Collecting Memorabilia

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

During slow times at the day job, I’m often reading random news articles and this particular one about a gentleman and his extensive collection caught my eye.


Everyone knows that being a geek is an expensive hobby, what with the video games, the art books, the comics, the soundtracks, among other types of merchandise to collect. Rachel and I have a decent collection, and have showed off a few results when it comes to our shopping sprees and gift hauls. Our only issue is the lack of space we have for all of our merchandise.

Then there’s this dude who has over $150k worth of X-Men memorabilia and a giant basement dedicated to everything. He holds the Guinness World Record for largest X-Men collection since 2012, and is on the page opposite of the late legend Stan Lee, whom he’s met. The pictures in the article look fantastic, and having the space to dedicate to such a large collection is part of Rachel’s and my plans when we save up enough to buy a house.

I have a sizable comic book collection and Rachel has tons of Pokemon cards, but neither of us could ever come up with a collection as extensive as the gentleman in the article (perhaps in a decade or so — his collection has been growing for the past 30 years). Being able to have a big enough collection to properly display is a good enough reason to splurge on merchandise, right?

What kind of geeky collection to you have? Anything in particular that you would like to collect? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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“Press Start to Play” Review

krismii Happy May, everyone! Kris here with my monthly book review. Enjoy!

This month’s review is going to be a little different. Rather than be one story or memoir, “Press Start to Play” is a collection of twenty-six short stories written by some very talented writers, including Andy Weir, Holly Black, Rhianna Pratchett, and Austin Grossman, just to name a small few. It’s edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams with a foreword by Ernest Cline, the author of “Ready Player One.”

I admit, I haven’t finished the entire collection just yet. In fact, I’ve only read the first few or so, but I am enjoying the collection nonetheless. They’re all soundbites of what could be such bigger stories, stories that take place on virtual worlds with virtual people, people you don’t realize are virtual until it’s too late to turn back.

Some of the short stories I have read use the second-person point of view, something that’s not often done at all in novels. With the second-person point of view, it thrusts the reader into the main role just as video games do.

Another short story questioned the psychological effect video games have on us. What did it say about us always wanting to escape to virtual worlds rather than deal with the real one?

Yet a third twisted reality around the characters, characters who had been playing in “God Mode” during the creation of a video game. What if they were just part of a game that was slowly being erased to make way for a new setting?

“Press Start to Play” is an interesting collection, and I’m definitely looking forward to finishing it. If you’re interested in short stories revolving around the wonder of video games and their settings, I recommend picking it up.