The last two years have been filled with a lot of unique game purchases, and I’ve aqcuired as many as the games that I wanted that I feel like my collection is complete. Granted, there are games like Demon’s Crest (SNES) or Gargoyles Quest 2 (NES) that I’d like to buy if I ever come over them cheaply, but I don’t think I’d be able to buy them full price. I’m not rich, exactly.
Tingle is 35 and rich, though.
I’ll list notable games by their system. No pictures, as it’d take too long time to do that. Any interesting information will be next to it, and “gift” means it was given to me, and… that’s it. If the game was an exceptional bargain I’ve written the price next to it.
The Legend of Zelda: I paid half of what it goes for, AND I even got a beaten up small box and a manual with it
Mega Man 3
Kung Fu: got it for the same price as a loose copy but with a beaten up small box
TMNT 2: The Arcade Game (gift)
Super Metroid: The Japanese version for 1/4th of what it goes for over here. Plays just the same and in English.
Super Punch Out!!
Kid Icarus II
TMNT Fall of the Foot Clan
SEGA Mega Drive:
Terminator 2: The Arcade Game
Rocket Knight Adventures
Dragon Ball Z: Buuyuu Retsuden
Resident Evil 2 (2£)
GTA 2 (2£)
Tomb Raider (2£)
Jersey Devil (2£)
Abe’s Exodus (gift)
Final Fantasy VII (got it for about 7 Euros)
Fade to Black
Dragon Quest Builders
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (gift)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (gift)
Uncharted 4 + Expansion
Star Wars Battlefront
All three The Walking Dead Telltale games
PUBG (came with the system)
Killer Instinct (5£)
Carmageddon: Max Damage (loved Carmageddon 2, nostalgia made me buy this, it has mixed reviews). (5£)
That’s it for now! A boring list later and the post is finished, for those of you that were interested. Next time I’ll show my Star Wars figurine collection, and after that the plushes, and finish it all off with pictures of my Game Room.
I’ve decided to come back to this blog again, after being away for two years or so. I have exciting stuff to share with you, and a lot has happened the last two years. I’ll write some again, but not as consistently as before (I churned out three posts/week at my height). I got burned out and tried to produce content instead of focusing on having fun.
This is what happened the last two years:
I completed the list of retro games and assessories that I wanted to buy
I got a PS4, and more recently an Xbox One (it’s has the best controller for shooters!) but sadly not a Nintendo Switch as I physically don’t have room for it. I got to borrow an Xbox One from my brother in-law and decided to get one of my own during a magnificent sale.
I’ve completed my new Game Room
I’m assembling a Retropie based table-top arcade machine that will play mainly arcade games and Neo Geo, and some of the really expensive console titles that I won’t buy out of common sense
I’ve played through all the games I’ve bought and sold/given away the crappy ones and concentrated on fun quality games instead
I’ve been thrifting at flea markets etc. not only for video games, but movies, books and vintage equipment such as manual calculators, typewriters etc.
What you can expect:
I will present only notable video game finds from the past two years, and new ones only if they are interesting enough
I will present some of my Star Wars and movies/TV-series figure/plush collection.
I’ll write about new games that I look forward to/that I am playing (I’m way more up to date with the newer games).
More Unlikely Versus (that’s one of my own personal favourites!)
My Top Gaming moments these last two years:
Uncharted 4 “A Thief’s End”+ the “expansion” “The Lost Legacy”: Amazing gameplay and graphics that had me taking pauses as it was messing with my head
Star Wars Battlefront for PS4 (not the second cash-grab one, I’m boycotting that one definitely)
The Witcher 3 for PS4: Fantastic gameplay and story
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for PS4: Fun multifaceted game, but it sure did show its age.
Titanfall 2: Amazing Campaign and Multiplayer gameplay
Magical Starsign for Nintendo DS: Fun RPG game to play on the go. Not overly immersive and not too much story and cinematics to take away from the gameplay.
The Guardian Legend for the NES: Almost finished it bar the last boss. It’s gotten better with age!
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: The best Smash Bros. to date
Super Mario 3D World: The best local multiplayer game I’ve played lately
I’ll end this first post by listing what I’m up to playing right now:
Playing now, Multiplayer: Titanfall 2 (great shooter mechanics and innovative movement gameplay with the mix of Titans, and an amazing Campaign)
Playing now, Single Player: The Witcher 3, Blood and Wine Expansion (amazing game!)
