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A Guide to Buying Classic Video Games at Auction

There is a growing interest in collecting classic cartridge games thanks to the recent resurgence in retro gaming interest. Games for older systems such as the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and Sega Genesis have long since stopped being sold in most brick-and-mortar techntoste stores.

You might have trouble finding an original copy of your favorite classic game unless you live next door to the world’s largest used game store. The chances of them having it are pretty slim, and you can almost expect it to be overpriced and not in good condition. In other words, where does the retro gamer go to buy that original copy of Mario Kart 64 or Donkey Kong Country? For more and more gamers the answer to that question has been simple: the internet.

You can find classic video games that your local store no longer carries on an online auction, which is one of several great places to look. Many titles are available for purchase in almost any condition you can imagine, and just about any game title you can think of is available for purchase.

Prior to jumping into game auctions, I want to give you a few simple tips that will help you orient yourself in the overwhelming number of them. Your experience buying a game online should be a positive one for both you and the seller if you are aware of some basic guidelines. Here is what we’re going to do.

Make sure the actual item you are bidding on is pictured in the video game auction. I know this sounds simple enough, but you really have to read the fine print. Most auctions do have pictures, but many game sellers use “stock pictures” to sell their games.

In addition to online auction images, stock pictures may also be images taken by the seller of a game similar to the one being offered, or images of the game’s original box. Whatever the case, avoid stock photos. You are less likely to be disappointed with a purchase when you can see, before buying, exactly what you are getting.

You will often find terms like “a picture is for reference or education purposes only” and “condition of the game will vary somewhat from the example shown” or some other such disclaimer designed to protect the seller when you complain about the junk you just got in the mail.

The buyer often doesn’t read the fine print and is ultimately disappointed when the game they bought arrives dirty, covered in rental stickers, and has “Chris” written in black sharpie on the back. This is why you should always:
Read the item description. You would think that’s one of those no-brainers, right? You’d be surprised at how often people don’t read the item details and description in a listing. I know this because I always get questions about things that are clearly answered in the text of the auction. Look out for those sneaky disclaimers I mentioned earlier. Also, watch for any hidden charges like insurance fees and additional shipping costs.

If something is not specifically mentioned in the description, don’t assume it to be true. For instance, don’t assume that the “save game” function has been tested and works just fine. If it doesn’t say it, they may not have checked it or even been aware that it is there, to begin with.

Not everyone selling games on Online auction is a professional seller or even a gamer for that matter! It could just be that Joe Bob is selling one of Johnny’s old games that he found covered in the dust down in the basement. Other times, the seller just doesn’t have the means to test the item. There are few things worse than dropping $20 on a copy of Pokemon Emerald just to find out that you can’t save the game! That brings me to my next point:

Make sure you are clear about anything you are unclear about. Potential buyers often receive quick responses from sellers. After all, there is a reason for them to be here: to sell things. Don’t choose a seller who fails to respond within a reasonable timeframe, and who doesn’t answer questions satisfactorily. Online auctions are akin to a retail store in which not answering the phone would mean the end of the transaction. It is important to me that you respond to me as soon as possible. Depending on how quickly they respond to your inquiry, you can predict how they will respond if issues with your order arise down the road. Customer service should be competent, quick, and friendly.

Item conditions on Online auctions mean nothing – at least when it comes to video games. I have seen games listed as being “very good” and “like new” then scrolled down to see a picture of the nastiest, filthiest game I had seen in months. On the other hand, I have seen games listed as “acceptable” that looked like museum pieces. This is another reason why seeing pictures of the actual item listed is critical. If you make a purchase based on a stock picture and stated item condition, you are asking for trouble. If you want to roll the dice and take a chance, then go to Vegas.
Shipping Charges – Watch out for inflated shipping charges. Some sellers will sell a game for a penny and charge $10 to ship it. Most of the time, they are doing this to circumvent Online auction selling fees. For instance, most Nintendo 64 games weigh between 4 – 5 ounces each, and USPS postage to ship that weight in a size #00 bubble mailer is just over $2.

I understand that many sellers build the cost of shipping an item (mailer, ink, label, postage, etc.) into the shipping charges, and personally, I am fine with that. While I understand the costs of running a business, I am not looking to be gouged either! Shipping fees are capped at $4 in the games category and $6 in the vintage game category. Expect to pay more for expedited shipping or Priority Mail. Also, I look for sellers that offer free delivery confirmation and state they will send the tracking number to me.

