It’s been another month since the media collection in May was featured, so here’s an update of what was bought and put on the shelves or added to the play/watch list in June 2017.
It’s not always out of love for collecting that one buys things. Sometimes it’s necessary to actually have the equipment to play or work. Suddenly my PC screen gave up on me after over 10 years. After going through all kinds of reviews, I found the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411 to be the best compromise between money and performance. Having an e-Sports 24” screen with 144 Hertz and widescreen was a step up from my old 75 Hertz 19” screen, and playing with 1920×1024 instead of 1024×768 pixels was quite an eye-opener.
Being up to date with all the newest games or keeping up with all things retro isn’t always easy when your subscription mags arrive one month later, but what else can you do than writing to Imagine Subs and complaining that it takes around 3 weeks or so for the latest Retrogamer and Games TM issue to arrive after apparently being shipped around the world.
Good thing that the LEGO Star Wars magazine in Germany is always on time, even if I’m so far behind actually building the things.
Speaking of Star Wars, my wonderful girlfriend was kind enough to get me this great retro T-shirt plus a Death Star keychain. How cool is that?
Despite so many games going online, there’s nothing like owning them in a nice retail box, and it was great to finally obtain Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed for a reasonable price, while Lost Horizons (including Lost Horizon 1 and 2 plus Preston Sterling), The Raven, and Gone Home were titles I’ve always wanted to have, but not for what they’d sell on release. As there’s always a 3 for 2 offer in Germany, these already discounted games were ridiculously cheap.
The reason why I still prefer physical copies of games can be seen with the collector’s edition for Gone Home that has an audio cassette sticker, a real designer’s notebook as well as a cool comic book poster and the DRM-free plus Steam version in addition to the soundtrack.
As a funny anecdote to the alternative cover of the game: I bought this great collector’s edition in Düren, Germany, in the Saturn discount market, and Headup Games the company that distributed this version is also located in Düren.
Ordering online before the 3 for 2 offer expired, I bought three other games that were always on my radar, but were too expensive. But with the Nintendo Selects becoming the standard way of getting great titles cheaper, this wasn’t a problem anymore, and THQ Nordic releases like Quantum Break usually drop in price pretty fast as well.
I already wrote about the release of Quantum Break: Timeless Collector’s Edition and I was still impressed how much content this box had and how heavy it was. 5 game discs, a making-of BD and book, a soundtrack CD, and two A3 double-sided posters with a wonderful package made this worth even more than I paid for it.
After so much gaming, it’s always good to watch a few movies for distraction, especially when they come so cheap with Amazon Italy orders. 4-5 Euros each for the 3D version, seriously?
It seems almost expensive when buying 3D BDs for 10 Euros in Germany, but then again, Disney and other companies don’t always feature in the bargain hunt of Italy. Oh, and there’s Rick & Morty, Season 2, one of the greatest animated shows around.
Media books are always more expensive, but if they’re as nicely done as this Capelight one, then it’s okay to pay a tenner, especially if the movie is great, too.
It’s amazing to think that I own quite a few of the media books promoted on the leaflet, but if they go out of print and I can get them for a reasonable price, that’s okay. They simply look lovely with some goodies and interesting artwork.
Even a bonus movie is included, and I still remember the music by Joe Hisaishi from Kids Return to be quite beautiful.
Finally, on the last day of the month, I had something of a boardgames shopping binge. Now as always, where to take the time to play/watch all this…?
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