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Monday, January 4, 2016

I Guess I Better Start Being a Final Fantasy Fan Now Then?

I only went into one op-shop today - it just happened to be next to an errand I had to run so I thought I mind as well pop in. I'm very, very, very, very glad I did.
I walked in and headed to where the games are usually held. This is one of those six or seven-foot tall shelves that you'd probably buy from Ikea. That fact is pretty unimportant, but the shelf has more than just games. My attention was initially drawn to the bottom shelf because of a calculator. I'll talk about this calculator in due course but there were a few other cool things to look at; one of which was a small selection of 8-track tapes. These were the recordable type so weren't actually for any particular musician, but I found those fascinating since I've never actually seen one in the flesh. Next to those were some huge Sony branded storage tape things. I'm still not sure what they are, which is actually intriguing me enough to go back and have another look. In fact, I was pretty tempted to buy them all for the heck of it anyway. I still might actually, but I'm getting a bit off track here. This post in not about obsolete storage mediums, but stay tuned - that's a post that might still eventuate.

I move my head in an upwards direction and take a peek at some PS2 games on a higher shelf. I end up buying a few even though I've basically imposed an embargo on myself - but again I'll talk about that below.
They were sitting right there, in front of everything else including the very PS2 games I was looking at. At first, I simply didn't notice them. I've never been into turn-based combat games, especially Final Fantasy because of their usual prohibitive cost. I do own Final Fantasy XII, but I bought that in a package deal of sorts and have never played it. But then, as I was standing there in that op-shop, it was like Don Corleone himself starting motioning to me beyond the grave. He mumbled a whole lot of stuff I didn't quite get - something about the Sega Saturn - and then suddenly startled me with this revelation:

"What man does not play Final Fantasy Games? Hm? Does he not spend time with his family? Does he not eat well? No? I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. Okay? I want you to leave it all to me. Go on, go back to the party."

Suddenly, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX appeared in front of me - stacked in a neat little pile. Every single one was complete with all discs pristine and including manuals. Every single one was $3.
All three go from between $40-50 on eBay, so it was absolutely an offer I could not refuse. Not wanting to anger the family, I purchased them and took them home. I guess I better play them sooner or later - surely the Don can hold a mean grudge from even beyond the grave.

And now for the other stuff!
First off, a calculator! Excitement overload after all above, am I right? There is a specific reason I bought it, though. I may have mentioned a few times here that I'm currently studying surveying, and the HP 39gs Graphing Calculator is very similar to the HP 50g I use for my studies.

The 39gs on the left, with my 50g on the right
So then, what's the difference besides from the colour? For one, the 50g cost near $200 brand new when I bought it early last year. Today the 39gs cost $10. Woah.
I'm actually struggling to find many definitive differences, actually. Both were originally released in 2006 (although the 50g was only discontinued last year while the 39gs was preceded god knows when) and both have the same processor. On the other hand, the 50g includes an SD card slot and 2MB of built-in memory while the 39gs does not. There could be other differences too, but ultimately I'll try and program the 39gs to be the same as my 50g and see if there are any limitations. I can't complain when it cost only $10 though, regardless.

Lastly, let's talk about those PS2 games.

I have a problem with my PS2 collection. Just watch my latest games room tour video to see why. I simply have too many, and I'm afraid I'll never play them all. I guess I'm hoping that I'll be patting myself on the back in years to come when PS2 are the retro games to play, and I'll have many to play and review and not have to pay an exorbitant price for. Eh well. Time will tell.
Either way, I now own SSX and Dead or Alive 2 on PS2; two games that are considered classics.
They're both in original black non-platinum cases too, and they were only $3 each as well. I don't minding losing my will to not buy temporarily for these games, but now I literally don't have any more space for PS2 games. The shelf is already bursting at its seams.

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