Look at the seller’s feedback rating. Just because a seller has plenty of positive feedback doesn’t necessarily mean they are a good, reputable seller. The feedback number you are seeing could have come from BUYING on an Online auction- not selling.

The opposite is true as well. If a seller is not at 100% positive feedback or they happen to have some negative ratings doesn’t automatically mean they are bad sellers. So how do you determine which sellers are good and which are risky to buy from?
Take a few minutes and actually read the feedback left by others. Don’t just look at their feedback number in general. Click on it and read what their customers have written. Did the buyer who left the negative feedback have a history of leaving negatives on many other sellers as well? Look at the buyer’s feedback and click on the “feedback left for others” tab. If a lot of the feedback they’ve left for others was negative, this could be one of those of buyers you just can’t satisfy – they do exist!
Sadly, some buyers try to extort refunds from sellers by threatening to leave negative feedback if the seller doesn’t comply with their demands. They attempt to get a full or partial refund based on some fictitious complaint. Sellers that don’t give in get hit with undeserved negative feedback and then have to fight with an Online auction to get it removed.

If the seller you are considering has some negative feedback, did they respond to it? Do you see a trend in the seller’s performance? Is the negative feedback recent or from 6 months ago? Answering a few questions like these can go a long way in helping you identify a great game seller and lead to a great shopping experience.
Cleaned, tested, and guaranteed to work! You will see this phrase in one form or another when shopping for games online. Just like everything else in life, this is not as clear-cut as it may seem. My idea of cleaned and tested may not be the same as other people.

You can simply blow into the cartridge a few times or wipe it with a cotton swab dampened with Windex and it is now cleaned. In other cases, sellers who specialize in selling game cartridges will physically remove the circuit board of the game from the game (which requires a security bit). The metal game contacts can now be cleaned more easily with an eraser or cleaning agent after the board has been removed. As a result, the customer will usually be able to play for many hours without any problems after this cleaning session.

Finally, I have a few random observations to offer so you can learn from my mistakes:
• Just because an item is “sealed” doesn’t mean it is new.
• Don’t assume a seller will combine shipping if you buy more than one thing from them. Ask this question!
• If you are concerned with fast shipping time, be prepared to pay for First Class or Priority Mail.
• Most cartridge games are sold as “cartridge only” and do not include a box and manual.
• If it seems like something is too good to be true, then it probably is.
• Free shipping is not really free. The cost of shipping is built into the game price.
• If possible, place your bid within the last 5 seconds of the auction. Bid once and for your maximum price.
Overall, Online auction is a great place to buy video games for old, cartridge-based gaming consoles like NES, Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo 64 (N64) Gameboy in all its incarnations, and Sega Genesis systems.

