11.14.17

Gabbin’ with Gamers is
proud to introduce Robin, a.k.a. Retro Game Collector Sweden, from Instagram.
So without further ado, let’s learn more about this collector!
Rob, thank you for giving us this interview. I came
upon your Instagram page and I see that you’re a big collector. Can you tell us
a little bit about yourself?
Hey guys, my name is Robin
and I’m a 31 year old retro game collector from Sweden! I live in a house on
the countryside with my wife and 4 year old daughter, Ofelia. Apart from my
normal job, I do a lot of buying and selling old video games, as well as travel
to different retro exhibitions as a seller
J.
Can you tell us about how you got into gaming and
collecting?
Gaming was a big part of
my childhood and every birthday &Christmas, me and my brother always wished
for the newest games! We got the NES back in ‘86 and from there it went on to
Game Boy, SNES, Sega Mega drive, Game boy Advance, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. 


What was the first console and game that you owned?
The first console we got
was an NES, with about 20 games about 3 months after the release! The first
game I remember playing was Balloon
Fight
, still to this day one of my favorite games for the system!
Balloon Fight…a classic!

Do you have any fond childhood memories based around
gaming?
I have a lot of fond memories,
playing with friends and talking about secrets, tricks at school, beating hard
bosses, etc. However, my best memories were playing with my 3 year older
brother. I remember thinking he was invincible; he knew every trick, he never
got lost in The Legend of Zelda, and
he could pick up a new game and immediately figure out what to do!
Were any of your family members enthusiastic about
gaming?
My parents were pretty
into gaming back then and could stay up all night playing Bubble Bobble or Super Mario
Bros.
on the NES! I guess my interest in video games could not be avoided
J.
Let’s jump forward a bit. Here’s one to get you
thinking. If you weren’t collecting games, what would be your hobby?
I would probably collect
Whiskey or old toys from my childhood (He-Man!!).
As you’re aware, technology continues to advance the
gaming industry. Have you been a fan of these changes?
If it´s about the
graphics, I’m not a big fan. I prefer pixel perfection over 3D any day of the
week.
Where do you think technology will bring us in the
future?
I think we will see a lot
more VR in terms of “VR with friends” (a la multiplayer), and augmented
reality like Pokémon GO. I also think and HOPE that we will see a lot more
Indie studios, and preferably a lot more games with the retro look and feel to
it!
We at The Switch Effect are obviously big fans of
Nintendo’s new console. What are your impressions of the Switch?
It’s a solid, well made
console with great controls and great feel to it. The only thing it really
lacks is enough really good games.
Which new games are you looking forward to the most?
For the Switch, it would
be Rocket League and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild expansions!
We came across your Instagram account and loved seeing
your collections. What interested you in starting a social media account?
Thanks a bunch! My main reason
for starting the Instagram account was for insurance purposes. It was a good
way of keeping track of my collection, as well as share it with my fellow
co-collectors! What surprised me was the amount of nostalgic people who just
want to drop by to say hello or tell me that they love that game or tell a cool
memory from their childhood. Video games really connect people all over the
world – pretty amazing stuff
J.
That’s a nice set of cushions you got there!

What is the best way for our readers/followers to keep
up with you?
Join me on instagram
@RetroGameCollectorSweden and say hello
J.
Last question now that I’ve run you through the
gauntlet. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for the
interview guys! The best game of all times is probably Earthbound on the SNES, tightly followed by Final Fantasy III (VI) and Chrono
Trigger
J. Haters gonna hate. Peace out Game On!
Thank you again for taking
the time to speak with The Switch Effect and for our readers to learn more
about your gaming passion. 

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