Are Collectible Video Games worth their Steep Sales Price?

You probably wouldn’t think that the retro gaming market pulls in over $200 million per year. That figure seems more apt for vintage collectables or niche artwork. But, technically, vintage video games are old collectables and niche artwork. Plus, their limited supply is constantly shrinking because they’re out of print. As such, many of these games are rare collectables—and getting rarer and more valuable all the time. For these reasons, collectable video games are especially valuable if they’re authentic and still in the original box. To illustrate, consider how this industry made over $3.5 million in less than a month with only 2 game sales. In case you’re wondering, the two games were Super Mario Bros on NES and Super Mario 64 on N64. Both the Super Mario games were factory-sealed, and rare first prints of the games.  Each game was then authenticated by Wata games and was sold on Heritage...

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Where to get Degree in Video Game Design & Why you Should

Does it bug you that, even in the greatest of games, there can be moments that literally suck? What happens when you’re faced with a scene that doesn’t quite fit with the gameplay, or when a design decision completely ruins your gaming experience? Do you stick with the game? Do you sell it? Do you think about what’s gone wrong and how you could put it right? You know you could do better? How about studying game design? In its latest survey, Priming the Pump, the Higher Education Video Game Alliance reported that 91.3% of alumni of games-based college programs were in gainful after a single year on the market. They also earned a higher than average salary. Alumni of games-based programs earned an estimated average salary of $76,200 in 2015, which was $24,000 more than the US national average for college graduates with full-time jobs. Games program graduates also reported high...

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Old School Gaming - What Games to Play & Where to play Them

Retro Video Games have come a long way since its inception. Although general knowledge suggests that the likes of Spacewar or Pong as the earliest form of video games, they are merely an evolved version of electronic games or computer games. Let's take a brief over-view of gaming history, and then showcase of the best retro video games that made gaming what it is today.   The Cathode-Ray Tube Amusement Device Long before the iconic Pong became a thing, two physicists named Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed the first patent to the Cathode-Ray Amusement Device in 1947. Although the device never made it to the mainstream market because of production cost, it eventually got the title of being the “first patent for an electronic game.” The Cathode-Ray Tube Amusement device paves the way to the creation of the first AI (Artificial Intelligence) for an electronic game through Noughts...

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The Best Selling Final Fantasy RPG Games from the Franchise

Final FantasyIt is hard to think of a role-playing series that is more iconic than the Japanese phenomenon Final Fantasy. A brainchild of Hironobo Sakaguchi, an ex-developer from Squaresoft/Square Enix, Final Fantasy is one of the best-selling video game franchises in the video game industry.   Today, we will be taking a look at the Final Fantasy franchise by remembering some of the best-selling Final Fantasy games in the series. I’ve tried to make the article less confusing, since some games in the series were released in Japan as one title. Then the game was released in the United States as a different title. Let us begin. Final Fantasy – The Original NES, 1987 The first entry in a series has a lot to accomplish, and Final Fantasy managed to do it mostly right. A sprawling RPG adventure that had emotional moments as well as exciting combat, Final Fantasy was a bold new entry...

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Best survival horror games to play When the Lights are Out

Ever since the advent of the VCR, it’s been a tradition for kids to pop in some horror flicks when Halloween night rolls around. But a new generation is here, one that grew up playing console video games, and one that saw the rise of the “survival horror” genre. So it makes you wonder what horror game character would make the best movie? As you can see, we've thought about that already It only makes sense, then, that Halloween tradition accommodate video games as much as movies. Who knows, with the rise of  technologies like VR, maybe gaming will become so immersive that one day soon it will render scary movies obsolete. In the meantime, here are some scary games perfect for Halloween night. First-person shooters, platformers, side-scrollers, shoot-em-ups—these are just a few of the many video game genres out there. Add all those sub-genres into the mix, and you have...

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Thats Phat! The Best Video Games from the Year 1998 - Part 2

1998, as we’ve talked about in the previous article, saw the release of some all-time classics. 3D began to take hold, and games and game developers responded in kind.

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Retro Video Games & Where to Buy Retro Games in 2022?

Looking for a new extension arm for your antique typewriter? Ok, first of all, why? And secondly, um, good luck with that.

Aside from this scenario, you're probably aware that components of vintage technology can be hard to come by. On the other hand, some antiquated tech refuses to die because it's timeless, nostalgic, or just freaking awesome.

