How to Breathe New Life in to Old Games

Tips on how to make old games fun and feel like new again.

Hello and welcome back guys! I hope that you all had a wonderful and safe weekend!

We all have and/or had those times where you can’t afford a new video games but are thoroughly bored with everything that you own. Well, good thing I have some tips and ideas to make those old games fun and entertaining again!

  1. Some of the easiest ways to change a game up is to limit how you attack; only use melee weapons, only use magic, never use magic, never melee, etc. It really makes the brain think more and old enemies are now much more of a challenge.
  2. Try speed running the game. See just how quickly you can make it through to the end.
  3. Or see how far you can get without dying and/or not using healing items. It’s even more fun when you get your friends involved to see who can make it the farthest.
  4. And of course there’s always the 100% runs. The perfectionist in my loves this one. Collect everything. With and/or without the strategy guides or walkthroughs, this one is most definitely a challenge.
  5. There’s always achievement hunting too. I, personally, like to focus on the pretty achievements games like to hang over your head. Achievement hunting can vastly change a playthrough and cause different choices and actions to be made.
  6. Last but not least, browse forums for the game. You’d be surprised at the game specific challenges fans can come up with. Some can even become your new and preferred play style of a game. I know that it has happened to me a time or two.

Stay classy and sassy guys ❤

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Helpful Tips to Score at Garage Sales!

Score those video games at a garage sale!

Hello friends and welcome back! I hope you all have had a wonderful and amazing week.

It’s summertime and we all know what that means, garage sale season! So let’s talk about some tips to help score those games at garage sales!

First and foremost, if you missed Monday’s post about getting good deals check it out here because you need to have your resources to know if initial asking prices are high or low.

Next map out where you want to hit. Make sure to cover as much ground as quickly as possible. Other collectors are out there and will snag those games and deals!

Be sure to stop at all sales. Even if it looks like it’s not going to be a hit, still stop because it never hurts to ask.

ASK! Always ask! If they don’t have what you’re looking for ask. Start rattling off systems. It can and does work! If they have something ask to take a look and let them know you can probably make an offer.

Have them throw out a price first and negotiate from there. It allows you to assess how much they value the items and see what you might have to pay for it and negotiate from there.

DON’T be afraid to walk away. There will be other deals and sometimes walking away from the person, they may meet your offer or come closer to to what you want to pay.

Well those are all the tips I have! Good luck and hit those sales!

Stay classy and sassy guys! ❤

How I Know I’m Getting a Deal

Hello and welcome back to this great corner of the interwebs!

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I do to know I’m getting a good deal on a game or even a console.

I like to make sure that I am decently versed in the specific types of games I am looking for. So for me, I keep up with GameCube, PS2, DS, 3DS, and N64. A good way to do this is to be a part of the game collecting community. I personally do this through frequenting r/gamecollecting on Reddit.

Once I have more knowledge about the systems I’m looking out for, I make sure that I have a good set to resources to access. I tend to use Ebay, Pricecharting.com and some actual game store websites, (Mainly estarland.com for me, they’re amazing). How do I use these resources you ask? Well I use Ebay to see what games have been sold for when I have a game I’m interested in right in front of me. I browse listings by sold and completed listings and compare that to what I have in front of me. It’s important to look at the completed and sold listings because if it’s listed for 40 bucks that doesn’t mean it’s actually selling for 40 bucks. I will use Pricecharting.com to see what the trending value of a game is, as well as it’s highest and lowest values. I also like to look at the trend of a game to see if it’s been increasing or decreasing to determine if I need to snatch a game up now or if I’m safe to wait a bit. And last but not least, I will use other game store’s websites, typically estarland.com for me. This site is honestly great. They let you know the condition of the game and the price differences due to the varying conditions. With their used games its typically, complete, no manual, and disc only. That way you can see what the game in front of you is being sold for in its current condition at another competitor.

Now besides just purchasing the item as is, what else can you do to try and snag a better deal? Great question. You can use all of your knowledge to try and haggle a better price. Yes. Ask for a better deal. Pull your resources. Prove your knowledge. The worse thing that can happen is someone says no. It can be unnerving and scary at times but trust me. It DOES work. Sometimes. Not always.

Also be sure to ask them about deals or coupons. Especially if you’re in an area you don’t frequent. You could get lucky and find a discount or better option that you never knew existed.

