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Welcome to “It Came From The Collection”!


Ya know what there’s a lot of on YouTube? Playthrough videos. Seemingly every game that exists has been played, talked over, torn apart, and remixed with memes and South Park samples. In hopes of recording something a little more unique, I started this video series to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years.

I’ve never had a ton of money to spend on games, instead I’d grab all the free stuff I could from stores I visited or worked at. Free flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, discarded game cases, manuals, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. I’ve lost a lot of things over the years (and after moving SIX times) but I still have tons of stuff to talk about and show.

You can check out the playlist above — I even made a fancy trailer! — to watch all the current episodes. By the time this post goes up we’ll be onto Episode 2 so here’s a quick recap:

 

EPISODE 1: Mystery Cards & Blind Pack Opening
THE AUDIO WILL IMPROVE, I promise! This is the first episode and so it’s a little rough but I didn’t want to re-record after opening the blind card pack! Featured in this episode are Marvel Nemesis pre-order trading cards, and Duel Masters and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that came with some early 2000’s video game releases.

 

EPISODE 2: Oops, Still more Card Packs!
After last episode I found even more card-shaped things to show off. Monster Rancher 4 and GUN pre-order playing cards, some knock-off Final Fantasy VII cards, and a whole bunch of Pokemon Snap terminal cards. They’re useless nowadays but they’re still so cool!

 

✨ Thanks for taking a look at my collection. Let me know what you think or if there’s something you’d like a closer look at. I’m totally up for requests. You can also see more of my collection on Instagram. I’ve been posting #RetroCollective pics there since 2013.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for February 1st through 14th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for February 1st through 14th

It’s been a bit since I did a free stuff roundup. Two weeks ago there was barely a free avatar to speak of and last week was pretty slim. But suddenly there’s a ton of demos, some monthly PlayStation Plus booster packs, VR games, and more. Here’s your recap for the month of February up to the 14th!

Free PlayStation VR Stuff
In the Cloud: VR Afterlife
The VR experience, based off of the Crackle Original Movie, In the Cloud, is a spectacular and mystical ride built with live-action actors, visually stunning special effects and 360-sound.

Inception VR
ARE YOU READY TO BE AMAZED? Experience music from the best artists in the world, take interactive tours of beautiful art galleries and exhibitions, and explore some of the most exciting cities across the globe with Inception.

Demos & Trials
.hack//G.U. Last Recode Demo
Crossing Souls demo
Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones Trial
Riftstar Raiders demo
True Fear demo

Add-Ons
Trove Power Plower vehicle
Trove Sombre Spire weapon style

PlayStation Plus Boosters
Gems of War
3on3 FreeStyle

Avatars
Laws of Machine DR12 avatar
Marooners (several free ones available)
Warframe (several new free ones available)

SHAREfactory Themes
South Park: The Fractured but Whole Sharefactory™ Theme
STEEP

We’re so close to a Sega Saturn Mini… Sorta

We're so close to a Sega Saturn Mini... Sorta

I was going to start posting random cool things I find on Instagram but the embed code doesn’t work well with GameLuv’s theme. These posts may be fewer and farther between than planned.

Nevertheless, check out this original Sega Saturn CD Case that Frauleinpolylina has repurposed as a Saturn Controller Case. In this age of demure consoles like the NES and SNES Classic Edition, this little Saturn made my heart leap for a second. I mean, discs will fit inside this thing already so we’re probably 80% of the way towards a Saturn Mini. C’mon Sega, ditch the AtGames junk and do us right!

Impressions: Style Savvy Styling Star

It’s not that I don’t believe Katy when she says something is good. I do, I swear!

It’s just that a game called Style Savvy: Trendsetters doesn’t exactly… inspire confidence if you know what I mean. Let’s be honest, these games came out during the time when shovelware on the Wii was the norm. The case cover is…less than desirable, to say the least.

I…I don’t want to play this.

This doesn’t look great. But Katy kept going on and on about it, and we have similar taste in games so I figured why not? I looked for it, to no avail. Getting it on sale would have been great, but Katy did me one even better two Christmases ago and sent me a copy to play instead. I tried it out, and amazingly I found that it wasn’t bad.

And then I realized it wasn’t just not bad, but pretty dang good.

When the newest iteration in the series was announced to launch on Christmas Day of last year, I downloaded it immediately. Lately, I’ve been kind of down in the dumps, so I’ve been logging a little more time than I usually spend on games because it’s actually pretty good for my mood. Tiny Cartridge wasn’t wrong when they said it was a “lovely, chill, funny game.” At first, the game was easy. Way too easy, if you ask me. You want a black shirt? A watch? No problem. I’ve got those in SPADES in my closet!

But then the requests started getting a bit more flavorful. They want an entire ‘lively’ outfit. No, no. Not from THAT brand. The other brand. You know, the lively one. And they can’t go outside like that! Didn’t you notice it was JANUARY? Geez. They’re going to freeze to death! (To be honest, I actually love that it takes weather into consideration when you have a customer; it adds a sense of realism!)

Everything is innocuous enough that I haven’t really raised my eyebrows at too much. The characters seem to all be living their best lives, or at least trying to. I’m honestly jealous. For some reason, my clothing choices are helping them attain their lifelong goals of stardom…which is…neat. Neat and great for my self-confidence even when I send them out onto the streets looking like a bedazzled train wreck in twelve different colors. What? I had to make them a ‘rock’ outfit and all I had on hand were primary colors! I didn’t have a chance to go to the exhibition hall yet, so that’s what they get for being impatient! Obviously, a life of fashion is not for me. Not every hobby needs to be a side hustle, after all!

What do you mean I’m not good at this?

I sometimes wonder if this is what it feels like to be a Stitch Fix stylist. Are there any stylists out there reading this that could weigh in? I’d love to know what your day to day lives are like. Like, do you guys have to deal with clients telling you they want shorts but then yell at you for giving them shorts? Sometimes I get frustrated with my clients. Like when they bother me right before I’m ready to go to bed because they want a pair of $3 socks, or when they give me a specified budget of $1,000 (I wish I had that much money to blow on clothing!) and then complain when I put together an $800 outfit. It’s suddenly out of their budget. But again, this game is heavy on the retail realism. I will never work a retail job again as long as I can help it. 

Overall, if you’re on the fence about this game, just pick it up. It’s definitely worth your time and money, especially if you can snag a copy on sale. 

Style Savvy 4: Styling Star is currently ONLY available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $39.99. There’s also a demo available.

Aaaaand if you haven’t seen Katy stream the game yet, now’s your chance if you’re curious about the gameplay.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for January 31st

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for January 31st

It’s already the end of January, huh? Well that went fast! Commemorate the Super Blood Moon and Tide pod scandal with some random free stuff from the PlayStation Store.

Impress friends and random players you meet in Monster Hunter: World with this pack of classic gestures or keep your locks on lock with these two free hairstyles. There’s also a free SHAREfactory theme for keeping your in-game clips just as fresh as your character.

If you’d rather freshen up your Home Screen there’s also a smattering of free themes this week. SNK released a free static theme for Samurai Shodown V Special for PlayStation 4 and Vita this week, despite the game being out since last September. NIS America is also offering up a surprise-out-of-nowhere static theme on PlayStation 4 for Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA.

Finally, there’s the Avatars. My.com sneaked out one more freebie this week while Archiact Interactive has a bowling pin icon on offer to tie into their recent PSVR release, Pierhead Arcade. Bringing up the rear is the sole freebie from the week of January 24th, a trio of free Navis for Gundam Versus… whatever Navi are.