October 22, 2016 scottcjones 6Comments

Hello, folks. I’ve unofficially/officially changed the name of the show. Brief Conversations with Interesting People has now turned into Heavily Pixelated.

Q: Will this be the last name change, Scott?

A: I honestly don’t know.

A thing like this is always sort of evolving, I guess.

Q: Why “heavily pixelated”?

A: Pixels are often used in media to obscure things (see: a streaker at a baseball game). But, in the realm of video game people? Like me? Pixels can do the opposite. Pixels can simplify and clarify things.

I also like the rhythm of the name. I like the music of it. Say it again, out loud this time. One more time. Now count the number of syllables. (Note: you’re entitled to throw a series of haymakers in my general direction the next time you see me. I probably deserve it.)

Anyway, my friend Steven did a terrific job with the editing and the music in this. I’m especially fond of the opening theme. Every step Steven takes at this point feels like a good one.

This is my favorite episode. It’s centered around a used game store/collector’s paradise/competitive gaming dojo called A & C Games. A & C is in downtown Toronto. http://www.acgamesonline.com/ It’s huge, about the size of a small cornfield. A & C used to be a convenience mart that evolved into what it is now.

As always, if you have thoughts about how I should refine future episodes, please share. I’m need feedback.

Finally, thanks for listening. Sweet of you to do that.

Enough talk. Here we go.

[Answer: 7 syllables.]


6 thoughts on “Heavily Pixelated: A & C Games (Toronto, August 2016) Ep.6

  1. Back in the mid-80’s I’d go to this kid’s place after street hockey to play his NES. His dad bought this kid everything and it seemed they had the whole library.

    He was a collector-type. Mostly hockey and baseball cards. Lots of valuable stuff. I remember he even had some particularly valuable cards encased in some bullet-proof glass… which I thought was hilarious. Picturing some guy breaking in, running right to a Wayne Gretzky rookie card, pulling out his gun and taking a shot at it. Nice try, sucker!

    Anyhow one day we were playing Bump n Jump or something like that and this kid’s dad says “hey I got more games, wanna see?”

    He then pulls out cases filled with 100’s of NES games. All still sealed. Immaculate. To our disappointment he told us these games were not for play.

    This guy was preserving it as a collector even as the system was still hot. Now… even as a know-nothing kid I knew that was the dumbest idea ever considering games always depreciate as new stuff comes out (being stuck with Colecovision and Atari while wanting NES taught me that).

    I was right about that for a long time. Now these things really are collector items and scarce. Checked it out recently and a SINGLE very-good/mint graded (unopened and preserved) NES game can easily go for $1,000+ (see eBay “graded NES”)

    If he kept that collection it would probably we worth upwards of $100,000 today.

  2. Feel a bit sad to hear you left Vancouver, maybe because its another remnant being swept away of the old Reviews and the Run I would watch daily for several years. Vic still does his thing on youtube of course but it’s not the same as the old half-hour dedicated gaming show with no movie reviews, and an ensemble cast to bounce off each-other. And of course the pre-video Vic’s Basement podcasts when it was just you and Vic shooting the shit about video games.

    All that said, great to come back to this site and find these podcasts. Been binge-listening to them today and enjoying all of them. And hope your move to Toronto works out awesome.

    Paul B

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I miss the stuff we used to make, for sure. But I’m still making stuff in my own, small way. Still getting my voice out there. Everybody is gone now (from Vancouver). But I see Steve Tilley on a semi-regular basis now.

  3. Yeah, awesome! Wherever you go I hope you keep adding you voice to the gaming scene because I always enjoy hearing your perspective. Haven’t yet listened to all the podcasts either but I’ve been enjoy the more personal, conversational side you’ve been putting into your talks with different grassroots gamers and store owners.

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