Archive for January, 2012
And with a resounding ‘Rawr!’ the latest entry into the J. McFerron Museum for Video Game Collectibles and Memorabilia arrives. Cheetahmen II.
The decision to buy this presented a bit of a crossroad for me. Collecting games has always been a nice little niche hobby for me, but you don’t buy Cheetahmen II and continue to call it a niche hobby. It was make or break time. Do I do the sensible thing and pass on this ridiculously terrible game? Or do I double down on my collecting and pass the point of no return? Please. After giving it some thought and waiting for the sweet buzz of four or five beers to kick in, I summoned the cheetah within and did what I had to do.
Do I regret this decision? Not possible my friends. It just confirms what I always knew in my heart. Game collecting is here to stay. What’s so special about Cheetahmen II? Besides being in the running for worst NES game of all time (it isn’t just any game that has a bug preventing you from getting past the fourth level,) it’s also the fifth rarest game out there. With only 1,500 copies known to exist, it isn’t easy to come by, and over time that number will only grow smaller.
On a more serious note, what’s fun about owning a game like this (or Myriad 6-in-1) is that with games of a known low
quality quantity, it’s not always about just wanting to buy it. You also have to find someone that’s ready to sell it. Most games can be found any given day of the week, but with games like this (and actually the top five rare NES games,) you have to be ready to buy it at the same time someone else is ready to sell it. And then you can let out a victorious Rawr!
As of last night I reached 196 NES games! Wow! Lately I’ve been focusing on games that cost no more than $2. Not only are they guaranteed to be great, but you get a lot more bang for your buck. I mean, why spend $10 on Contra when I can spend $10 and get:
I haven’t had the chance to try this one yet, but judging by Wikipedia, it looks to provide all the fun of navigating a sub marine. Hmm.
Othello (oh yes!)
A minute to learn, a lifetime to master indeed!
Magic Johnson’s Fast Break
I think I might try to actually beat this game. Hey, I figure if Magic Johnson can conquer AIDS, I can conquer his game.
and the always great
Ok so these games are all meh. Well, at least it’s an inexpensive way to rapidly increase the collection.
So last night I made another trip to Bookman’s to see what I could find on a Thursday night. Score!! I finally found a copy of ‘Garry Kitchen’s Battle Tank‘ for NES! Thanks to that, only 583 more games to go.
Ok, so I wasn’t actually that excited about finding it. It was more like fine, with this one out of the way I don’t have to buy it ever again. But I also found a Panasonic 3DO M1 (finally, a working one!) and I bought Gotcha! for two dollars.