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Ryan "Wish I had a cool nickname like these other guys" LaMere 

-Vintage Toy and Game hoarder, Wannabe store owner and professional bowler



Vital Stats:

                         Age: 38
                         Location: Ishpeming, MI (The middle of nowhere)
                         Marital Status: Happily married to my high school flame(most of the time)
                         Kids: 3 beautiful girls ages 5-10
                         Work: Co-Owner of a large resort, work as Management/IT/Web Developer/
Jack of All Trades

Random Thoughts:
 
*  I got my first NES on my 11th birthday in 1986. I'll never forget that day. I got money for my birthday and had a little league game. I remember standing in the outfield preoccupied with going to the store afterwards to get the NES. Its significant because playing Little League was like my favorite thing to do and the NES was more important at the time.

* Even though I am getting older I still am pretty active and play quite a few sports. I golf and play softball all summer and bowl/snowshoe in the winter. I suppose I would be considered a pretty good bowler as I carry a 200+ average each year and have shot a perfect 300 game.

* My system progression growing up: NES on my 11th birthday was first console. Then got a Master System (had to play Miracle Warriors and Phantasy Star). Next was a Genesis, soon followed by a SNES. Then took a bit of a Hiatus until the PS1 came out. Never had an N64. PS1 made me a Sony fanboy...got a Ps2, Ps3 and Ps4. Also had an xbox and 360 but didnt play them. Currently play a lot of current games online with friends (mainly ps3, ps4).

* Collecting History: I grew up collecting sports cards and comics and still have them. In college those markets crashed so I decided to try something new. My mome came home with a bag of NES games for me from a rummage sale for a dollar. I was excited by the nostalgia and then looked them up and realized there was a niche market. So I decided to start buying/selling collecting them. Did it for many years and had a great collection (minimal competition). In 2006-7 I was about to have my second kid and needed the room/money so I sold off almost all of my collection on EBAY (regret it still but oh well). In looking for other places to sell besides EBAY I found this place. In the meantime a friend of mine in Rhode Island calls me and asks if I am interested in his collection. I had seen it and said hell yeah. So we strike a deal and all of the sudden I have a collection again, although not mine. I had planned on selling it but I couldnt bring myself too, his stuff was so minty I couldnt do it. Several years later my quest for minty CIB games continues.

* Since I rarely find games locally I also collect/resell vintage toys/items. It is interesting and there is a lot of value sitting on those thrift store shelves. Just gotta do the research!

*  MY collecting priorities are all over the place. I am nearly done with CIB NES and close on SNES. Just started n64 and gameboy. Have a lot of PS1, genesis and SMS. Also love paper. I hoard the stuff. Manuals, boxes, guides... Currently I am looking for more oddball stuff. Signs, promos, etc..

* I have a degree in business management and work here: www.countryvillageresort.com    It is a pain in the ass but it pays the bills.


 

Kenneth "The Flame" Thrower   

-Obsolete Technology Enthusiast, embracer of over-priced redundant objects


Vital Stats:

                         Age: 31
                         Location: Lake City, FL
                         Marital Status: Happily married (sorry Luigi) to Amanda (A. Thrower here on NA)
                         Kids: Pets only: Rocky Balboa (Pomeranian), Korben Dallas (Maine Coon) & (Ellen) Ripley (Tabby)
                         Work: Owner & Co-Founder of Suwannee Cabinets, custom cabinetry and woodworker


 Random claims (backstory to how I ended up here on NA):

·         I’m the weird kid who kept his NES plugged in when he got a Super Nintendo and everything after.  For whatever reason I never thought to get rid of old technology and upgrade with new, instead I just add on more options to my entertainment system and keep enjoying the old stuff alongside the new.  Fast Forward 20+ years and my house looks like the other end of a portal attached to every kid from the 80s trash can.  Whether this is a plus or not is highly debatable.
·         I was hit with the opportunity to expand my old libraries when I started working at Toys R Us back in late 1998 (we didn’t have Funcoland or any used games in stores until the early 2000s around Tampa, FL where I grew up).  Back then there were plenty of 16 bit games still on the shelves, so for $7 to $15 I started collecting missed classics.
·         Fast forward some months and I begin buying and reselling Hot Wheels at the flea market due to the craze I witnessed from grown men coming into Toys R Us and fighting over toy cars.  Having insider access, I am making some side cash, until I run into the first dedicated old games booth at the flea market.  50c to $5 for most any old games seems fair.  I quickly  corner the rare NES market by buying the (at the time) rarest NES carts: Final Fantasy ($25) and Tengen Tetris ($50).  Success!
·         I built up my collection with a plethora of systems, which actually helped me land a job at Best Buy selling video games once again.  My manager was impressed I had over 35 systems hooked up at home, and customers never believed me when they asked “Which of the 3 systems do you have?” and I would reply “All of them.”   I took my biggest break when I moved from Tampa to Lake City and lived in an apartment with limited space for about 4 years.  Picked up a few things but not much at all.  During this time collecting and prices had started to rise, and I finally bought my own place and started opening all those boxes and the urge to finish my collections hit hard again.  Had a better job now, so I quickly doubled what took years before to buy.  Also started revisiting the forums and gaming sites I remembered getting so much info from.  I never joined in before, so I figured I could contribute for a change instead of being a shyguy.  NA was a natural choice, and very quickly I felt welcomed and part of the community.  I’m very glad to have become an active member of the community online, as I have advanced my knowledge in spades since and got to know and meet some really great members who I consider friends.  Thanks to everyone here for making such a great place to visit online. :)


Brian "That Guy" P.   

