Monday, May 7, 2018

Unsealed: Racing in Ridge City

It's time for another Unsealed episode, and this one begins a series of videos that will focus on the games I bought for my PlayStation 2 when I got it in January of 2001.

As usual, here are some additional thoughts to go with the video:

-- The shirt that I'm wearing is a pretty cool one. It's a promo shirt that was given out when the "slim" PlayStation 2 models were released. This is the model that I use; its form factor is great for a setup with lots of consoles, and it runs very well. I have had to replace my PlayStation 2 several times, mostly due to issues with the laser not reading certain discs, but given that PlayStation 2 games make up more than 30% of my entire retro library... having a working console is a must.

-- Boy, do I love Ridge Racer games. Each game has its own positives that keep me coming back... whether it's the nostalgia of Ridge Racer and Ridge Racer Revolution, the addictive money-earning Grand Prix mode in Rage Racer, trying to unlock all of the cars in Ridge Racer Type 4, or revisiting early PlayStation 2 power with Ridge Racer V, it's one of my favorite series. I'm glad I found one of these games still sealed to open for this episode.

-- My angry Dreamcast story is a bittersweet one. As it turned out, affording a PlayStation 2 in January 2001 wouldn't have been financially possible unless I had made such a rash decision and traded away my Dreamcast collection; however, I did regret selling it off for years until I finally replaced the Dreamcast and a handful of games back in 2016 during RetroWorld Expo. I certainly was angry when I found out that SEGA was going to be pulling the plug on Dreamcast, though, and it took me years to get over that irrational anger.

-- The black PlayStation 2 shirt was a nice find on eBay. While I'm not the biggest fan of the vacuum-sealed shirt package, it was a perfect thing to have for the Unsealed series... and it made sense to open it here, in this episode that kicks off my earliest PlayStation 2 games.

-- There are three more episodes that will follow this theme. Unfortunately, I was not able to land sealed copies of the first SSX, Tekken Tag Tournament, and Swing Away Golf. All told, when I got my PlayStation 2, I had enough trade credit (and a bit of cash) to afford a total of seven games to go with the console and a memory card.

That's it for now-- but there's more to come, so stay tuned!

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