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Collector trades rare $20K Nintendo World Championships for Pokemon Red

Published: 11/Sep/2020 0:08 Updated: 11/Sep/2020 0:10

by Michael Gwilliam


A Pokemon game collector had to trade away one of the rarest video games ever made in Nintendo World Championships in order to acquire a sealed copy of Pokemon Red.

Nintendo World Championships is an extremely rare game and often retails for over $15,000 USD, with the special gold variant being more elusive and expensive.

The grey carts were given to finalists in the Nintendo World Championships, and it’s unknown exactly how many copies were made, further increasing its prestige.

That all said, for one collector, he was willing to trade the cart for a sealed copy of Pokemon Red.

As game collector Pat Contri explained on his podcast, he was baffled this trade even happened. “I cannot wrap my head around wanting, even if it’s sealed, a Pokemon Red game and giving up a Nintendo World Championships for that.”

“We’re talking about a game that has historical cultural significance in video games that they only made a few hundred of at most… this is always a game people are after,” he added. “To trade that straight up, I don’t know the mentality behind that.”

The trade in question happened between Portland game store owner Josh Hamblin and an unknown party.

Hamblin had what he explained to be “the highest Red ever graded” with a “white ESRB seal 83% which is commonly accepted as the 1st print run.”

According to Hamblin, the collector is a “very large Pokemon card collector who only collects very few video games,” and the copy he traded wasn’t even his best.

“He still has one of the nicest grey NWC carts in his collection,” he explained, adding that he even had a gold NWC, as well.

Pokemon Red on Gameboy
Would you trade an NWC cart for Pokemon Red?

Furthermore, Hamblin said that the collector, “knew I had to be wowed with the trade offer to even consider it over a cash offer, because I was just content to wait it out since Gameboy hasn’t come close to peaking yet.”

That all said, Nintendo World Championships can fetch a pretty penny on auction. PriceCharting notes that three copies of the game were sold in 2019, selling for $23,000, $26,400, and $19,000.

Call of Duty

Drift0r explains why Warzone “isn’t worth” playing anymore

Published: 26/Jan/2021 22:07

by Tanner Pierce


Popular Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r has released a new video explaining why he thinks Warzone isn’t worth playing anymore due to the number of cheaters in the game, confirming that he is on the brink of “jumping ship” with the battle royale title.

If you’ve been wondering if/when larger content creators and streamers would abandon Warzone due to the lack of an anti-cheat software then wonder no more.

Today, Drift0r – one of the more prominent content creators in the CoD scene – has made a video slamming Warzone for its inability to deal with all the rampant cheating and it seems like the issue has brought him to a breaking point with the game.

“It’s difficult enough with skill-based matchmaking as it is, having to play the sweatiest top 1% players, that’s a challenge in-and-0f-itself that I don’t particularly like for battle royale, but adding in blatant aim-botters on top of that makes the game painfully unfun,” Drift0r said.

According to Drift0r, the cheating in Warzone has become such a problem that he’s considering leaving the game behind.

In the 10-minute long video, the YouTuber says the cheating problem is making him not want to play the game anymore, claiming that he runs into at least “two to three cheaters a night.”

Because of this, and the fact that interest in the game is waning, he contends that he doesn’t feel like the game is worth playing because of the cheating problem.

“I really like Warzone, you can look at my videos, it’s my number 1 most favorite CoD thing to play, but I’m planning to jump ship,” he said. “I got up this morning and I made the decision: I’m going to go ahead and keep making videos but I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think it’s worth playing anymore.”

Cheating is a major problem for the CoD community right now. The PC version of Warzone is riddled with cheaters and hackers, whether they use external software or manipulate the skill-based matchmaking system to get lower-tier lobbies, to the point where major tournaments have been ruined and lost integrity.

All indications are that Drift0r is not alone in sharing this sentiment; the content creators he’s talked to feel a similar way, claiming they are all ready to “jump ship” as well once a viable game comes along that protects them from cheaters.

Because of this, it seems like the future of Warzone is going to be a turbulent one if Activision doesn’t do anything about the state of the game soon, especially when it comes to the cheating problem.