Before leaving the year 2018 behind and throw ourself in a (hopefully) wonderful 2019 let’s check what happened this year.
I’ve read a lot of posts on WP and on Twitter lately written by collectors and/or gamers about their achievements and I realized (but I already knew it) that I’m nowhere near the amount (and quality) of games played, completed or bought, but I wanted to try anyway to make a small compendium of what I’ve done in the last 12 months.
Here’s the list (very short list…) of all the games I’ve completed in 2018…only nine:
- Super R-Type
- Ghosts ‘n Goblins
- Resident Evil – Code: Veronica X
- Resident Evil 4
- Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage
- Tiny Toon Adventures
- Duke Nukem – Episode Three: Trapped in the Future
I would be very proud for having completed Ghosts and Goblins and Castlevania, but the fact that I’ve played them on the NES Mini, makes me feel like I’ve cheated since I had the possibility to save the game without starting it all over again. I could say the same for Ninja Gaiden but I’m still not able to kill that fucking Jacquio…Tiny Toon Adventures and FOTNS were quite easy tasks and I’ve beaten them in a few days, and the same can be said for the two Resident Evil that took me two weeks each. If you notice, RE4 kept me busy for a longer time but only because I had to stop in the middle of the game because the CD was in horrible shape and I had to buy another one…
Regarding my collection the things are a bit different. On December 31st, 2017 I had 257 games for 18 different platforms (consoles and games). After a year the platforms number grew to 31 and the games more than doubled since I have now 589 titles meaning that I’ve bought 13 consoles and computers and 332 games and if you do the math it’s like I’ve bought more than one console and 27 games every month…not bad figures I guess. I’ve missed the unofficial target of 600 games before the end of the year, but considering that back in June I would have been proud to reach 500 titles I can be more than happy with my 589.
During the last month my collection has switched more towards new consoles and therefore new games. Since I got great gifts in the shape of a PS3, an Xbox One and a wonderful Switch for Christmas, I “had” to focus also on modern and super-modern games. I even have Red Dead Redemption 2!!! This means that I have to “sacrifice” a bit my retro vocation to try to better understand the modern gaming mechanics. This is still a new world for me and I really look forward to understand it better in 2019! (a special thanks to Rob from I Played the Game! who’s been my first friend on the Xbox One). I’ve already eyed some games I’ll be probably buying shortly: Axiom Verge, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, definitely Cuphead and the mandatory Slap and Beans. This last one could look like a strange choice but since it’s based on a popular spaghetti western duo (very popular at least in Italy) I’ll be most likely spend my best hours on the Xbox One playing it.
In general, 2018 has been a year of modernization for me: in 2017 the more modern console I had was a PS2, then I got in touch with the Xbox 360, the original Xbox, the already cited Switch, Xbox One and PS3, Saturn and Dreamcast, as well as Nintendo Wii. The Xbox 360 has been probably the most ground breaking console I’ve got since I’ve immediately begun to collect for it and in a short time I’ve amassed a large collection of 71 games, not always defining titles, but enough to fill a huge gap in my shelves.
Talking about achievements, I’ve reached and surpassed 100 NES titles (I’m at 143 right now), I’ve received great games for the Mega Drive donated by an old friend of mine and expanded the PS2 collection. My pride will always be my Resident Evil Collection that, at the moment, includes 30 games spread across 9 different platforms. There’s still some work to do, since I miss all of the collector/limited edition of some games and, when I’ll be done with the PAL versions I’ll start to look for NTSC and J-NTSC versions. I’ll probably dedicate a whole part of my room to RE, I just need to know how to place them.
Talking about my shelves/furnitures, in 2018 I’ve radically changed the disposition of my games and consoles, since I’ve moved all of them in the living room that has become the gaming room. But being only one IKEA library and one TV not enough, I’ve commissioned to my dad another piece of furniture and now I’ve kinda separated the new consoles (that required new TVs and a lot of HDMI ports) from the old ones, hooked up to an older TV. The final result look very good, at least to my eyes; now everything has its space ad I think my living room start to resemble like a proper game room. I cannot show you detailed pictures now since the second part od the room is still a mess, being the furniture still empty and not 100% finished. But if I’ll have a 2019 like this 2018 I think I might fill it quite quickly.
The main TV looks life she’s a giante octopus of cables. She has 14 consoles connected through 9 HDMI ports and 5 SCART plugs: Switch, two Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox original, NES, SNES, PS1, PS2, PS3, Wii, CD-i, NES Mini and SNES Mini. Plus 2 hard disks of 1TB and 3TB where I have all of my documents and movies. Plus a Google Home device and a Chromecast so everything is highly interconnected. I fear one day this technology will turn against me… The “older” TV is on the other side of the room in the new piece of furniture I’ve built and is connected to “only”8 consoles: Intellivision, VC4000, Atari 2600, N64, Mega Drive, Saturn, Master System and Dreamcast. The only stuff I haven’t hooked up are the home computers (C64C, C16, Spectrum, VG-8020 and VG-8235) for obvious reasons.
In general this year has been the moment in which I’ve started (veeeeery slowly) to approach new kind of games completely obscure to me 12 months ago. Since my gaming experience virtually ended with the beginning of the Noughties, I’ve completely missed all the online craze, DLC, modern controllers, state of the art FPS and more…for me even the controller of the SNES was too much! Getting used to analog controllers in every shape (PS-esque and Xbox-esque) for me has been like throwing myself in a new world I had to understand quickly.
So, in the end hoping for a great 2019 I wish happy new year to all of you!