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OBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – Just take a hard left at Daeseong-dong…5

Continuing
“Hey, Viv!”, I say, as we’re all being shuttled onto the bus which will take us to our hotel, “Toss me one of those miniatures, if you please. Yeah. Of course, Vodka’ll do. It’s bloody dusty round these parts.”
Viv chuckles and asks if anyone else wants anything. He’s a consummate scrounger and somehow sweet-talked a demure and pulchritudinous female Air China cabin attendant out of her phone number, Email address, and a case of 100 airline liquor miniatures.
That he looks like a marginally graying version of Robert Mitchum in his heyday and speaks fluent Dutch, French, and Italian might explain his success. I mean, a guy with four ex-wives can’t be all wrong, right?
He’s a definite outlier in this crowd. We could be characterized as a batch of aging natural geoscientists who collectively, sans Viv, add up to an approximate eight on the “Looker” scale. Besides the years, the mileage, the climatic, and industrial ravages, it’s a good thing we all have expansive personalities, as most of us are dreadful enough to make a buzzard barf.
But, save for Viv, no one presently here is on the make. Oh, sure; we’ll all sweet talk some fair nubile into a free drink or a double when we really ordered a regular drink, but we’re all married, most terminally, that is, over 35 years and counting. The odd thing is that save and except for Viv, none of us married folk had ever been divorced.
That is strange, considering that the global divorce rate hovers around 50%, and we are often called to be apart from kith and kin for prolonged periods. However, we are always faithful and committed to our marital units and those vows we spoke all those many long decades ago.
But, hey, we’re all seriously male and not anywhere near dead; and there’s no penalty for just looking, right?
Continuing.
We’re all loaded on a pre-war, not certain which war, by the way, bus which stank of fish, kimchee, and diesel fuel. We really don’t care even a tiny, iotic amount. It’s free transport, we’re tired of traveling, and not keen on walking any further than we absolutely have to.
Viv has been passing out boozy little liquor miniatures, and I’ve been handing out cigars since I bought a metric shitload back in Dubai Duty-Free and somehow got them all through customs.
We didn’t light up, as there was neither a driver nor handler present. So, we figured we’d all just wait on the cigars, and concentrate on having a little ground-level “Welcome to Best Korea” party until the powers that be got their collective shit together and provided drivers, herders, and handlers.
We sat there for 15 long minutes. Being the international ambassadors of amity and insobriety, we started making noises like “Hey! Where’s our fucking driver?” and “I am Doctor Academician! Of All State Russian Geological Survey! How dare you make me wait?
Suddenly, a couple of characters in ill-fitting gray suits and fake Rays Bans are outside the bus having a collective meltdown. Somehow, someone fucked up and put us on a ‘regular’ bus and not the ‘VIP’ bus. In other words, we got to see what the locals really got to ride around Pyongyang on instead of our supposed to be impressed by the bus that wasn’t there; but was now just arriving.
A spanking new purple-and-chrome Mercedes long-haul bus shows up. It even has our group name emblazoned above the placard that normally tells where the bus is headed or who it is for: “’국제 석유 지질 과학 연합’ [Gugje Seog-yu Jijil Gwahag Yeonhab] or ‘International Union of Petroleum Geological Sciences’”.
We are brusquely ordered off our present bus and into the opulent, obviously bespoke, bright yellow faux-leather interior Mercedes-Benz Tourismo RH M. It’s so new and so obviously a ploy to get us to think that all things here are so new and opulent, it even smells of that new car, ah, bus, aroma.
“Well, we’ll take care of that soon enough”, I muse, as the bus is equipped with ashtrays and we’re going on the scenic route to our hotel, which is only 25 or so kilometers from the airport. However, it was announced that it’ll take us about 2 hours to get to our hotel since we need to see the city in its best light and get a feeling for the town if we should ever find ourselves lost and alone.
We all know what’s going on. They’re getting our rooms ‘ready’ for our arrival and need some extra time to make sure everything’s all wired in and transmitting properly.
“Guys”, I muse to our new handlers, “I’ve been to the Soviet Union, pre-wall fall. I stayed in places where I was definitely among the first westerners ever to grace their porticos. We’re a busload of natural scientists, of eight different nationalities, covering the economic spectrum from staunch capitalism to sociable socialism to hard-core communism. You even think for a second we’re going to spill any beans about anything you’d find interesting or useful? Think again.”
In fact, it would become a running joke between us all to see what sort of fake bombshells we could drop into the normal conversation what would give the listener’s the greatest case of the jibblies.
