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Worst retrogaming regret

Postby madrobby » 2018-8-10 @ 16:47

Mine was when I got rid of my collection of big box DOS games in about 1998 when I moved out of my parents place. And by get rid I mean throw in the trash.

I’m sort of slowly trying to acquire copies again, but some like Elder Scrolls: Arena or DOOM2 are quite $$$ now. :dead:

What’s your worst retrogaming regret?
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby the-beast » 2018-8-10 @ 18:42

Losing my 5x86 setup. Had a decient sound and video card in it too.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby PcBytes » 2018-8-11 @ 07:47

Letting my dad give away my childhood's Pentium II 350MHz machine. If I could turn time back, I'd definitely save it and stash it away somewhere he'd be unable to find it, then come back in the present and find it there to make up a nice retro machine out of it.

God, I hate him a lot for that. Doesn't help it's likely going to rot in that dude's place as the owner of that machine (the one after me) is now dead.

Even more as I couldn't find the case available for sale anywhere anymore. (it's a KME/K-Mex CX-6459)

I hope I can find the case one day. Found out it's easier to find the electric parts (Pentium II, i440BX mobo, RAM, GPU and such) than the case.

This is the only photo I've been able to find on the internet of the said ATX case.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby sf78 » 2018-8-11 @ 09:07

My mom tried to sell my big box collection at a flea market for pennies, but luckily it was early '00's when nobody cared for them and I only ended up loosing Space Quest IV EGA version. :lol: I'd be mighty pissed if it happened now. I do regret selling Thief II and Toonstruck around 8 years ago as I found them for just a few euros and didn't make more than 10e a piece when I sold them thinking I don't have room for more PC games. Now I'm getting rid of all the useless console stuff to make more room for PC... :dead:
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby 133MHz » 2018-8-11 @ 09:54

  • Not picking up some stuff I didn't know I'd never see again (way back when this stuff was considered junk and worth almost nothing) because whoever was selling it wanted way too much and wouldn't budge. Back when thrifting netted you so much awesome hauls for so little money I tended to ignore those outliers who wanted more than the usual going rate at the time even if they had something I really desired - my philosophy was something like "never ever overpay, if a seller won't negotiate just walk away, surely I'll find it for dirt cheap later", well some of those things I never saw again in the wild (and others I never saw again ever) and with how crazy things have gotten those 'outrageous' prices of yesteryear would be considered pretty good deals today :-/. I do regret not recognizing some of these 'once in a lifetime' moments, if I had known I would've gladly paid asking price for these.
  • Not picking up duplicates when I had the opportunity to get them cheap to use them now as trade fodder because "why would I want more than one of each? I'm not a mindless hoarder". When I realized it it was already too late and I did start to look like a mindless hoarder :lol:.
  • Not getting earlier into buying on eBay what I was missing in my collection but wasn't finding in the wild. I saw friends do it but I didn't have easy access to PayPal so I kept the thrifting attitude, and when I did get the means I kept putting it off for later, thinking that prices would rise but not so much that it couldn't wait a bit. Boy was I wrong!
I guess in my case it boils down to the fact that I wasn't thinking like a hardcore collector or in the speculative mindset of buying cheap to flip for profits later - I was just having a blast thrifting and picking up stuff that I like to tinker around with. When the things you desire are niche but plentiful, cheap and considered junk by the mainstream you take a relaxed attitude where patience is everything and you don't see the big changes coming (or you downplay them in your mind), but then you become emotionally invested, everything goes apeshit and then Captain Hindsight starts haunting you.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby Errius » 2018-8-11 @ 11:35

Having to buy back for $$$ stuff I threw out years ago is a continual irritation.

Eta: Also: throwing out faulty things that I now know how to repair. I used to have a sweet RDRAM P4 board that got tossed because of a single bad capacitor...
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby Gered » 2018-8-11 @ 14:18

Errius wrote:Having to buy back for $$$ stuff I threw out years ago is a continual irritation.