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An Inside Look at Nintendo's Best Selling Video Game Series - Pokemon

Pokémon is one of the most iconic franchises of our time. The cute pocket monsters in this colorful universe have been around for over two decades at this point, and new entries continue to add more amazing characters to the already massive roster.   We don’t really think there’s a bad Pokémon game out there, since they are basically iterations on a proven, popular formula. However, some games in the franchise manage to stand out due to their innovation and mechanics. Without further ado, let us take a look at some of the best games in the Pokémon series. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl – Nintendo DS, 2006 Diamond & Pearl deserves special mention as the first DS entry in the monster-battling franchise. It introduced fans to a bunch of new features, most of which was the ability to battle other trainers around the world over the Internet or local multiplayer capability with the...

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Sega Genesis Original Console & The Best Old Sega Games

One of the most important retro gaming consoles in video game history was the original Sega genesis 16-Bit console. Made through a combination of third-party developers and by Sega itself.  The Sega Genesis original release date, was during the summer of 1989 in North American.  The European release was in 1990.  It had the benefit of being released to the North American market a full two years prior to its major competition, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The SNES wouldn't be released until August 1991 in the United States. Another one of the factors that set the Sega Genesis apart from the competition - at least in the early days - was its graphical capabilities. It is important to keep in mind that the Sega Genesis was released in North America at the time when its only true competition was the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The Nintendo NES has a massive...

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Retro Video Games That Have Aged Well & Some Not So Well

As we look forward to a generation of consoles that will not be backwards compatible with older game discs, it’s gotten me thinking about the different ways in which old games have proven to have a variety of extra lives. We replay them on enduring or refurbished original platforms We constantly buy video games and sell them all the time, we download them digitally through current-gen marketplaces, and we discover and enjoy them as in-game Easter eggs (playing Maniac Mansion in its sequel, Day of the Tentacle, for instance, Zork and Dead Ops Arcade in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, or several Atari games in Black Ops 2). In a broader sense, old games live on through sequels (Thief 4!) or reboots (Tomb Raider), in the futuristic yet 80s-game-obsessed novel Ready Player One, and as the subject of more and more movies (from The Wizard and Super Mario Brothers to...

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The Cream of the Crop! The Best Marvel Video Games

Black Panther Wakanda Forever just hit theaters, and it’s a joyous, fun-filled big screen experience, like all the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a great time to be a comic book fan, with several lesser known comic book characters getting their own movies. But, Marvel isn’t stopping there. With the announcement of several AAA video games that will accompany future movies, Marvel is looking to reestablish its presence in the gaming world. But this isn’t the first time the studio is stepping into the video game markets.   Let’s take a look at the best Marvel video games of all time. X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse – 2005 X-Men Legends 2 builds on the original’s team up formula and pits our favorite mutants against their deadliest foe – Apocalypse. The game features a massive roster of characters, each with their own unique abilities and unlockable costumes and artwork....

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10 Facts Why Retro Gaming is growing at an Exponential Rate

Even though video game giants like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft continue to release their "latest and greatest" hardware in the form of the Xbox Series X, the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 5, retro gaming is continuing to grow.  Happily, the last five to ten years has seen the maturing video game industry solve all of these problems in various ways, bringing the first true retro renaissance to the field of video games and to gamers young and old. The ten main factors detailed below have combined to make it easier and more enjoyable than ever to play old school games.  An interesting fact is that retro gaming Isn't growing only with people who are old enough to remember the original "Final Fantasy" or people who were around when specials about "Super Mario Bros. 3" aired on prime-time television. Retro gaming is also growing among the younger generation of gamers -...

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Best PS1 Hidden Gems You’ve Probably Never Played

Playing the Best PS1 Hidden Gems.  Somewhere in the world, we imagine there’s a collector who keeps all 7,918 games behind security-enforced display cases. There they remain, day after day, barred from any human interaction. Gee, how fun. So when was the last time you played Koudelka, Top Shop, or Rival Schools on PS1? Just kidding! That was a trick question. If you’re like most gamers, you’ve never even heard of these titles before. And that’s a real shame because these games are true masterpieces of the PS1 era.  Sadly, though, there are loads of hidden PS1 gems like these that were simply overshadowed by other PS1 hits. Of course, this is bound to happen when such games are released alongside historical hits like Final Fantasy VII. . Read on to discover the best PS1 Hidden gems that you’ve been missing. 1. Bushido Blade As a retro gamer, you’ve probably played...

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Booyah! The Best Video Games of 1997 - The Top Titles

1997 was another solid year for video games. Plenty of long-running franchises came out with fun entries, and some unexpected gems stole gamers’ hearts worldwide. This was also the year 3D Realms began developing the game that ended up taking an eternity to release – Duke Nukem Forever. But, that is another discussion for another time. Without further ado, let us take a look at The Best video games from the year 1997 GoldenEye 007 - Nintendo 64 Goldeneye gave everyone’s favorite to spy a video game that was worthy of his lofty achievements. This game has a lot of things going for it, but it is perhaps best known for creating the first effortless multiplayer shooter experience. Sure, there were other games before it that allowed you to play with your friends online. But, there was something especially delightful about inviting your friends over and shooting each other in the face...