But for now, our bags were all loaded into the cargo compartment of this very, very nice, I must admit, mode of conveyance. Our handlers: ‘Yuk’, ‘No’, ‘Man’, and ‘Kong’, are all seated upfront and please with their latest tally of bodies. We have a couple of shady fellow travelers with the knock-off Ray-Bans and shiny gray suits that just appeared out of the woodwork in the back, seated by the loo, watching over all of us, and we’re going on a fucking city tour, whether we like it or not.
We’re all present and accounted for. Let’s keep our camera in our bags for the time being as the drinking and smoking lights had just been lit as the bus fired up its new German-engineered and machined precision diesel engine.
The bus rumbled to life and after a moment or two of checking that all dials, gauges, and indicators were where they were supposed to be; without so much as a cursory glance, we pulled out into traffic.
Except there was none.
Not another bus, pushbike, tap-tap, scooter, car, truck, hover-board, or motorcycle in sight.
Nothing.
Seems we were a big deal. They shut down the main drag so we wouldn’t be encumbered by such proletariat things like traffic jams or people-things cluttering the roadway, clambering for a look at the Western scientific cadre.
So, away we whizzed, sans traffic and into the very belly of the beast, and onward; eventually, towards our hotel.
Our handlers were very kind to point out passing scenes of interest.
“Look, look! There’s the Potong River. Notice all the lovely birds, ‘eh what? See the Norwegian Blue? Beautiful plumage!”
“See here, look. Here’s the Taedong River. Many forms of fish in the river. Maybe we’ll see some fishermen. If you like, we can stop, and ask them about today’s catch.”
We all declined, as we were certain that the fish the ‘random fisherman’ we’d talk to was flown in fresh from elsewhere earlier in the day.
Besides, we were comfortable. We had our drinks, our cigars, and we were leaving the driving to someone else.
After being driven around the city and seeing all the wonderful monuments, like the faux Arch of Triumph, which looks exactly unlike its namesake Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris.
The Arch of Reunification, a monument to the goal of a reunified Korea, which, by necessity, is unfinished. Then there’s the Tomb of King Tongmyŏng, where people are lining up, just dying’ to get in.
Finally, we all called for our hotel, the Yanggakdo, after yet another mausoleum, the Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun.
Arches or tombs. Such a stunning array of monuments and places of less than moderate interest.
We were interested in Mirae Scientists street (Future Scientists street). It is a street in a newly developed area in Pyongyang to house scientific institutions of the Kim Chaek University of Technology and its employees. But we were told that it was too late, there was not much there to see, we needed to express written permission to visit, and we’d be going there tomorrow or next week.
We wheel into the parking lot of the Yanggakdo Hotel and are immediately unimpressed by the pseudo-Baroque concrete fiasco that appears to stand, wobbly, before us. It’s a page right out of the Soviet Construction-For-The-Masses Handbook. A cold, gray concrete edifice with multitudes of seemingly little, tiny windows. A perfect metaphor for our travels thus far; look at the expansiveness of Best Korean wonders, through this pinhole.
However, we judged too soon. We were told to go inside and check-in, whilst our luggage would be de-bussed for us and handled by the expertly efficient hotel staff. The lobby was opulent, tastefully laid out in earth tones of facades of veneers of marble, granite, some garnet-mica schist, if my hand lens doesn’t lie, some Prepaleozoic anatectic migmatite, displaying intricate and intense plication, xenoliths, and graphic delineation of minerals by segregation through melting points. There was a gigantic well-appointed and well kept up aquarium, complete with snuffling sharks and nuclear-submarine sized groupers.
Very handsome indeed. Impressions increasing slightly.
Then we see that there’s a bloody casino on the bottom floor of the hotel, several bars interspersed throughout the hotel, and karaoke, of which I’m not terribly fond, but some of my European counterparts almost swooned at the prospect. There are a large pool and weight rooms/gymnasia, saunas and places to relax outside of one’s room, but still under the watchful eye of the thousands of ill-concealed video cameras at every turn.
“Covert surveillance” may be a thing in Best Korea, but it’s a practice still leaves a lot to be desired. The Eastern Siberian Russians back before the wall fell were more covert with their obvious button audio microphones woven into the fabric covering the headboard of your Intourist bed than the Best Koreans here. Their cameras were ‘disguised’ as flower arrangements, overhead lights, and speakers inexplicably placed into things like standing ashtrays, refuse bins, and randomly placed holes in the wall.
