I Accidentally Collect PlayStation 2 Consoles Now…

PS2 fat vs PS2 slim

You’d think that out of a pool of 155 million PlayStation 2 consoles (slim, fat, and otherwise) I’d be able to cobble together one that actually works reliably. Well, it took a while but I’m finally there – the fourth time’s a charm and I have a 100% functional PS2 slim to go with my temperamental PS2 fat.

It took quite a while to find a fully functional unit without resorting to paying more than I was willing.

Here’s my collection as of July 2017…

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My Tony Hawk Skateboard Controller Collection is Complete!

Tony Hawk Shred Xbox 360

I’m looking forward to some Big Air! and Bigger Tricks!

After finding a complete Tony Hawk Ride set at a thrift store recently, I did some research and learned of Tony Hawk Shred – a game that received substantially better reviews than Ride did, but sold very poorly.

Whatever. I had to buy it anyway and Amazon had it for a mere $3 with free Prime shipping. Not the most sporting find in the world, but I have OCD when it comes to complete collections sometimes.

Great Gaming Reads: This be book bad translation, video games!

This be book bad translation, video games! - Front Cover

For anyone that ever saw the infamous “All of your base are belong to us” internet meme and thought “hey, I remember that game,” This be book bad translation, video games! is for you.

Chock full of some of Japanese gaming’s greatest bad translation triumphs, Legends of Localization‘s 64 page masterwork never ceases to inform and entertain.

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Tony Hawk Ride – Complete for $5

Tony Hawk Ride Xbox 360

I was MIA for most of the Wii Fit-style fitness controller phase, but Tony Hawk Ride did briefly catch my eye when it was released in 2009. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) I didn’t have a console when it was released, otherwise I’d probably have picked it up as I’ve been a fan of the Tony Hawk series for many, many years.

Despite a near-unanimous critical bashing of the game, I’ve always wanted to give Tony Hawk Ride a try, if only because it seemed like a good marriage of hardware and concept – and I don’t trust gaming nerds to dig physical gaming much anyway.

Today I finally got my chance – I landed a complete Tony Hawk Ride game and fake skateboard controller for $5 at a thrift store.

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Liam’s Dad Never Opened His Gift, EA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for Xbox 360

EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for Xbox 360

Under normal circumstances I avoid buying used sports games because 99% of them don’t really hold up and they seldom have any resale value down the road. For this sealed copy of EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for Xbox 360 though, I made an exception because of it’s something of a mystery.

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