eBay.  It’s the culmination of 30 years of collecting, and as the seller mentions in the description, even though he has spent the last two months working eight hours a day to catalog what he has, he’s still not sure he’s covered everything!

The collection is composed of over 6850 games, over 330 game consoles, and 220 controllers.  He seems to be like me and doesn’t like to throw out packaging (who knows when you might need to sell this stuff on eBay?), so the vast majority of equipment comes boxed.  There’s also tonnes of promotional items such as game-related action figures and soundtracks, books and strategy guides.  Even arcade games are represented, with a collection of PCB boards available so you can finally come out of the dark alleys and play games legal on MAME.

As the sellers says, you could make yourself an instant video game museum with a one-time payment of only $500,000.  Start yours, today!

Thanks to @freemantim for the heads up.