Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set

Capcom just announced the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set. The Xbox 360 version and Playstation 3 version both went up on Amazon today. It retails for $150 and is expected to be very limited. I’ve already pre-ordered mine.

This Collector’s Edition is a sweet looking box stuffed with goodies. Buyers will receive the following items:

  • Collector’s Case
  • 11-disc soundtrack
  • Street Fighter X Tekken game disc
  • Super Street Fighter IV game disc
  • Assorted costume / character DLC
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition game download
  • Super Street Fighter II: Turbo HD Remix game download
  • 8-inch Light-up Ryu Statue
  • 2-disc Blu-Ray documentaries, animation, etc
  • 64-page Hardcover Art Book
  • Embroidered, Full-Size Ryu Belt
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

When the package is released in September, you can find out if it really is rare and special or if you were duped out of $150.

Breaking the Habit: January 2012

Note: Due to a New Year’s resolution described here, I am restricting myself to one game purchase per month. This article is part of a series describing my monthly choices and the reasoning involved.

During the last week of January, I was pondering whether my game choices could roll-over like cell phone minutes because there wasn’t much I wanted. January releases were pretty sparse, and my mad game addiction of the past several years did not leave many older releases to pick from. The intent of my resolution is to encourage thoughtful spending, so I had to find something I really wanted or skip January.

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Resolve

There are hundreds of games in the picture to the right, and that picture does not include my games for NES, SNES, Playstation, Nintendo DS, and other systems. I’m not trying to brag. Quite the opposite really.

I purchase too many games. Collector instinct mandated sequels, games that employ an interesting gameplay mechanic, or games that just look awesome. Fortunately, I work two jobs and can afford this. Unfortunately, I work two jobs and do not have enough time to play.

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Show and Tell

My friend Laurie visited in December to bake cookies, and it became my duty to entertain her six-year-old daughter. I like children, believe they are the future, and want some of my own, but I have little recent experience interacting with them. I took the easy route. I went to my wall-of-video-games-that-looked-interesting-but-I-never-had-time-to-play, and tore the plastic off Super Paper Mario; henceforth SPM.

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FYFFVII

When I was younger and arcades still existed in my town, there would always some kid standing on a milk crate mashing buttons on a game in demonstration mode. Thinks he’s playing a game, but really isn’t.

Passive entertainment has always been more popular than gaming. Movie theaters outlived arcades. The dvd section is bigger than the video game section in big-box department stores. People don’t want to engage their mind, make decisions, and overcome obstacles if somebody else will do that for them.

Some game developers noticed that movies were popular, so they started making movies that are interrupted by trivial tasks the viewer must perform. These tasks require no skill or decision making and are a tedious waste of time, but the participants trudged onward chasing the next movie sequence like a dangling carrot. Suddenly the masses were into RPGs, but without the Role-Playing or the Game.

They remind me of that kid in the arcade.

Not the Iliad, The Other One!

Sunday, I went to my first auction. I was hoping to win a bed, but the bidding went nuts on both of them.

While looking at the beds, another item caught my eye. A box containing two Magnavox Odyssey 2 game consoles (1978-1984) and 32 games. I had an Atari 2600 during that console generation and I was always curious about the other systems, so I decided to place a bid. I got it for $10. I probably could have gotten it for less, but I still think it was a decent deal. Continue reading

The Life Demonic

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, among the most sought-after PS2 games, was recently reprinted. This means that you can get a new copy for about $40 as opposed to $200. Take a look at amazon.com or play-asia.com if you’re interested. I have no idea how long these reprints will be available.

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Losers Weepers

I started playing video games in the early 1980s on the Atari 2600. I ultimately had the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and Sega Genesis. I also had dozens of games, most from NES forward included original boxes and manuals in pristine condition. When I say “I”, I am referring to my siblings and myself and actually mean “we”. Continue reading