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Pressing the Reset Button- Part 1

On 11/20/2014 at 09:39 PM by Jamie Alston

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Two years ago, I was standing in the living room of our small apartment, my heart heavy with mixed emotions. Several months earlier, the wife and I decided to reduce our expenses and move into yet an even smaller apartment-- her parent’s house.  As the time to pack up and move drew ever closer, it was there in the living where I finally took the bullet I had been dodging for quite some time. I decided it was time to give up my NES, Super NES, Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, and a few other prized consoles, along with [most of] the games for those systems.

“Why’d you do that?”, you might be wondering. Well, from time to time my wife would mention how much she hated clutter and really resented the fact that my systems and games sort of “took over” the living room, if you know what I mean. In short, there was too much of my retro gaming stuff taking up space in the apartment. Normally, I’d just shrug it off and go about my biz.  After all, I had been building my collection since 2002 and I didn’t want to give them up.

However, as we were making preparations to move, I realized that there was no way I could possibly take all those games and systems with me.  My games numbered well into the lower 200’s and I already couldn’t hook up 5 of the 9 game consoles I had due to space limitations. Not to mention the plethora of controllers, light guns, and other accessories laying in a big bag stuffed under the bed.

I told myself that I could never live without my extensive retro collection.  But between the realization of moving into smaller quarters and my wife’s growing displeasure of my [admittedly] unwieldy collection, I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice and sell off about 95 percent of my collection. The only things I held on to where the Sega Dreamcast, a handful of Sega Saturn games (but not the actual console), and all of my PSOne\PS2 games since my PS3 plays both.

Finally, we moved into our new place.  As the days turned into weeks and months, I sometimes found it difficult to cope with the loss of the treasures from my favorite pastime.  Now and then my mind would conjure up images of games I used to have like Dragon Warrior III or Secret of Mana dancing in a circle as they teasingly sang “ could have been enjoying us right nooooow!”  Overall though, I did pretty well with accepting my newfound circumstances and had fewer feelings of regret.

However as time continued to pass, I just couldn’t get that blasted NES, Super NES, and Sega Genesis out of my head.  Together, they formed the perfect trifecta of what made up my formative years of enjoying video games.  But there was more involved here than just nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake.  Simply put, I just really loved playing (and reviewing) those games.  Those 3 consoles were the spices missing from my life-- and I decided that it was time to bring them back.

To be continued in part 2...



Super Step Contributing Writer

11/20/2014 at 10:19 PM

Cliffhanger ...

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 12:32 PM

Yeah...I was ranting on for more than I expected on this subject, so i decided to save the good stuff for and post so it doesn't run on for too long.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

11/20/2014 at 10:21 PM

I would have locked the wife in a storage facility, and kept the collection in the apartment... I'm kidding of course. Granted I don't know the entirety of circumstances of your life, but I would have never sold my collection, I would have definitely rented some sort of storage. I already have regrets in trading in Viewtiful Joe, and Burnout for the Gamecube, so you can imagine my state of mind if I had sold such vintage games as you once had.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, I still have mixed feelings about that.  See, theoretically...I wasn't expecting to have a retro collection around after I sold off the stuff due to moving into a smaller space. If I had put my collection into storage, it would have been too tempting to try and eventually bring all that stuff into the place, which would have deafeted my purpose for giving it up in the first place.

Secondly, I also hate the idea of constantly paying storage for something I'm not using. 'course, I still should have at least hung on to EarthBound, Dragon Quest III (both complete), MUSHA, and Secret of Mana.  Still kicking myself over that.


11/21/2014 at 02:06 AM

I definitely can understand this, I would have held on to a lot of the older consoles we had but with there being 5 kids in my family home we had to sell when we upgraded to new hardware. There was too much clutter to begin with at the house, even now I have too much stuff in my room. I hope u get them back.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 12:47 PM

5 Kids??  Wow...yeah I'd definitely have to kisss my collection bye-bye for that.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 04:34 AM

clutter sucks... but sentimental belongings have their place, if you ask me.  However, I am not married.  Tongue Out


11/21/2014 at 06:17 AM

This made me a bit sad.  I hope part 2 is more up beat. Laughing

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 12:48 PM

Heh...I suppose it is kind of a bummer.  I also got tired of writing, I must admit.  But don't worry, the second part will be better.


11/21/2014 at 07:38 AM

I'm with James. This just made me sad.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 12:51 PM



11/21/2014 at 12:40 PM

Now it all comes together....

also I found out that the flight stick wasn't official NES. It's a quickshot. and it don't work.

I do hae a spare SNES controller there. it was hidden in the Game Gear carrying case.

legt me know if you need it mate.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 12:52 PM

No problem.  I'd definitely need a Super NES controller though.  I'll PM you.

Matt R Staff Alumnus

11/21/2014 at 03:18 PM

sell me your gamess!!


11/21/2014 at 04:40 PM

My best friend just sold a bunch of old stuff at a yard sale. It dawned on me the other day that I could've just bought all of it. He would've made more money, and I would have a lot of cool stuff gotten relatively cheap. Stupid me.

I also have a lot of game clutter, but I'm not getting rid of anything anymore. I always regret it. The challenge now is to encorporate all that stuff in to my living space in an attractive way that's not blocking walking space. I'm thinking of certain types of shelving might do the trick.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/21/2014 at 06:51 PM

I'm with ya bro.  The good thing is that I'm not kicking myslef too much over what I sold.  I'm just trying to concentrate on having a small collection and being happy with that.  Plus, there's always Nintendo eShop, which I'll get into in another blog post.


11/22/2014 at 08:57 PM

I want to set up a display case with just the favs of the favs. Then maybe stow away the rest.


11/21/2014 at 07:30 PM

While it's sad that you had to part with your game collection, it's understandable. Circumstances change, and a part of married life is setting priorities that both you and your spouse can agree on.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/25/2014 at 11:47 AM

Absolutely. In a lighter note, my wife just did something for mw gaming-related that really made me grin like a little kid.  But I won't spoil the surprise just yet.  To be continued in a different blog. Stay tuned!


11/25/2014 at 12:32 PM

Looks like your wife also understands how important these things are to you, too. Always a nice bonus when both spouses do realize even in the midst of compromise that the little things are important. Looking forward to your next entry. :)


11/21/2014 at 10:10 PM

Sad to hear that man. Personally, I had a problem of letting go consoles (my Nintendo 64 and GameBoy Advance SP), but it didn't have to do with space as much as obligations of my parents of only keeping one console and handheld. Fortunately, they don't care much about that anymore that i'm older, but I still miss those consoles.

Looking forward to part 2.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

11/25/2014 at 11:50 AM

Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences.  I'm looking forward ot wring part 2. Hopefully I can get started on it this week.

I have much good news to share.


11/25/2014 at 11:29 PM

This sounds rough, giving up your stuff like that, but the one poitive is that it makes the Mrs. happy. I'm currently going through my blogs so I can't wait to see what the resolution is. 

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