The Monthly Question: April 2016


Hello everyone, and welcome to The Monthly Question. Every month the PS Nation writers will answer a question giving you a chance to get to know them a bit better. More importantly, this is a great chance to discuss video games and other related topics, as well as to discover great new games. The majority of questions will be focused on PlayStation and video games but not all of them.

Unlike Ben and Glenn, I will never have my fifteen minutes of fame on an episode of Hoarders. I have very few gaming collectibles/memorabilia. Partly because I do not have enough room and partly because once I buy a single Funko POP! I will want to buy them all. Not really sure why.

I was at my desk last week writing a review when I hit a roadblock. To avoid the taunting page, I started spinning in my chair looking around the room. While slowly spinning around the room, I spotted that one item that every time I see it, I am instantly transported back to another time and I cannot help but smile. It’s a fond memory and that makes such a little item so valuable to me.

To shine a light on the wide variety of gaming collectibles, I asked the PS Nation writers:

What gaming collectible/memorabilia is your most sentimental and memorable item?
Glenn Percival (PSN ID: Torgo)
turboduo-psnation-inkIt’s a tie between my TurboDuo and my Vectrex. The Duo is my favorite for a couple of reasons. First, it’s still probably my favorite console overall, but also because it was given to me by Turbo Technologies (TTi) when I was testing games for them.

The early builds of what would become the pack-in for the Duo (a CD containing Bonk’s Adventure, Bonk’s Revenge, Gate of Thunder, and a hidden Bomberman) had a weird bug that prevented Gate of Thunder from booting on an original TurboGrafx CD using the Super System Card, which was built-in to the Duo.

After many attempts to get it working, a TurboDuo appeared at my door a couple of days later and I still get nostalgic about it to this day. That was pretty-much the coolest thing ever when I opened the outer box to see what was inside.

vectrex-psnation-inkThe Vectrex was something that I had always wanted as a kid but it was too expensive and, at the time, video games weren’t very popular. While I was working at Electronics Boutique, a regular customer was in the store when some of us were talking about the Vectrex. He piped-in to tell us that he had one and that he never used it. It was in a box under his bed.

I asked if he wanted to sell it, and he finally agreed to sell it to me for 15 BUCKS! Now that the folks behind the Vectrex released all of the games, including a few that were never released, to the Public Domain, I own a multicart for it that contains everything. It’s still one of my most prized possessions.

Keith Dunn (PSN ID: son_of_ottie)
cartman-psnation-inkI don’t normally collect much but I do like my South Park: Stick of Truth Cartman figure. What a great game!

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Chazz Harrington (PSN ID: ChazzH69)
puppeteer-artbook-psnation-inkI like my Limited Edition Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls PS3 games but the best one by far is my Puppeteer Limited Edition Artbook.

Not only does it feature some of the beautifully drawn concept art from the amazing game, but it also has the game itself tucked away inside its soft cushioned cover. I love it even more because, just like Glenn said in his review, “(Puppeteer) isn’t just one of my favorite games of 2013, this is one of my favorite games of this generation.”

Andy Richardson (PSN ID: andyscout)
Not quite memorabilia since it’s also functional, but I’d say my PS3 fight stick. I swapped out the art on the stick from Street Fighter to a BlazBlue design I put together featuring my favorite character in the game, Noel.

Plus, I got the stick signed by Daisuke Ishiwatari, who did the character designs and music for BlazBlue, and by Toshimichi Mori, the lead designer. They even commented on the Noel design and drew a little chibi Noel on there for me. Sadly, some parts of the signatures got rubbed off while I was moving a few years ago.

Shawn Hiers (PSN ID: Smag99)
ps4-psnation-inkThe gaming related item I have that is most tied to a memory is my PS4. I was able to afford mine after a lengthy legal battle after my injury, and it felt like things were starting to turn for the better.

I had never been able to afford a new system on launch day before that, and to get a PS4 as a type of reward after my injury was a great treat.

The other memory tied to my PS4 is that when it launched I was scheduled for what could have been, and and actually did end up being, a dangerous surgery on my stomach. The PS4 pulled me through a lengthy (1 month) recovery period.

Rey Barrera (PSN ID: sindred)
arc-the-lad-psnation-inkI would have to say that one of my more prized gaming collection items would be my Arc The Lad collection, by the now late Working Design. I used to stare at magazines for hours wishing that Sony would get their heads out of their collective asses and bring this series to the States since back then it was exclusive to Japan. So when Working Designs took it upon themselves to make this a reality, I was beyond thrilled.

Then to learn that it would be an amazing Collector’s Edition, which included each game in the series, an amazing art instruction manual, and some sweet new features, was almost too incredible to take. I’ve since sold some of my collector stuff to make room for Transformers and my movie collection, but this is one item that I never intend to part with.

Ben Palmer (PSN ID: CNPalmer)
turbografx-16-cd-psnation-inkMy most favorite piece in my gaming collection would have to be my complete-in-box TurboGrafx-16 CD system. I can remember the Christmas I received the TG16 console as a present and played Bonk until I think he evolved.

But when that CD system was launched, I went to the local mall and dropped $400 plus tax on it. I can remember carrying that GIANT box around the mall back out to the car and having that drive home feel like forever.

That led to probably one of the most intense gaming moments when I had to swap discs between Ys Book I to Ys Book II and the full anime cut scenes that played were glorious. I’ll never forget the gaming memories that one purchase brought me.

Matt Engelbart (PSN ID: WithSwordAndGun)
minecraft-psnation-inkThe summer I proposed to my wife, I was still in college. My girlfriend at the time was on the other side of the state for grad school. I was determined to save for a ring which meant no money for video games to keep me entertained.

That is when I discovered Minecraft, early access Minecraft, before most people had ever heard of it. Every time I see that foam pickaxe on top of my desk I cannot help but think of that summer where the only game I could afford was Minecraft so I was able to scrape together enough money to buy a ring.

Your Turn
These are our most sentimental and prized gaming collectibles. What are your favorite collectibles? Let us know in The Monthly Question thread in the PS Nation forums.


Written by Matt Engelbart

Matt Engelbart

I love all things video games. When I am not gaming I am watching the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, BBQing, and reading.

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