I'd taken myself off to a Retro games fair in Leeds, something to do on a cold, snowy, Saturday afternoon. When you tell people your a gamer their natural assumption is that you mean computer or video games anyway (oh how little they understand) and I do dabble in the videogames scene, but personally I think I mainly favour light material and the classics. The last console I owned was a PS2, mainly for Gran Tourismo and early Medal of Honour games; but my real addiction was always the side scrolling shooter, and Tetris (225+ lines on the Gameboy).
Anyway, justification and background aside, the event was hugely attended:
The most popular consoles in the retro market could be judged by their availability; Sega Megadrives and Nintendo Gamecubes were everwhere for about £25 a pop, Super Nintendo's were rare and at least £60. Still cheap compared to what they would have cost once upon a time. I found one at a good price and it was only the need to go to a bank machine that allowed my common sense to take hold and stop me making a rash choice! Part of that was realising the price of some of the games actually worth buying; it puts buying classic Citadel miniatures into context!
This may not save me in the long run, getting back to playing the games I remember from the arcades of my youth is still a thing I'd like to do. But for now I had enough wisdom to walk away.