Add yourself to the email lists, a lot of local game stores send out weekly or monthly emails with deals and coupons. It’ll be a few more emails to go through every week or so, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Make sure to be friendly and talk with the store clerks. So many times I have found myself in better positions by striking up a conversation with the clerk. And I have made a friend or two along the way as well. Those clerks might even set things aside for you when they come in just because they know you’re looking for it. Making your life a lot easier.

One last tip I have is carry some cash. When you’re frequenting small independent game stores, taking the credit card cash out fee and waiting for that money to be deposited can mean life and death some days, a lot of the time they’re willing to give you a discount IF you pay in cash. Always offer and see what happens. Again, the worst thing that can happen is they say no.

Stay classy and sassy!

Video Game Organization

How I Organize My Collection

Hi there and welcome friends!

Today I thought I would go over how I organize my video game collection and give you guys some tips on how to organize and optimize what space you have, especially if it is a little bit of space like I am (Seeing as I am confined to one room).

I personally asked myself what I wanted to display most and what I wanted within reach (or close reach). I also wanted everything to look good as well as be close by. I decide I didn’t need my PC games super close by but I did want them to be displayed somehow. I found it important for my GameCube, Wii, Wii U, and handheld games to be displayed prominently as these were the things that would be growing the most as well as what I would be reaching for the most. I wanted all my Sony systems to be close by but not necessarily the focal point of my display.

I personally like to try to use every inch of display space possibly while still being able to see everything. I like to fill in the row on the shelf first and then do columns on top of my rows. This way you can still see everything but you get more on one shelf.

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I will also “hide” some of my games.

I put my PS3 games in these lockers because they’re great for storage. They don’t take up much room and I can fit a lot in them. Plus they are perfect sized for PS3 game cases. And I don’t really use my PS3 as much as my other systems so having them nearby if I want them is great but not having them within reach just makes sense for me.

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I have all my cased PC games in my closet to have them all where I can admire them but not to take up “prime real estate” because I just never need to grab them because of everything being loaded up on my computers and discs just aren’t really necessary anymore.

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I also will “hide” some of my games because I have a lot of “pretties” (like my wonderful Slytherin crest). I like to display my pretty things but I also need places to store my games. So a perfect compromise for me is to have all my PS1 games in one of my organizer cubes and then have some of my pretty display items in front. 🙂

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Making sure my games are in alphabetical order is also key to keeping my collection organized and looking good. It helps me keep track of where things are, what I have and still need, as well as what I have lent out to friends.

Just remember above all to have fun with it. I always enjoy moving things around and organizing things differently. Especially when I get new pretty things.

Let me know what you do to organize your collections! Feel free to leave pictures too! I always need inspiration. 🙂

Stay classy and sassy guys ❤

How I Afford my Video Game Hobby

Some tips and best practices for affording video game collecting!

Hello and welcome lovelies!

I thought today would be fun to talk a little bit about some of the things that I do to afford my video game collecting hobby. It might give you collectors or aspiring collectors some ideas on how to afford this hobby!

First and foremost, I set a budget. I determine what I can spend this pay period on game collecting. Sometimes I’m really good at sticking to that. Other times not so much. Which is why I always give myself some wiggle room with the budget I set for myself.

I also coupon in other places in my life to help fund my hobby. I download a lot of the stores apps, have apps downloaded on my web browser, Google things, etc. to find great deals and coupons for my purchases. You’d be surprised at what you can find. The Honey web browser app is amazing. It compares all the coupons codes found online and tests them to help you get the best deal. Also use ebates when you know you’re going to be buying things online. It really works and is great. You actually get money back. It’s sometimes hard to remember to use but it is worth the extra little bit of effort. I also have an app on my phone called Slidejoy which adds ads on my lock screen and I don’t even have to actually read or open the ads themselves. I get money based on how many times I open my phone during a day and once I hit a certain threshold I redeem it for money or gift cards to help me out allowing me to spend more money on games.

Another thing that I do is sell games. But only my doubles. I am guilty of picking up games or friends buy me games to help me out and they happen to be games I already have and from stores that do no returns. So I usually wait until I have a good number and just trade them in somewhere and use that towards a more expensive game I’ve been having my eye on.

