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Woman buys collector’s item game worth $15K for $7.99

- April 17th, 2013

It appears the art of thrift shopping is not without its fringe benefits.

A North Carolina woman uncovered a gamer’s gold mine when she purchased an old Nintendo game for $7.99 at her local Goodwill.

The game was Stadium Events, released in 1987. The game was premiered to a test market in North America but later pulled after Nintendo bought the rights to its Family Fun Fitness mat which became the prototype for Nintendo’s Power Pad.

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“This was found here in Charlotte for basically nothing! This game in this condition can go for 15k+. I nearly fainted and was too dazzled to make a legitimate offer. She will be getting it VGA graded and you might see it on eBay sometime soon. I’m humbled to have even laid hands on it. Don’t lose hope game hunters, the gems are still out there!” (Facebook)

The woman made her way to Save Point Video Games, a retailer in Charlotte, N.C., to see if she could grab a decent price on her prize.

Owner Wilder Hamm couldn’t contain himself when she revealed it.

“Oh my God!” he told gamer blog Kotaku. “She knew exactly what she had.”

Saving the best for last, the woman revealed the game after presenting 10-Yard Fight and The Karate Kid as smaller gems.

“Normally in this business we try not to show our cards,” Hamm said. “We’re not in the business of ripping people off but you show that kind of excitement, they start expecting a mountain of money.”

Anyhow, Hamm had to turn her away since the store did not have enough money to purchase it outright. He did offer to sell the game on consignment but the women wanted keep all the proceeds herself.

In 2010 a sealed copy of the game went for $41,300 on Ebay. That’s a lot of proceeds.

Windows Solitaire enters the real world

- December 14th, 2012

Everyone has played it — they’ve clicked on the solitaire.exe icon when they were bored and wanted to kill time during the Windows 3.0 era.

Angry Birds artist Evan Roth has released a limited edition deck of cards as a homage to the world’s greatest time-stealer.

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Bicycle Cards even printed the novelty deck for the National Design Museum’s store Cooper-Hewitt in New York City. Unfortunately Cooper-Hewitt sold out of the 500 decks pretty fast.

But have no fears. I’m sure the hipster crowd who shop at Urban Outfitters will see this icon pop up eventually.

Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 4

- December 4th, 2012

Good day fighting game fans.

Round 3 of the Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale has passed us by, and we’re on to the semifinals.

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Our Ferocious Four feature Chun Li vs. Ryu (both of Street Fighter) and Scorpion vs. Liu Kang in a Mortal Kombat showdown. There are a few days left in the voting so be sure to check back this Sunday for the finals.

Once we get a final tally of the Ultimate Fighter, we’ll ask you who we failed to enter in our list of 32 fighters.

Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 3

- November 25th, 2012

Hello fellow button mashers. Just a friendly reminder that Round 3 of our fighting game poll is up and running.

We’re down to the Irascible Eight, featuring Ryu, Sub Zero, Jin Kazama, Chun Li, Nina Williams, Liu Kang, Scorpion and M. Bison – vote for your favourites here.

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Once the voting is wrapped up we’ll post the results and Round 4 the following Sunday. Also, when it’s all over, we’ll ask for your input on who should have been included in the voting.

A lot of you were disappointed with the lack of Guile (Street Fighter), Voldo (Soul Calibur) and Shun Di (Virtua Fighter).

In order to capture the more popular characters for future polls, we’d like to hear from you.

Vote! … For the best fighting game character

- November 11th, 2012

Canada’s first and up until recently, with the release of Dead or Alive 5, the only Canuck in the big eight fighting game franchises.

We’re running an Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale, and we want you to vote. We’ve picked the four most popular characters from eight of the greatest fighting game franchises, and matched them up against each other.

Admittedly, after the U.S. election, there might be voter apathy out there, but this vote is a little more playful and gamer-friendly.

So which game franchises did we draw our fighters from? Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter.

The vote will run for the next five weeks. Each round will start on the Sunday of each week. So bring your gloves, and test your might.