Game Hunter

Hunter's Tale

I used to have a ton of video games in the 80s and early 90s. Hey I was kid/teenager with zero athletic skills, what other hobby was I supposed to have? Of course the first batch of games were mostly Christmas or birthday presents. When I was old enough to get a crappy mall job I spent a good portion of the earnings on more games. By 1995 my collection was roughly somewhere in the low hundreds.

Then along came two evils that almost wiped-out my game library: trade-ins and emulators. Until 1996 I spent 8 hours a day surrounded by video games but could only afford a few here and there. Then I discovered that I could download and play every NES and Genesis game for free. Who needed cartridges anymore? I traded-in a huge number of games to buy stuff for systems that weren't yet emulated.

Over the next few years my collection stayed relatively low. 1996-1999 I was in college full-time and didn't have much availability for gaming. Living in a small apartment didn't help either. I moved to a bigger apartment in 2000 but didn't buy too many games then. I did finally bought a Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast, but only 3-4 games for them. In 2001 I got married and moved into a three bedroom townhouse. Of course one of those rooms was reserved for a future inhabitant so my wife and I shared a small office in the spare room. It was cramped and I wasn't going to make it any worse by buying even more stuff. I was going to graduate school in the evenings anyway and didn't have much leisure time to spare.

In 2005 we moved to a larger house; four bedrooms, finished basement, all the standard things I guess. This meant I finally had a dedicated computer/game room. Nah it wasn't huge, regular bedroom size, but it was still very exciting. It filled-up rather quickly with the stacks of game systems and computers that tightly packed our previous office. My original goal was to make it something of a hybrid computer lab and game room.

So to finally get to the point... in early 2006 I realized that I wasn't really into working on old computers any more. Heck, I don't really enjoy working on new computers either. What I really wanted to do was get into video game collecting, to find all those games I traded-away or couldn't afford back in the day. I dumped all that computer junk to make room for video games. I started stocking up on games through a serious eBay binge. It was an easy way to find stuff but was missing something. The real fun would be finding old video games "in the wild" - at garage sales, thrift stores, rummage sales, in boxes on the side of the road - truly hunting for classic gaming treasures.



Gallery

Trophy Room 2014

Trophy Room 2014

2014 so far...


Trophy Room 2013

Trophy Room 2013

2013 had a few good bargains but nothing too spectacular.


Trophy Room 2012

Trophy Room 2012

2012 was a bit of a letdown but there are a few good finds in here.


Trophy Room 2011

Trophy Room 2011

2011 was the most random year yet.


Trophy Room 2010

Trophy Room 2010

2010 had a weak garage sale season but stores were filled with great finds to make up for it.


Trophy Room 2009

Trophy Room 2009

Tons of great finds in 2009.


Trophy Room 2008

Trophy Room 2008

2008, the year of the $5 game system.


Trophy Room 2007

Trophy Room 2007

A more fruitful second year.


Trophy Room 2006

Trophy Room 2006

Finds from the first summer of hunting.


Big Game Trophies

Big Game Trophies

Large images of rare finds.


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