レトロげーむ The Retro Games Store Tokyo Akihabara. One of my favourite shops in Akihabara if not the world. There are quite a few stores selling retro games in Akihabara, but this is definitely my favourite. It just has a much cooler atmosphere. The games are reasonably priced, as are the consoles. Final Fantasy games are usually less than 1000 yen, Dragonquest, because it has become popular again, is priced at around 2200 yen. A SNES is less than 4400 yen. Goemon for the N64 ranges from 980 yen to 2800 yen. Famicon games are often less than 500 yen. Playstation 2 is around 13000 yen. They also have newer versions of older consoles. They have old controllers official ones along with some of the better replacement controllers including the asciipad.
As you may or may not know, I've been writing video game poetry for years now, and I have been addicted to games for as long as I can remember. When playing video games becomes an addiction, it is hard to know who is really in control, am I controlling the characters, or are they controlling me? While reflecting on this, I wrote the following poem:
Being Played by the Game
I was not playing the game,
I was being played by the game.
I had always thought that I controlled the characters,
So I wrote and recorded a poem inspired by Grand Theft Auto 5. The initial recording was probably to vulgar for most, so to stop people freaking out about it and complaining, I have uploaded a less offensive version. I'll probably release some "directors cuts" at a later date. Anyway, whatever, here it is:
A Poem Inspired by Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand theft auto is not just degeneracy
It is more than that, it is a prophecy,
It's our future's reality, pornography, and controversy,
I've just uploaded another video of me reading one of my poems about video games. This one is titled: Final First Fantasy. I often ask myself "why do some of the greatest games have the stupidest names?". This poem is a meditation on that question.