Flood Results in Post-Apocalyptic Videogame Collection

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Flood Results in Post-Apocalyptic Videogame Collection

When the world ends, your videogame collection might look something like this.

Southern Queensland, Australia was hit with massive flooding in early January 2011, with one victim that even the most self-centered jerk will feel for. A videogame fan with a massive collection was majorly affected by the flood, and his photographs of the damage are extremely depressing.

Not that videogames and videogame consoles were the worst losses or anything, but we can feel bad about the destruction of a huge videogame collection too right? Luckily, everything was insured, not that it makes the loss of these unique items any easier to handle.

Seen amongst the rubble are consoles from Sega Saturn to SuperGrafx that are now just mud-streaked relics. Dozens of trashed videogame controllers are in a tangled mess. The collector even had a nice selection of Game & Watch handhelds, a PocketStation, a 32X, and probably a bunch of other rare items that collectors are crying over. To be blunt, maybe the world is better off with one less 32X.

The great photos taken of the flood's destruction are like a rare glimpse into the future. After our civilization is gone, aliens will find collections like this strewn about our planet. They'll put Neo Geos into their museums and wonder what they were used for, questioning the strange writing and symbols stamped upon them.

The 43 pictures don't even show all of the destruction wrought by the flood, with more than 300 games also ruined. The story of the collector's dealings with the flood is available here, while a full gallery of the photos is here. It's sad, but also intriguing to see such a great collection covered in dirt.

You can help out those affected by the flood here

Source: NFG Photo, via HardOCP

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well that sucks for the guy.

And in my radioactive'd decaying health I shall dig out the last working console, hook it up to my small mammal powered generator and play mario to death!

Best end to humanity ever.

Lets share a moment for this poor man; that poor, poor soul.
Pictures like this though really tell the story of the destruction. It seems weird though like the more Northern and Southern areas of the world are acting up. Ungodly amounts of snow here in Canada, floods in Australia. Whats going on?

That sucks...so much.

Now we got to keep a careful eye on the consoles. Just in case they develop some kind of Post-Apocalyptic zombie flood virus that makes them COME BACK TO LIFE!

I thought that the floods were ongoing, actually, having been listening to the radio last night.

There have been some really sad stories coming out of these floods, too...this is pretty sad too, I mean a life's work...

Oh god the horror!! Show me no more!!
Those photos remind of this guy in Britain (I forgot his name but he is in some website) who has lost his collection during a heavy rain storm. He had place his collections in his shed which the shed broke apart during the rain exposing all of his games to the water.
None the less I feel sorry for those who had their entire collection in ruins.

Dear Lord, the horror!!!

It really sucks for him. Still, I wonder if he played them at all or simply kept them as relics.

wow. All the time it took for the guy to collect all that wonderful stuff and years he maintained it all...man that sucks. My sympathies to you, good sir.

Hmm that really makes me rethink my gaming wall, Maybe it would be better to get a big secure water and fire proof cd box. I mean If there was a flood or a fire, obviously you aren't getting your tv and consoles etc out.

Id rather be able to pick up a crate and book it than try and carry dozens of dvd boxes out of the house.

Edit: after looking some of the pictues If I was the guy(I'm an artist btw) Unless there was raw sewage in the parts I would wash them all very carefully and display them either in stacked clear racks or mount them flat against a wall. That's just me personally I'd love to have a bunch of broken old systems, I'd never play them anyway, I like my old games in my mind, it is too hard for me to go back and relive the horrible controls and camera angles of ages gone bye.

I really know how it feels...

Just like how Typhoon Ketsana ruined my possessions.

Fuck Floods!!!!! :E

:( I hope he can get back most of what he lost

Tom Goldman:

The great photos taken of the flood's destruction are like a rare glimpse into the future. After our civilization is gone, aliens will find collections like this strewn about our planet. They'll put Neo Geos into their museums and wonder what they were used for, questioning the strange writing and symbols stamped upon them.

Reminds me of Junk Mountain image

teh_Canape:

You must be a Chiver!

OT: It's just water damage. You could spend time, opening them up and cleaning them out. It's not like the electronics are fried.

I can't help but remember Planet of the Apes...

As if further proof was needed that the outside is an implacable foe of gamers everywhere.

I feel sorry for the guy but it is not lost if he tosses all of that he is an idiot most of it would probably work just fine with some diligent cleaning and drying. If he does not want to take the time to clean them he could send it all to me and I would have no problem going through and cleaning it all up. The only ones that will be really difficult would be the ones with cd rom drives as the lasers would be near impossible to get clean enough to work again.

Jesus...just imagining the time and money he spent on all that. Now it's gone. I feel sorry for him

This sucks, but most of those look like they still work.