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Best 4-Player NES Games for the Nintendo NES Four Score

When most people think back on the Nintendo Entertainment System, they think of hit games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. Ironically, these popular titles barely scratch the surface of the system’s potential. The hardworking folks at Nintendo wanted their first home console to offer an advanced, immersive, varied gameplay experience. So they strove constantly to create exciting new accessories that would break through the console’s initial limitations. One of their most successful accessories is the NES Four Score Which is a multitap that allows 4-player, simultaneous multiplayer gameplay. In this article, we review the 6 best 4-player NES games that are compatible with the Four Score. Read on to learn more. 1. Bomberman II Today, every Nintendo console library includes an excellent Bomberman game for at least 4  players. This grand tradition started with Bomberman II for the NES. This was the first Bomberman to allow multiple...

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Da Bomb! Nine of the Best Video Games of 1994

1994 was an interesting year. In a year marked by a tremendous amount of political strife, video games once again showed the way. The video games of 1994 saw the release of some classics, with returning franchises hit it out of the park, and some new contenders proved that gaming success wasn’t just the domain of the big developers. 32-bit systems were on the ascendancy, but several 16-bit Super Nintendo titles showed that the technology was far from obsolete yet. It’s difficult to number these, since so many of them have nostalgic value and are important to gamers for different personal reasons. However, we’ve done our best to narrow the list down. Without further ado, let’s turn back the clock and look at the best video games of 1994. Super Metroid One of the easiest ways to gauge the power of 16-bit gaming is to play Super Metroid. This game scores...

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We All Want More Exciting Retro Video Game Sequels!

A gloriously old school trailer was recently released for Strafe, a Kickstarter first-person shooter set in space that insists that upon its 2016 release it will be by far the best game of 1996.  Strafe harnesses modern computing power To (partially) procedurally generate FPS levels that look and feel like Doom (or Halo if it was made by id Software in the mid-90s). Whether Strafe ultimately hits its Kickstarter goal, it is representative of the continuing expansion of retro indie games that mix nostalgia with modern conveniences and flourishes. Strafe’s blood and gore are persistent, for example, so you know if a corridor isn’t covered in guts, that you probably haven’t been there yet. That’s a trick based on modern processing power in a game designed to look twenty years old. And it illustrates the great trick of good retro design: figure out what aspects of the old games are worth honoring and recreating,...

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The Best Multiplayer N64 Games You’ll Ever Play, Even Today

It wasn’t easy for the N64 to earn its prestigious position in video gaming history. Despite a shocking lack of third-party support, the system made a name for itself with some of the best first-party titles ever made. Most often, the system is remembered for one-player cult classics like Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. But it also offers tons of excellent multiplayer titles that get far less credit than they deserve. Today, we’re going to remedy this injustice. The guide below lists the best N64 coop games you’ll ever play, period. If you’ve played all your other multiplayer games to death, try these additively competitive treats. 1. Super Smash Bros Yes, we know you’ve played several other games in this series. And that means that you know  how unique each version is. Specifically, most versions have exclusive playable characters, stages,...

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90s Video Games & The 5 Best Pokémon Games by Ranking

Lately, the game Pokémon Legends: Arceus on the Nintendo Switch has been all the rage. For older fans, it is a source of nostalgia, while for those new to the franchise, it is an opportunity to go back to the older generation titles. So, we decided to help you board the nostalgia train with this list of 5 best 90s Pokémon video games. Nintendo has had huge successful franchises in the form of Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Metroid some of the best-selling games before they released Pokémon. But what set Pokémon apart from the rest was not only was it released as a game, but a year later an anime adaptation was aired.  This created a cult following for the game, as people wanted to become the protagonist of their own story and be the very best Pokémon trainer. This cultural phenomenon gave way to the massive success...

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How to Start Collecting Retro Video Games

If you're wondering whether it's worth it to get into retro video games — of course it is! There's a reason (besides gaming nostalgia) that retro consoles have stood the test of time and are still played today. In olden times, games were created from passion and, more importantly, desperation. That is, a game had better be good, or its creators went bankrupt. (fun fact: this is the actual reason why Final Fantasy was named Final Fantasy.) Today, though, if Nintendo's 371st Mario game is a pile of garbage, Nintendo will survive just fine. And by "survive," we mean that the game will probably still make billions, anyway. Even if it doesn't, Shigeru Miyamoto can use all his other billions to wipe away his tears (from laughing so hard about all the billions he has). The real question is, how best to build your retro video game collection? You'll find the...

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