New Gamestop Trade In Policy on Retro Game Collecting

New Gamestop Trade In Policy on Retro Game Collecting

Breaking news! The ailing brick-and-mortar video game chain Gamestop has just announced that they will join in the world of retro game collecting. They've finally changed their stance after seeing the many missed opportunities to cash in on retro games and the collectors who love them. To rebuild their stock of retro gems from yesteryear, the chain is changing their Gamestop trade in policy to include older titles once more. For the time being, this new policy is regional and will be experimented with in certain stores (such as the Gamestop New York City locations). Read more...

Is Technology Creating a Lack of Critical Thinkers? Games that Stimulate the Brain

Scientists, doctors and educators have been saying for years that technology is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it reduces the amount of time spent on laborious tasks and computations but on the other hand technology has proven to interfere with the development of critical thinking. Before taking this premise as a foregone conclusion, it is necessary to understand why they believe this, and if it can be substantiated, how can the situation be rectified? Here are some thoughts on the matter.

What Is Critical Thinking?

First, it is necessary to understand just what critical thinking is in order to see why it is so important. A brief definition would be that critical thinking is that which seeks to assess and analyse a given set of data in order to make a judgement and restructure that data for relevant use. Say that again? In other words, a critical thinker is someone who can form logical conclusions on how to use the information provided.

So What’s the Big Problem?

This is something society is sorely lacking. Our students can use any computer out there but when asked “Why?” they just don’t know! They’ve learned to use programs that take them from A to Z without ever knowing why those other 24 steps were taken and how those steps impact the results. Without understanding how that program got from A to Z, they will never be able to function outside technology.

A good example would be to take GPS away from today’s travellers. Would they be able to navigate complex routes by using just a paper map? Many aren’t able to do that and the sheer number of people asking for directions en route are the proof in the pudding. Why would I want to go east when I am heading west? Perhaps they don’t see the logic of avoiding a mountain range in the dead of winter. It takes critical thinking to assess the situation, analyse alternatives and find ways to put it all together to get where they are going safely.

Games that Encourage Critical Thinking

Whether you are an educator or a parent seeking to foster critical thinking, there are a number of wonderful games on the market that can stimulate that area of the brain where critical thinking transpires. Puzzles are always good for this reason as it is necessary to assess what has been done, analyse what needs to be placed and then reconstruct to form a whole.

Wooden puzzles are always a good thing to have on hand as they are durable and can be used over long periods of time in a classroom setting. Some of these can even be custom ordered to have complex pictures that will not be easy to piece together and thematic in terms of lessons being taught – interdisciplinary so to speak.

Any game that forces a student to think in terms of a stepwise progression is one that can be utilised to encourage critical thinking. If society has any hope of a ‘logical’ future, it is incumbent upon parents and educators alike to recognize the inherent value in this mental process in order to foster it in our children, tomorrow’s adults.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Pre Order Exclusives and Other Goodies

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Pre Order Exclusives and Other Goodies

Hey, guys. The weekend is finally here! Quick update for GameSniped. My friend Tadpole just posted our last post on his Facebook page at The Video Game Collecting Community. Make sure you stop by his page and show it some love. He runs some cool stuff on his Facebook page. If you like what he's doing, don't forget to 'Like' his page. These Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate pre order pins struck my fancy. Completely unopened/factory sealed. Just wanted to share this with you guys along with some of the other pre order exclusives running on the 'Bay at the moment. Read more...

The Panasonic 3DO: A Glimpse into a Rare Failed Video Game Console

The Panasonic 3DO: A Glimpse into a Rare Failed Video Game Console

There are a handful of cheaper 3DO consoles floating around on the web at the moment. The Panasonic 3DO typically sells well over $100. These consoles are priced just under the $100 mark and guaranteed to work according to the sellers. If you're interested in investing in this interesting piece of gaming collectors past, make sure you scoop up one of these bargains soon. You can also perform a general search on eBay for this console here.

However, you may not be very familiar with this system. That's alright. The Panasonic 3DO never really gained mainstream acceptance like it's other mid 90's competitors (such as the Sega Saturn or PS1). Like the Xavix Port, the 3DO broke many barriers in the world of video game consoles. It was the first console to offer a disc system in place of cartridges. It was the first 32 bit console. It was the first console with truly high fidelity 16 bit PCM based audio card and Dolby Digital certification. You almost wonder in the world something this powerful could fail so miserably in the market (and fail it did with aplomb). Read more...

GameSniped Video Game Review of Resident Evil Remake

GameSniped Video Game Review of Resident Evil Remake

The upside to releasing yet another installment in an already popular game series is that the bar is set high from the get-go. Resident Evil was first released in 1996. In the (nearly) two decades that elapsed since then the game has naturally lost some of its initial fan base, though it goes without saying that it also garnered new supporters along the way. Then, there’s the issue of the 2002 Resident Evil remake for the GameCube. As such, there was a lot riding on this latest HD release. Would it fare like the 2002 version, or does this new and improved release for newer consoles and the PC work as a standalone edition? We explore all this and more in our new video game review for the 2015 Resident Evil remake. Read more...

Rarest Video Games Post 2000 – Collectors Editions and Other Goodies

Rarest Video Games Post 2000 – Collectors Editions and Other Goodies

Video game collecting broke into the mainstream news about a month ago when a pristine, unopened copy of Stadium Events (!) sold for around the $40,000 mark. Now look, I certainly don't jive with the idea of paying for half of a home's mortgage on an old video game. With that being said, Stadium Events nes represents a serious collector's piece. I get it. I wouldn't spend that much on collecting video games. But, to each his own. When the media write stories like this, they fail to realize that video games are subject to the same economic factors as any other good or service. Supply vs demand determine the prices. In the case of Stadium Events nes, supplies are extremely low! Read more...

Zelda Outlands: The Fan Made Legend of Zelda NES Game

Zelda Outlands: The Fan Made Legend of Zelda NES Game

I was reading back through older posts on the site and really enjoyed the post about Chrono Trigger Crimson Echoes. I know  many of you guys really enjoyed that post as well. So, I wanted to return to the subject of romhacking (or, more specifically, romhacking vintage video games). I'm not sure if you guys know this, but the original Legend of Zelda NES is one of my all time favorite video games of any era. Heck, my name is Link after all. Naturally, my favorite custom, fan made NES rom has to be Zelda Outlands. Read more...

Chrono Trigger Ebay Listing for Custom SNES

Chrono Trigger Ebay Listing for Custom SNES

I was digging around on Ebay looking for SNES memorabilia like I normally do, and I stumbled upon this Chrono Trigger Ebay listing bid for this sweet custom SNES. The characters and artwork are are all painted onto the custom SNES to guarantee high quality (no cheap kiddie stickers here). Naturally, the console includes a custom SNES controller. If you don't want to purchase the entire console, or need a matching Chrono Trigger SNES controller for the console, you can find auctions for separate controllers. Click here to check out the console and here to check out the controller. Read more...

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Arcade Weekends: Purchasing Rare Video Games from the Vintage Arcade Superstore

Uhhhh. I've had one of those weeks that just never seems to end. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Thankfully, we've almost reached the weekend (or as I like to call it: that time of the week when I play Contra on the NES for 48 hours straight). When I have a stressful week, I find it's relaxing and helpful to veg out with some rare video games. In particular, I really enjoy arcade games. I mean, hey, there's a reason we run these Arcade Weekends posts. Read more...

Atari 2600 E.T. The Etra-Terrestrial

Build a Collection of Cheap Video Games for Atari 2600

We've all run into this at one point or another. You want to start collecting video games but the costs are too prohibitive. Before you know it, your money has run out. This is why it's so important to properly plan your collecting goals. Too often, the posts on this site focus on rare (and expensive) items. Today, I wanted to help out those of you who don't have a surplus amount of cash to devote to vintage video games. We've put together a simple list and easy to follow guide for building a collection of cheap video games for Atari 2600. Read more...

Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes GameSniped Review

Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes GameSniped Review

So, did you guys guess the big surprise? I wondered if the Konami themed post would give it away. We’ve decided to do something a little different from our normal post. Keep in mind that the site thrives around you guys. So, if you like the idea, make sure you tell me in the comment section below. If you hate the idea, please don’t hesitate to tell me that as well. I definitely want to ensure that we’re running the sort of content you guys want to read. With that being said, I’d like to introduce you guys to the first ever GameSniped video game review. I’ve been a long time fan of MGS and Metal Gear (since the first game made its appearance on the NES actually). With all of the buzz surrounding the new FPS mod for the PC port of MGS and the approaching release of the second half, The Phantom Pain, I decided to focus on reviewing last year’s critically acclaimed release. Without delay, I present to you the Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes GameSniped Review. Read more...

SILENT HILL 2 – JAMES & NURSE REPLICA STATUE VERY RARE

Konami Gaming eBay Auctions

How is everyone doing? Is 2015 going well so far? We here at GameSniped have something new and exciting planned for the next update. I really hope you guys like it. It will definitely be different from the posts we've run in the past. For the time being, feel free to enjoy these Konami Gaming eBay Auctions I managed to dig up. Hopefully, something in here will complete your collection! Read more...