NES Classic and the trouble of getting one!

NES Classic and the trouble of getting one!

It is not secret that Nintendo’s NES Classic is the hottest item of the season. Well that and the Hatchimal but, I’m not interested in that. I never knew that the NES would become one of the hard to find items. I mean it’s a $60 system with 30 pre-loaded games. If you ask a lot of people, they will tell you that no item at $60 should be this difficult to find. I’d like to look at it a bit differently.

This past Sunday I decided to take my chances with the Toys R Us restock. I got myself up at 4 am with plans to arrive at 4:30 am. I arrived as the 29th person in line or so I thought (more on that later). Toys R Us opens at 8 am in my area so I figured 3 1/2 isn’t too bad of a wait. It was pretty cold but, everyone was in good spirits. The Store Manager arrived around 6 am or so and he took a look at the line. At this point I would of estimated a good 75 people had shown up. He came out at around 6:15 and he walked the line twice. The first time he walked the line was to count how many people wanted Hatchimals. The second time was to count The NES numbers. On both occasions he cut the line about 10 people behind where I was standing. Everyone else was told there were no more and to head home. He went back into the store and informed us that he would hand out tickets at 7:30.

Fast forward to 7:30 and we are waiting for our tickets. You can imagine my mood when I was informed that the NES tickets were all gone just 4 spaces ahead of me. I stood in line since 4:30 and was told that I was counted for and now the systems are gone. Not only me but the 4 people ahead of me, and the 10 behind me. I was not going to take no for an answer. The manager said that even though he told us that we were counted, families may have had people in their cars. This means that he has to offer a system to every person in line. He wouldn’t acknowledge that created a false expectation. I got a little angry and I raised my voice at him because, he should of know better. You can’t count people at 6:30 and come back an hour later to hand out tickets. Too many people have showed up to hop in line with friends and family. There is too much room for error there.

He told the ticketed folks to head into the store and wait at customer service. There were six of us outside, who stayed in our line and waited for him to return to us. Everyone behind us has dispersed and began to swarm the guy. At one point he told us to just forget about it altogether. I asked him if we could be added onto a wait list. His answer was no because he wasn’t sure if he would get anymore in before December 25th. I didn’t care when it came in, I just wanted to ensure that I received one. I asked more then a few times until he broke down and said that he needs to obtain approval. He went into the store and came back out with good news. They found an extra box on the truck but, only three are in the box. So by courtesy, the three people in front of me get systems. They head in and we continue to hang out. One of the lucky people were part of a couple. The wife stayed behind because, she wanted one for herself.

More potential good news struck as we were told that another box of three may or may not be on the truck. Instead of giving them to the next three, he wanted to put everyone’s name into a hat and draw them. I said no way…we are still standing in our original formation.Once the people behind us realized that the couple ahead of me were standing in line for two, they totally turned on the wife. They didn’t want her to get a system and told the manager to raffle off her box. I gently pushed her forward as he told us to go wait for him inside. I didn’t want her to get into an argument with anyone…you’ve gotten this close and you don’t need to mess that up.

Once inside we waited for about a half out and finally!!!!!!!!!

I was able to put my hands around my NES Classic. Our hard work paid off. If I wouldn’t of stood there and fought with him, someone else would of gotten my system. Just goes to show you that standing your ground can truly pay off when it’s right. I wrapped my system and plan to open it on Christmas morning. For those of you who are still searching, stay strong. Target gets them in small batches throughout the week and Best Buy is planning a nationwide restock on November 20th. Please don’t get caught up the the EBay resale gimmick paying 3x the price. There was a guy in the front of line willing to sell his for $200 bucks. I told him if he needed to wait in line for a chance to make $140 profit then maybe he needs to find a better paying job.

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Building a Game Room!

I’m finally taking all of my retro games out of these ugly totes and putting them on display. This has been a project years in the making. I feel like I finally have a respectable library of games to display. I took the smallest room in my house and I cleared it out. This is what it looked like before I began….

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I spent my whole Sunday taping and painting the room and here is the end result!

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In the next few weeks or so I will continue to provide updates on the status of the room. I am so excited!!

