Friday, 31 May 2013

One Hull of a thrift

Back out midweek again, If I had waited another hour I could of Driven those speed boats home, It was pissing it down, Lots of heavy rain on the thrift... That being the weather not the games I found, If you wish to learn more about One hull of a boat click here

Before I do a rundown of this weeks Pick ups, Just a few words about Resident evil Revelations, I never bought a 3DS but if I did it would have been for this game, Now that it is out for PS3 I finally have a chance to play it, And what do I think? I think this is the best game In the series since Resident evil 4 moved away from the original formula, With the return of pacing, Puzzles that are more then one switch solutions, Some nice nods to the old games and some Creepy boss fights, Its not perfect but its a damn sight better then 5,6 and operation raccoon city.

I started out at Walton street market again
Our first Pick up of the day was this Pro action Replay boxed for Sega mega drive, The box Was a little beat up on the outside but the contents were like new, It also had two of the books with all the action replay codes inside Looks like there is a lot of games covered but the codes are easily found on the internet just nice to have them to hand.

Next up we have Kingdom hearts 358/2 Days unboxed for £2.99 When I was looking into what to put on my R4 card this game was on a lot of top 10 ds game lists, and the other game is a mystery GBA cart for £1.

The guy wanted £2 at first, So I said I will give you a quid just to find out what it is. Expectations not very high, All the other games he had where sports and kids budget games.

Turns out it was DOOM! well alright define classic fps and for £1.

A few charity shops down the line and I am in cottingham again, yelding Assassins creed for £1.50 and star wars battle front 2 for £1.50, score!

Jump a bus to newland avenue, Check out all the sweet Halo Mega block stuff they have in Emmaus charity shop £6 to £20 on these, I was tempted to pick up one of the cheap sets, But as a rule its best to stay well clear from lego and jigsaw puzzle stuff like that, Pieces will be missing and from a resale stand point that just lends to ebay ball ache.

Pokemon diamond merchandise Would of pick this up, Over priced at £6 had to leave this on the shelf, Its not every day you see Pokemon stuff in hull, incidentally Actual Pokemon are everywhere in hull Check out the ongoing campaign to catalog them all click here

The sims 2 with open for business & Univerity, Plus Sims 3 pets all these were £3.99 & Atari anthology £1

Goblin commander and fable At £1.99 each, Fable is giving crash 5 and FFX a run for most found item this past few weeks.

I remember these Quest magazines back in the day, Around the same time as Bugs, Dinosaurs that came with that glow in the dark T Rex skeleton, and treasures of the earth with that piece of pyrite free with the first issue, I see those bits of 
pyrite all the time on the thrift.

So wrapping up this Days thrifting Last port of call is Hessle road. So on the bus and this falls off the seat, So Just to let you know Darren I have your Asda badge mate, If you want it back Just look for me, I am the guy coming out of British heart foundation with a back pack and a smile on his face.

Last find of the day, Thief 1 and 2 for £1/50p each mite end up playing these again since the 3rd game I haven't revistied the Thief franchise, Plus I am already nicking asda badges.

I bought a game off ebay the other day, Think this is the 3rd time I have every paid ebay money for a game. I paid a whopping £2.60 to get my Dizzy on and it failed to load... what a jip and it turns out my commodore 64 is haunted.


That's Just straight up creepy, Found u? Unless I was about to go on a zaney spy adventure staring whoop Goldberg, I would say that's messed up. 


Friday, 24 May 2013

Xbox 1 Commodore 64

My word that's a lot of thrift, I found all this in one day out and about round the city of Hull, This started at Wednesday Market on Walton street and then took me on an epic round trip that ended on Hessle road.

The only thing I saw at market that was worth getting was an atari 2600 wood finish, I asked the guy if it worked he said it was untested? So a bit of a gamble not knowing if it works, offered him £10, The guy wanted £30 for an untested console! £10 is the going rate for any lose retro console in the wild.

Anyways left market empty handed, Marching to Cottingham, Sarah Rings me up I start going on about the £30 atari and my £10 limit, We start talking about commodore 64, I joking said I would definitely buy one of them for £10.

Cottingham dry I head to Newland avenue and an hour after talking about C64 I found one and here it is here.

This came with the original Tape deck, 20 datasette's, A really Good Joystick, Plugs hock ups all of £10, From joking about finding one to Getting this C64 with everything I needed for the right price.

It can be a tricky thing getting a fairly new HD tv to work with a computer this old, Tuning in the commodore Directly into the tv doesn't really work because the TV is expecting a much stronger RF single, The best way to tune it in is Though a VCR and then connect that to the TV with a Scart cable. Plus its always good to have a level of patience on stand by, With most of the games on tape you might ended up loading a game for 20min to find out it dosn't work.

Fortunately Only a few games failed to load, I had a ZX Spectrum growing up and only really got to play the C64 at friends, So its all a bit fresh like some one had just released a new 8 bit computer.

Its crazy how used you can get to a D-pad or an analog stick, Joystick are great for some games on C64 but something like Flimbos quest may need a more contemporary Control method, Like this master system pad.

Other pads may work, A quick google first mind so it doesn't blow up, One more thing I had a C64 cart with flimbo's quest on and when I first put this 4 in 1 cart in, Flimbo quest seemed to be stuck on the loading screen, Naturally I know where to find this kind of stuff and I had seen the same cart so I bought a replacement for £5, the same thing happened with the second cart too, Turns out you have to plug the joystick in the 2nd port, It all good though I had seen the c64 cart go for £18 on ebay so get in.

