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Rarest thing you own thread

Discussion in 'Rare and Obscure Gaming' started by ASSEMbler, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. ZonZon

    ZonZon Im ZonZon

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    I Hope this counts as Rare:)
    Phantom Crop.jpg
    It was found in a warehouse here in town (Sarasota Florida)
    ,taken to an independent game store by a construction worker
    ,bought by an employee of the game store,
    and sold to me when no one believed it was real.
     
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  2. ZonZon

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    It had no hard drive ,processor or ram . I took it to a computer repair in Venice Florida.
    It is now a MAME machine.
     
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  3. la-li-lu-le-lo

    la-li-lu-le-lo ラリルレロ

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    That sucks. They turned a prototype of an unreleased system into a MAME machine? They took something really unique and turned it into something totally boring...
     
  4. Jacob Grahn

    Jacob Grahn Newly Registered

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    The rarest thing I own is a like-new copy of Super Mario Sunshine complete with all the documents and a little flyer for Nintendo Gaming Magazine or something like that.
     
  5. speedyink

    speedyink Site Supporter 2016

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    Yeah that seems kinda tragic..
     
  6. Syclopse

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    All they did is installed a hard drive, CPU and RAM and loaded whatever on it, no harm done seeing these parts were never with the unit to begin with.
     
  7. Borman

    Borman Xbox Archivist Staff Member

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    Yeah, it's not as though its been stripped down and rebuilt for MAME. I know Id love to have a Phantom unit sometime.
     
  8. speedyink

    speedyink Site Supporter 2016

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    True, for some reason I'd all be into making it as close to what it would have been originally. Just slap on Windows XP and some good ~2005ish games installed, maybe use a skin to make it seem more like a console. MAME machines belong in little arcade cabinets :p
     
  9. Syclopse

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    It doesn't look like the Phantom design that I've seen before either. Logo looks legit though.
     
  10. Ed Hunter

    Ed Hunter Site Supporter 2015. Site Patron.

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    That Phantom is a great find! I've been researching and collecting for the Phantom for a few years now and it's hard to find anything Phantom related let alone a prototype console. I'll share what I know about it, but please take what I say with a grain of salt. I found it very difficult to sort through the hype and litigation to find some basic facts. I think my information is solid, but to be frank, there is a lot of BS surrounding the Phantom.

    I think what you have is an original Phantom prototype that was built to promote at the big game conferences. According to my research, they built 5 prototypes of the original design and one was destroyed with a blunt instrument at a gaming show. So, it's 1 of possible 4, which is definitely a really rare find.

    Also, I wouldn't worry about replacing the missing parts with newer components. The original prototypes were allegedly built in just 5 weeks. They had just enough time to design and build 4 cool looking gray cases (and 1 in black?). They didn't have time to really engineer the internals or design any software. So, they used low-mid level gaming PC components with a standard OS that ran a promotional video for the conferences. I'm guessing it's probably a rumor, but I was told that some of the parts in the 1st generation prototypes were harvested to repair the 2nd generation prototypes that broke down.

    Ultimately, you have a super rare unreleased console. It doesn't matter if you installed mame or upgraded the parts. It was just a PC anyway and I don't think the original HDD had anything special on it. Whatever the case, I would love to have it in my Phantom collection one day! Congratulations! -Ed

     
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  11. ZonZon

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    Just to ad the prototypes were built here in Sarasota Fl. by Robrady a design firm that I had a tour of ,
    and the only reason I believed the phantom to be real.
    When I compared the pictures on there site with the unit I have I lost any doubt. phantom19.jpg infinium-labs-rear-view--[field_seo_keywords-formatted].jpg
    https://www.robrady.com/design-project/infinium-labs-phantom-game-console
    There is an article on ArsTechnica About me taking it in to the shop in Venice Florida.
    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015...nto-my-shop-with-an-infinium-phantom-console/
    The facts of the story aren't completely accurate.Some of it they just made up.
    But it is still cool.
    Here Is a pic of the guy taking the picks in that article.
     

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  12. aspect

    aspect Site Supporter 2015

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    It's great to see that another prototype survived. :)
     
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  13. n1nty

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    My boxed gp32 games is mine , nothing to fancy but i do love the little system.
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    :)
     
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  14. Borman

    Borman Xbox Archivist Staff Member

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    Let me know when it's time to get rid of yours
     
  15. aspect

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    That time may come. I have several things to do with it first, however. :p
     
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  16. ZonZon

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    That is really cool!
     
  17. Yakumo

    Yakumo Moderator Staff Member

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    That's actually really cool. You don't see many GP32 collections out there.
     
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  18. port187

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    150058602219111196722.jpg Never seen one before so I guess pretty rare:
     

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    Stipo360 Dead Rising & XDKs

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    Dead Rising 0.50 Disc
    Dead Rising 0.70 Disc
    Dead Rising E3 Disc
    Dead Rising Preview Disc
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    [Images in spoiler]
     
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