New Thrift Store Acquisitions Special Issue: Brand New Classic My Little Pony PC Game and some PlayStation games!

No, I am not talking about the current Friendship is Magic line of My Little Pony, this one is titled Friendship Gardens, released in 1998 by Hasbro Interactive and developed by Ottawa-based Artech Studios, and it was never opened from the plastic wrapping, so it’s in brand new condition. Then there are four PlayStation 1 and 2 titles of interest, including the original Ridge Racer, Family Feud (the 2000 version), Shark Tale (Based on the Dreamworks movie), and Tourist Trophy (a motorcycle racing game from the makers of Gran Turismo)!

Another one of those rare PC games that I got from local thrift stores is Dr. Brain Thinking Games: IQ Adventure, released around the same year as the My Little Pony PC game for which I got both titles from one of the stores, and was published by Knowledge Adventure, the makers of the JumpStart series. The rest are all Music CDs, including a couple of Luther Vandross CDs, Spice Girls Forever, Paul Anka Duets, Harry Connick Jr. Your Songs, and NSYNC Celebrity. I also managed to get one 90s music on cassette, and that one in particular is from the singer who sings Christian music, Sheila Walsh, with her 1990 album, Hymns and Voices.

Thirteen acquisitions so far! Seems OK to me! Stay tuned for more blog posts here at Katie Cadet’s computer and video game collection, and take care!


Why I got a brand new iMac 4K (2017)

Since my current main go-to computer was a MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid-2009) running OS X El Capitan, it’s time for something new and updated for 2019! My parents researched far and wide for a computer that can do both video editing and gaming at the same time, while keeping in pace with all of the vintage Macs that I have, and long behold, a 21.5-inch iMac 4K (2017)! It appears to be running macOS Mojave 10.14.2, which I wrote about my impressions of the new OS earlier last year.

The specs are an Intel Core i5 Quad Core at 3.4 GHz, 8 GB of DDR4 built-in RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and 4 GB of AMD Radeon Dedicated Graphics. That gave me the ability to buy F1 2017 by Feral Interactive and DaVinci Resolve by Black Magic Design, both from the Mac App Store, so I can complete my iMac 4K experience. It also gave me the ability to try out Scratch 3.0, a Lifelong Kindergarten / MIT Media Lab program that allows users to use object-oriented programming to create all kinds of projects at any age, no matter if you are a kid or an adult!

Well, my dream came true, and after a long talk with my parents, I am happy with it! Stay tuned as I go through my computer and video game collection for future blog posts, and take care!

New Thrift Store Acquisitions New Year’s 2019 Edition!

To start off the new year, there’s not much in the video game department, but I did manage to get a few that are quite interesting! Here they are:

  • EA Sports NHL 15 (PlayStation 3)
  • Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (Windows)
  • JumpStart Advanced Preschool (Hybrid Mac OS/Windows)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (PlayStation 2)
  • Jak 3 (PlayStation 2)
  • ENCORE Elementary Advantage 2011 (Hybrid Mac OS X/Windows)

Six acquisitions so far, not too shabby! Anyways, it’s the new year (2019), so I’ll plan on installing the games on most of my computers and video game consoles that I have before experimenting with them! I’ll get back to you in future blog posts, so take care everyone!

LGR featured my thrift store finds!

A while ago, I sent LGR a picture of my thrift store finds! It happened on Episode 41 of his thrifting series! Here is the episode in question:

A selection of my “viewer” finds can be found at the 17:53-17:55 (or precisely 17:54) mark in the video.

Here is what’s on my picture, mostly big box PC games and software with exceptions in brackets:

  • Rayman Collector Collection Classique
  • 3D Home Architect Deluxe
  • The Sims Deluxe Edition
  • Matchbox Cross Town Heroes
  • Disney’s Atlantis The Lost Empire: The Lost Games
  • Ground Control
  • Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia 1996
  • Choose your own adventure: The Abominable Snowman (DVD Video)
  • Gran Turismo 5 (PlayStation 3)

I was lucky that a picture of my finds was featured by a YouTuber none other than LGR! Thanks to him! And have a happy 2019 everyone!

