VMS - my playable collection My playable collection - simply meaning that I don't collect sealed games. The main intent is collecting to play and preserve what I enjoy. I'll start with the "hardware shelf" and update the software later: I'm currently renting this loft with my girlfriend. She's very supportive of my hobby, but space is at a minimum. I built these makeshift shelves from wood scraps, taking advantage of the built-in "nook" that extends to the ceiling. The bottom shelf starts at chest height. I was able to get rid of a large wire shelf that previously held all this stuff. Not much to say about the above pic, other than each shelf has lots of goodies hidden many layers deep, all crammed in there Tetris-style. 3rd shelf up hides a couple DC Twinsticks. Also on the 3rd shelf, far left, is my favorite item, the HSS-0130 Astro City arcade panel wired for Saturn (Virtua Stick Pro). I'd get rid of everything before that. I'd be homeless, carting it around in the street. Digging deeper on the bottom shelf: All 4 Millennium Pads, vanilla pad & an Aussie pad. USA DC VMUs & Mouse. To give a snapshot of my collecting, pretty much everything on these shelves was bought new on first release; both USA & JP. The exceptions are Atari & SMS which I used to own, then re-bought more recently. I've had large collections in my childhood which I abandoned, and am now in the process of acquiring or re-acquiring everything I'd like to keep permanently. It's nice when your tastes are finally set in stone, and you have a clear vision of what you need. Some of the SLS Saturn pads (USB & PS2). I'll never tire of seeing "SEGA PlayStation". USA Saturn NetLink stuff. "Toys R Us" was selling the FREE NetLink Game Packs for 1 PENNY (only if you asked for one) in late summer 1997. They were overstocked and nobody was buying the NetLink. It includes online versions of Sega Rally & Virtual On, plus the PlanetWeb browser. I had a much larger pile of these at one point. Also shown is the JVC/Victor Saturn VCD/MPEG1 card. It's got some pretty amazing features during movie playback. Not that I ever use it... Closer look at the NetLink stuff: 2 NetLink modems, 1 still "sealed", front & back. Never opened the useless mouse. No games supported it, just the browser. Control Pad worked fine for moving the cursor, or you could use a 2nd Keyboard Adapter with a PC mouse. Game Packs front & back. My friend "nirv" was participating in that irc chat on the back of the box when they took the screenshot. I met him through NetLink and still know him today. SEGA brings people together! Also through NetLink I reconnected with a fellow local SEGA fan I had met 12 years earlier in the Master System days, who I never thought I'd see again. He's still a good friend. Pretty amazing... Cards. About 11 years ago, the USA card somehow got filled with static electricity (?), and not only erased itself but somehow shorted out (?) one of my old USA Saturns, actually bricking the console. I couldn't believe it. I need to carefully test it out again sometime... I should also get rid of all those 6-Player taps in the background. Pads. The strange black packaging is Sega of Australia (OziSoft) stuff. Sega of Australia (OziSoft) was doing some strange things. I have no idea why they released this Saturn Pad based on the Mega Drive 6-Button pad (front & back shown). Sony. The PS1 Memory Card is still sealed. I'll keep it that way because I think it's funny. The neGcon is brilliant & underrated. Perfect for wipEout 1, 2, 3, and GT1-4 as a portable steering wheel. JogCon was interesting but useless, in my opinion. SMS is my favorite console of all time. Not the best, just the most nostalgic. The Rapid Fires are still sealed, and the 3D Glasses are working & unbroken. I use the XMD-2 with SMS, because it has the same A/V pinouts as MD1. I'm a major fan of Micomsoft products. Consoles uncovered. JP "COOL" Skeleton Saturn is switch modded for JP/USA regions and is my main Saturn workhorse. Remember, I use my stuff ;-) Nothing to see on shelf 3, so here's the top shelf near the ceiling, another layer deep, behind Steel Batallion: It's surprising how much those "GetBass" controllers/sets are selling for, now. "GetBass", incidentally, is the best title of a game ever conceived :nod: Another layer deep, more piles. The Mission Sticks are compatible with and perfect for the Sega Ages arcade conversions. Saturn Mission Sticks can be disassembled and combined to form one massive analog twin-stick, and exactly one game supports that configuration: Panzer Dragoon Zwei. It becomes a completely different, much more difficult game with that setup; the targeting crosshairs and dragon move in analog, and independently of each other. h: You have more freedom but it's another layer of mastery you must perfect. I've tried it twice - it's being saved for a rainy day along with Steel Batallion which I played for 20 seconds and died, but was amazing. As the photos have shown, this collection serves as my own mini game shop. When I need something, just pull it off the shelf. That's the idea. I'll update with my software shelves soon. For now, the only teaser: A little slice of heaven.