Ever heard of the game Akalabeth (by Richard Garriott)? This is probably one of the ALL TIME rarest PC games out there! And I'm thrilled to announce that I have recently found a legit copy of this game!!! :O
It is probably the only copy now existing in the Netherlands!
My wife surprised me with this amazing LED pixel display backpack! It took me some time but I think I made the perfect animation for it! ;)
Can you guess all the titles of the games?
Alkmaar Regional Archive! 11 Nov 2019
So I visited the Alkmaar Regional Archive. Here they're also taking their first steps towards Game Archiving. During the "From Parchment to Pac-Man" Open Day people could learn about this in a playful way.
On the picture from left to right: Me, Mark Alphenaar (Alkmaar Regional Archive) and Dittmar Tukker (Gamedia).
Had a great time playtesting at Little Chicken Game Company today! Their new game Rescue Wings is about to come out soon! :)
Speaker at GameOn - Lithuania 4 Nov 2018
A while ago I was asked to give a presentation in Lithuania (Vilnius) about my "hobby". ;) It was really well organized and I had an amazing time! My presentation went alright and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY5D5oNx-E4
New Arcade Cabinets at the
Sound & Vision Museum 19 Oct 2018
I received a small "Thank you!" note at work for preparing and installing the two new arcade cabinets that are now "play ready" at the Sound and Vision museum! ^^
A good variety of Dutch games can be played on the cabinets.
A2 Racer game in real life! 8 Sept 2018
Ever played the game "A2 Racer"? Well, I have at "De Koude Kermis" from DROPSTUFF.nl!!! :D
Een tijdje geleden had ik een afspraak met Rudolf Wolterbeek Muller (vader van de RedCat games). Hij ging voor mij kijken of hij nog wat unieke RedCat/Davilex gerelateerde spullen had voor mijn verzameling. Naast enkele games/game items pakte hij ineens een VHS tape (videoband) tevoorschijn.
OMG!!! Dit had ik totaal niet verwacht. Op de voorkant was RedCat te zien met in zijn hand een groot geweer en de titel: “RedCat Kyrion’s Revenge”. Deze titel was voor mij onbekend. En dat terwijl ik toch echt dacht alle RedCat titels wel te kennen. Maar wat bleek… Dit was van een RedCat game die nog nooit was uitgebracht (het 3e deel van de 2 al bestaande RedCat DOS games)!!!
Ik was super nieuwsgierig naar wat er op stond en ging proberen daar achter te komen. Een aantal weken later had ik eindelijk de mogelijkheid om de VHS tape af te spelen op een oude videorecorder en voor het allereerst kon ik de beelden met mijn eigen ogen bewonderen: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrPEK2Idbis).
YES!!! Het was een RedCat 3 promo video! Hoe gaaf is dat! :D En het feit dat RedCat 3 als game nooit is uitgebracht maakt deze video extra bijzonder! In plaats van RedCat 3 is uiteindelijk de welbekende “RedCat: De Razende Rekenrace” verschenen. Dat was de eerste educatieve RedCat game en tevens de eerste RedCat game binnen Davilex.
Uiteraard heb ik er gelijk werk van gemaakt om de video beelden te digitaliseren zodat deze niet verloren zullen gaan.
Nogmaals bedankt voor alles Rudolf!
Ready Player One Display 29 Mar 2018
I was invited by our local cinema to talk about setting up a "Ready Player One" display cabinet for the premiere of the movie.
I had a meeting with Rudolf Wolterbeek Muller. He used to work at Davilex and is the man behind a Dutch educational game series called "RedCat" (I grew up with many of his games). He also worked on the "A2 Racer" series (or "Autobahn Raser" in Germany) and the game "Amsterdoom". ;)
He went to see if he had some unique RedCat/Davilex related items for my collection. He first put down some games and indicated that I could take what I didn't have yet. Then ... from a plastic bag he suddenly takes out the "Master Diskette" from the very first RedCat game! My heart skipped when I saw that. This RedCat game was made even before Rudolf worked at Davilex, and RedCat was still a DOS platform/action game instead of an educational game.
Rudolf himself had no longer the possibility to read floppy disks and asked me if I could save what was on it. The contents of the diskette is now back in the hands of the maker (in the form of a .zip file). I was allowed to keep the disk itself.
These are the moments...
