YOIS News Archive (2018)

06/23/2018The Shoppe is open again for business. Sorry it took me so long. This is the first free weekend I've had all month. Been going places and doing things (not collecting-related).

By the way, there's a new interactive movie out on PS4 from Quantic Dream called Detroit: Become Human. Coincidentally, those are the exact words I would say to the city of Detroit. It's the best advice-giving game title I've heard since Flash Traffic. That was a fun time. (Flashing traffic; I haven't played the game itself. ;)

05/27/2018The Shoppe is temporarily closed as I'm going to be insanely busy the next few weeks. Apologies for any inconvenience.
04/01/2018All right, I've gotten the okay from the lawyers to finally post this.

If you haven't seen Ready Player One yet, it's pretty entertaining, although they did have to make a lot of changes from the book to make it palatable to a film audience. It's not fun watching someone else play Zork, especially after you bought an $8 popcorn to do it. That's probably why nobody streams text adventure games on Twitch. (Or do they? I don't know, I never watch Twitch.)

Anyway. One Zork reference they did keep in was the famous Personal Software "barbarian" cover art. And you'll never believe where they got it. That's right, their production team must have searched for it and found the Shoppe, because they personally contacted me to loan them one so that their set decorators could create a realistic prop for the film. You can see it briefly in the scene at the end where Wade Watts "meets" Halliday in his childhood room. Look at the left side of the screen in the shot when you can see the old computer, it's right next to it. My name is even in the credits under "Special Thanks"!

That's why it took so long for me to get around to listing that last one on BetterThanTheBay. I had to wait for them to send the original back.

Oh by the way, what day is today?

01/28/2018I finally got around to posting some more New BetterThanTheBay auctions. Apologies for the delay.

Part of the problem has been my camera. Anyone recommend a good point-and-shoot digital camera that doesn't cost a fortune? The one I have now is a Sony CyberShot DSC-W830, and it kind of stinks. For some reason I just can't get it to take pics that show the items in good detail. It's supposed to be 20 megapixels but the picture quality is nowhere near as good as the old 6.2mp HP PhotoSmart I was using for years until it stopped working and of course they don't make them anymore. I'm not a photographer and I don't wish to become a photographer. I just want something I can aim at an item I'm selling, press the button, and it takes a picture that isn't total crap. Suggestions are welcome.

But please don't say just use your smartphone. I don't own a smartphone and I don't wish to own a smartphone.

01/13/2018Sorry about the wait on more BetterThanTheBay auctions. I've been occupied with other things this week. I promise the Personal Software Zork is going up soon, when I have a chance.


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