The floors were all covered with exquisite what looked to be hand-woven rugs of most vibrant crimson and gold; the usual Communistic colors. Always with some sort of floral pattern or pattern that’s supposed to be reflective of nature, as I was told. Evidently, for workers to remember what nature was as they don’t get out much with 14 to 16 hours workdays here in the Worker’s Paradise.
Enough of the travelogue; we all wander up to the front desk, and each with their own passport in hand, request our reserved rooms. We supposed that we would all have rooms on different floors as the reservations were made, expired, re-made, juggled, rebooked, allowed to expire, re-jiggered, and finally formalized a scant week before we left the UK.
Nope. No such luck. We were all on the 39th floor. The place boasts 47 floors, of which, the top floor is a revolving restaurant. Evidently, food tastes better when you’re rotating.
However, it won’t spin unless you first buy a drink.
We had that thing whirling like a NASA centrifuge after its discovery the second night.
Yeah, all 12 of us are bivouacked on the 39th floor. A floor with approximately 30 rooms.
I guess we could have played “Room Roulette” and see who got which room and who’s luggage. Or we could switch every day or two to drive our handlers nuts. Or, we could just take our assigned rooms, which were conveniently located one empty room apart.
Meaning, no one had adjoining rooms. Why? Fuck if I know. We didn’t spend much time in our rooms, and that time was either sleeping or showering. We’d all meet at the bar, casino, restaurant, karaoke, bowling alley (all three lanes) or actual meeting rooms every once in a while when we thought we should get together and compare notes. It was the most inexplicable situation.
Plus, we spent an inordinate amount of time waiting on the fucking elevators to take us to our room. These elevators, and if you think you’re going to get a batch of aging senior scientists to schlep it up 39 floor’s worth of stairs, think again; are the slowest elevators in the civilized world. And that was the consensus of scientists representing not only Europe and North America, but Russia as well. 15-25 minutes added to each journey, up or down; stopping on every floor, except 5, on the way down..
Jesus Q. Fuck, dudes. If you can’t construct a bleedin’ elevator that works better than those at the Sozvezdie Medveditsy Guest House in Lesosibirsk, Eastern Siberia; then I suggest you seriously rethink your plans for world domination and new world order.
Grako and Erwin once, while waiting for the fucking elevator, figured out that we were earning some US$25 each just to wait for the lift to arrive and take us to our rooms. Every day. Sometimes several times per day.
With that, we all agreed to toss our “waiting time” funds into a kitty and on our last day of captivity here, blow it all in the hotel casino. Whatever became of that would be donated to the Koreans we thought most deserving of our largesse.
Would it be our handlers? How about the Korean Scientists we’d be meeting? The affable and most accommodating concierge? Or that plucky little Korean charwoman who was always on our floor and kept everything spotless, right down to our freshly laundered and pressed field clothes and newly polished field boots; done without our requesting or knowledge?
Only time would tell.
It could be a fortune or it could be bupkiss. Just like our expectations of the Heavenly Kingdom where we were currently sequestered.
As it was, with our official protestations, they kept only photocopies of our passports as we roundly refused and threatened a full-scale karaoke battle right here in the lobby if they didn’t relinquish our passports immediately. I had broken out my nastiest cigar and was primed to offend.
With that, we all had our keys and trooped over to the elevators for our first, of many, inexplicable waits. We made many uncharitable and potentially nasty remarks about the Anti-Western posters that made up some of the wall décor. Once we finally made it to our floor, we all fanned out to find our rooms. Viv found his first and was quite pleased to report to the rest of us that there was a “Welcome” basket in his room.
We all hoped that we would be receiving one a well.
I was in room 3914; which I considered a close call, but later only wondered as there was no 3913. Upon entering, I saw it was 1980s Hotel 6 opulent, but with an excellent over-city view. True it was late, dark, and the city was only somewhat lit up; I was looking forward to the view of the town in full daylight.
The room had a ‘king’ bed; that is if the king in question was Tutankhamen, the stubby, Egyptian boy king. The bed had no mattress pad and no box spring but it was hard enough for my liking. Many of my compatriots didn’t agree and complained bitterly. They eventually received thin mattress pads for all their kvetching.
There was an ancient Japanese color television, which only had 2 English language channels - Al Jazeera and the BBC, which was on a dated news loop. Watching the local channel is amusing though; the ads for ‘personal enhancements’ were hilarious, even without understanding a word of the language.