I will smartly use my credit cards to rack up cash back points on my everyday purchases. I usually take my saved up points, redeem them for cash and put that back in to my hobby or a big purchase that I need to make. Just make sure you’re careful with you’re credit cards. Its so easy to get out of control. I know this from personal experience. 🙂

One last thing that I will share with you guys is probably the most simple and duh moment. Stay in. Enjoy the games that you have. Watch a movie. Go for a walk at a local park or in your neighborhood. Bake. Just do something free. Bonus points if you finally sit down and read a book you’ve been putting off or play a game that you already have that you’ve always wanted to play. And extra bonus points if it gets you moving or prepares you for the following week. You’d be shocked at how much a weekend in will save you in money. Not that I follow this practice as often as I should. I’m trying to get better at this one 😛

If you guys want more tips and best practices let me know! Let me know yours as well and what you think of these.

Enjoy your weekend friends and like I always say; stay classy and sassy ❤

Doin’ More DIYs With Collinswoah13

Another fun and nerdy V-day gift DIY!

Hello and welcome back to CollinswoahsCorner my beautiful internet friends!

Like I told you all in my last blog this week will be filled with DIYs! All handmade gift ideas that you can make for your friends or significant others for Valentines Day! Yay!

Today I will be showing you how to make a cute Pokemon painted pot to make your greenery a little nerdier. So this is what you will need:img_0375

So to get started you need to decide what Pokemon you will be painting. Just like my last DIY post, I chose Bulbasaur just because my man love him so so so much! I recommend finding a good picture of your Pokemon on Google images or something to have a good reference. Once you have that, its time to get started!

First paint your pot the color of your chosen Pokemon’s skin and let it dry. Next you will need to use a pencil and sketch on your Pokemon’s features like so:

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Once your Pokemon’s features are sketched on, it’s time to outline and paint them in. Make sure you let each color fully dry before applying the next. Make sure to also apply the appropriate number of coats to the pot so you get the crisp and bright colors. Once finished with all your painting let your pot fully dry. The next step is to take a brush and paint on your Modge Podge all over the pot, giving it a nice and even coat. This will dry clear and seal your pot, as well as make it appear shiny.

Now that your pot is painted and properly sealed you can decide to plant an actual plant or succulent in your pot. I personally don’t have the time to keep a plant alive (or the sunlight) and this is also a gift. I don’t want to set the expectation with my boyfriend that he MUST keep this plant alive or else. Now that’s just not nice or fun. So I opted to use to foam pot filler, a fake succulent and moss to make my pot look full and pretty. And this is what my finished product looks like:

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And there you have it! I hope y’all enjoyed this DIY and like always, let me know what you think and if you do this DIY or something like it PLEASE leave pictures in the comments as well as let me know how it went 🙂 And until Friday, with another and final DIY of the week, stay classy and sassy friends! 😛

How to Beat the Winter Blues

My best tips and tricks for beating the winter blues!

Hello and welcome back beautiful friends!

So we all know the winter blues are a REAL thing and I personally dread winter just because of the winter blues that always come and try to knock me down. And the rest of winter is pretty amazing if I do say so myself. And in true Collinswoah13 fashion, this will have some nerdy ideas 😉 So let’s get to it!

Tip #1: Color!

Okay, I know it sounds super silly and childish but I’m sure y’all know about adult coloring books. (I personally also love the kids coloring books still). It has been studied in psychological tests that coloring HAS been linked to help stave off and fight depression. So if you’re feeling a bit down lately, get yo self a coloring book and some colored pencils and get yo color on!

Tip #2: Music!

Did you know if you listen to between 5-15 songs a day it has been known to help lift your mood and spirits? So put on your favorite soundtrack from your favorite game or anime or listen to your favorite artist/band and enjoy! PRO-TIP: sing and dance along! It lifts your spirits up even higher and you just have fun! (And think of all those calories you would be burning :P)

Tip #3: Get lost in a game!

Replay one of your favorite games or get lost in a totally new world. Sometimes the best way to fight the winter blues is to escape your own reality for a bit. I do suggest trying not to go too heavy though as this can backfire. (I am talking about you, The Last of Us)

Tip #4: Read!

Whether its a manga or an actual book, read. Same idea as tip #3, get yourself out of your own head and immerse yourself in someone else’s world.

Tip #5: Draw or write!

This is a great time to get those creative juices flowing! Draw some of your favorite characters or write an alternate ending to a game or even write a campaign for a role-playing game to play with your friends (D&D or VTM anyone?) You never know what amazing ideas may come out! And its a great way to work out some of those feelings and emotions.

Well I hope y’all found these tips to be helpful. Let me know what you do to help with your winter blues!

Until Wednesday, friends! Stay classy and sassy 🙂