[Editorial] Guess what’s next on I ❤ Old Games! – 31/12/17

Hello guys,

2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for me to take stock of the situation.

During this year this blog has grown bigger and we smashed the 400 followers goal (I think we’re now 421) and this thanks to all of you. In parallel has grown also the number of posts, of columns and in general the number of the contents: maybe they not always live up to expectiations but I’ve put all my efforts and of this I’m proud.

It has grown exponentially my gaming collection as well. Even though I’m not counting the complete and original PC games I collected through the years from the magazines I used to buy when I was younger, I’ve amasseed a small haul of more than 250 games. Definitely not bad for a bit expensive side hobby. Among all this games I’m really proud of the evergrowing collection of NES cartridges that has almost reached the magical number of 100 games (so almost 14% of the cartriges ever released for the console) and the collection of Sega Master System games whose number has increased during the last weeks with some new important acquisitions you’ll read about tomorrow in the traditional post of my purchases of the month.

There’s still a lot of work to do but I’m sure that time this time is on my side (pardon me for the wordplay).

During the last months I’ve also completed some games that I started long ago. I’m not a completionist and I have very little time to play so the number of games beaten in 2017 is very tiny: starting from the last completed we have:

  1. Super C
  2. Super Castlevania IV
  3. Burai Fighter
  4. Duke Nukem – Ep.1 Shrapnel City
  5. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  6. New Super Mario Bros.
  7. Duke Nukem, Ep.2 Moonbase
  8. Carmageddon
  9. Catacomb 3-D
  10. Catacomb Abyss

Another important thing to me is that I’ve improved my skill in reading english (and I hope also in writing…), I’ve catched up with all the Retro Gamer mags I’ve received so I’ve read 12 out of 12 this year and I’ve finally completed The Ultimate History of Video Games, a book that took me one year to complete.

As I anticipated last week, the new year will see the debut of two new columns, “52 Weeks Challenge”, my own personal restyling of the 30 days challenge and “Versus” where I will compare different version of the same game ported on different consoles: the former will have its first post on January 2nd, 2018, whereas the latter has not been scheduled yet but it will be somewere towards the middle of January.

Of course my hunting for old games continue. The first goal is to reach 100 NES games and then reach the magic number of 300 games in total: I shouldn’t be in such a hurry but I can’t wait to have more and more games in my collection to try.

Having said that I wish you’ll have a wonderful 2018!


  • Europa Universalis IV
    Begun: November 16th, 2016
    Status: 60% completed, on hold
  • Duke Nukem – Episode three: Trapped in the Future
    Begun: January 4th, 2017
    Status: 60% completed, on hold
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – The Lost Levels
    Begun: January 16th, 2017
    Status: 12% completed, on hold
  • Castlevania
    : January 24th, 2017
    Status: 78% completed, on hold
  • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
    Begun: April 25th, 2017
    Status: 33% completed
  • Probotector
    Begun: December 18th, 2017
    71% completed
  • Streets of Rage (SMS)
    Begun: December 12th, 2017
    Status: 63% completed


  • Retro Gamer #174
    Begun: December 22nd, 2017
    Status: 48% Completed

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Youe English is excellent. I’ve never considered it to be any less than good. Hell, you write English better than most of the kids I teach, and most of them were born in England!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Awwww thanks! Sometimes I write stuff and cross my fingers hoping it’s written correct. Especially with verbs. When I talk to people, of course in italian, I hate hearing and reading verbs mispronounced and gramatical horrors. So this is my biggest fear when I write in english…

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      1. Native speakers will always spot when there’s an error, but most won’t mention it. To be fair, you’re doing something that most people never will, and that’s learning how to communicate in another language. It’s something I wish I had the time and energy to do as well!

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      2. benez256 says:

        I have to say I’m a bit “forced” to learn how to communicate since with my job 99% of times I speak a language that is not my native one. Do you know other languages (I consider math a proper language)?

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      3. Ha! Well I suppose I do speak maths. I know a few swear words in Arabic, a little bit of Greek, and some Latin. But I can’t actually communicate in another language, no.

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      4. benez256 says:

        Wow, arabic! Where did you learn it? Well in case we can speak latin 🙂

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      5. A lot of a pupils I teach speak Arabic, so I looked a few up so I could catch them out when they were swearing.

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      6. benez256 says:

        It seems a good reason…I hope you don’t have pupils who speak latin…:)

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      7. Ha! No, none of them can, but I try to teach a bit to them here and there. They’re fairly interested in it to be honest.

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  2. hungrygoriya says:

    Wow, congratulations on 400 followers! That’s an enormous number, but well-deserved for sure. I’m so glad that you’re continuing to grow, and I’m looking forward to reading your new stuff in 2018! It all sounds really interesting, especially your 52 week challenge! I should definitely try something like that since collecting is starting to dwindle again on my end.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thanks a lot! Oh I’m sure that once winter will be over your collection will start to grow again. Everytime I think I don’t have anything to buy, to play or to read to write about, something always pops up. By the way I’d love to read some posts from you where you analyze more in depth the immense collection you have!

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