Clean Up Those Carts!

I collect retro video games and often pick up cartridges that have price stickers and marker on them. I think a lot of collectors avoid them because they don’t look appealing, but it’s actually pretty easy to clean up a cartridge as long as there isn’t too much gunk on the actual label. Sharpie can come off by covering it with a dry erase marker, or by even applying a bit of hair spray to a paper towel and then gently wiping. Stickers can be quite tough to get off, but I can usually get one off by using a Clorox wipe. They have just enough grit to remove the sticker without scratching the cart.

Here’s some before and after shots with a copy of Super Mario 64:

Shiny!

Little Rocket Man

I don’t have a ton of time to play games these days, but in my spare moments I’ve been working on the Half-Life 2: Episode 2 achievement ‘Little Rocket Man’.

You basically have to carry a garden gnome through the whole episode and place him in a rocket:

This can be quite challening, especially during the car levels because the little guy goes flying out of the car way too easily! Still, I managed and was able to get him there. Far my hard work, I received:

Yay! There’s also a similar gnome achivement in L4D2 that requires you to do a similar feat, carry a garden gnome all the way through the carnival campaign. I’d like to do that one sometime as well. Perhaps on my mac!

In other news, my new job is awesome and we are working hard preparing our condo to sell or rent so we can get over to Scotland in August!