Oh my god...OoO

Some people might see it as mere toys, but I know that this person has a lot of emotions, sweet memories and tons of dedication put into that. Loosing that must be heartbreaking indeed.

midpipps:
I feel sorry for the guy but it is not lost if he tosses all of that he is an idiot most of it would probably work just fine with some diligent cleaning and drying. If he does not want to take the time to clean them he could send it all to me and I would have no problem going through and cleaning it all up. The only ones that will be really difficult would be the ones with cd rom drives as the lasers would be near impossible to get clean enough to work again.

If you got such a collection I don't think you have to doubt that he'll try his very best to save as much as he can.

And that is why we need Water-proof CD-casings!

Is it wrong that looking at those pictures made me feel the same as when I look at world disaster pictures? It was like looking at an orphanage that has crumbled to the ground...

I couldn't look at them all. It hurts.

Not to sound like an arse or anything, but considering the rising death toll and the number of people who've had their entire lives destroyed (and home and contents insurance is usually not covered in the case of rising water), this doesn't inspire great bouts of weeping in me. Yeah this sucks, but it could have been so much worse for him.

Just look up the SES worker who watched his wife and children carried away by flood waters and then tell me this guy is suffering.

deadman91:
Not to sound like an arse or anything, but considering the rising death toll and the number of people who've had their entire lives destroyed (and home and contents insurance is usually not covered in the case of rising water), this doesn't inspire great bouts of weeping in me. Yeah this sucks, but it could have been so much worse for him.

Just look up the SES worker who watched his wife and children carried away by flood waters and then tell me this guy is suffering.

The existance of a greater loss doesn't make any loss less than that somehow ineligible for our sympathies. Stepping on a nail still hurts like hell even if there's someone else nearby who lost a foot.

which sucks, as a gamer, I was actually working with the State Emergency Services, in a crew sent from Victoria in the recovery up in QLD (before I was sent home to work the VIC floods) and I was seeing scenes like this.

Not to mention peoples homes and some of the missing people that had just been found. It was heartrending

paulgruberman:

deadman91:
Not to sound like an arse or anything, but considering the rising death toll and the number of people who've had their entire lives destroyed (and home and contents insurance is usually not covered in the case of rising water), this doesn't inspire great bouts of weeping in me. Yeah this sucks, but it could have been so much worse for him.

Just look up the SES worker who watched his wife and children carried away by flood waters and then tell me this guy is suffering.

The existance of a greater loss doesn't make any loss less than that somehow ineligible for our sympathies. Stepping on a nail still hurts like hell even if there's someone else nearby who lost a foot.

Very true, and I still have sympathy for this guy (never said I don't). He has lost an important part of his life, like so many others, that he will not get back (at least to the same level). I would not even try to compare any sense of loss I've felt to the loss he's probably feeling right now. But I'm a believer in putting things into perspective, and the guy who steps on a nail is still probably more concerned about the guy who lost a foot.

augh so much awesome once-mint stuff there id have given my left nut to own, the neogeo, the x68ks, the saturn variants. most of its stuff clueless insurance guys will look at and go meh old junk and give him fuck all compensation for too. makes me think its best just to keep stuff thats really important to you minimise the amount of other stuff cos it just gets in the way and make sure you have a way to pack up the important stuff and get it the fuck out quickly if you need to.

goes without saying there are lots of people who lost a lot more than him, you hear about them from other news sources and we know they're whats more important. this just points out another aspect of the disaster which wouldn't usually get reported and has special relevance to us. he may not have lost his life but he lost a big chunk of it that we share with him.

Lost In The Void:
Lets share a moment for this poor man; that poor, poor soul.
Pictures like this though really tell the story of the destruction. It seems weird though like the more Northern and Southern areas of the world are acting up. Ungodly amounts of snow here in Canada, floods in Australia. Whats going on?

maybe that global warming thats not happening?

this hurts me.

Lost In The Void:
Lets share a moment for this poor man; that poor, poor soul.
Pictures like this though really tell the story of the destruction. It seems weird though like the more Northern and Southern areas of the world are acting up. Ungodly amounts of snow here in Canada, floods in Australia. Whats going on?

A bond villain has finally gotten his weather machine working.

Lost In The Void:
Lets share a moment for this poor man; that poor, poor soul.
Pictures like this though really tell the story of the destruction. It seems weird though like the more Northern and Southern areas of the world are acting up. Ungodly amounts of snow here in Canada, floods in Australia. Whats going on?

this kind of thing is just big news lately especially with 2012 coming up (urgh) its just being reported more. its a big world this sort of thing happens nearly every day you get the odd big one now and then but thats no different from any other time.

Already got more comments here then the Australian flood thread itself.

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