Jazz Jackrabbit Event 18 Feb 2018
- World's largest Jazz Jackrabbit collection on display
- A visit from the Jazz2online.com community
- A visit from Michiel van der Leeuw
- A custom made Jazz Jackrabbit Arcade cabinet
- LIVE Jazz Jackrabbit 1 speedrun by (record holder) SimonN
- LIVE Jazz Jackrabbit music
- Some amazing donations...!!!
I would gladly organize an awesome day like this again! :D
Michiel van der Leeuw 18 Feb 2018
Jazz Jackrabbit Plush van Michiel van der Leeuw came to see me during the Jazz Jackrabbit Event. He's one of the makers of the Jazz Jackrabbit games.
He brought me a rare Jazz Jackrabbit Plush! A plush I was searching for for years!
Thank you for your visit and your awesome donation Michiel! ^^
Team Hoi 18 Jan 2018
I had the honor to meet Metin Seven and Reinier van Vliet from Team Hoi!
They donated 2 games they had made back in the day.
- HOI (signed)
- Moon Child (signed)
It was really cool to meet them! :D
Dutch Games & Jazz Jackrabbit exhibition! 1 Jan 2018
Tons of original games from the following Dutch developers: - Davilex (RedCat + A2 Racer)
- Triumph Studios (Age of Wonders)
- Vlambeer (Nuclear Throne)
- The Vision Factory (The Apprentice)
- Two Tribes (Toki Tori)
- Boys without Brains (Hawkeye)
- Team Hoi (Moon Child)
- Radarsoft (Eindeloos)
- Guerrilla Games (Killzone)
Next to the original games (some playable) you can also find almost all of the official Jazz Jackrabbit merchandise on display. Some of the items have, after the original release of the game, never seen the light of day. Definitely a must see for Jazz Jackrabbit fans!
All at the
National Videogame Museum in Zoetermeer from January 1
to April 30, 2018
With my face in the newspapers! 27 Dec 2017
A two page article about me and my games collection in the Noordhollands Dagblad!
The Noord Nederlands Orchestra performed the music of Horizon Zero Dawn together with other popular game songs from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Destiny, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Killzone, The Witcher 3 and Journey. They even played to complete Heart of Darkness suite which was one of my favorites.
Opening of the
National Videogame Museum 1 Dec 2017
Together with my wife and a good friend I went to the opening of a new games museum called the National Videogame Museum. I was amazed by the great ambience! Really remarkable what they managed to build in such a short time!
In the picture on the left you see me behind my favorite game machine in the museum.
Game Research Magazine 30 Nov 2017
Cool mentioning in an article about Game Archiving
in the magazine Game Research special publication
A nice visit at Guerrilla Games where they showed me their amazing awards cabinet filled with Guerrilla Games awesomeness!
It's cool to have friends working there! :)
Easter Eggs presentation Schagen 29 Oct 2017
I gave my "Easter Eggs in Games" presentation for the 5th time. This time it was during the Retro Game Dag in Schagen (my city of birth).
I had a really great time there since there were a lot of awesome retro games you could play and all the consoles you could dream of. I also got a lot of compliments on my presentation. Which is always very heart-warming.
Oh, and Victor Bart also came to make a video that day. Here's a small part about my Pinball level creating skills! :P
Maarten and Judith both used to work at PMR / Project Two Interactive (the publisher of Jazz Jackrabbit). They invited me for a visit. During my visit we talked about their time there. They were really open about it. I also received a huge Project Two donation. I felt like a child in a candy store! Actually, there were only a few games among them and the rest was mainly rare merchandise/memorabilia (exactly the items to make a collector like me very enthusiastic). I even received some of their last Jazz Jackrabbit items. This was an amazing moment!
In the picture you see Maarten and Judith standing next to my Project Two Cabinet during the Jazz Jackrabbit Event (a few months after my visit).
Thank you very much Maarten and Judith!
SCORE magazine (Czech magazine) 1 Aug 2016
Two whole pages about my boxed PC game collection plus an extra article with my famous panorama picture of my entire games collection.
It's really cool to see that people from other countries also enjoy what I do.
Visiting Davilex! 9 Jun 2017
It's really cool to see that Davilex still exists after all these years even though they don't make games anymore.
During my visit I got an enormous donation of games.
Davilex is the bomb! <3
A2 Racer (signed) 20 Nov 2016
A2 Racer signed by Rudolf Wolterbeek Muller (former owner of Redcat Software which later joined forces with Davilex). During his time at Davilex he worked on great games like the RedCat series, Amsterdoom, but also the awesome game series called A2 Racer.