There were a couple of chairs and a low table, built-in dresser drawers for our clothes, a rusty and probably unusable room safe with corroded batteries, a small table built out of the wall that would serve as my travel office, and would-you-believe, a rotary telephone; how’s that for nostalgia?
There was an old-model radio built into the nightstand next to the bed. I was very surprised to find it not only received AM, FM but shortwave as well. I had brought along a pair of Bose headphones and during some rainy down days, spent many fun-filled, and I mean that sincerely, hours DXing from the comfort of my ‘enormous’ king bed.
Beyond that, the room was very nondescript. Like any other of the millions of rooms in hotels around the world that unlike here, aren’t claiming a 5-star rating. I mean, it was clean, if not a little long in the tooth. But didn’t smell too terrible, even after I took care of that with my Camacho offerings. It was utilitarian, everything worked, even the water pressure, which surprisingly could strip off layers of one’s skin if you weren’t careful.
The bathroom, though no Jacuzzi, had a large enough bathtub for the occasional soaking period. Western accouterments in the bathroom were also welcome additions. My knees can’t handle the traditional squat-holes any longer.
There were an electric teapot and several brands of tea, but no coffee. A quick “Gee! I sure wish I had some coffee!” to the four walls and damned if 30 minutes later, a porter didn’t arrive to replenish my tea and courtesy in-room coffee…
There was a small Japanese brand in-room refrigerator which I thought might house a mini-bar. Oh, no! It was actually a complimentary larder stocked with all sorts of Best Korean goodies. Multiple cans of Taedonggang beer. Several bottles of Pyongyang Soju, in various flavors ranging anywhere from 16.8 to 53 percent alcohol by volume. My fridge was skewed towards the right-hand side of the bell curve; the more heavy-duty boozy side.
Evidently, my reputation had preceded me again.
There was a selection of German-style wheat beers from the Taedonggang Brewery and the more familiar ales, steam beers, and lagers. There were some imported beers like Heineken, Bavaria, Pils, a couple of Japanese brands: Asahi and Kirin, and something called ‘Hello Beer’ from Singapore.
There were also ‘sampler’ bottles of Apricot Pit wine, and a couple of high-alcohol fruity liquors made from constituents such as apple or pear, and mushrooms. There were also special medicinal liquors like ‘Rason’s Seal Penis Liquor’.
That is going home with me unopened.
There were a couple of bottles of local sake, called Chonju. Finally, there was a couple ‘samplers’ of homemade alcohol known as Makkoli. Plus there was something called ‘Corn Grotto’, which for the life of me, looks and tastes much like a very passable Kentucky Sippin’ Bourbon.
I put our concierge on instant danger money the very next day. He’s yet to source me more than a fifth of the stuff so far.
I found that there is a popular drink here which mirrors the Yorsch of Mother Russia. Beer and soju can be mixed to create *somaek’; a foamy, frothy, funky drink of many flavors, depending on the soju chosen.
Is ethnoimbibology at thing? The science of how different cultures drink and the effects of drinking culture on different societies. If not, now I have another Ph.D. to pursue after I endow a chair at some likely Asian university.
Anyways, in everyone’s room was a “welcome” basket, just chock full of Best Korean goodies. Postcards, stamps, ads for coin sets, stamp proofs and other goodies that could be purchased at the hotel. There was a field notebook, which I thought was a very nice addition, newspapers, cookies, crackers, biscuits, candies, fruit drinks, and some fresh fruit; although tamarind chewies and durian chips aren’t on my list of personal favorites.
There were a couple of tour books, just chock full of staged photos. These were very nice as well, as so far, we haven’t had much time for shopping outside of government stores or smaller family-run shops in town or out in the boonies.
A few of us were hungry and decided to see what the hotel had to offer room service-wise.
Bupkiss.
But, they did have a selection of restaurants. There is a Chinese restaurant, a European restaurant, and a Korean restaurant on site but they all serve the same food...a Best Korean attempt at western food. And it was weird being the only ones in the restaurant even though it was fully staffed.
We grazed lightly and decided to do some late-night perambulations around our hotel. Our handlers admonished us to stay within the confines of the hotel, or see them if it was absolutely necessary to go walkabout. In the hotel, we were on our own.
We found that there were tunnels in the hotel’s basement. The basement tunnels were a real bonus. There’s a bar with pool tables, a karaoke room, bowling, and a massage parlor, where I was beaten and pummeled into submission by tiny, diminutive, little Korean lassies fully 1/5th my size.
It was wonderful.