This. Also having to buy back stuff that other people in my family threw out for me years ago thinking that I didn't want it anymore. *grumble grumble*.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-8-11 @ 18:59

Giving away multiple AWE32 cards.
Giving away my old CPU collection... Even had a 5x86-133 upgrade module, an Intel Overdrive.. probably 83Mhz, and a bunch of other stuff I will probably never find again. IT was all stuff I had gotten for free and just kept.
Giving away a bunch of other old computer stuff including a Voodoo 3 3500.
Giving away some Pentium 1 SBC cards.
Throwing out an ARPA PC Stereo board... have one now, but 20+ years ago I couldn't find any information or drivers for the thing so after having it for a few years I finally got rid of it.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby badmojo » 2018-8-11 @ 21:39

I go through cycles of collect and purge so I’m still generating new regrets as we speak :)
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby Malik » 2018-8-13 @ 08:30

When I first upgraded from my XT, I was looking for the 286. But at that time my dad and the computer seller suggested me to wait a bit longer since the 386 was just released and I could get it in a few weeks. But as an impatient boy that I was that time, especially when it came to computers, couldn't wait and was adamant to get the 286 right then and there.

And hence I got the 286 and missed the 386 system. That's the only regret I have when it comes to a classic system.

I'm not sure if this adheres to this thread title, but I guess, I was using my systems mainly for gaming. (Though, at that time, it WAS gaming and not "retro"gaming.)

It was a 20MHz 286 system, but I enjoyed many, many classic games with it later on, anyway.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby Weebob » 2018-8-13 @ 14:56

Binning various hardware like...

3dfx / STB Velocity 100
Savage 2000
XGI Volari v3 and v5
Matrox G400Max
Abit VP6
Celery 300A

The list is endless

Also binning all my big box games when moving house, then taking ISO and binning the media when moving again...
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby shamino » 2018-8-13 @ 16:37

I threw away a Sega-CD front loader because of what was probably just a blown fuse (didn't know that at the time). I replaced it with a used top loader which has been totally reliable, but the front loader was way more cool.

I purged some game boxes to make space, but not all of them. Instead of throwing them out, maybe I could have flattened them. At least I kept the Ultima boxes.

I'm on pins and needles about some Sound Blaster cards that would now be very expensive to replace. I especially wish I'd bought a duplicate of the OPL2 SBPro, which was my first Sound Blaster card. I'm fond of how it sounds in DOS games, because that's what I had back then. I wish I'd bought duplicates of it back when that stuff was cheap.
There was a time that I remember these cards were so cheap people considered them as donors for OPL2 chips.

Future regret? I have 3 CRT TVs for use with game consoles, one of which I especially like, the other 2 are okay. Depending how they hold up, I *might* start to regret not buying 1 or 2 more that I passed on. But they're bulky, so hoarding them is difficult. Yet it can be argued they are the most deserving case to hoard. The tubes wear with age, they will start dying, and nobody outside of niche interest wants to store them so healthy examples will thin out quickly.

But then there's some non-regrets. I've kept records of old eBay purchases, and there are some jaw droppers in there. Prices have changed a lot over the years. And while I cringe at what I sold some things for, I can't keep everything.
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Re: Worst retrogaming regret

Postby dionb » 2018-8-15 @ 20:21

My big retro regrets are how much I sold/gave/threw away when moving house from a place with cellar and shed to a small apartment. Most of it wasn't gaming-related (I mean, how many games were there even for a NextStation? Or an Origin 2000), but just in the subset of stuff you could use for gaming there were enough gems...

- pretty much every mass-market Voodoo from the original to the V5-5500. PCI.
- pretty much every PCI VGA chipset out there, from aforementioned VSA-100 to S3 805P, with everything from Imagine128 and Artist Graphics to nV1 (both 2k and 3k) in between.
- my trusty old GUS Max

Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk. Back then I was never into 486, now all the more so. Just a lot harder (and more expensive) to get hold of.
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