I came to him with my jewelcased copy of A2 Racer telling him I was never able to find a boxed copy of the game and that I still hoped to find one so I could make my A2 Racer collection complete. Then he said something that surprised me. He told me that A2 Racer never came out in a box, only in jewelcase. I had never known this but it
made me smile since my search for a complete (and even signed) copy of A2 Racer was now over. :D
Thank you Rudolf!
A neat introduction video! 7 Nov 2016
A few days before the opening of my games exhibition I met Rafael! A guy who came all the way from Isreal to the Netherlands just to see my games collection! This meant a lot to me and took the day off so I could meet Rafeal in person and go to the museum in Zwolle together!
He asked if he was allowed to film! Ofcoure this was no problem at all, but I never thought the video would become this amazing!
The video has been online for a few days now and it means a lot to me to see this enormous wave of positive feedback/reactions! I definitely have Rafael to thank for this really remarkable and amazing video and his friendship!
These great pieces of history can now forever be remembered and enjoyed by many!
There was a nice group of people during my "Easter Eggs in Games" presentation. I showed them what Easter Eggs are, the origin, the effect that they have and ofcourse many amazing examples! ;)
GRAND OPENING INVITATION!!!
Boxed PC Games Exhibition 25 Sept 2016
YEAH!!! It's finally happening! The Grand Opening of worlds largest boxed pc games exhibition! After 10 years of collecting my dream will finally come true: "To share my awesome collection with the world!". It will be on sunday, oct 16 (that's within a couple of weeks) in the Games en Computers museum in Zwolle!
Your name is Thomas Wild, a young and smart little kid whose dream is to become a real alchemist. One day you get dumped into the "Alchemist Cave". You probably bragged a bit to much about your potion brewing skills during class and some of your classmates just couldn't stand it anymore.
"You can only call yourself a real alchemist if you survive the cave and find the exit!" one of your classmates said. Even though you're very angry at them for throwing you in there and knowing that the only way out is through the cave you also know that they're right. The "Alchemist Cave" is one of the most dangerous caves in the land. No one can survive the cave unless you're able to brew some really powerful potions.
So enough with being angry and let's show the world what a powerful alchemist you really are!!!
PS. You can even make your own levels in Paint! ;)
I won the "Crap! I'm Broke" YouTube Contest 15 Apr 2015
I have been a participant in the "Crap! I'm Broke" YouTube Contest (a game by: Arcane Circus) and I WON!!! :D
The object of the contest was to record a playthrough of the game and then post the video on Youtube. The video in which the player reached the highest level won the contest. The winner recieved a one-of-a-kind physical collector's edition of "Crap! I'm Broke"!
This is without a doubt the rarest boxed game I have, since “there is only ONE!”. :)
This collection includes:
- Physical Cardboard Big Box and Jewelcase CD box
- CD including the game, the trailer, screenshots and soundtrack with 4 never-before-heard bonus demo tracks
- Instruction Card
- Certificate of Authenticity signed by the creators of the game proving you won the contest
- Grim Reaper Fridge Magnet
- Arcane Circus Business Card
This year I was a participant of the Global Game Jam at the “Warp Zone: A Free Jam in Amsterdam 2015” During which I made the game “FOLDER QUEST: What do you do now?”.
A Folder Quest is an "adventure" game that consists of a sh!tload of folders. Each folder contains a part of a story. The player can make decisions which lead from one folder to another and in that way control the story.
This was a Special Records Edition that came with the normal issue (10-2014). My colleague discoverd it and took it to work.
Thank you Rienk!
Retro Game Experience 2014 12-14 Sept 2014
One of the highlight of 2014 was my part in the Retro Game Experience 2014 in museum “Beeld en Geluid” (Visual and Sound) in Hilversum. I got to exhibit my complete LucasArts collection. People could view my collection as well as play some of the games on “old style” pc’s. It was amazing to be able to do a show-and-tell with a small but important part of my enormous collection and see the many positive reactions from so many people.
Every day of the exhibition I also held a presentation about Easter Eggs in videogames. During this Retro Talk I revealed the often funny things that are hidden in games most of us played, as well as teaching them some of the origins of Easter Eggs in gaming.
