Friday, December 21, 2007

Wii Reserved

I had some training this morning up north of where I work, so on the way from there to my normal work location, I stopped by my friendly neighborhood EB Games and reserved myself a Wii in January. Sure beats getting up at 6:00 AM on a Sunday and waiting in the cold for two hours. My previous Wii was stolen in a break-in to my apartment. I'm flying down to California today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Also Taken

Yesterday, I discovered that the thief took something else in addition to the Wii and GameCube things: he took my Game Boy and games as well. This one actually bothers me. In order to understand what I mean, you have to understand that this wasn't just money; this was a part of my childhood. These games, and the contents saved on their cartridges, represented countless hours invested, of fun and hard work. Also, I kept my games in immaculate physical condition, and kept most of the original boxes and manuals, which I still have, but sans games. Here's the list (or at least, the list that I remember/have records of): Game Boy games:
  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario Land 2
  • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Yoshi's Cookie
  • Tetris
  • Radar Mission
  • Prince of Persia
  • Super RC Pro-AM
  • King James Bible (put out by WisdomTree; not licensed by Nintendo)
Game Boy Color games:
  • Tetris 2
  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
  • Wario Land 2
  • Wario Land 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • Donkey Kong Land
  • Donkey Kong Land 2
  • Donkey Kong Land 3
  • Donkey Kong
Game Boy Advance games:
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Advance
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
  • Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • Sonic Advance
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2
All these were taken, along with my translucent purple Game Boy Advance that I bought on the day it came out. Everything, including a few accessories, was kept in a large case that looks like an original Game Boy with a handle. As you can see, I'm somewhat of a collector, in particular of Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong games, or at least, I was. It makes me sad to lose these games. I faxed in the list to the insurance company and added it to the police report. I don't know how much I'll get back for them, since many of them are older, and have theoretically depreciated. Most of the games that I bought, though, are not the sort that actually depreciate beyond a certain point, but become classics. Maybe now I'll be getting that DS I was considering. Phantom Hourglass looks fun.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Robbed, Again

Our apartment was robbed on Friday, for the second time in two months. It looks like it was the same people as the last time, or at least one of them: same entry point, same style. Last time, most of the stuff that was taken was Casey's. This time, we were both hit, but he was still hit much harder than I. Both of our rooms were ransacked. Oddly enough, this time, they didn't take any computers. Even though my laptop was sitting right on top of my desk, and they climbed in through my window onto my desk, they didn't take it. They did take the Zune from my desk. They also took my Wii, and all of its games and accessories (including the Gamecube games, but not the Gamecube controllers). I think this time they were constrained by what they could carry, and what they could sell quickly. I had jars of coins in my room that were taken, and Casey had some coins taken too. I'm okay, what they took from me is mostly replaceable: it boils down to just money, and we have renter's insurance that will cover most of that. The apartment is under construction: the balconies were torn down and are being rebuilt, so I imagine there wasn't a car big enough to load TVs and bigger objects into, or they would have been seen doing it. My personal theory is that one of the burglars, probably younger, needed some cash, and decided to revisit our place, because he knew there were still things to take, and he figured that he could still get in the same way. He's not getting in the same way a third time.