Over at Game Gavel the owner of the largest video game collection in the world recently put that collection for sale. It is quite an impressive collection featuring over 11,000 different video games. I knew it was going to sell for more than the couple hundred thousand that I originally thought of, but I didn’t think it was going to make it up to $750k. Of course it contains many games from the systems you would expect including: Atari, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and Dreamcast. But it also contains many games from systems that you might not expect to see like: Tomy Tutor, V Flash, and Leap Frog Leapster.
How was this guy able to get his hands on all these games you might ask? Well it’s pretty easy when you manage a chain of retail gaming stores. Even with that being able to get this many games and resist tearing into them to have week long gaming marathons is pretty impressive. It might sound like a collection that he will never be able to come close to acquiring again, but it’s not the first time he has sold his massive collections. Hopefully by selling this collection he will be able to give the help his family needs. Maybe with all the new found space, he can turn his home into the best house ever.
Thanks to the wonderful viewers at my stream for telling me about this story. Apparently the other day a couple people broke into a persons house to steal some guns and other stuff. Something that happens so often, it’s easy to forgive you if you don’t really care. This time it was different though. You see this time they ended up breaking into someones house, while they were in the middle of streaming their Dota 2 game. Watching the video you can see someone walk past the webcam a few times with a gun in his hand. Eventually the lights get turned off, and at the end it looks like they steal the webcam itself.
Why’d they do it:
I’m sure there are plenty of theories on why they broke into this house, but I’m going to give you my theory on why they decided to pick that house and at that time. Since from what I’ve heard the streamer was a relatively popular place to hang out, the people the broke in were problably viewers who were frustrated that she wasn’t playing the game they wanted to see, PayDay 2. Instead of going to a different stream that probably had maybe two viewers, they thought it would be better to just reenact the game themselves. So they grab some guns, use their hacking skills they picked up playing Watch Dogs to find out where she lived, and play PayDay 2 with her being one of the hostages.
One of them must not have played the game very much though, since he hung around the place too long until the police showed up and caught him. It you look closely at the video below, you can also see that they forgot to grab their masks. Lets how he spent some time playing Prison Break so he will know what to do when he is convicted.
All jokes aside, it’s good to know that nobody was hurt and I hope that they are able to get their stuff back soon.
Probably the last thing that comes to my mind when I think of new ways to create car parts would be to take the skins from tomatoes. That’s what Ford is going to start experimenting with in a new partnership with Heinz. I don’t know about anyone else but when I first heard about this idea, all I could think about was how amazing it would be to have the interior of your car made out of tomatoes so that if you ever got hungry you could just lean over and take a bite out of your dashboard. Then I started thinking about how long I’ve had my current car and how it probably wouldn’t taste very good after sitting around for about 14 years.
According to Ford, they are only going to use the skins of the tomato to create small things in the car like coin holders or wire brackets. Not quite the giant tomato car that I was hoping for but I’ll take what I can get. Heinz now also gets a new way to use the skins from the two million tonnes of tomatoes it uses every year. I know what you’re thinking, “But Mumbo, what about the smell?” and Ford has that covered as well. They have their crack team of smell police to make sure that any tomato parts don’t stink up the place.
Can I get a little automobile with my food:
Apparently this isn’t the first time the Ford has used food to create parts of their cars. For a little while now they have been experimenting with using rice hulls and coconuts in some of their trucks. Some of the resins found in leaves from plants have also been used as a replacement for the patrollium based resins that are found throughout cars.
Thankfully they are passing the savings onto us by giving out thousands of dollars with every car they sell. It will be difficult to use the money of course, since it is shredded. But at least if you drive a Ford, you can tell all your friends about the giant pile of cash you have been sitting on.
Growing up, the one thing I wish I always had in my house was a personal arcade. Sure we had our Nintendo or Sega Genesis but that just couldn’t compare to the fun of going into an arcade and playing all the cool games you could only find in arcades. Even today when I go down to the beach, one of the things I enjoy the most is going to the boardwalk and spending some time in the giant arcades that are still there. That’s why it brought a huge smile to my face reading this story about a man who turned his one bedroom apartment in New York into his own personal arcade.
Sure he might have lost his fiancé in the process and it cost him a little over $26,000 to build, but you just have to admire a guy following his dreams. And when he does find that perfect gamer girl that we all dream of, he already has the perfect place to bring her back to. I guess he really has his old fiancé to thank for this, since I can only imagine it all started when she wouldn’t let him build his man cave.
What he got:
One custom built 4 player cabinet with thousands of MAME roms loaded
Arcade machines for Ms. Pac-Man, Tron, Street Fighter, Punch-Out, and Fix-it Felix Jr
Futon with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sheets
Street Fighter 2 action figures
This story made me remember that you should always follow your passions. Now I just need to find the money to turn a few rooms of my place into a giant sloth cage and get my sloth buddy.
Today is national doughnut day, also known to many as the day where you can walk into your nearest Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme and grab yourself a free pastry. There is so much more to it then that though, which makes this holiday one of the coolest holidays of the year. Although it might sound like a holiday created by some marketing department trying to advertise a new doughnut; it was actually created by the Salvation Army as a way to raise funds?
It all started back during World War I. I would imagine spending all day in the trenches fighting for your life would be pretty demoralizing. That’s why during the war the Salvation Army sent people to the front lines to meet with the soldiers and bring little goodies to take their mind off the horrors that were going on around them. One of the things that they would do is bake some doughnuts for the soldiers out of one of their helmets. Soon these sweet people were affectionately referred to as “donut lassies”.
Fast forward about 20 years to 1938, the Salvation Army needed a new way to raise money for all the extremely nice things they do. As a tribute the doughnut lassies, they decided to create a doughnut day, where they would give out doughnuts to people and in return many people would donate some money. It was such a hit that it became an annual occasion to help raise money.
Unlike some holidays that have completely lost their roots, national doughnut day is still just as important to the Salvation Army as it was back in 1938. They still do their fundraisers through doughnut drives and still provide a vital service to many people in need. In addition commercial companies like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts have taken hold of the holiday as a way to give back by giving out a free doughnut to whoever is brave enough to sit through the lines.
So next time you’re stuffing your face with your Gay Bar or Maple Blazer Blunt, think about the Salvation Army, and how awesome they were for creating this wonderful holiday.
Note: I thought about not writing this as the first post on the site and instead writing about one of the many interesting game related things that I read about today. But with today being not only D-Day but also Doughnut Day, and reading the history behind it, I just couldn’t pass up the chance. It’s just so interesting!