Friday, 30 September 2016

I Don't Need Two Dreamcast Keyboards

Who needs two Dreamcast keyboards? Do I need two Dreamcast keyboards? I have two Dreamcast keyboards. One came with my now defective Dreamcast, and the other I bought near-new for £1 at a charity shop. I had the same idea all Dreamcast keyboard owners have—of playing The Typing of the Dead with two-player co-op. But that never happened.

So why do I need two Dreamcast keyboards?

I'm moving house soon. Or I might be. It hasn't been decided yet, but the mere idea sends me hurtling back to the winter of 2012/2013, when I was preparing my escape from the Netherlands back to the UK. I remember it well—the sudden realisation that'd it'd cost way, way more to ship my retro game collection overseas than it did to amass that collection in the first place.

So what did I do? I skimmed everything that held no sentimental value from my collection's top, and desperately tried to sell it off at bargain prices at Retro Beurs Deurne 2013. The rest I took to a pawn broker who gave me next to nothing for it. It was a humiliating and stressful time, and since then I've imposed strict rules on what I buy to ensure I don't end up with another bloated collection of anything ever again. And I haven't. But the collection I do have can always be pruned.

I don't play retro games as much as I used to. I don't buy retro games as much as I used to. Every now and then I think about selling the lot and turning to emulation, if only to get rid of all the controllers and AV and power cables.

But that copy of Puggsy over there? That's the copy of Puggsy I couldn't figure out how to play as a child. That copy of Puyo Puyo 2 was a more recent birthday present from Emma. And that unboxed and battered Pop'n TwinBee cartridge? That's the same Pop'n TwinBee cartridge that sat in a tub in my grandparents house all year round till my brothers and I visited at Christmas to play some sweet, sweet SNES. I can't get rid of that stuff.

But my two Dreamcast keyboards? My Nintendo Zapper? My PlayStation 2 Network Access Disc? I can probably let those go, and therefore should let them go, as well as a bunch of other things.

And why am I writing about this on my blog? In case any of you want to take this junk— I mean, highly collectable retro gaming memorabilia off my hands. I'd rather sell it cheap to people I know will treasure it than try and make it big over on eBay.

So there you go. If you're itching for a copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on the N64, get in touch. I'm your man.
By the way, I pinched that Segagaga screenshot from this CelJaded article.


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