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#1 Shroom

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 10:24 PM

Let's get this thread off to a good start eh? Some of you may remember me posting this in LT before, well I'm bringing it here to help get this Gamer's Life thread going.


I'm sure we've all had something somewhat simular happen. You pick up a nice used game, or rent a game, rush home to play it and find a nasty surprise inside awaiting you. Maybe someone wrote all over the cartrage, maybe it wasn't even the right game in the case, or maybe they striped all the connector bars off of the cartrage so it doesn't work (True story at a local video place). Whatever it is, share it here!


*Posted from my Blog, so last Friday is actually July 15th, 2005*

So on Friday I swung by a local EB to pick up LttP for my GBA. Not only did I find that, but I found two other gems that I’ve been searching for. Legend of Zelda: OoT Master Quest and Majora’s Mask! I picked all three of them up, and have been enjoying them ever since. However there was one problem with the OoT Master quest…I believe I’ll let these pictures describe it.

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Am I angry? No. I’m actually having a good laugh about this. For one, I got a perfectly good working copy of one of my favorite games of all time. I never really liked the cover art of the original, so I printed one from CD cover.com. And I got it for 26 bucks when it probly would have been 40-50 ordering it online.

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 10:45 PM

I remember you posting this a looong time ago :P

Pretty funny stuff. I don't recall this ever happening to me, but I have bought used games to find funny named files saved on them. I can't remember them off the top of my head though :P

#3 Ngamer01

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:52 AM

I've usually had no problems when buying used games. Except recently.

A few weeks ago, I had some extra money. So I travel down to a pawn shop that was about a half hour from my house. While looking around the shop's games, I spot Kirby's Dreamland 3 in addition to a few other things I saw.

So I buy KDL 3 (SNES) and a couple of other games and then I race home only to find out...KDL 3's internal save battery died. -_-

I couldn't save anything in the game. So if I wanted to beat the game, I'd have to do it in one sitting. Blargh.

I return to the pawn shop a few days later and told the guy working there about the problems about the KDL 3 game. Unfortunately, his advice wasn't very helpful to me and I didn't see any other copies of KDL 3. -_-;;

So I still have the game in which I can't save anything worth a damn. =(

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 10:35 AM

Well that's kind of...awkward. At least, that's how I'd feel if I bought a used game with the box art and instruction manual looking like that. :P

The worst I ever had to deal with when buying used games was trying to play The Legend of Zelda for the NES without a functional save battery. I bought a copy of Super Castlevania IV for the SNES with someone's name written on the cartridge, but the game itself worked fine, so no problems there.

Actually, the biggest "surprise" I got wasn't from a used game, but rather a new, unplayed copy. Somehow, I ended getting a copy of the Japanese version of Super Street Fighter II when I got it brand new from Toys 'R Us (specifically, the one located in Fayetteville, North Carolina). It had the U.S. box art and manual, and the cartridge didn't look unusual in any way compared to other SNES games I had.

Yet, the option mode settings and the end battle quotes from the winner were presented with Japanese text, and some characters names were switched around like in the Japanese version (example: M. Bison being called "Vega").

I wonder how that happened... :O

#5 Shroom

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 02:25 PM

So I still have the game in which I can't save anything worth a damn. =(

I believe you can fix that. You just need a Nintendo Toolbit and the proper battery. I'm somewhat unsure, so you might want to do a Google search. I hope this is true since I've seen so many batteries on sale on eBay when I was looking up some toolbits and looking into replacing the battery on Ruby since it temperarly shorted out. I'll try and do some research myself when I can get on my computer.

Japanese version of Super Street Fighter II when I got it brand new from Toys 'R Us (specifically, the one located in Fayetteville, North Carolina). It had the U.S. box art and manual, and the cartridge didn't look unusual in any way compared to other SNES games I had.


That is just...awesome!

#6 Ngamer01

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:02 PM

So I still have the game in which I can't save anything worth a damn. =(

I believe you can fix that. You just need a Nintendo Toolbit and the proper battery. I'm somewhat unsure, so you might want to do a Google search. I hope this is true since I've seen so many batteries on sale on eBay when I was looking up some toolbits and looking into replacing the battery on Ruby since it temperarly shorted out. I'll try and do some research myself when I can get on my computer.

Nah, I'm not going to risk damaging my game just to install a battery manually. I'd rather play a game without a save than not being able to play my game at all.

Now if I could find a professional at this sorta thing...

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 02:47 PM

LOL nice there. :P

Well at least you got what you were looking for which is the games despite some damaged materials. Personally, so long as the game itself is undamaged, I could really care less about the rest of the package as things like cases and covers can be replaced and if I really wanted to I could figure out the controls online or order a manual from the publisher of the game. (I think most still do that anyway)

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 05:31 PM

let's see...

Several times i've rented games and dvds from blockbuster that were scratched so badly the just wouldn't work. ever time though they let me pick out a new rental for free as an apology.

sometime when i've rented games, from any video rental place, not just blockcuster, i've sometimes acendentally returned it with one of my own games inside the box. luckily, they always check the games when you return them, so i never lost any of my precious games that way.

on time, i visited an EB Games in a local mall. I bought a used copy of Vietiful Joe 2. I was sitting on a bench inside the mall, when i peeked inside the case and disovered that they put the disc for Viewtiful Joe 1 in the box by mistake. I was lucky to have caught it before i left the mall.

One time, at the GameStop where i work, I was in there to buy a couple of things. I got used dvds and a used GBA game, cuz they had a buy 2 get 1 free sale on all used stuff. I got home and looked in the bag. First of all, the reciept showed that I did not recieve my employee discount. Second, in addition to the 3 things that i had bought, there were also 3 XBox games in the bag as well. I immediately drove back to the store and chewed out my boss for being so absent minded.

That's all i can think of for now. I'll post more if i can remember some other stuff.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 05:15 PM

I remember this from LT.

#10 Lyhalu

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 06:36 AM

^^^^Surely important enough to make a post about that you remember this from our former haven, huh? ;)

I mean, c'mon, he even said that he once posted this on LT before! :P





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