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It Came From The Collection #3: PlayStation Underground Magazine

EPISODE 3: PlayStation Underground CD magazine

As a literal card-carrying member of the PlayStation Underground, I was always jazzed about the double-disc “CD Magazine” that Sony released in the late 90’s. I picked up the first two volumes several years ago on eBay. Let’s see how they’ve held up!

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for February 21st

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for February 21st

It’s another busy week for free stuff on the PlayStation Network so let’s hop to it for the week of February 21st, 2018. Of personal interest is the new free-to-play title, Armored Warfare. It’s received mixed reactions on Steam where it’s been under development since 2015 but this is honestly the first I’ve heard of it. It looks like it could hit the sweet spot for me between the more serious World of Tanks and my beloved Crossout. I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. Here’s the rest of the rundown:

Free-to-Play Games
Armored Warfare
Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics

Demos & Betas
NARUTO TO BORUTO: Shinobi Striker – Open Beta
Open beta runs from February 23, 2018 until February 25, 2018
Pinball FX3 Jurassic World table Demo
The Persistence VR Demo

Add-Ons & Themes
Trove: Blocky Bonus: Laevantis WV-4 Hoverboard
FINAL FANTASY® XV: Kingsglaive Pack (COMRADES Exclusive)
Secret of Mana (Vita Theme 1 and 2)
Secret of Mana (PlayStation 4 Theme)

PlayStation Plus Freebies
Fortnite: PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack
Gems of War: PlayStation Plus Starter Pack
Armored Warfare: PlayStation Plus Shark Pack

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

Trove Power Plower vehicle
Trove Sombre Spire weapon style

PlayStation Plus Boosters
Gems of War
3on3 FreeStyle

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

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!