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May 11 at 3:39:03 PM
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Q: Tell us about where you're from in the world:

I am from Omaha, NE, USA born and raised.  Its a large city in the middle of the country with a ton of awesome history.  Omaha is one of the exclusionary zoned cities in the US.  No matter how I explain that, it sounds very racist, and I am not, but since I grew up in South Omaha, I was the minority being a white kid in that part of the city, which helped me experience real world problems growing up, and made me who I am today.  Omaha features the headquarters of a bunch of Fortune 500 companies, and has many wealthy residents such as Warren Buffett, and also has the bad areas of town, where there is extreme poverty.  A few years ago we were the murder capital of the US, but most people from here don't recognize facts, and they act as ambassadors of the city selling the great things about it to tourists.  The best time of year to visit Omaha is during the College World Series in June every year.

Q: How long have you been collecting?
I began collecting video games at an early age, like around 6 or 7 years old.  I have always collected something.  Im just a collector!  The first time I was a collector, we didnt have any money, but all of my birthday and Xmas gifts were always video games, and my mom always found a way to get me the new console that I really wanted, no matter what it cost, which was super cool.  I didnt have anything rare the first go around, but I had some really cool stuff.  I always had an NES, and got a Genesis early on, then a SNES when the SMB All Stars/SMW pack in, then I had a 3D0 FZ-10 with Madden and Doom, and a Saturn with a few games.  I had probably 50 NES games, 30 Genesis games, 25 SNES games, and I had a Game Gear with NHL All-Star Hockey 95 only, but my life changed on a Saturday night, September 9, 1995, when my mom brought home a PS1 from Sears with Battle Arena Toshinden, NBA Jam TE, and Ridge Racer.  My mom passed away in late 1996, but I played PS1 every chance I got until like 1999.  My family loaded me up with all the PS1 games I could handle, and from that day forward I was hooked, and bought almost every console released after on its release date, with the exception of the Gamecube, and the lesser known consoles like the Ouya.

Around mid 2000, I had very little time outside of playing sports in high school, and I had stopped playing all together outside of Madden, and I sold all of my collection over the next two years, mainly to a local game store to fund car projects.  Once I realized that the winters here are horrible, and there's not much car stuff you can do for months at a time during the winter months.  I needed something to do other than blowing all my money at the bars.  I always had the most current systems, and pretty much only played sports, and FPS games, but at the time I was working at Autozone as a commercial driver, and started spending my lunch hours at the game store that I had traded my old collection in to, and started buying boxed NES games for very cheap every day around 2008.  After getting a few duplicates, I started googling most valuable video games, and tried to find some values on them, if there was any, and realized that I had multiple Ducktales 2's, Contra Forces, Bonk's Adventures, and so on, that I was paying about $8 a piece for, so I started my company called Silverspoon Gaming, named after my favorite car that I own.  I went on to open my own shop with a friend, then backed off and continued to use the company to fund my collection so I can reach my ultimate goals of complete libraries for each system including all variants, which I know is next to impossible.  Over the years, my collection got outta control up until my first daughter was born in the summer of 2014.  After that I slowed down a ton, but I still keep my eyes open at all times, and buy many games on their release dates.

Q: Is there a specific game that you've been looking to add to your collection but just can't find it?
I could get on eBay at any time to find pretty much any game that I want with enough money, so Ill limit this answer to stuff I find in the wild in person.  It took me about 8 years to find Devil Dice on PS1 for some reason.  I found 3 Ninjas Kick Back on SNES at a pawn shop after searching for a couple of years.  My Alpha Mission Screw Variants took a while to find locally, because I had to comb thru hundreds of Alpha Mission carts to find that one variant over a few years.  I could go on and on about rare variants Im looking for, and games that got 5 star reviews in PSM that I could never find in the stores, but going forward I look mainly for NFR games in the wild, but when I see one come up on ebay at the right price, I will jump on it and call it mine.

Q: What is your most prized collectable?

My most prized item would have to by my Sega Saturn kiosk because it was in such bad shape when I bought it, and I fully restored it, and it took a few parts I had to order from Japan due to them using different types of bulbs than we can get in the US.  I am pretty proud of my Bounty Bob Strikes Back cart for the 5200 that one of my scouts found at an estate sale, with another copy, and a ton of Mac games for $40.

Q: What is your favorite PlayStation console and why?
I love the PS4!  I can stream to Twitch, play all of the new games, save as many files as I want without having to buy more memory cards, its in 4k, its always updating!  The biggest draw back is the lack of backwards compatibility, which they try to make up for by releasing games through the Playstation Store, usually for a price, but I have thousands of games that I would love to stream on Twitch straight from my PS4.