There was a hairdresser’s, who were completely befuddled by my shoulder-length silver-gray locks and full gray Grizzly Adams beard. They did provide a lovely shampoo/cranial massage though for the equivalent of US$2.
There were a couple of shops selling Chinese goods rather than local stuff, which was sort of disappointing, a cold noodle bar, and another casino. No shops selling Korean Communist propaganda posters, as I wanted to augment my Soviet-era collection. Perhaps I’ll find something in-country later on.
We were shocked to find that the casino had WiFi that was uncensored and we were able to access; after a fee of liquor miniatures and a cigar or two. We were supposed to have access to the global internet, not local intranet, from the universities that we would be visiting. However, all of that was under the heavily squinting eyes of handlers and guys in shiny suits wearing fake Ray-Bans.
I still had my secret satellite internet lash-up available, but that was iffy, a pain in the ass to set up, and ridiculously expensive. However, it did work on the 39th floor and the times I used it instead of wandering down to the tunnels, no one appeared to be the wiser. Thus far.
So typically, we’d just head to the basement casino with our laptops, iPads, and phones. Bam! Robert’s your Sister’s Husband, we could connect more-or-less free with the outside world; hence how you are reading this now.
Herro! “Yes, I’d sure like another beer. This time a porter, if you please.”
The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain. Or the more they put into locks, the easier they are to pick.
Besides, we were told we’d have access to unfettered and free internet. OK, so we just found it for ourselves. Whaddya expect? We’re scientists, motherfucker, back off.
Ahem.
Back to reality.
The breakfast buffet the next morning had a wide choice of Asian and Western food, although the choices seemed to be the same every day. The main event was to beat the Chinese tourists to the egg station every morning. Breakfast always included fried eggs, a limited selection of pork, kippered fish, potatoes, rice, fruit, and a very Titanium-dioxide-white white bread
After a while, I took to going to the small market behind the lobby, buying some imported Chinese or Japanese nibbly bits and heading to the tunnels for a few breakfast beers before the long hard day’s work. It took almost a week, but I gained the trust of some of the workers in the tunnels and they showed me the on-site microbrewery at the hotel. It produced very passable, and very, very cheap beers of several varieties.
Liquid bread. Beer. Is there nothing it can’t do?
After breakfast our first day at the hotel, we were told to meet in the Conference Room “Il-sung” as we were going to have a ‘Welcome foreign imperialist scientists’ introduction and indoctrination.
Besides our handlers and the shiny-suit squad, there were several Korean folks we didn’t recognize. These were students, scientists, and scholars from the Kim Chaek University of Technology, Kim Il-sung University, the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology; all hailing from Pyongyang, and the University of Geology from North Hwanghae Province.
“Oh, marvelous”, Erlen remarked, “It’s going to be a bloody Chautauqua. We’ll be here all day.”
“Well”, I replied, “It could be worse. We could be on a bus headed off on another unscheduled road trip.”
As we found our seats, our Korean counterparts were busily setting up portable screens, like the ones your grandfather had for showing his 2.1 Googleplex worth of travel slides every Christmas or Thanksgiving get-together. They had a couple of ancient Chinese brand laptops that could have doubled for body armor, they were so thick and heavy.
While they fiddled with running cords for the overhead projectors and 16mm film projector; yes, it was going to be movie time as well, the hotel’s restaurant folks wheeled in carts laden with scones, cupcakes, and other sweet sorts of bakery. Another cart was wheeled in with pump-pots of hot water, tea, and coffee. Usual scientific meeting fare.
There was one final cart that made the day bearable. It held a pony keg of hotel micro-brewed beer on ice, with several dozen frosty mugs available for all who wanted to partake.
There were instantly 12 mugs that were spoken for.
I grabbed a cold beer and wandered around the conference room, sipping beer, chewing on an unlit cigar, and just trying to be pleasant to our hosts and their scientific guests. I was surprised when one North Korean professor, who spoke amazingly British-tinged English, offered me a light for my cigar.
“Is smoking allowed here?” I asked.
“Allowed?” he laughed heartily, “My good man, it’s practically a prerequisite.”
“Here then”, I said, offering him a nice, unctuous Camacho, “Try one of mine.”
Dr. P'ung Kwang-Seon of the North Korean University of Geology became my instant and lifelong friend at that moment.
We had a very nice chat, much to the chagrin of the gray suit cadre, who could hear what we were talking about, but probably didn’t understand anything beyond every 8th word.