Pokemon Go: The Blessing and Curse

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It’s been less than a week and the Pokemon Go craze has hit me at every corner. I find myself taking bike rides just to visit Pokestops and pick up much needed items. Pokemon Go is a free mobile game that uses augmented reality to bring Pokemon into the real world. The purpose of the game is to get out and go catch your favorite Pokemon. There are also places called Pokestops (public parks, college campuses, other monuments) where you can find items used for progress in game. I’ve captured about 70 or so Pokemon this past weekend. I took a bike ride through the park and managed to find quite a few. It’s a great way to get people off the couch and out into the world. I’ve passed so many people with their phones out trying to catch their next Pokemon. This is a really great idea and it works. It’s similar to geo-caching without the hidden containers. I found this Zubat flying about this guys back yesterday evening at Target. 🙂

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I found all of these Pokemon over the weekend while riding through the park.

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Even though this is a really cool game and concept, we have to be really careful when we play. I have a few suggestions and tips for children especially when going out to play Pokemon Go.

  1. Please keep an eye on kids. According to USAToday, teenagers used this app to lure victims into specific areas. There is an item called lure in the game that lure Pokemon to a specific place for 30 minutes. It helps the player progress and upgrade much faster. This item can be triggered my one person but, all players in the area can take advantage of it. The teens used this in an attempt to lure unsuspecting people into robbery situations. This leads to my second tip.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings. Unless your walking around a public place or your own neighborhood, please be aware of where you walk. You can never be too careful.
  3. Look both ways before crossing the street. It’s not uncommon for a youngster to see a Pokemon pop up on their screen and they scurry across a street to grab it before is runs away. I’ve seen a few do this in my neighborhood and I can only pray that parents are teaching their kids to look both ways.
  4. Keep an eye on your phone data usage. The game uses a lot of battery power and a lot of data mainly due to the locations tracker. Walking around all day with the app open could cost you. Please keep that in mind

I definitely recommend this game to anyone kid or adult. It’s a fun take on a mobile game and it gets people out of the house. Unfortunately; someone will always find a way to take advantage of others. I just ask that everyone be safe and enjoy themselves.

 

Turning Back Tuesdays 1

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Every Tuesday I will take a random photo from my phone gallery and post a story about it. I’m going to call this feature Turn Back Tuesday. This is a picture of my entertainment area at home. This is where I vegetate for hours at a time and play every video game that I can get my hands on. As you can see I have all three current gen systems (PS4, X1, and Wii U). I actually do play them all. I am clueless as to which game the credits are rolling for. Video games have such a huge place in my heart and they always have since being a young kid.

My very first game system was an NES Nintendo Entertainment System. The only game I truly remember was Knight Rider. I often tried to play World Class Track Meet but, my granny would yell at me for stomping on the floor. This didn’t keep me and my cousin from trying every chance we had. My granny created a monster when she purchased that NES. From there it was full on video game fever. I grew up as a Nintendo kid and to a degree I still am a Nintendo kid. I say kid because I don’t believe you can outgrow something if there is a passion for it. Many people have told me that I’m too old to play video games. I just tell them to find their own hobby. Nothing relaxes me more than having a joystick in my hand (no pun intended) and the volume on high as I immerse myself in an interactive world.

Things have changed a lot since I was a young kid. Weekends consisted of getting together with a group of friends and playing 4 player split screen. Up for some Goldeneye: 007 anyone? We didn’t even have 30 inch televisions, let alone 60 inches. Despite this everyone had a blast. Now I basically play alone but, how cool is it that I can play people in Japan with the click of a button?

I also collect older game systems and game related material (I swear I am not a hoarder). There is a coolness factor to being able to go back and relive some childhood memories. This past Christmas I received an Atari Jaguar with Doom. It came with the original box, advertisements and everything else. It kind of made me feel like I was opening a brand new copy. Anyone remember when systems came with pack in merchandise catalogs? There was a slick Atari jean jacket in there but, I wouldn’t be caught dead in that in 2016. I never called a video game hotline in my life but, I could imagine that whoever had that job had it made (not really).

Looking back, I don’t know where I’d be without video games. It’s given me so much joy in my life and I couldn’t ask for a better way to kill time. There’s so much that I want to share with you but, something has to be left for the next time. What memories do you have from video games past? What was your first video game system?