The vast majority of sellers are reputable and just trying to make some extra cash by providing a quality product. Knowing what to avoid and what to look for can help you minimize problems or avoid them altogether. Good luck and happy bidding
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The best games to play are those that a user scores best for having fun and therefore, the enjoyment derived from the gaming experience. The game mechanics themselves should not be taken as a given. There are many games that can cross borders and offer the thrill of adventure, sports, puzzles, horror, adventure, and more. To list them in a single line is not possible. However, if we had to do such a list, the top three would definitely be: Super Mario is one of the best games to play on almost all platforms. It has been one of the most popular games with children and adults alike, also the Sigmally game is a very popular browser game that is base on Agario mechanics. The user interface is very simple and straightforward. Each platform is Mario's own domain and there are many secrets to discover. The game mechanics are solid and have a definite leveling system. It is one of the best games to play on any platform. Grand Theft Auto is an amazing game to play and has an excellent storyline and excellent graphics. You can choose between shooting, driving, and rescuing targets. It is an open-world mission-type game that follows the storyline of the movie. The protagonist or player character is always a criminal trying to run away from authorities or from other bad guys. The storyline and gameplay are very well written, and the story mode is very engaging, especially when you attempt the different endings. Another great game to play is Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam; which was developed by MTV Games. Like its predecessor, it follows the plot of the movie, where Tony Hawk embarks on a massive downhill jam mission. This time, he is on a revenge mission, as he seeks to avenge the death of his brother. The game has multiple endings and replay value, which make it one of the best games to play on all platforms. An interesting game is Tomb Raider Anniversary, which allows the user to score points for how much she/he completes the game. The points are based on how well the player solves the puzzle or avoids being caught by the bosses. The points are saved to a ranking, which becomes your Master Chief score. If you beat the enemies or solve the puzzle without letting them escape, you will receive a higher score. However, if you fail to reach the required level of the puzzle or you do not kill the required amount of enemies, you will receive a lower score. Both Halo Combat Evolved and Reach are considered by critics to be the best games to play, which is evident by their user score. Halo Combat Evolved allowed players to create custom emblems, while Reach provided a storyline that ties in with the Halo novels. However, both games require you to complete a series of quests or set up defenses before you can advance to the next level. Once you reach the part that you are interested in, you have to fight and kill enemy soldiers before being able to move on. The combat can get quite tedious at times, but it is still fun to play. Nintendo Wii ranks first in our Wii review because it is unique in the console market. Unlike the Xbox and PlayStation 3, Wii allows you to play using motion detection technology, which makes the gaming experience more realistic. It also supports several Wii accessories including the MotionPlus accessory that makes the movements more realistic, which gives the player more realistic gameplay. The user score and the plot summary show how people felt about the game. Wii had a higher user score due to the motion-sensitive features. The graphics were improved, and the game played smoother and with better sound quality. Xbox and PlayStation 3 were given low scores due to their clunky controls and the fact that the graphics were not as detailed on other consoles. In the end, the winner between Xbox 360 and PS3 was the best game to play on each platform.
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한 번도 못 본 사람은 있어도 한 번만 본 사람은 없다는 편집숍 때는 작년 가을, 인스타그램 팔로워의 피드를 둘러보다 우연히 발견한 커스텀 편집숍, ‘Like Likes Like,’. 미국 그림동화 작가 크리스 라쉬카(Chris raschka)의 그림책 ‘Like Likes Like’에서 이름을 따온 이 편집숍은 국내에서 보기 드문 염색 기법을 주무기로 내세우며 다양한 디테일이 가미된 빈티지 커스텀 아이템을 폭넓게 선보이고 있다. 세상에 둘도 없는 단 하나뿐인 나만의 고유한 아이템을 가질 수 있다는 것. 바로 이것이 커스텀 아이템의 묘미이자, ‘Like Likes Like,’를 주목해야 하는 이유다. 자신만의 개성을 중요시하는 요즘 소비자들에게는 더할 나위 없는 쇼핑 창구가 되어줄 터. 봄기운이 만연한 어느 날 <아이즈매거진>이 인천 구월동 골목길에 나지막이 자리 잡은 ‘Like Likes Like,’의 오프라인 쇼룸으로 향했다. 지하 2층, 널찍하게 트인 공간으로 구성된 ‘Like Likes Like,’ 쇼룸. 먼저, 입구에 들어서자마자 간결하게 정리된 매장 디스플레이가 시선을 사로잡았다. 알록달록 색색이 물든 다채로운 빈티지 커스텀 아이템들의 향연을 시작으로, 매장 한편에는 엄선된 셀렉팅을 거친 빈티지 아이템들도 만나볼 수 있었다. 자고로 빈티지 아이템은 고르는 재미 아닌가. 이들은 단순한 커스텀 편집숍에서 더 나아가 자체 제작 상품으로 브랜딩을 강화하겠다는 포부도 내비쳤다. 첫 자제 제작 상품은 로고 크루넥 스웨트 셔츠. 세탁 후 수축과 뒤틀림을 막기 위하여 덤블 워싱과 텐타 가공을 진행했으며, 넥 라인과 암홀, 밑단에 커버 티치를 넣어 내구성을 높였다고 한다. ‘Like Likes Like,’의 백미라 할 수 있는 액세서리 커스텀. 색다른 디자인의 스니커를 찾고 있다면 블리치(탈색) 기법으로 새 단장을 마친 제품들을 눈여겨보자. 현재 구매 가능한 커스텀 슈즈는 나이키(Nike) 매치 슈프림, 컨버스(CONVERSE) 척테일러 70 등. 단, 커스텀 슈즈는 랜덤 사이즈로 제작되기 때문에 신중하고 빠른 구매 결정이 필요하다. 고민하는 찰나의 순간 품절이 될 수도 있으니. 심심한 룩에 유니크한 포인트를 주고 싶다면 핸드 스티치와 페인트로 표면을 거칠게 표현한 헤드웨어는 어떨까. 제품 리스트는 캉골(Kangol) 헌팅캡, 슈프림(Supreme) 캡 등이 있다. " 우리의 감성과 애티튜드를 조금씩 옷에 반영하여 우리가 만든 옷을 입는 사람들 모두 서로 닮아가길, 나아가 우리만의 문화를 만들어 나아가길 바랍니다. " Like Likes Like, 쇼룸 인천 남동구 인하로543번길 12 우성빌딩 B02호 더 자세한 내용은 <아이즈매거진> 링크에서