After a while, we were asked to take our seats, after refreshing our drinks, and introduced to the group of Korean geoscientists we’d be interacting with during our stay here in Best Korea.
I tried to record every name, but between the students, other scholars, and professors from the various universities, I decided I’d ask for a list of participants once the day had worn on. After all, they had all our names, references, and resumes if the thick folio they kept referring to was any indication.
There were a couple of hours of introductions, as every one of the Korean geoscientists there introduced themselves, mostly through translators, told of their personal area of specialty, and their latest work.
Most were what would be considered geoscientists, but oddly enough, not one that you would consider a petroleum geoscientist, however tangentially.
There were geomorphologists, structural geologists, petrologists, mineralogists, marine geologists, engineering geologists, and seismologists. However, there were no stratigraphers, sedimentologists, paleontologists, or geochemists. We were all geoscientists, but apart from the obvious Korean:English disparity, it was as if we spoke different scientific languages as well.
That would be our first hurdle to overcome.
They had no oil industry here; none whatsoever, therefore why one would bother with the geosciences that fed directly into petroleum? That, in and of itself, would make it difficult to explore for oil in the country. Couple that with the fact that they’re so insular, think their version of ‘science’ is the best, at least that’s the official line, and think all other’s ‘science’ is capitalistic, substandard, and inferior doesn’t bode well for your country discovering anything either oily or gassy.
We were having another conclave around the beer keg, ack, err…a ‘coffee break’ and I mentioned this fact to my scientific colleagues.
“Guys”, I need input here, “We’re going to get precisely nowhere if they won’t even acknowledge that they have major problems from the start.”
Ivan replies, “Very true. I’ve seen this before back home. You get a group so entrenched in their own little corner of science, they can’t even accept or acknowledge that others exist. Not only exist but actually know more about a certain problem than do you.”
Dax joins the fray, “Sure, that’s very true, but who’s going to tell them this unfortunate fact? They could take that as a personal, national, and global insult. Imagine you’re at an international conference and a bunch of foreigners walk in just to tell you you’ve been doing it all wrong for the last 75 years.”
I add, “Remember, though. These characters are scientists as well. I think it’ll be a good measure of seeing what sort of science and scientist we’re dealing with here. If they are truly researchers, they’ll listen to and evaluate what we say as for veracity and accuracy. If they’re just a bunch of Commie goons; no offense, Comrade Academician Ivan, they’ll get all pissed off, kick us out, and we get to go home and enjoy our triple Force Majeure pay.”
Ivan walks over and deliberately steps on the toes of my newly polished field boots.
“In Soviet Russia, field boots walk on YOU.” He laughs in his heavily inflected, and scary, Soviet-era speech…
“Yes, I agree”, Joon adds, “But who is going to address this issue with our hosts? Perhaps one of our Russian comrades, as they are, or were, more politically aligned with our Korean friends and perhaps best understand the issue?”
Ack speaks up, grinning maniacally, “No, I disagree. We should have the one person here who so encapsulates the ideologies and political leanings that they love to hate here so much. You know; the quiet, diminutive, and soft-spoken North American…”
Dax recoils, “Oh, no! I’m not going out in front of this mob of ornery Orientals…”
I smile wanly and tell Dax to cool out.
“Relax, Dax. They’re talking about me.”
“Oh, yes”, a collective group of voices replies, “Yes. Let out fearless Team Leader break the bad news to our Eastern Colleagues. That way we can gauge their reactions to being bounced around scientifically by a member of the Evil Capitalist Cartel.”
“OK”, I reply, “I’ll do it. But be forewarned, my fine feathered fiends. I get stuck on a topic that’s not precisely my bailiwick, I’m going to throw your ass to the wolves. Remember, we’re all in this together.”
Whoops, and catcalls were reduced to mumbles and ‘Aw, fucks.’.
Chautauqua resumption was called and I asked for the floor.
It was a bit off the agenda, but since they’ve been chewing the air for the last several hours, they understood it would be appropriate for us to at least try and get a word in edgewise.
I downed my beer, and grabbed a fresh one as what I was going to say was going to be harsh, cut-and-dried, and rather pointed. But delivered in a pleasant manner.
I hoped.
This all had to be filtered through a series of translators, one for general conversational Korean and another for the more technical and scientific transliterations. I realized I was going to be up here for a while. So, I brought a cigar.
One way or another, I was going to deliver our pronouncements and hell, I may as well be comfortable while doing it.
.
“Greetings and felicitations, my Eastern Colleagues. Let me first say how nice it is to be here in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as part of the ….”
