This week the retro gaming community lost one of it’s own, “Kevin Cronin, co-host of the Video Game Rescue podcast, passed away on 4/14 at 2 am of a heart attack”.

Kevin was an awesome  member of the retro gaming community contributing tons of great content via the Video Game Rescue podcast, YouTube reviews and as a member of the Reddit community /r/gamecollecting.

 

There is a fund raiser running to help his family cover the burial costs at, http://www.gofundme.com/8bktnw

The Video Game Rescue store in Jacksonville Florida will be raising money via an in store game-a-thon, a Twitch broadcast of the event and via online auctions as outlined here, http://videogamerescue.com/celebrating-the-life-of-kevin-cronin/

 

 

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At some point all collectors ask themselves “how do I keep track of and manage my ever growing collection”?

Luckily for us game collectors we have quite a few options to help us manage our collection and wanted lists, the below options range from free online game trackers to paid desktop\mobile apps with online sync capabilities.

  • Game Collector: This is the one that I have used for years, while it costs money it provides the most pure collecting feature set of any of it’s competitors. Game Collector is software you install on your local computer and when combined with their mobile software and cloud syncing it presents a robust tool for tracking your collection, when I get a new game instead of typing in the name I simply use the mobile app to scan the bar code of the game and once synced to the cloud it shows up on my desktop. If there is a negative it is that they have yet to release a Mac version of the software when the rest of their software lineup already has Mac revisions.
  • Retro Collect: This is the best of the online only free  services in my opinion, with a heavy U.K influence it is more game community than simple tracker, with strong community features such as forums, guides, game reviews, a podcast, and the ability to post pictures of your collection this one is hard to beat for a classic gaming enthusiasts but sadly there is no way to scan bar codes or import pre existing data.
  • VGCollect: Created by reddit.com/r/gamecollecting’s own MadK this site focuses on a strong database of games and a clean interface, while it may not be as feature rich as Retro Collect it does have a very active forum community.
  • Darkadia: While I have not used this online tool much it does have a nice OS X like interface that displays the games in your collection on shelves similar to iBooks.
  • RF Generation: Another online game collection tool with a solid forum community and decent community blogs from it’s members.
  • The Backloggery: Tracking with a twist, instead of simply keeping tabs on your collection you can also log what games you have beaten and to what extent for those completionists out there.

 

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A small handful of games picked up at my local R.U Game? last weekend, decent prices that fall south of eBay. I will be working on the stream this weekend to hopefully greatly improve stability and will be posting more game pickups soon, have a great weekend everyone!

 

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A few changes around the site now that I am back,

  • Forums have been removed to simplify things, frankly they were not used much and I would like to keep discussion limited to the blog or the social media sites.
  • New theme, the site needed a new coat of paint badly.
  • iTunes and VLC links removed from the main page, these can still be found under the “Game Music” shortcut at the top.

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