The website 365Gaming did a piece on the entire weekend in which I am mentioned a couple of times. The article can be found HERE.
Meet Anne Bras (Pixelcake.nl) 17 Apr 2014
The people from Pixelcake.nl approached me for an interview. In this (dutch) interview I talk about my collection, how it all started, what the situation is right now, some beautiful pieces from my collection, how many games we're talking about, my plans for the future (world record and stuff), and many more interesting things!
Together with 5 other artists I worked on the art for the game Infinite Beating. Infinite Beating is an odd-ball Smash Bros-esque fighter for 2-4 players that was created during the jam "Warp-Zone: A Free Jam in Amsterdam".
Since so many artists worked on the this game, it gained a uniquely mixed style. Looks include pixel art, watercolour painting, vector, digital painting and 3D.
A visit from Drew Skillman and Lydia Choy (Double Fine Productions). It was really nice meeting them both. They both were very kind people. We had a great talk about how games are made now compared to how they were made in the past.
They both also signed my Brutal Legend game! :D
Meeting Charles Martinet
(the voice of Mario) 27 Nov 2013
And then all of a sudden you're standing there together with Charles Martinet!!! O.O;;;
What a great man!
C64 music legend Jeroen Tel 26 Oct 2013
I met Jeroen Tel during the Retro Event 2013 in Elst. Jeroen is well known for composing music for over one hundred different games (mostly C64 games).
After months of preparation I finally managed to arrange a photoshoot of my entire collection! :D This was something I wanted to do for a very long time and look how AWESOME the result is! :)
A lot of people ask me if I have the biggest collection in the world and to be honest I'm not sure. But since I have many beautiful photos now (you can click on the photo for a full size version) I decided to try set a record for "Largest collection of big boxed PC games" at Guinness World Records!!! :D
I have no idea what the outcome will be but I might have a good change don't you think? ;)
- My double games were also in the photo.
- My Lucas Arts collection is NOT in this photo because it's exhibited at the "Bonami Spelcomputer Museum" in Epe.
I would like to thank the following people for making it all possible!!!
- Marjolein Pronk
- Molly Carroll
- Erik van Wees
- Koen Sandbrink
- Judith Hoohenkerk
- Joëlla Spier
A great friend of mine went to San Fransico, also in the hopes of meeting Tim Schafer in real life.
The moment I heard about that I asked her if she wanted to take one of my game boxes (Psychonauts - By Tim Schafer) with her in the hopes of getting it signed by him.
Against all odds it all worked out as planned. Even better actually since many of the Double Fine crewmembers also signed the box!!! So I guess I'm now the happiest man in the world! ^^
On the picture (left) you see Tim Schafer signing the game box and in the smaller picture you see my friend Molly on the right, talking to Tim Schafer on the left (2 days after he shaved his beard)
I'm now the lucky owner of a signed Psychonauts game in box all thanks to Molly! Thank you sooo much Molly! ^^
Retrokings.nl visits the Exhibition 06 Apr 2013
The people from Retrokings.nl wrote an article about their visit at my LucasArts Exhibition.
LucasArts Exhibition From 02 Apr 2013 to 30 Jun 2013
Founded in 1982 by filmmaker George Lucas, LucasArts is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers, mobile devices and the Internet.
During this exhibition you will find almost all the old LucasArts games that came out in original big box and many of them are playable in the museum!
Me & Notch AKA Markus Persson!
(the man behind Minecraft) 03 Nov 2011
I was one of the few lucky people who met Markus Persson during his short stay in Utrecht (he just dropped by in his private jet)! It's not often that you can talk for more then an hour with this guy! Jens Bergensten was also there! I've had some really inspiring conversations with these guys! :)
Thank you both very much Markus & Jens!
PC-Games Exhibition 17 Jun 2010
More than 150 PC games in original big box and 200 old DOS games playable for all the visitors!
HKU, Utrecht School of the Arts
Special thanks to:
- Erik v. Wees
- Nicky Markies
- Wendy Draaijer
- My parents
Peace through Power! 07 Mar 2010
Actor Joseph Kucan, better known as Kane from the Command & Conquer-series, was in the Netherlands for a "meet and greet" during the release of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Twilight (part 4 of the Tiberian series).
He's a great guy with a good sense of humour. He forgot that most of the boxes he had to sign were very dark and since he only had a black marker this was not very convenient, so he borrowed my silver marker for all the signatures (I still have that marker). ^^