Q: What is your favorite video game franchise and why?
My favorite video game franchise would have to be the Madden NFL series, because I have played every release to death since the first one I was hooked on which was Madden 2001 on PS1, where they really moved Franchise mode forward, and made the replayablity insanely high for me.

Q: What is your favorite video game memory?
I don’t really have a favorite video game memory, but I think about, and talk to friends and family with about the times we used to play from when my cousin and I played through SMW and F-Zero when they were new, to my friend and I playing NFL 94 and College Footballs National Championship on Genesis through the night, to the 3 day binge on Gran Turismo when it was released to almost hit two billion credits, or the days when I would come home with the new NCAA football release and play through the first couple of seasons of my dynasty without shutting the system off.  The NCAA binges were by myself, but my best memories would have to be of the old local multiplayer moments, even if trading off on a single player game, with my friends and family.

Q: What are you currently playing, and what are your thoughts on the game(s)?
Right now there isn’t anything exciting happening in my gaming life.  I am playing my RTTS on MLB The Show 2018 which is more mind numbing than anything, and I sometimes burn some time playing Gems of War on PS4, but I have been too busy to put a solid amount of time into anything lately with preparing for another baby, and everything else everyday life throws at me.  I intend on playing through the Maniac Mansion series and the Contra series completely soon, but I don’t know when I will start.

Q: What is the next game you are looking forward to?
I am looking forward to the release of the remastered Spyro trilogy for PS4 because I think it’s a game that my wife will be hooked on as she was with the PS1 releases, and she can platinum the game for me.  Other than that, Madden 19 is a few months away, and I am a little intrigued by the new God of War because of all of the acclaim it has gotten.  A lot of the time I just pick a game from my collection that I have either never heard of, or have been putting off playing for years and pop it in.

Q: Do you have any odd games or hidden gems you would encourage people to try?
Fortune Street is my favorite Wii release, and it’s a blast to play.
Dokopon Kingdom for PS2 and Wii is a fun RPG.
Back to the Future: The Game if you can stand a Telltale game expands on the BTTF universe.
Baseball Stars on NES is by far and away the best baseball title on the NES.
Batman Arkham Asylum is the best game I've played released in the current millennium.
Coach K College Basketball is still fun to play on the old NBA Live engine on the Genesis.
College Slam on PS1 allows you to edit your teams to be the real college players in a college version of NBA Jam.
Double Dragon II on NES is a solid beat em up and is one of my favs on the system.
Caesars Palace on Genesis is a fun game if youre too young to go to a casino in real life.  The game floor is exactly as it was in real life at the time.
NHL Open Ice for PS1 and arcade was an amazing take on Hockey.
Heavy Shreddin is an awesome snowboarding game for NES, and it was also one of my first games I owned as a kid.
Ikari Warriors III on NES was an awesome game with great graphics for the time.
InFamous: Second Son was an amazing game on PS4 with a great story.
Killer Instinct on SNES, KI2 on arcade, and KI Gold are my all time favorite fighting games.  Very gory, great characters, fluid gameplay, and the best combos of any fighting game.
NBA Live 96 on SNES used a great game engine, and you could add the latest draft class that year, and its still fun to go back and play from time to time.
NBA 2K11 on PS3 and X360 is the best basketball game I have ever played due to how good the game engine was at the time, and the Jordan Challenges are fun and challenging.
NBA Showtime on NBC available on many systems is the best NBA Jam rip off game even tho its made by the same company that made the original.
NBA Give n Go is a very interesting concept for the time, and is fun to play once or twice a year.
Shining Force on Genesis was my first RPG and will always hold a place close to my heart.
Sleeping Dogs was a very aggressive and violent take on the GTA style open world game where you can play the roll of a good guy, a bad guy, or a little of both in any situation.  I would play it over any GTA game ever made.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is a fun RPG and a must play for anyone that has followed South Park at any given time cuz you will laugh thru the whole game.
Sports Talk Baseball on the Genesis is still a blast to go out and play.  Great gameplay engine, real teams and players, and full 162 game seasons.
Super Dodge Ball on NES is an all-time classic that not everyone has played.  Just learn how to do the power shots and single player or two player, youll have a blast.
Tecmo NBA Basketball is best played on Genesis or SNES, and the gameplay is pretty bad, but a Tecmo version of basketball with the standings and stats through the season, its worth it to play thru one season.
Virtua Tennis on Dreamcast is the best tennis game ever made.  Its very competitive, and tournament play adds good replay value.
Jet Moto is an insane racing game and its still a blast to play on PS1.
Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey on N64 is an interesting take on hockey and is still fun to play here n there.
Xexyz, or however you say it, is a fun platformer for the NES with lots of exploring and a strange story.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is my favorite Zelda title, but I never did play Link to the Past, which I need to when I have the time.
In The Hunt for PS1 and Saturn is my brothers favorite game for good reason.  It’s a little short, but an amazing shoot em up.
Battlehunter is a super cheap RPG on the PS1 that is kinda fun.
Devil Dice is a puzzle game that is a true gem with amazing graphics for the PS1.
Die Hard Trilogy on PS1 had 3 Die Hard games on it!  I never beat the 3rd one, but they were all pretty good.
Eggs of Steel is an interesting platformer on PS1 that many have never heard of.
Reel Fishing for PS1 is the best fishing experience I have ever had on a video game.
Spider on PS1 is a game with an interesting concept.  Its worth trying.
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo is amazing no matter where you play it.
Lastly, Tetris Plus for PS1 has the best twist to the original game of Tetris that I have ever played.  I am so glad that my wife had this game when we met.  I wanted to impress her so I took it home with me the first night and beat it to show her how good I was at Tetris.

