Comment: OLDER WOMEN CAN PLAY!
Interests: PC games, Vintage JewelryQuote:
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Living well is the best revenge.
Yes, older women DO play video games. It always amuses me when some moralizing organization starts yet another campaign against action games. My favorite from a couple of years ago was the outrage over gamers using the "God" mode while playing. The obviously uninformed believed that this meant young male players thought they WERE God , tempted to shoot real human beings from the mount. Talk about stereotyping! In the minds of most Americans, gamers are young, gun-slinging males who moved from playing Dungeons and Dragons in their basements to the evil computer versions of mass murder. As much as I despise cults, I find myself a member of one after all. Yet, I haven't become more violent in my day-to-day activities, although I do occassionally look for the Save button after washing the dishes.
And, now, here are my non-negotiable terms of trade. Since I value the historical and collectable value of games, I only trade with those who share my committment to careful handling and shipping of these little gems.
SHIPPING - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
(1) I ship and expect to receive boxed games packaged in an OUTER BOX. If you do not want to ship this way, please say so. Don't agree to this condition of trade and then send your game to me in an envelope (after receiving my game packaged carefully in an outer box).
(2) I prefer to ship via MEDIA MAIL. It is reliable, can be tracked with delivery confirmation and takes only a few days longer than Priority at less than 1/2 the price. I will ship any way you like, however, as long as it is clearly stated and agreed to.
(3) NO FLATTENED GAME BOXES. If you plan to flatten your game boxes before shipping, please do not approach me with a trade or accept any trade offers from me. This method may have some popularity here, but I think it is absurd and destructive to the retail box, especially in collectable games that have already had plenty of wear and tear. There is no added postal charge for the air that exists inside a box and it seems to me a matter of "too-lazy-to-look-for-a-box-to-fit-the-games-into" mind-set. I'm sure I'm not alone in this thinking.
(4) Here's some EXCUSES I received from traders who shipped me games in envelopes and bubble bags (after agreeing to ship in an outer box): "I was very busy and didn't have time to find a box," "The post office didn't have the right sized box," "I didn't see your request for a box." And here are my answers: "If you're too busy to trade, decline the offer," "Get a box," and "Read this page and you'll know what I expect from traders (even though I clarify it in every single trade agreement)."
NEWBIES I would be happy to offer you advise and help you get the trade ready and shipped. If you have fewer than 10 trades, I expect you to send first.
RESPONDING TO YOUR PROPOSAL I try to respond to trade offers immediately, but sometimes I'm traveling on business and/or a little overwhelmed. I would recommend all traders making an offer change the response time from three days to five or seven days. I'm not sure it's reasonable to expect traders to be checking their emails every day. That is sometimes impossible. In any case, if you don't get a response from me within 3 days, assume I'm off somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and that I've missed out on a great opportunity.
If I'm home, you are guaranteed to get a response from me when you use the Offer system. It is a great way to get your game proposals posted automatically. Sometimes, when the offer negotiation gets complicated, it may not be feasible, but I think it's a great utility.
PET PEEVE I wish there were a more specific rating system for game condition. But let me provide guidelines for anyone wishing to propose a trade with me.
EXCELLENT means there are NO scratches on the CDs, the manual and box are great condition.
VERY GOOD means there may be a minor surface scratch or two (or surface scuffing) on the CDs, but the manual and box have no bends, dents, writing, tears on them.
GOOD means the CDs may show a small bit of wear and the box and manual may be in so-so shape (which should be specified in your listing or proposal).
FAIR means the CDs show considerable wear but work just fine. The box and manual have been around the block a few times.
That's where I stop considering a trade. So, please be honest when you rate the condition of your games. CDs covered with scuffs and scratches (and greasy fingerprints) are NOT Excellent!
CLEAN CDs PLEASE.And here's a tip from this Virgo: to clean CDs, wet a cotton ball, soak it in disk soap, run hot water over the CD, gently wipe the soapy cotton ball ACROSS the CD tracks, rinse the soap off by running hot water over the CD and BLOT dry with a paper towel. Presto! Shiney, new-looking CDs! If anyone has a better way to clean CD's, I'd love to hear from you.
Please don't send me grimey CDs!
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
(Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata")