The Real Reason Pokémon Games are So Expensive

Let me begin by saying I was a huge fan of Pokémon in the late 90s. The first time it was cool. Before I ever played a Pokémon game, I was hooked on the cartoon and spent many afternoons watching Ash, Brock, Misty and Pikachu’s adventure unfold.  I was sixteen at the time and thought I was too cool for school, and waaay too cool … Continue reading The Real Reason Pokémon Games are So Expensive

Video Game Collecting is Dead and Wata Killed it

WataGate has been exposed. But some think retrogaming is already dead. Here at The Ghetto Gamer, we believe that gaming—and retro gaming in particular—should be a hobby that anybody can enjoy, even if they don’t have a lot of money. Unfortunately the new trend of having games “graded” by Wata Games, and then attempting to sell them for a small fortune, has turned game collecting … Continue reading Video Game Collecting is Dead and Wata Killed it

Forced Scarcity in Gaming – Ripping Off Fans with FOMO and Market Manipulation

With new console and PC part sales on the rise, you have likely heard of the scarcity problem the tech industry is facing right now. Let me be the first to say that finding and purchasing a PlayStation 5 is nearly impossible, and it doesn’t look like this will be changing anytime soon. All of this frustration can lead to fear of never owning a … Continue reading Forced Scarcity in Gaming – Ripping Off Fans with FOMO and Market Manipulation

25 NES Hidden Gems You’ve Got To Try

How hidden can a gem possibly be? I mean, we’ve had like 35 years to discover these games. Presumably, they were never really hidden. This list should be more like Games You Forgot. But “hidden gems” is such a buzzword, I’d rather use it. Regardless, there is a massive number of NES games that are fantastic and fun and even pretty cheap. And with game … Continue reading 25 NES Hidden Gems You’ve Got To Try

Will retro game prices go down?

Nope. Thanks for reading!   …but seriously. There have been some ongoing external factors over the last year and a half that have certainly laid a big, blunt, bludgeoning bruise across the butt of the retro games market. Most recently, Sony’s decision-then-undecision to close down the Playstation 3 and PS Vita online stores played total havoc on the prices of those games. (We’ve covered Playstation … Continue reading Will retro game prices go down?

Are Video Games a Good Investment?

If you’re looking for a solid financial investment, video games are probably not it. Your collection is very unlikely to cover your retirement. But if you’re determined and savvy, it’s perfectly reasonable that you could have some success investing in video games, whether that means finding actual financial success, or simply having a hobby that funds itself. Right off the bat, I should mention that … Continue reading Are Video Games a Good Investment?

It’s Safe to Buy PS3 Games Again (Prices are Crashing)

I’m sure we all remember a few weeks ago when Sony announced they would be closing the PS3 and PS Vita stores, and Playstation fans lost their minds, and the defecation hit the oscillation and game prices went to the moon like Dogecoin can only dream? Remember? Well, a lot of folks went and read my piece about how Playstation 3 Prices Officially Exploded (Seriously, … Continue reading It’s Safe to Buy PS3 Games Again (Prices are Crashing)

New and Sealed PS3 Games You Can Still Afford (For Now)

The market for PS3 games has been going nuts since my last post. If you missed it, read it here. If you don’t want to read it right now, that’s okay. It was basically just a long “I told you so” with pictures. You see, I’ve been talking about potential PS3 Holy Grails over the past year, been urging my dear readers to collect them, … Continue reading New and Sealed PS3 Games You Can Still Afford (For Now)

Why PS3 Game Prices Are About to Plummet

We’ve been talking about how PS3 prices are skyrocketing for the better part of a year. Well, it seems as though PS3 game prices have peaked and they’re about to start falling.  Some of you are relieved because prices on games like Puppeteer and Splatterhouse were ridiculously expensive. Still, I know that many others are asking, what the heck is going? I just got my hands … Continue reading Why PS3 Game Prices Are About to Plummet

PS3 Prices Have Officially Exploded (and they’re not done)

The Playstation 3 has been my favorite console lately. Yes, I know I’m late as hell to that party, but that’s kind of how I do. About a year ago I made it my mission (or really, more of a side-quest) to start collecting for the PS3 before prices shot through the roof.  Well, guess what!? The time is nigh. The hard-to-find and rarest PS3 … Continue reading PS3 Prices Have Officially Exploded (and they’re not done)