Q: If you could bring over one franchise to PlayStation from another company, what would it be and why?
I'd love to see a Conker game for Playstation.  I believe that the Nintendo character games should stay with Nintendo, but what about the Sega games?  I would love to see Sega release another console, but it probably wont happen, so why  cant they make Alex Kidd games, or Beyond Oasis, Clockwork Knight, Gunstar Heroes, or Streets of Rage?  What if Microsoft brought over Jade Empire, Ninety-Nine Nights, Alan Wake, or Fable?  On the other hand, Shenmue on PS4 is gonna be huge!

Q: What are your 10 all-time favorite games?

For me #1 and #2 have been the same for many years, but after that it gets a lil foggy.  Off of the top of my head #3 thru #10 are games that I really enjoy in no particular order, but they are games that I still play regularly and have made an impact on my life.

1. Tecmo Super Bowl
2. Metal Gear Solid
3. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
4. NBA Jam (Arcade)
5. Chip n Dales Rescue Rangers
6. Super Mario Bros 3
7. Donkey Kong Country
8. Fortune Street
9. Batman Arkham Asylum
10. Tony Hawks Pro Skater

Q: Do you have any youtube or image sites you would like to share with the community?
I have shut down my website which was silverspoongaming.com, but you can still find it on the waybackmachine, but you can always see my gaming and movie finds on Twitter @silverspoong, and I do have 4 Youtube channels, one of which is gaming related, but Im afraid to put too much effort into it because Youtube has deleted my channels so many times for no reason at all, but I do have a few projects in the works for most of my hobbies/lifestyles, and here is the list…
Silverspoongaming2017
Urbex Justin
SSGMotorsports402
SSGSports402

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Edited: 05/11/2018 at 04:03 PM by Vivi-gamer

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Thanks for taking the time for the Q&A Silver, I enjoyed reading through  

Some very interesting gaming recommendations, I really need to give Sleeping Dogs & InFamous Second Son another try. As someone who has struggled in embracing Zelda a long time (Wind Waker being my current favourite) what makes Zelda II your favourite? I thought it was the black sheep of the series

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May 11 at 5:31:33 PM
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Looks great Vivi! Thanks for choosing to do a profile on me.

May 11 at 8:47:33 PM
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This was dope. Tetris plus is so fun to play against a friend. Pretty much all the multiplayer games mentioned here are great. Fortune street, jet Moto, super puzzle fighter are all great games. I missed mlb the show on release date so I'm sure I can find a good deal by now. Do you have an S2000? Lol asking because of the Honda emblem and the name of your profile

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May 11 at 8:56:08 PM
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EDIT - Gonna leave here my info aswell, I've got a 'Getting to Know Our Members' feature page too:
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Edited: 05/12/2018 at 02:38 AM by PlayStationAge Moderator

May 12 at 12:09:38 AM
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Originally posted by: waflznsyrup

Do you have an S2000?

My track/show/stereo car is an 04 Civic RS with a handful of Spoon Sports parts, and locally ppl called it the Silverspoon, and thats how I got my nickname.
 

May 12 at 2:09:50 AM
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Sweet sounds cool. Did you ever play espn NFL 2k5?
Any thoughts on that football game?

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May 12 at 11:50:41 PM
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Originally posted by: waflznsyrup

Sweet sounds cool. Did you ever play espn NFL 2k5?
Any thoughts on that football game?
Never played it but I have owned it for a long time.  I know they still update rosters for it because of its cult following.  Check out this link:

https://forums.operationsports.co...

 

May 14 at 3:11:04 AM
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Originally posted by: Silverspoon

Originally posted by: waflznsyrup

Sweet sounds cool. Did you ever play espn NFL 2k5?
Any thoughts on that football game?
Never played it but I have owned it for a long time.  I know they still update rosters for it because of its cult following.  Check out this link:

https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/espn-nfl-2k5-footb...

 





Shoot I didn't even know it had a cult following lol. That was the best football game I can remember playing. That's pretty nuts that they're still updating twisters for that

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