Fortunately, my Playstation Vita collection was mostly untouched by the flooding.  I lost a couple of collector’s items, but all of the games, cases and manuals survived well.  They were all up on a shelf that was barely touched by water.

We did learn our lesson.  All games are being shelved over three feet high.  If we get more flooding than that, there’s not much we can do about it.  But at least they will stand a fighting chance.

Next up, going through my DS and PSP collections.  I have the most of these types of games, by far, so it’s going to take me a while to figure out where I want to store them.

Of all of my video game collections, my 3DS collection took the worst hit during the flooding of Hurricane Harvey.  While all games survived, not all cases and artwork did.  All told, I am down to cartridge-only for all but one of my Zelda games, several Mario games and a few other gems.  I will rebuild, but that section between K-P took heavy casualties.

I spent yesterday taking inventory and storing them in their permanent location, which is about 4 feet off the ground (we took on 3 feet of water).  I also moved all of my collector’s items up to the top shelf in the room.  See the pictures below!

Limited Run

I have an obsession with a company called Limited Run Games.  They take some of the most popular digital-only release games and make physical media for the Playstation 4, Playstation Vita and now the Switch.

They are still a fairly new company, but I love what they are doing and have collected all but 3 of their Vita-released games.  They are still releasing new ones, and I am sure to gobble them up on release day.

The significance of their name is that they keep each release to a very small number of cartridges.  In most of the releases, you won’t see more than 3,000 released world-wide.  It adds a sense of exclusivity, which makes it very attractive to collectors such as myself.  They also often have collector’s editions with many of the releases.  I will generally only do the collector’s set if it’s a game I really enjoy, such as Oddworld:  Munch’s Oddysee.  I had that game for the original XBox and enjoyed it a lot.

They are only up to about 60 games released for the Vita, which is the platform I primarily collect for.  I have about 20 of the PS4 releases as well.  Even though I don’t have a Switch, I have pre-ordered the first 10 releases there as well.  If what happened with the first releases for the other systems, these will be worth a lot more than they are now.

Some of my favorite releases so far have been Saturday Morning RPG, Octodad, Thomas was Alone, Broken Age (gotta love DoubleFine), Oceanhorn, Steworld Dig and Heist and several Bit.Trip games.

Steam Stars – Pivross

Once in a while, I am going to share with you some of Steam’s hidden gems that are fairly cheap ($10 or less).  The first one that gets my nod is Pivross.

Pivross is actually a free game, but if you want to unlock 100 levels (which I did), you’ll need to pay a bit extra for it.  I felt it was worth it.  I am currently on level 80 and it is getting just hard enough to make it a challenge.  There are achievements and they are all related to the quantity of puzzles you finish and how many you perfect (no mistakes).

If you see my review for Picross 3D, this is pretty much the same game, just for PC and not the DS.  You start with a block of cubes.  You need to use deduction and logic to whittle away at the cube until you have the completed object in front of you, which might look like this:

Pivross Solution

It’s simple once you get the hang of it.  I have enjoyed it a lot and feel that I’ve gotten my $5 worth.  If you like logic/puzzle games, check it out!

Oldies but Goodies – Acrophobia

Genre:  Word
Platform:  PC

Back in the early days of the internet, we didn’t have a lot of options for online gaming.  There were chat rooms with various solitaire games, online pool was popular for a while, and there were word games.  The games had to be small and efficiently programmed to allow the required communication over *gasp* dial-up modems.

One such game was Acrophobia.  This was a fun game in which you were presented with an anagram, such as ACRO.  Every player had a short amount of time to come up with what this anagram stood for.  For example, ACRO could be Anyone’s Capable Roman Orangutan (I didn’t say I was good at it).  All players would then anonymously vote on the one that they thought was best.  Players got points and eventually, someone won!

Here’s the voting round:

Acrophobia 2

Both my mom and I spent a lot of time playing this one.  It came out in 1995 and lasted for a few years.  I think it pops up every now and then online still to this day.  It was a fun game and certainly was an oldie but goodie!

I have tried and tried to like anime.  It’s not something that has come easily to me.  I like English-language shows such as Samurai Jack or Voltron, but I have never been able to get into a Japanese-language anime.  Then I saw Sword Art Online and was smitten.

It’s only natural that I would enjoy this show – the premise is based in a MMORPG world.  It starts with some folks playing a new MMO via virtual reality.  I don’t want to give away any of the plot, but it quickly escalates and the stakes become very real and very high.  The first season really feels like two, but I watched the entire series in about two weekends.  Since it’s in Japanese with English sub-titles, I found that I had to pay very close attention, so it’s an intense binge, should you choose to do the same.

I wish I could say that this was a gateway anime for me, but, alas, that was not the case.  I have found a couple that I’ve liked since then such as Aggretsko and Neo Yokio, but I still struggle with the format.  However, SAO sucked me in.  I even bought all of the related video games (Playstation-only for now), a Funko pop of the main character and a plushie of another, Klein:

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I have tried to get into the second season, but it just isn’t happening.  However, if you have never liked anime but love video games as much as I do, give Sword Art Online a shot!

Hi Folks!  I know I’ve been absent from this blog for some time now, but life has thrown me some serious curve balls.  It all started with the major flood damage we took from Hurricane Harvey and has kind of spiraled downward from there.  However, I am now back in a writing mood and you will see lots of good posts from me soon.  I have been spending a lot of time with my PS Vita and PS4 and have lots of goodies to share from those experiences.

Throughout it all, gaming remained a constant in my life.  I am thankful for that.