Yes, I collect. When I started my career and found myself with some disposable income I decided to buy the old consoles I never could when I was a student. Picked up a Saturn with games, a Sega tower of power ( genesis, Sega cd, and 32x) with a bunch of games. As well as when I went to Pax or other conventions, if I saw a game I wanted to play, picked it up. Now these all reside in my finished basement and my cousins and my nieces and nephews come over to play the old games their parents enjoy. When a buddy got nostalgic about resident evil while deployed, sent him a care package of a GameCube and RE:0 through 4. There is nothing wrong with collecting, but i suggest be a library, not a vault. Don't expect to get rich monetarily, but enjoy the moments when someone asks you why the Gameboy screen is not responding to touch. if something is worth money some day great, my uncle ended up sending his kids through college based on selling baseball cards. Just enjoy the games and the experiences associated. Oh I have something like 1500 games between console and PC. My only other piece of advice is do not install steam. I have something like 300 PC games on the service alone. I joke with my coworkers, I look forward to retirement or unemployment, just so i can catch up.But I justify it around the amount of travel I do for work and the access I have to a PC.
@SirPinkleton: But isn't that a very simple view. Essentially you are saying that if they do not completely agree with you, then you will not support them.
The ESA supplied 30 scholarships for aspiring game developers, raised over $900,000 for game development around educational games, and helped defend video game merits to the Supreme court. All of this occurred in the last 6 months. This organization is not evil,
It seems like a very simple response to boycott, instead of engage in a mature dialog.
This issue, like all other issues, is not binary decision. The idea of protecting the rights of content creators is important, but the manor in which SOPA goes about it is wrong. With revision, technical input and oversight these bills could be turned into something that could work.
@AxleFGK: Is it true that this does not represent the gaming industry? The ESA is a professional organization, that represents publishers and developers. For all we know, they had a private meeting for corporate members to determine their stance. Sony, EA and Microsoft have publicly came out in support of this effort, but I can imagine that a number of companies privately support SOPA for what it can do to protect their properties.
@mrcraggle: The easiest way I have found to receive donations is to send a letter/email out to your friends, coworkers, and family. Another important thing to remember is to be realistic. My first year I aimed for $100 in donations, and as people became more comfortable with the idea, I increased my goals. My original goal for the year was $500, but now that I have passed it, I was pushed to $750.
The other important thing to remember is that this is for a cause and the Children's Miracle Network can use whatever you raise. Even if you raise $0 dollar, but you play with other fundraising participants, then you are helping. I can tell you, at 5 am, when the end is closing in, both the teams from Cheap Ass Gamer and GameEnthus will be randomly babbling and laughing at the people taking a 5am Halo match seriously. It is helpful to have a big group, because it keeps people grounded.
P.S. Here is the message I wrote this year, hopefully it will help.
As you already know, I am a big fan of video games. Hell, my friends and I celebrated the one year anniversary of our video game podcast, the GameEnthus (gameenthus.com) podcast. So it is not hard to imagine, when I am given the option to do some fundraising, with video games involved, I jumped at the chance, especially when it is to help children.
But as some of you may not know, when I was a child, I had to spend some time at Dupont’s Childrens Hospital. While my time was brief, the experience gave me perspective. Anything that can be done to improve a child’s hospital stay is important, which brings me to the purpose of this email.
On October 15th, 2011 I will attempt to play video games for 24 hours straight (it is harder than it sounds). This will be the third year I take part in the event, in the past I have streamed the whole thing on Ustream and this year I am planning on doing the same thing. Friends and fellow podcasters will be stopping by the townhouse, I will be getting some cabin fever, and we will all be taking game requests.
It's the 4th annual Extra Life video game marathon, and I would really appreciate your sponsorship.
Please visit my personal Extra Life page and make a gift today. All donations made are collected securely and fund medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of the 17 million children treated at local Children's Miracle Network hospitals each year.
I can't do this without you. If you can, please take just a moment to make a gift in any amount that you feel comfortable with.