Moving Country, Working for the Enemy, & Flogging the Lot

I was born in Britain — but left the country in the early 00's to pursue my dream of living in land of Shenmue. I've lived exactly half my life in Japan, and never experienced life as an adult in the UK, so when an opportunity came up at a video game company (you know the one!) I decided to go for it and set off on a new challenge.

                               All hail our new overlords! Tbh it's actually a nice company:) 

I've visited Britain once or twice since leaving, of course. But it turns out that living in Britain today is a vastly different experience than visiting it — and that has made me feel somewhat of a foreigner in my homeland. As always, the biggest changes are the littlest changes, too. When did Brits start drinking coffee so much? What happened to the size of chocolate bars? What are all these different coloured bins?

Japan will always be my home, and I am sure I will be living there again in the not too far future, but UK it is for me now. Sadly, as you can imagine planning such a big move has taken time away from gaming. It probably hasn't helped that four 20kg boxes of Dreamcast hardware have been in transit for over three months! It's just so much stuff. I even flirted for a time with the idea of  flogging it all. I guess it is the game's collector's eternal struggle, I have been playing these games for nearly twenty years now and so they've been with me for a large part of my life. Yet, it's not just a matter of pulling the games of my shelf and playing them, I also take enjoyment in looking through them, having them, and remembering all of the good times and memories associated with each item. 

                                       Just a portion of the items I had to bring back with me. 

Yet, as one would expect the degree of which this happens lessens over time until you come to the point were you are forced to ponder on just how you justify keeping such a huge amount of items, especially when many hold such large economic value. There's also the concern about functionality, what if all of this simply ceases to work and you're essentially left with a pile of plastic memories?

Sega, why you make so much cool shit?

It's a decision I am sure all collectors ponder from time to time. Still, the notion stayed clear in my mind, "what if you want to play the games later in the future?" We all know there are ways of playing these games through other capacities and probably at a higher quality than the original system enables. Still, I guess when it comes down to it there's a part of me that just wants to hold on to them, for no rational reason. Yup, it's just collection of games, but also ones I'll never be able to get back in the condition I have worked to keep them in. I guess what it all boils down to is, nostalgia and one's memory is a very powerful and precious thing.

                                                        Anyone sold and regretted?

Anyhoo, I guess it shows that the urge to Dreamcast again is strong. I know this place has been neglected somewhat over the past year or so, but I hope to keep adding to it in (somewhat) a consistent manner. Thank you for everyone who has kept in touch via social media, it's inspiring to know that there are so many people out there still passionate about Dreamcast! And now since the time difference isn't such an issue as it was when I was in the land of the rising udon, I look forward to interacting with you all once again.