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About Startyde

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  1. Genuine question, and I'm being sincere, how old are you and from what country? The entire world was talking about PS2 at the beginning of the century, it is the highest selling console of all time and the first widespread DVD player. News stories of people camped out for days in order to try and get one was everywhere, and was met with massive shortages as demand was higher than anything for gaming before. I could see if you were young in 2000/2001 how all of that could have flown by, but as a HS kid I remember it like it was yesterday. EDIT: Reading your posts, it sounds like you
  2. I answered why it was the most influential, because it brought gaming popularity to a whole new level. Even huge games like Mario 64 didn't resonate with non gamers. N64 sold less than SNES, and GameCube sold less than N64. Nintendo may be a household name but that was a far cry from universally popular. PS2 made the world take notice of gaming like never before. It's why 4 out of 5 of the highest selling home consoles of all time are Sony consoles. That's just unreal. (Albeit not I clouding portable of which Nintendo has always been king.) It would also help to define what the parameters
  3. PS2 brought the entire world of gaming into the mainstream. News reports of people waiting for weeks to claim one, of shipments being restricted to certain countries for fear of them using the tech for weapons, for ushering in the age of DVD by ingeniously doubling as a media player. Just the mere announcement of PS2 emotionally knocked Sega completely out of the console war, it hadn't even released yet. You can argue the long term significance of other systems, but nothing has ever been as hype or cool as PS2 and turned the public perception of games being for introverted nerds to somet
  4. Are you saying you believe the inner Wata liner is crushing the game? This has been my concern as the few Wata games Ive opened, it shocked me how tight the game was snug in the inside liner. Would be a shame to send years finding a mint copy fo a game only to have the grading damage it. Im not suggesting this is definitively happening, but it's a genuine concern. What IS 100 percent positive, is there is massive market manipulation between Wata and HA. HA has access to the census where the public doesn't. Ive also seen sellers with ties to Wata cite census information when, again, buyer
  5. You're making a lot of assumptions, "I didn't think this, I assumed that." There is no magical database of Japanese variants, nor PAL not the infinite variation of EU countries. In many cases, you will know more about what you are collecting than anyone. If you want something specified you must specify it, it's why every grading form has such a section. And yes I also collect JP so this comes from experience.
  6. VGA is not rigged and certainly doesn't go to bat for Adam. Anyone who has known him over the last decade has heard him bitching about grades he gets back, all the time. He does have a huge, unprecedented high end collection of VGA graded games, but that's due to the sheer volume of what he sends, as this has been a second job for him for nearly two decades. Slight variation happens all the time in any grading. Beckett has graded card review process where you can pay to resubmit your card to have it get a second look. Often times it doesn't change, but sometime it can be bumped up. Does t
  7. This is a good point, for cardboard games. Saying an open box is a 10, as in its the same condition as a completely unopened copy of the same game, wouldn't make sense. It would have to be a clamshell or jewelcase I would think.
  8. Some people are just damaged. There's no other way to describe. Not to make this about me, but I still think of this one person back in the day, who was so dead to rights lying but no matter what I did to give them an out, they wouldn't take it. They wanted to trade one of my VGA games for one of theirs. The problem is, the game he claimed to have didnt exist (per VGA). He says he did have it, and that he would take pics of it. Then that night, his friend "got mad" that he would sell it and "took the game back" so he couldnt take pics. Then it spiraled into more mad
  9. Yes they do. It's covered under light cleaning. You should inquire about what you want them to specifically do before sending.
  10. This is where I make you feel bad. Three of these have been sold in the last 18 months because the seller doesnt list the titles very well. I think they've finally run out though. In general, I find promo copies to be infinitely more common than mint, retail versions of the same game, because noone cares about them but resellers. 9 out of 10 times, ever copy of Capcom Vs SNK Pro for PS1 you see will be a promo copy, you almost never see a retail version, because everyone bought the retail version and left these garbo copies behind.
  11. 1. I dont believe Wata counts bar code punch outs as damage, which I also don't believe in. People can spin the word "promo" copy all they want, they are maimed copies given to any moron who claims to be a reviewer, or reseller, or whatever, specifically designed to be strikingly unsellable. Not exactly a collector piece. 2. 9/11 Syphon was a retail game that was pulled at the zro hour, making legit copies infinitely more rare than the dolled out ones as described above.
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