Schizophretard Posted December 17, 2016 Share Posted December 17, 2016 I started collecting in 2002 with just the NES and it grew from there. Yeah I miss the prices at GameXChange and EBGames circa 2003-2004. Tons of great games available cheaply, and there was more of a rental style atmosphere where gamers would return stuff to the store for credit to pick up different games. It was more of a revolving door rather than the hoarder culture we have today. Mostly the people selling in just wanna cash out and the people buying don't sell their stuff back. Then the resellers come in pricing shit on their smart phones and stealing any good deals if they're below market. And mostly sports and garbage titles languish on shelves, neglected and unappreciated. That would have made you around 21 when you started collecting and around 5 when the NES came out. So, imagine a 21 year old today collecting a console that came out around the time they were 5 and like the NES would have been the top console of the time. What console would that be? The PS2. Think about that. How retro the NES seemed to you at 21 and how primitive everything before it would have seemed to you then is exactly how a 21 year old today would feel about the PS2 and the primitive consoles before it. That is how a modern 21 year old would look at it. Now if you add me to the equation which is very close to yours except I was already going back to precrash consoles like the Atari 2600 the modern 21 year old version of me would also view the PS2 like the NES but the last gen "pre-crash" consoles they would already be into would be the PS1, N64, and SEGA Saturn. Them going a generation before that would be like us going back to Pong consoles. That is why it seems very strange to me that the NES isn't just only the farthest many starting to get into retro gaming are willing to go but it is still one of the the first they would want to go to with more recent consoles lower on their list. So, compared to these new 21 year olds that would be like us at 21 not only being willing to go back to Pong Consoles but the first consoles we would want to go to with the precrash consoles and the consoles after like the NES lower on our desired list. In other words, why is it that the goal isn't moving with the times when brand new younger than us retro gamers start to collect? I would expect something more like it happening in the order the consoles were originally launched. Something like those who grew up with first gen would start buying for it when they grow up, its prices rise, and then it gets to the point that you can't sell for them because all collectors interested already have what they need, then the same for second gen, third, forth, etc. Kind of like when adults revisit their childhood consoles the order of their popularity when children would be the order they make them popular again as adult collectors so that you could almost predict when a console would become popular again. But that doesn't seem to be happening. The PS2 should be starting to get popular again and this new generation of retro gamers should be wondering why we are willing to go back to even 16-bit consoles. Just like Nintendo, Sony is still around and very popular. So, it seems like we should see a lot of retro gamers fascinated with discs like we would be with carts, T-shirts with a PlayStation controller on it that says,"Classically Trained", other T-shirts of retro franchises like Twisted Metal, Doom, etc., collecting model revisions, collecting memory cards and other accessories, some willing to go back one more generation to PS1 and competing consoles, many heated debates about rather the PS2, XBOX, or Game Cube were the best retro consoles, etc. with all the older retro consoles looking like Pong console like old hat for old people in their mid 30's to 50's. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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