Christmas Gifts of Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection 2018!

Merry Christmas 2018! …and a happy 2019! As promised a little while ago, here are my very special christmas gifts for this year, mostly computer and video game related:

  • Nancy Drew: The Final Scene (Windows)
  • Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (Hybrid Mac OS X/Windows)
  • Need for Speed Underground 2 (PlayStation 2)
  • Crash Nitro Kart (PlayStation 2)
  • The Golden Compass (PlayStation 2)
  • Hot Wheels: Beat That! (PlayStation 2)
  • MX Unleashed (PlayStation 2)
  • Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (PlayStation 2)
  • Bionicle Heroes (PlayStation 2)
  • Suzuki TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing (PlayStation 2)
  • Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PlayStation 2)
  • PlayStation Underground JamPack Volume 12 (PlayStation 2)
  • ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation by Jonathan Zufi
  • iMac Portable Genius Second Edition
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Breakout: How Atari 8-bit computers defined a generation by Jamie Lendino
  • Teach Yourself Visually WordPress by Janet Majure
  • StarTech 7.1 PCI Express dedicated sound card (Probably useful on the HP DX5150 SFF)
  • Wi-Fi only pillow! 😀
  • 21.5 inch iMac 4K (2017)
  • PlayStation 2 port to USB adapter
  • Four Floppy Disk drink coasters! 😀
  • Lention HUB with USB-C, HDMI, and USB
  • BONUS: Planet Pop 3 on Music CD!
  • BONUS: Billy Joel Greatest Hits on Music CD!
  • BONUS: ABBA GOLD Greatest Hits on DVD Video!
  • BONUS: Sailor Moon 2019 Calendar!
  • BONUS: Aaron Neville – Warm Your Heart Cassette (1991)
  • BONUS: Kenny G Live Cassette (1989)
  • BONUS: All-4-One Cassette (1994)
  • BONUS: Janet Jackson – Janet Cassette
  • BONUS: My Little Pony Vinyl LP Record! (2016)

In total, that’s 32 surprises so far! Anyways, Merry Christmas and have a happy new year 2019!

2018 Recap of Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection!

2018 was a riveting year for Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection! And Christmas is just around the corner! To celebrate, I’ve compiled some highlights of the best of Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection’s discoveries from 2018! Here they are:

  • Global Star Software’s Mathatron and Personal IQ Test were found at local thrift stores and uploaded to the Macintosh Garden (for Mathatron) and the Internet Archive (both titles).
  • The Wonders of Electricity: An Adventure in Safety was uploaded to the Macintosh Garden since some copies were long gone from local public libraries and schools in the Ontario region of Canada, and I was the one who luckily rescued the 2000 HydroOne release since 15 years!
  • Fly’N Things, a Korean Paper Airplane Print Kit, was uploaded to the Internet Archive CD-ROM Images collection after 15 years gathering dust. I remember trying this out on an old Windows 98 machine some time ago!
  • Rockett’s New School was documented on MobyGames. Later on, an original copy was found as an early Christmas present. Also, prototype screenshots from the Purple Moon Sampler CD-ROM (Courtesy of the Internet Archive) were leaked right here on Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection.
  • Katie Cadet was one of the testers of the game Flight Unlimited II (by Looking Glass Studios) on a Gateway 3522 laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-BIT. Some technical difficulties were encountered when running it under Windows 7.
  • Equipment acquired: PlayStation 2 and Gameboy Advance.
  • Computers acquired: iMac G5, Apple IIGS, Macintosh LC 475, Bondi Blue iMac G3 (tray-loading).

That’s all of the best of Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection for 2018! Christmas gift unwrapping will come after the weekend from the day of this post! Merry Christmas, and have a happy 2019!