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‘Why Collectors Collect’ – Written by a Video Game Collector

I love video games. Most people my age do, too, but it was a huge passion of mine growing up and continues still today. Someone asked me why I had so many old video game systems and games for them when all of these newer systems. The easy answer is, "because it's my collection," but why have a collection? Do I really get use out of all of my video game stuff I've collected over the years. I play them sometimes, but of course I don't play every game I have every day.

I had to think about it for a moment and dive deep into my soul to find the real reason I collect what I collect.

My answers may be the same for others who collect other items. Here are a few reasons why collectors collect.

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Yard Sale Find of the Century – Box of NES Games for $1 Each

As you may or may not know, I'm a retro gamer. I love new games, too, but have a passion for older video game, especially the 8-bit Nintendo. You can image my shock and awe when I found this yard sale selling his old NES games for only $1 each!

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Play Super Mario’s ‘Star Theme’ on the Piano [VIDEO]

Two of my biggest passions are video games and playing musical instruments, whether I actually know how to play them or not. Combine them both and you have me attempting to play video game music. Instead of showing you boring videos of me trying to play music from Final Fantasy on the piano, where there are tons already available on the Internet, I'd rather show you how to play these songs so you can impress your friends.

One of the easiest songs you can play is the invincible 'star theme' from Super Mario Bros. Super repetitive and super familiar. Here's how to play it.

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As a Stock Holder in Nintendo, I Just Received a Cash Dividend for Eleven Cents

Let me start by saying I know nothing about stocks and bonds and share holdings and all of that. For my birthday this past April my family bought me stock in Nintendo. It came in this giant, framed, gaudy thing that's better compared to those checks they hand you in the Price is Right.

No matter how it's showcased, it turns out to be legit and I even got paid on it!

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Someone Made an Atari 2600 Version of Super Mario Bros That Doesn’t Look That Bad

Super Mario Bros is one of the most iconic video games of all time. It's the game that turned Mario into a house-hold name, the music is legendary and video games today still use Super Mario Bros. as their main source of inspiration. It was the game that was included in the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the mid-80s so it just missed the opportunity to be on the Atari 2600.

Leave it to Chris Spry to create his own version of Super Mario Bros on the Atari 2600 and, from the looks of it, it looks pretty decent.

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A Peek Inside Seattle Retro Gaming Expo 2013 [PHOTOS]

Over the weekend, I had a chance to go to the annual Seattle Retro Gaming Expo. It was an awesome experience as many of us who all share the same passion of retro gaming (and current gaming) all crammed into the Seattle Center for shopping, demonstrations and, of course, gaming. Here's what I saw.

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Watch an Amazingly Fast Tetris Player in Action

The Russian block-matching puzzle game Tetris took the world by storm in the late 1980s when it was released on Nintendo's NES and Gameboy platforms. And we think we've found one of the best players around.

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Watch The Roots Perform an Amazing ‘Super Mario’ Remix

Good ol' Black Thought. Not only is he an amazingly talented member of The Roots and Jimmy Fallon's house band, but he's also willing to admit on national television that he's a "game freak." And then willing to do rap to the theme from Super Mario Brothers.

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Xbox 180 – Microsoft Reverses Decision on Xbox One DRM to Play Used Games + More

In pretty big news, it turns out that Microsoft is not going to require the Xbox One to connect to the Internet ever 24 hours and will have the ability to play used games.

Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment at Microsoft, released this statement

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Eight Characters I Want in the New Super Smash Bros Game

New Challenger Approaching!

That's the sign that you're about to face a new character in Super Smash Bros.

One of the funnest parts of the Smash Bros. series is seeing what video game characters will join the party and become unlockable. They're usually from Nintendo games, but there have been others, in the past, from other companies like Sonic the Hedgehog, Solid Snake and the recent announcement of Mega Man joining the party. Although the new game's announcement did have two new characters, more are yet to be announced. Here are nine characters in the Nintendo universe I hope join in the fun in the new Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

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Nintendo Direct 2013 Shows Mario Kart 8, Super Mario World 3D, Super Smash Bros. and More [VIDEO]

In case you missed the 'Nintendo Direct' conference for E3, here it is in full.

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11 NES Games That Don’t Deserve the Nintendo Seal of Quality

If you look at most Nintendo games, from NES all the way to Wii-U, you may find this Nintendo Seal of Quality. It's something Nintendo does to prove approve all products for quality of the games and other accessories they release. There were a few NES games that must have slipped through and received this stamp of approval as they're terrible for various reasons. I'd like to challenge on their so-labeled 'quality'.

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