[RetroPicks] IntelliNES, the Great Combo


Hello guys, As I told you last moth, while March has been a poor month on the collecting side, April on the other side has been quite dense, even though most of the games I’ve bought have arrived in May. Aside from the last purchase I’ve talked about in the last episode of [RetroPicks], I’ve…

[RetroPicks] Retro inspired PS2 compilations Vol.1


Hello guys, If you happen to read this blog, from time to time you will see some posts of the column [Stuff I wish I had] in which you can read my ramblings about all of the games I’d like to have and that usually I don’t own because they’re rare and/or too expensive. In…

[RetroPicks] I’m back!


Hello guys, The last weeks, nay the last months have been quite stingy on the collecting side. It looked like everybody were waiting for spring to put something on sale and online there were almost no good games to buy. Then FINALLY one of my favourite sellers listed more than 4000 games and, even though…

[RetroPicks] Shmups craze!


Hello guys, Between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 I’ve amassed a small lot of shoot ’em up games, mainly for PS2. This genre has become one of my favourites in the last years and I find myself at ease in when I have to shoot alien spaceships or generic badasses. By…

[RetroPicks] The Roaring Twenties


Hello guys, One of my favourite eBay sellers has put on auction 2000 games, so how could I pass? Out of the moltitude of offers I made I ended up buying 20 games, most for PS2 and Xbox 360, some known, some more obscure. Let’s start with the PS2 games. The Final Fantasy franchise has…

[RetroPicks] Nin(e)tendo for Christmas


It’s wednesday and this means that’s a good day to talk about NES! The lot I’ve bought includes 9 games and it came for 50€. Being “normal” NES games the lot is probably slightly more expensive that what should be but since it’s so difficult to find in the shops and in the markets NES…

[RetroPicks] Sega from Ireland


Hello guys, Some time ago I did find a guy in Ireland that was selling almost all of his collection of Master System games and…do you think I’m a person who can pass on a lot like this? All of his games were on auction so it took me almost a week to identify the…

[RetroPicks] The comeback of the CD-i


Hello guys, During the last months I’ve kinda had a sort of “step up” in my collecting goals and I think is what it usually happens to a collector when the time passes. While at the beginning of course I tried to get as many games and consoles as possible trying to spend the less…

[RetroPicks] Vintage acquisitions


Hello guys, This month has been quite poor in terms of games, but I did find some really interesting pieces of hardware and the last two I’ve purchased have been a big strikes of luck. A few months ago I subscribed to a Facebook group where every week they list 2-3 old computers, most of…

[RetroPicks] My first big market


Hello guys, I finally had the opportunity to attend one of the biggest fleamarkets in nothern Italy last sunday. It was near Modena, 50km away from home and it’s a market mainly focused on old radios and ancient electronics but ther’s always someone who sells videogames, consoles and computers. I didn’t have a particular target,…

[RetroPicks] The 1£-ers


Hello guys, Most of times when I look for some games online I end up looking for games on auction and nothing teases me more than a 1€ (of 1£)  auction, mainly because, especially for the most valuable games, there’s always the possibility to close a good deal at a price below the “regular” value…

[RetroPicks] Mega Drive Treasure Chest!


Hello guys, A couple of weeks ago I’ve got the best surprise ever since I’ve started collecting games. Since the beginning of the summer I’ve moved all of my stuff, consoles, video games and books in my living room and they stand there in good order, clean and not amassed in the tiny library I…