What is up, you two men whose mothers were hamsters and whose fathers smelt of elderberries? Well, the DGP’s adventures in video continue, and even though Rhett was flying solo last week on part A, I still enjoyed the slideshow he put on. I haven’t watched part B yet, but I am listening to the squishy warm audio loaf you two dropped into the bowl of the internet. I am sure it will turn out to be the DGP Book Club hour as usual. 😉
Rhett, I too cannot stand how people lose their minds over Star Wars toys. Or…any toys for that matter. I say this as a former action figure collector. I remember once I met this kid and his dad who had stacks of Star Wars toys in their basket, and I kind of inquired about it. They were super friendly and explained that his son has, literally, one of the biggest Star Wars merchandise collections in several states. He then showed me pictures, and it was ridiculous. I used to collect because I enjoyed the artistry behind a well made figure, but those people who collect them with the idea that they’ll ever be worth a substantial sum are simply out of their blasted minds. I think once you get past the mid to late 80s, you can forget about toys ever having any real market value. The fact of the matter is, the original Star Wars toys are worth piles of cash in good condition because they were not made with collectability in mind. They were made to be what they were – toys to be played with. As such, finding them in good condition now is tough because back then Star Wars was in its early years, and none of us 80s kids would ever have thought about them as potential investment vehicles.
Once you get into the 90s on, the industry did kind of shift gears and people began to falsely assume that collecting and holding onto newer toys would one day pay off. Wrong. When millions are pumped out, with some being blatantly labeled “COLLECTOR’S ITEM!!!” you end up with an overly saturated market, with way more supply than demand. I bought a few Star Wars figures in the mid 90s, and they are worth now about as much as I paid for them then. It’s ridiculous. Basically, collecting anything outside of real estate, precious metals, antiques, etc, is not a wise investment. I remember when the death of Superman issue came out, there were people on tv being interviewed by local news anchors and some were saying stupid stuff like “I got me 5 of them, and these will pay for my kid’s college one day!” It is unbelievable. Fad collecting always manages to find suckers. There are always bubbles, and they always pop sooner or later.
I think this will be the case with the current rage for vintage video games. I think some games will consistently hold a solid value due to legit scarcity, but there is no reason why a copy of Contra for NES should cost upwards of $50 for a loose copy, given that literally MILLIONS of them were made. People got wind that there was a little money in retro gaming, and the stampede of stupidity was on. The prices are getting so out of hand now that people are being priced out of the hobby, and frankly I really see the bubble bursting eventually. I think you will eventually be able to pick up a copy of Contra for $20 or less once this madness subsides. What sucks about retro games, though, is that even if you honestly love and adore the games you own, eventually they WILL stop working. Tough as they are, even those cart based games are deteriorating slowly but surely.
About the Deus Ex Preorder bonuses…ummm…yeah. It couldn’t suck worse if someone taped broken glass all over it and hurled it at your face. That’s all I have to say about that. I am a huge fan of the Deus Ex universe, and have yet to play a game from that series that I did not like, but man, if that’s the best they can do for preorder bonuses, they might as well not even bother.
So you helped build a cabin, did you, Doc Jason? I have to say, having recently built and installed new closet shelving for my wife, that nothing makes you feel manly quite like forming wood and making stuff out of it. I was almost kind of jealous when I heard you were doing that. It’s funny that I enjoy working with my hands now, because I HATED it when I was a kid. My dad was a carpenter, and he was always dragging me along to help him when I had days off. I despised getting up early and helping him do remodels and new constructions, but as an adult I am glad I have those skills at my disposal when the wife wants some carpentry done. For whatever reason it really impresses her that I know how to do that kind of stuff. Maybe I’ll just keep its simplicity a secret and continue to let her be impressed. If you know how to read a tape, run a saw, and swing a hammer, congratulations – you’re a carpenter. (more or less)
Oh, I think I should let you know you shouldn’t have to edit my emails for obscenities anymore. I’m trying very hard not to swear. I have my little girl on the way, and I figure if I can get my mouth under control now I won’t have to worry about words slipping when she gets here. My son is already fluent in that regard (thanks, public school!!) and I’d rather keep my little lady’s mouth free of foul language as long as possible. So far so good. Quitting swearing isn’t quite as hard as quitting smoking, so if I could do that (16 years smoke free!) I can definitely Jason up my language. 😉 That, and I’ve been spiritually convicted about the way I conduct myself, so it’ll be a good change for me. I’ll still be a raging douchebag, but I’ll have to find more creative ways to get that across that don’t involve swearing.
I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to whip out the usual “What have you been playing? Here’s what I’ve been playing” rambling. So, what have you been playing? You whip out that Metal Gear yet, Rhett? I have a confession to make. I have never played a single one of those games, despite owning several on PS2 and original Xbox. Heck, I even have the original Metal Gear on NES. What I have played this week is Telltale Games The Walking Dead Season 2. Normally I try to be as good as possible, but I ended up making a couple of decisions that most people would think were a little heartless. I let a young girl get eaten by zombies to save my own skin. Why? Because she was whiny and she got on my nerves. The second I had a chance to remove her from the equation, I took it. Pure evil. Mwahaha. One of the other characters was all “Why did you leave her?! Did you really have to?” It was quite a moment. All in all, though, I found the game was a lot harder to connect with than its predecessor. I actually teared up at the end of season 1, but once I reached the end of 2, I was basically…meh. I think this game just really didn’t do as good a job of making you care about the characters as the first season did. If you haven’t played it, I still recommend it, but just don’t expect it to be half as good as the first.
Well guys, as usual I am writing this at work, so I’d better hang it up for now. Have a great show!
Oh…Rhett! I forgot to tell you this. As I watched you on the last show, it dawned on me who you remind me of. Like…a lot. You remind me of Simon Pegg. That’s a good thing because I freaking love Simon Pegg!