Archive for the ‘Vintage Video Games’ Category

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Marx Toys’ TV Tennis [2]

September 29, 2010

It took me a good while to convince myself to stop pining for this item on eBay (I wonder if it’s still around?) because it is essentially just a prototype of the Tomy Blip that became popular during the late 1970s for its portability despite its limited gaming capabilities. After all, both were merely electromechanical renditions of the Pong game that triggered the rapid evolution of video games. Unlike the Tomy Blip, however, the TV Tennis was an unwieldy game. Because it was manufactured earlier, it did not have the portability that was the selling point of the Blip.

Vintage computers and consoles

It was a huge system, as can be observed from the picture depicting the different examples of vintage computing. The Blip was the forerunner of the portable video game console, and it gave people something to do and enjoy during their trips. On the other hand, TV Tennis did not become popular because of the fact that most American households had televisions anyway and had no need to purchase something so large and extraneous. Instead of purchasing an electromechanical hack of the original video game, why not enjoy the video game itself? The TV Tennis system came out, after all, during the time where Pong-type video games were slowly becoming cheaper due to their market saturation, and some were even coming out in color.

I cannot deny that I wanted the system. This is one my of major flaws: I am sometimes unable to see reality for what it is, but I luckily came around this time. I recognized that the $30 cost for international shipping was much too cheap to be reasonable: I already paid $25 for the 2.5 pound Coleco Bowlatronic game, and that was significantly smaller than this item. Besides, I had no need for the item whatsoever: I can only wonder why I think like I do sometimes. 🙂

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Coleco Bowlatronic should be my last vintage video game of the year [1]

September 29, 2010

I stopped shopping for vintage video games for more than a week now.  I think that’s a personal achievement, although I’ve done it before. All I have to do now is keep on avoiding the vintage video games section of eBay and I’ll be able to save more money in the process. I would have to follow up my queries on the Super Micro, however, but probably in about two weeks’ time, so that Rik can recognize that I’ve been patient enough about the items but am still interested in them.

Should I just ask him right now? That would make me seem too impatient, something I don’t want to entertain.

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The eBay menace [1]

September 19, 2010

All it took was a slip, and the soapbar fell into the urine-filled depths of the toilet bowl. It was the last, purportedly heavy-duty soap I had on me, and was probably one of the last I could purchase locally. I was at first filled with disappointment of having wasted perfectly good soap but was quickly pleased with the idea that its eventual melting would sanitize the bacteria in that puddle. At the very least, it would reduce the amount of filth in my excreta, so I didn’t mind as much.

As I wondered what I wanted to do that day, my mind wandered to two things that I often did: I’d check up on newly listed items on eBay, and then wallow in self-pity for some of the items I desire but could not obtain, or I would play DotA. I always thought playing DotA would limit my eBay visits, but they complement each other very well, and I’m left with two addictions instead of one. Frankly, I don’t really mind as much. I’ve been able to stop going on eBay if I really desired to, so it’s not an addiction per se. It’s just another one of the things that help me bide my time. I could start reading, but reading tires me these times. There’s too much reading to be done with medicine and it just eventually grates on one to the extent that he is averse to even the reading he loved so much a few years back. Every free second of one’s free time is often dedicated to enjoyment, especially if one is like me.

Having said that, I truly wonder whether the shipping for that TV Tennis game is 30 USD. It just seems to big to ship for only 30 dollars, although I would willingly bid on it (having about 4000 as stock money here) if the price doesn’t go so high and the shipping isn’t prohibitive. I believe I need to let go on my desire for the Light Games Projection System, even if it’s a complete lot because I am expecting myself to be unable to spend for it. I’m convincing myself that a lot of people are going to be interested in it, because I don’t want to heighten my expectations only for these to be shot down at the end: I’ve been doing that a lot here in medicine, and I’ve only kept on frustrating myself.

Sometimes, one’s best just isn’t good enough, and I am being reminded of that fact every time I am faced with classmates passionate about the subject and extremely diligent at it, too.  I think that it is a valid reason not to pay for the item and cancel the transaction should the shipping cost a lot more than the price quoted. As long as I don’t delete the email exchange I will have enough evidence to prevent the transaction from its completion: 30 USD is already quite a sum for shipping expenses, but more than that would be extreme, at least for me. While I do plan on purchasing vintage video games, I always try to recall my financial and personal limitations and not go past them: folly is the only outcome otherwise.

Folly has already been the outcome with my purchases. I have never regretted any purchase I have made, although I would want to spend the money on more fruitful endeavors on retrospect. Other than that, however, I still want to obtain that Bowlatronic game by Coleco, even though I’m not as interested anymore.

Whew. That was a great catharsis. I feel much better now.

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Marx Toys’ TV Tennis

September 19, 2010

Although I have been able to save a good sum of money, I spent about 360 pesos today for grooming and tidying myself up. I haven’t had a haircut for two months, and I haven’t shaved for nearly three weeks: it’s been a while since I’ve looked clean. While I still have a significant amount in my pocket, I’m wondering whether to start saving money once again, as I want to obtain a pretty rare item: that item is the PlayTime Light Games Projection System, one of the rare LCD projection games of the past. Because the package is a complete one – it also has practically all the games produced for the system, I think it’s going to fetch a hefty price from the more avid collectors. I’m quite certain that it has more than one person interested in it, and that the price will only grow as the bidding nears its end.

I made a post on it at the HandheldMuseum forums so that other interested bidders can participate in its bidding. Aside from the fact that I want them to know about it, I also want to accept the fact that I can’t spend for it because of my monetary limitations. I know I’m spending like a wastrel, but I also recognize what is acceptable from what is borderline stupid, especially with my Super Micro purchase some months ago. Instead, I’m aiming for two items: one is an electromechanical Pong rendition; the other is a Coleco Bowlatronic game. I’m hoping I can get both at manageable prices, but if I can’t, then c’est la vie.

I think I can already move on from the Light Games Projection System since I’ve already made a post announcing it to certainly interested people.