Preface: Recently I’ve been having retro itches since finding a local shop that sells games going back to Atari era. After waltzing through my childhood among the SNES, N64, Genesis, and Gameboy collections I couldn’t help but cave to the urge to give retro gaming a try. I’ve never spent money on a past generation before so that would be a new territory for me. All those wonderful gems from my childhood were calling out to me though… Pokemon Red, WCW/nWo: Revenge, Blast Corps, Eternal Champions, Secret of Mana… So many warm fuzzies. I ended up leaving with no purchases but a decision to settle on researching GBA SP prices. It would be an easy jump back in time since it’s simple… Just a system and a power adapter. No batteries, no fighting an HDTV distortion, no additional controllers or memory cards to buy. Shortly after I picked up a GBA as my first ever step backwards in gaming purchases off of eBay for a crazy good deal of $30 for a pristine rose colored SP-101, the fancier one with additional back light. I wanted an N64 / SNES, but this would be perfect for now. Plus, I already have a collection of Final Fantasy 4-6 Advance ready to go.

Then something wonderful yet strange happened. I was going to visit my wife at grad school across the state and she wanted me to grab something from the attic. No clue where it was among the totes and boxes we have up there. Mostly just holiday decorations, old toys, and a bunch of boxes for old game systems. No clue why I was saving them as I don’t plan on moving ever, and I don’t think I’ll ever sell any of my systems. So then I started throwing down boxes so I could trash them to clean up the attic a bit. Then I came across some moving boxes sitting up there. We store everything in plastic totes so I instantly knew these boxes didn’t belong. Maybe she put them up here and had what she was looking for? The first peak I got was a bit of a shock. Old game cartridges..?

Commodore 64 Cartridges!

Commodore 64 Cartridges!

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Lies. Lies are all around. We like to forget that our favorite pastime is maintained by an industry that exists to generate money. Not to discredit the developers working on bringing us joy through gaming, but the reality of the world is that they need to sell games in order to continue making games. We have the marketing telling us what we want to hear, the journalists sharing their opinions as professionals surrounded by it daily, and the consumers fanboying their allegiance. It’s hard to get a good beat on hearing what you want to hear. Sometimes not even directly trying to misrepresent the game there can be miscommunication on something you’re trying to get a straight answer for. Maybe you want to know the length of the campaign and they’re referring to the length of ALL the content in the game over repeated plays. Perhaps the marketing team indicates 50 hours of gameplay, when really it’s a 10 hour campaign that can be played with 5 different characters. It’s a sly way to skew the information, but it isn’t necessary lying to you. Either way, I wanted to get more into a couple of lies or myths surrounding games that irks me a bit.

Portal Cake

Portal – I’ve baked us a cake.

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