Over the years I’ve amassed a fairly substantial games collection. From spectrum to multi mega, games from every era creep out of every nook and cranny. Until lately the one platform I neglected was the original xbox.
At the time it was current I was an ardent Nintendo fan, defending the Gamecube to the bitter last. As the fog lifted I started delving into the depth of the PS2 library. Aside from the occasional triple A foray, the big black paving slab was shunned.
This all began to change a month or so ago after the opening of a new local games shop – Game X Boy. Hidden away in the far reaches of the shop, next to the damaged GBA boxes and B movie DVD’s was a small pocket of Xbox titles. Their slightly darker hue of green spilling like toxic waste across the bottom shelf.
Spurned on by the relatively low prices and the chance to discover a true hidden gem, purchases began to rain in. In my quest to fill the void the last 4 weekends I have completed ‘the circuit’.
The Circuit has 3 distinct sections.
1, A full English breakfast.
2, Holloway car boot.
3, A game rich location.
I am slightly moving off the topic of games but this is a vital ingredient. When looking to go games hunting on the circuit energy is required (I am usually hung over). After years if painstaking research Daffy and I agree that the Seven Sisters road branch of the Croissant D’or is top dog. Friendly service, great value and passable food all make this our number one choice.
Nags head car boot
If you can wade past the mountains if broken barbies and soiled parachute pants, nuggets of gold can be claimed for pennies.
So far between us we have rescued Spyro (PS1), Disgae (PS2), Tomb Raider 3 (PS1), Rayman (PS1) and Nights (Wii).
Next thing we need to work on is haggling. We really suck at haggling.
Game Rich Location
Being based in north London means there are some fantastic hunting grounds on my door step. A guaranteed winner is Wood Green. Game and HMV are on offer for new releases and hardware. However these are merely carrots on a plate of beef when the true targets are considered – CEX, Gamestation and an independent – Game Zone. All of which have extensive retro sections. In age where gamestation is being ripped apart by game, Wood Green stands – shining in the darkness.
Other solid locations include Walthamstow, which has an average cex but a great independent – Awesome Games. I Will write a full article dedicated to this shop as it has some unique qualities that deserve to shouted about.
Venturing South, Goodge Street has a triforce of classic gaming. No less than 2 Cex’s and perhaps the ultimate collectors shop – Game Focus. Within these hallowed walls many hand picked classics reside. Currently I am psyching myself up to purchasing a particularly intriguing copy of Vandal Hearts 2.
Here ends my latest update. Now more than ever with all the new triple A Christmas titles on the horizon it is paramount to talk about the titles that oft are laid by the way side.
Here’s to you xbox, it’s mostly shit but I love you regardless.