Some really awesome games in with this, I haven't tested them all yet mostly all the ones by code-masters are the bomb, Rally cross is pretty damn fun like a precursor to 
mirco machines.

Back to the day of thrifting, Finished with Newland ave, C64 in bag, walking round with a skip in my step now ain't I am winning on this thrift, So I shoot though town and head for holderness road.

As for the games I picked up, a lot of sort after titles that I mostly find on console, But this time I found the P.C versions.
Pacman world 2,Psyconauts,Fable TLC, and tomb raider 1,2 for P.C sealed up brand new, and munch's oddysee and fable for Xbox both backward compatible.

The dizzy collection for 50p, This contains the amiga and IBM PC versions of the game, It came complete and had all the posters for each game inside, Awesome all 5 dizzy posters sweet!

Zelda ocarina of time 3D, for nintendo 3DS, This game is about £25 in the box retail so unboxed for £3.99 from cash generator what a bargain  This is the same shop I got pokemon pearl from about a month back.

MYTH for C64! For £3 finding another C64 game just after you found a C64, sweet!
This game needs a code to get it to run, the screen goes black when you turn the c64 on just type:
sys 3 myth 
(with spaces) 

Had £12 Trade to use up in CEX that day too so I paid the rest of the money for this game, Its pretty clear if a game is called:
Stella deus: The Gate of Eternity Its going to be Rare and sort after and worth some cash.

And finally would any thrift be complete without a copy of Crash bandicoot wrath of cortex for 99p.

In summary Finding this Commadore 64 and playing it 30 some years after the fact, It shows for one thing how well built these things where and the way games where back then, Preserving gaming heritage in the sense that you can still go back and play these games as they were 30 years ago without missing DLC and DRM getting in the way, Unlike The New Xbox one, Demanding online just to play a game and DRM up the ass, The more you hear about the next gen the worst it seems, At this point PS4 xbox one, all seem to be trying to faze out the second hand games market and piss gamers off, Will any of these consoles still be as accessible and playable as the Commadore 64 in 30 years time I don't think so.


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Pick ups and Portable ops.

Thrifting has never been so easy this month, Mostly down to Scope and cash generator having some killer deals in and some useful items along side the stable resale fodder.

Like this Netgear router for £2.50, Its an older model but still retail on this item would be about the £25 mark, Crazy price on this with all the wires and plug.

Some sing star microphones for PS3 and PS2 good resale on this item, retail your talking £15-£20 for them.

3 Games at £1 each, Tony hawk's underground 2, star wars jedi outcast, on game cube, and Atari anthology on Xbox/360 great resale on the star wars, On most games for £1 each.

Monkey puncher? on gameboy, Its a safe bet that if I have never heard of it before then its rare and has some value to it, £1.99 this cost looks like it goes for £15 boxed and £8 unboxed.

This thing is a 5 figure halo reach model with stand for £4.99 don't know if there is any resale in it, Looks like something that came with a special edition of the game, picked it up just on the merit that it looks cool.

This on the other hand does have some defined value attached to it, this is the halo 3 legendary edition helmet, For £2.50, CEX still sell that collection for £62 and give trade of £41 and cash £29, So keeping hold of this tell I can turn up the DVD that comes with it, theres a dust cover and a copy of halo 3 that comes with it also, Stuff you see about so for £2.50 nice little side mission for me.

This wasn't bad for £2.50 its a little electronic Texas hold'em poker games, stuff like this is aways a good seller, like the similar sudoku games, and sealed up its a no brainier, Guess you got to know when to hold'em, that being when its sealed and under a fiver.
Boxed up GBA game! wow don't see much stuff still rocking the cardboard box round these parts and £1.29 bargain most GBA games unboxed are priced up £1.99 each. and Crash 2 N trance is a pretty good portable crash.
Blockbusters having a sale again some ok stuff in got these two for £6 I think he scanned in the code for 50% off and not 30% so even more of a bargain, if your getting into PSP now really is the time to pick them up cheap.
And finally on the pick ups Super mario all stars for Wii, At £4.99 This is a awesome price for this game, It is missing the red outer sleeve, that said it doesn't effect the value to much.

Only knocks £1 of the cash value in CEX, ebay your looking at about retail on what it sells for  people will want the nice red case so may fall short of the £22.

Right then pick ups out the way, This week I had a right hankering to get my portable gaming on, Fueled by one of my mates picking up a PSP on the cheap I decided to weight up my options.

Of course the Supreme champion when it comes to some portable gaming, Is the sony xperia play, The one seen here is my girl friends, She has it on a contract, Not bogged down with the limits of The Memory Stick Pro duo found in PSP, This thing can Play and emulate mostly every thing. At £150 retail for a pay as you go although it's a Great android device, Thrifty like me your going to look for a cheaper option.

 So the cheapest capable Android phone on the market is the phone I own Its the 
samsung Galaxy Y,
290mb of ram and a 800mhz processor, The only thing lacking in this phone is the screen resolution, For me this is not a problem.
When All I really want to do is emulate PS1 games and GBA games, witch this phone does perfectly, The only real short coming is the lack of physical buttons limiting your choice of games to more RPG type games, I did try DS emulation on this, Lag! Heck my laptop doesn't do DS that well with 3gb of ram.

That makes The only valid option for  DS emulation, is a DS with an R4 card, All the benefit of the SD card to save multiple games on to one cart, And the added advantage of Real buttons so playing more action packed game is no sweat, With the DS library having over 1297 titles, and a GBA  slot for that odd cart you mite pick up, I say its is the best device for portable gaming on a budget. A cheap android comes close, But Nintendo and real buttons seals the deal.