I’m going to fast-forward through all the flowery bullshit and introductory happiness; I’ll going to just cut to the guts of the matter.
“…Now, you do know why there has been virtually no oil, gas nor any other hydrocarbon related deposit discovered here in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea?” I asked by way of a rhetorical question.
I sipped my beer and lit my cigar. In for a chon, in for a won.
I let the buzzing subside on the side of our eastern counterparts.
“Because, and please do not take this as insulting or derogatory, but as a statement of irrefutable fact, no one with the proper training nor experience has been looking. You’re historically guilty of applying the science incorrectly and letting dogma and politics guide your search, instead of the scientific method and the facts. Geology, like all natural science, is just as truth based on the facts for a capitalist as it is for a communist. Reality is not influenced by your beliefs, be they scientific or political, secular or spiritual, ‘trusted’ rather than ‘thought’; any more than by your wish that it wouldn’t rain today during a raging thunderstorm.”
Little Boy over Hiroshima was dropped with less effect.
Our Democratic People's Republic of Korea colleagues erupted into a chaotic mixture of stuttering, internecine yelling, accusations, and sputtering.
Calling for decorum, I figured that since I was this far gone, I may as well push the plunger all the way to the bottom.
“Gentlemen, I do not denigrate the science of geology as taught and practiced here in Best Korea.” I actually said that, sort of a slip of the tongue. Continuing, “However, one would not fish for Bluefin tuna from a rowboat in a pond with a fly rod. One does not hunt bear in the city with a slingshot. Just as one doesn’t search for oil and gas with mining engineers, geomorphologists, and seismologists.”
I let that sink in and after the translation, they calmed a bit and wanted to hear the rest of what I had to say. I could sense a couple was less than thrilled with what I had to say, but forging onward…
“One fishes for Bluefin tuna in the deep ocean with huge rods, reels and a specialist boat captained by someone with deep experience in hunting the elusive fish. One hunts bear in the proper environment, the taiga or forest, with the proper tools and guided by one with the education, learnedness, and experience to know how to make the hunt come out successful.”
Hit them with some analogies they can relate to and digest. Now, go for the carotid.
“Just like one does not hunt oil and gas without stratigraphers, sedimentologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, and other oil and gas experts who have the education, experience, and knowledge to know where to look. Knowing which environment looks most conductive to hide your quarry, if you’ll pardon the pun, and how best to find them, the guys who know how to corral and de-risk them once you find them, and the engineers and technologists who know how to bring them to the surface so they can be utilized.”
They had stopped being irritated and were listening in rapt attention.
“My colleagues and I have spent the last few days going over, in detail the geology of your country. There is nothing we can see that would preclude the development, entrapment, and preservation of economic quantities of oil and gas. Ture, the geology is quite complex as is the structural history of the entire peninsula. That’s one other thing you will have to accept. Geology doesn’t give the tiniest shit about political boundaries. One must look at the big picture, and that doesn’t stop at some man-made borders. Ignore that fact at your peril, because if you continue to view the geology here as not existing across political boundaries, you are preadapting yourself for failure.”
Drs. Ivan, Volna, and Morse make certain that everyone sees the ex-Soviets agreeing with the bushy-bearded, cigar-chomping American capitalist.
“So,” I said, hoping to bring this little spit-balling session to a fortuitous close, “If we can have an agreement; scientific agreement, on these points, then I am certain we can find a way forward with not only this discussion but the program we can devise for the best Korean (notice phase shift?) geologists to take the project forward both scientifically soundly and economically successful.”
My North Korean counterpart gets up from his seat in the conference room, goes to the keg, taps a couple of beers and walks up to the podium where I was standing.
“Thank you, Dr. Rocknocker, for saying what needed to be said”, he spoke in perfect English as he handed me a beer.
I grinned and gratefully accepted the beer.
“Why, Dr. Chang Kwang-Su”, I said, as that was his name, “You old fraud. You do speak English; and very well, I must add.”
“Yes, almost all of us do”, he relayed, “But, as you said, we are most reserved. We were more or less under orders of the ‘most illustrious’, to play coy, and act as if we spoke no English.”
“I see.” I said, “I’ve worked in several FSU countries as well as Russia and saw that there as well. I guess old habits die hard.”
“That they do, Doctor.”, he replied, “But, we must now tell you the truth. We knew exactly what you said is true, and we agree. We are not as totally insulated from the outside world as some suspect.”