   - Mr T and old school rasslin' enthusiast, Bea Arthur admirer
                          
                         Vital Stats:

                         Age: 33
                         Location: Minneapolis MN
                         Marital Status: Happily married (sorry Toad) to Jamie
                         Kids: None yet (that I know of).
                         Work: Cog in the giant corporate machine.  (Mortgage Banking)                   

              Lets see here:
 

Dain "Obsessed Solomon's Key Guy" Anderson

- Founder, Programmer
Vital Stats:
Age: 40
Location: Durham, North Carolina (USA)
Marital Status: Happily married (sorry Peach) to Nancy Anderson
Kids: Two kids: My daughter Jarah and my son Eli.
Work: In Chapel Hill, NC at Terra Dotta (lead web programmer).

The idea for NintendoAge started in May 2002 and was inspired by several other sites, such as NESWorld, AtariAge some NES database site that is now defunct AFAIK (I forget the name, but I think Klarth Ailerion ran it). I liked the close-knit community at NESWorld, the format of AtariAge and the data organization from the NES database site. But I wanted all 3 of them in one place, so I decided to build it myself. I posted my idea on NESWorld and was flooded with people wanting to help out, sending in scans, etc. I worked on it, scrapped it, worked on it more, scrapped it, and did this several times with nothing ever really panning out. Anyone that's every done a game database will tell you how much tedious work it is.

Fast forward 4 years to August, 2006. Jason Smith (NationalGameDepot) and I were talking over the phone and I told him about the site, the state of things, etc. He basically called me almost daily after that point, heckling me to release it in it's unfinished state. And the site was born. In fact, It's still not finished! So for the record, if it weren't for Jason (NGD), NintendoAge.com would probably still be on a drive somewhere collecting microdust.

Since opening, It's been an uphill battle, trying to balance work with family life with site duties and maintenance, but I still love keeping it alive and love building on it as time permits. As a result, things haven't come along as quickly as I would have originally liked, but that's how life works sometimes.

Here's my excuse:

(Jarah and Eli)

Now on to some random factoids about me, inspired by the occasional email I get asking me if I'm "that one guy" (how many Dain Andersons are out there?!). I think it's because I'm on the internet a lot as a hobby and profession and I've been part of so many random things throughout my life that don't seem to logically connect.

That said, you might know me from (in no particular order)...

  • My stint as a webmaster of CFComet, a site dedicated to COM development in ColdFusion. The site has since died, but Michael Dinowitz at HouseOfFusion still has it up I think. My early articles on Regular Expressions (RegEx) in ColdFusion led me to...
  • My stint as a tech writer and editor for technical books. I've served as a major and minor contributing author on more than 10 books on the subject of web and SQL programming and served as a tech editor on a few others. A huge shout out to Ben Forta for giving me my first writing gig, and one that helped open the door to many great jobs. And to Michael Dinowitz for keeping the community alive all these years. I'm still around, just lurking in the shadows these days.
  • My stint in professionally-sanctioned Air-Hockey competitions in Colorado, Texas and California (yes, they really do have professional Air-Hockey!) If you think video gamers take collecting seriously, you should check out one of these events. A huge shout-out to Sean Peistrup, Mike Mosiniak and Keith Fletcher, some of the old Colorado crew that taught me all I needed to know in life by playing Air-Hockey.
  • My stint as a karate instructor and contender in karate tournaments in Colorado. This shout out goes to Sensei Joe Cooper who awarded me my first black belt by simply handing it to me at a tournament saying, "You're ready." Talk about confidence. I ended up taking third, and it was a NASKA AAA rated event with competitors from around the world. I lost to a Canadian! :)
  • My stint as a pool magazine columnist and avid pool player. Several years back I did a technology column for InsidePool magazine, on and off for about a year (I think I did 6-7 articles for them). When not writing, I could be found in various pool halls across North Carolina. Now that I'm a husband and father, I'm afraid my late-night pool-playing days are for the most part over. Every now and then I'll pick up my '91 custom Paul Mottey (it's a pool cue, but kinda like a Ferrari) and beat up the locals (heh, or not). A shout out goes to JR Calvert for giving me that opportunity. I know we fell out, but you're still OK in my book.
  • My stint as an online college instructor with Digital EDU (now defunct I believe). I taught college-accredited JavaScript, XML, CSS and HTML to people of all walks of life trying to get into web design. I still get questions to this day from some of my students, and it's been years since I did this.
  • My stint as a board member of the HTML Writers Guild (HWG) back in its glory days (1997 and 1998) when they had over 100,000 members. Basically, back when the HWG actually mattered and before the big merge (hmmm... I wonder if Kynn and Ann killed it? That's my guess). My primary responsibility other than voting on pointless issues was to maintain The Bookmark, which was their online computer book store. It was basically a front-end to the Barnes & Noble affiliate system. Oh, and a huge shout out to Gerald Oskoboiny (of W3C fame) -- we partied hard in N'awlins (New Orleans)!
  • My relation to Sloan Anderson, my rock star brother and lead singer of Single File:

    The band is no longer together, but they had a lot of fun while it lasted. You might still be able to get a copy of this CD at your local Best Buy.

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