I was going though my channel and found this video to be getting some views… I have no idea why? Maybe someone shared it but hey i’ll take the extra views.. it is nothing special just some cheap pick ups this past summer when Gamestop was having a buy 3 for 10 bucks sale… It was a great sale and I really cleaned up… I’ll add some more videos to the site soon… I also have to do a new video game room tour… so much to do so little time and money.
Well I headed to my local retro video game store… it is Digital Press videogames in Clifton, NJ…. great place… awesome staff… etc…
Well I met Rob McCallum, Matt Miller and Michelle Ireland…. for an interview for the Nes Club… It is a really could NES doc… must google and check it out… My pick ups aren’t that great and I didn’t score massive awesome prices but yet again I bought it retail… so some times ya just have to help the small guy out and support your local retro store!
Jason from i64x was kind enough to send some of his over flow my way.. I am so stoked to get the games… I am a huge hockey fan and this will help complete my goal to get every hockey video game ever made!
I did a random off the cuff video game room tour… This might be hands down the worst one on youtube…. But It is still under construction… It is also a work in progress but I have a decent collection of stuff over the decades of collecting…
I have had a lot of people ask me. ”Brent where do you get your photos from?”. I tell them I take them myself. They say: ”but they look so professional” and I say “thank you”. Some even ask “what camera do you use” and I say “the one I have with me at the time” Then they say “WTF?”
Yes, sometimes photos aren’t about the camera at all. You can have the most mega pixels in the world but if you don’t know how to light your subject then what is really the sense?
Here is my rude set up below but it took this great “product” photo in the top photo of this post. I will go into more detail below the photo on how to set this up.
Yes the lights are aimed at the ceiling to bounce the light down and give it a nice gradient soft light!
I do product photography for 1/4 of my full time job. In my job I deal with a lot of goods that are packaged and have shiny, reflective surfaces to them. I need to have photographs with no glare or anything on the product. I bounce the lights off the white ceiling and the light comes down nice and soft on the subject (which is a DK NES Cart illustrated above) and I use Seem-less paper (buy Seem-less paper here) with a transition on it for the base and background. I use a C-stand (buy c-stand here) to hold the paper up. A cheap folding table (you probably have around the house) and two Florescent Soft box lights (buy lights here) The results come out great and I am only using an iphone 4s to take the photos too I could use my other camera but I like to show people what you can do with proper indirect lighting.
I used the lights different than usual to get rid of the shadow. This makes the subject easy to cut out of the white background and give it no shadows at all. If I want to give it a little depth I move the left light more to the right or sometime just shut it off completely. Like other photos I have taken before see Facebook @ www.facebook.com/extendedplayarcade
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With all the hoop-la of all the new/next gen consoles coming out. Xbox one (which didn’t we already have an xbox one?) with its target audience being “the whole center of your entertainment” and not being really geared towards the core gamer or even just gamer in general. We have the PS4 (love sony’s console marketing names LOL) with a new attempt to just follow more trends than actually set any themselves. We already have the Wii U which is a total flop right now and sales and new games are hard to be found. Well with all that being said. The Next Gen “flop” is growing the Retro Gaming community even more. More and more People today are looking back on their childhood. Even when it comes to toys. With a spike in collectibles such as Star Wars figures, He-man, My little Bro-ny, to name a few. Retro Console and game prices are not any different. I been slowly collecting and at some points didn’t even know I was collection (wife says hording) console games and consoles for over 3 decades. I still even have my original C64 which is pictured at the top of the screen. I also have my original in box Intellivision, NES, Sega Genesis to name a few. Every Retro collector has to have an Atari 2600 which (in my opinion) started it all. Yeah yeah yeah the hard cores will say it was Pong but seriously it wasn’t believe you me.
As arcades of 1980′s are dead along with their business models. A few have taken it to heart in hopes to re-live their passion for the video gaming they new as a kid. Places like Funspot still hold onto a lot of memories but it is more of a hybrid of a video gaming place and redemption games (I don’t blame them one bit, it is what people want and they supply the demand). They still have a Retro Gaming room that still holds true to this day as an Amazing Arcade Classic Museum. It totally gets my double thumbs up of approval for anyone any age! You must go there at least once in your life!
Even Seaside (Park or Heights), New Jersey has transformed into a Redemption game mecca! I grew up in that area and lived in Seaside Park (the nicer of the two) for awhile. I also worked on the boardwalk as a kid and spent my lunch hours pumping quarters into new pinball machines and video arcade machines. After the area this past year (fall 2012) has been devastated by Hurricane/hybrid/superstorm Sandy. Even more and more of these arcade machine video games have been destroyed and probably will never be replaced. It is just completely heartbreaking. With all that being said the Business model in the “Arcade” world had to change. It is more of a Dave and Buster’s type of deal which is basically a modified version of Chuck y Cheese for adults that want to get drunk. They even have a place or Had a place in Seaside Heights, NJ called “Captain Hooks”. Don’t get me wrong I am no prude and have enjoyed a few times at D&B but the more and more I hear about it. The more it is just a bunch of 20 and 30 year olds shooting hoops at a record pace and getting tickets for some sort of something. It just isn’t what it was like growing up at an “Arcade” A handful (and i am sure there are more) have adapted to that same Business model to help keep their passion for Classic Arcade machines alive. Places like Barcade, Yestercade, 1up to name a few. Sell alcohol to make a profit and give the arcade gaming away to drawn in business. Nice and simple model that seems to work well. The only issue with that is. You need to do what the Arcade did in the past. GET NEW GAMES IN… Well seeing there hasn’t been a new Classic Arcade game made in Decades (unless you are the over the top Extreme being like Richie Knucklez and his “Wreck it Ralph” arcade Machine Build see photo here) You are just going to have to rely on the nostalgic feel of old games and cycle them in and cycle them out to keep customers actually interested. Because there is a reason why the arcades died… peopled got bored with them…
With all that being said. Is this where the Console gaming industry is headed? I mean if you look back on the History of the Arcade machine… The console industry bounced back from the disaster but I believe it is headed in that direction again. It might open the doors for a new competitor Ummm Well looks like I’ll just be plugging in my C64 and bringing back those good old memories…
After trolling ebay for some games. I found this great ebay listing from @ Digital Press Videogames I got all these for like 12 bucks or so complete in box with manuals. Some even have the original unused posters in them. Score! I know not everyone thinks sports games are worth collecting but I remember playing all of these as a kid (well teens) and LOVE UM! Thanks to Digital Press for letting me pick up my 10 items on my way home from work to save me on shipping. Double Score! Love that place! visit their website http://www.digitpress.com/
I saw a review of this on Classic Game Room and thought to myself. “Wow I remember this game! Now do I have it?” The answer was “Yes”… I loved this game as a youngster. I really dug the plane part of the game. Triple Action actually includes three separate games—racing, tank combat and flying—where two players compete against each other for the best score.. Obviously not the first to game to bundle three games in one but it is definitely one of the better ones for the time (1981 to be exact!) The biggest flaw of this game is. YOU NEED 2 Players! Which back in 1981 wasn’t a big deal because everyone wanted to play Atari 2600 or Intellivision. Now in 2013 (THE FUTURE) not so much.. You will have a difficult time even forcing your kids to play this game. (try bribing them with lots and lots of candy).
My only suggestion is to have a “Retro Themed 80′s Gaming party” You might be able to trick people into playing this game if they are drinking “Pepsi Free” and eating “Pizza hut” pizza. Just a thought… Just saying…
Well anyways if you can actually find a friend or force your kids to join ya for a game. It is definitely one of those games you and the whole family can enjoy for a whole 5 minutes =)
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