Playing now, Portable: Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (it’s better than the originals! They don’t force you to compete in Contests in the Contest Hall in Slateport, that’s the best change yet)
I’ve been contemplating for a while whether the time is right or not to end this chapter in my video game fandom, that is my blogging. I started out doing this to discuss my hobby as a student in Poland where I had little to no contact with video gamers, and the country itself didn’t have that many old systems due to having a communistic government when video games were debuting as a media in the world. While I was able to buy buy cheaper Playstation 2 games, I had no one to discuss with and thus I ended up satisfying that need through The Martian Oddity.
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Where does the name The Martian Oddity come from? I started to use this in forums whenever my old go-to username MacGyver (a very common username by the way) was used and I even had a Deviantart account named Martian Oddity that I erased after disliking the community at the time. I think that was in the best interest of everybody as my art skills weren’t that good to begin with back then. When starting a blog I thought that the name was fitting for something I’d make and even though it said nothing about what the blog would turn out to be, it really was an assortment of vastly different themes until I found my main focus; video games. I don’t think I’d realized what big part of me they were until then.
With it came buying video games. I started out like most men that are realizing they’re mortal- by buying things that are nostalgic to me. After buying games I had as a kid or played a lot over at my friends I went on to buying other games that seemed interesting to me. After a while I bought anything that seemed interesting and that’s when I wrote about having a problem with over-consuming. And after reading a particular blog post I decided to not buy any games at all this year, that is 2016! Wish me good luck.
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As of lately I’ve felt that there no longer is a need for me to update this blog. I don’t get any pleasure in doing so since a month or so and it’s the first time since I’ve started this blog. Sure, I’ve had writers block and all before, but not this sensation. It seems as if I’ve done what I can with The Martian Oddity and it’s time for me to move on. So I decided to say my goodbyes and thank my 271 followers (of which 10 or so surely are trying to promote their vastly differently themed blogs). With this 450th post, I would like to close these doors.
So thank you for these years! It’s been awesome and I hope you’ll keep on gaming!
This is a stack-up of the consoles that I currently have- though that Sega Mega Drive (which wasn’t faulty since I used the packed-in NES power adapter which thankfully didn’t fry it) will be given away as I’ll use a modded Japanese unit which can play games from all over the world. Having a Japanese Mega Drive is awesome too as it sports that reddish look- which coincidentally is the design I thought was here in Europe too but ultimately I was proven wrong. I will keep that awesome box and the controllers that came with it though, and I’ve bought new refurbished controllers for it too. I took this picture right before our move into the house.
As you can see there is a box with Wii U peripherals beneath the Wii U unit- as I couldn’t balance the consoles in a better way and since the two stacks would look off I opted to put that beneath those three consoles to make it look better.
I had this leftover solar cell powered wagging thing that my dad gave to me from his store. It wagged a sign from side to side and when he wanted to get rid of it I snagged it 5+ years ago. I always envisioned myself adding an arm or something (move your arm from side to side, come on, get on the show, do the Mario!) and had envisioned a Mario arm, Wario arm or maybe even one of Ash Ketchum holding a Poké Ball. I also thought of adding a wagging floating head but gave up on that concept early, it had to be a hand!
Being in a SEGA phase at the moment I decided to add a waving 90’s arm holding a Genesis/ Mega Drive controller. I tried to draw it as 90’s as possible (think 90’s Nickelodeon and Beavis and Butthead) and I knew it had to have a bandaid and lots of imperfections. This image doesn’t make it justice because of the glare and such, and the fact that I can’t add a video on here without a hassle (the last one of the flickering TV screen caused by using an NES AC Adapter on a Sega Mega Drive was a hassle to upload) so this will have to do.
Let’s get to Composite Vs RGB video signals on the SNES first. Composite RGB
Enough said. Get an RGB scart or similar for your system.
Not let’s get to the main show! When I got the SNES the controller was a bit stiff when you pushed the D-pad down and on the A-button. This is why:I used many, many Q-tips and cleaned the sucker out of what I thought may have been Coca Cola or something akin to that (God I hope it wasn’t diarrhea) and dust, and then I washed the buttons and the rubber in detergent. For the contacts I used an eraser and then a slightly damp Q-tip.
And here is the beaute all cleaned up. And Super Mario World controlled perfectly after my little inspection. Awesome-SNES.