“Well, I was going on what your superiors related to us. Like the police that had all their toilets stolen, I had nothing else to go on.” I replied.
“Ah, ha! Quite!”, he chuckled, “We had long suspected that we were lacking in certain areas of scholarship. What you said cements that fact as it was an independent conclusion. We can now present that to our superiors with the caveat that unless we bolster work and training in these areas, the hunt of hydrocarbon resources here will be for naught.”
“I am relieved”, I said, truthfully. “I was slightly concerned that some might take umbrage to being told their science is not up to specifications. I tried to be the bearer of that bad news but deliver it gently. Here, I find you need that to use that as a truncheon to smack one’s boss upside the head and tell him that an upgrade is required. And fast.”
“Ah, so”, he replies, “We are in total agreement. Now that is out of the way, we would appreciate it if you’d help in designing a course of study for up and coming local geoscientists. Then, we can go forward with a great plan to search for oil and gas here in…Korea. Correct?”
“Absolutely”, I remarked, “You’ve got over 400 man-years of science and exploration expertise here in this room alone. Let’s shoot for the moon, so to speak. Let’s get you up to speed on scientific journals and articles that are available out there in all of academia and industry. Let’s get you communicating on a global basis. Let’s prove that you can talk science with global scientists and still not have it affect your political or nationalistic aspirations one little bit. Let’s see if we can drag you, figuratively speaking, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.”
“Doctor”, Dr. Chang remarked, “You are the embodiment of what we were always told what Americans are. Brash, loud, confident, and evil. Except for evil, you are American as we were led to believe.”
“Hey, I take that as a compliment”, I exclaim. “You think that’s bad, I’ve got a bunch of earnest Europeans, raucous Russians, and a couple of cagey Canadians on my side as well. Before we’re finished here, we’ll have you ordering hachee, dining on Caldo Verde, snacking on salmiakki, drinking Russkaya vodka with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, eating poutine, and rooting for the Packers.”
“Doctor, I don’t know what half of that means, but I hope it comes to pass. It sounds most fascinating.” Dr. Chang chuckles.
The rest of the day was spent with various groups crystallizing and breaking off from the main crowd; then reforming as different groups. This was good, as it showed an interest across not only national borders but across ideologies and scientific specialties.
Most everyone here spoke English with some degree of fluency, so the translators were called in only occasionally.
I made certain they were included in everything that transpired that day. I want everyone to feel ‘part of the team’. How better to show the classlessness of Western science to include everyone in on both sides of every discussion and activity?
To be continued…
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Aerophobia – Patient Record LSA6041778-W

Patient Name: Lucan-Smith, Autumn
Age: 37
Sex: Female
Diagnosis: Aerophobia; fear of flying.
The following is a speech to text transcript spanning multiple sessions between Patient LSA6041778-W and Dr. H. Phineas Denton, who has annotated it with his own notes. The passenger manifest of Patient LSA6041778-W’s ill-fated flight suggests another candidate of interest may have been present. This, however, is likely a coincidence, as neither case has an obvious link.
Agent 11 recovered these from a locked desk drawer in Denton’s home office in Boulder City, NV. Denton reported a robbery when he returned home from running errands. Recommend retraining or reassignment for Agent 11.
Ms. Lucan-Smith was removed from Southwest Airlines flight 712 in a sorry state. My patient was hyperventilating to the point of losing consciousness, reawakening, and beginning the process again. I hesitate to call the period between passing out a "lucid" state because her extreme phobia had rendered her unable to respond to any stimulus. She whispered "no" to herself repeatedly, shaking and crying, until her body went limp for a few moments. I wasn't present for this, myself, but I have watched footage sent over from McCarran Airport. By the time Ms. Lucan-Smith arrived at my office, she was no longer panicking but the extreme fear had exhausted her. She fell asleep several times while we talked before I decided to end the session.
Denton: Hi, Ms. Smith. I’m Dr. Denton. Before we get started, can I get you a water or a soda?
Lucan-Smith has her arms wrapped around her even though, in typical Vegas fashion, it is decidedly warm outside. Her eyes are red and she has a tissue clutched in one fist.
Lucan-Smith: It’s Lucan-Smith, actually. Hyphenated. I wanted to keep my maiden name for my work. And nothing, thank you. I’m fine.
Denton: I’m going to grab a cherry Pepsi for myself. What line of work are you in?
Lucan-Smith sits in the large, plush chair I keep in the corner of the room. Patients with anxiety – though not claustrophobic patients – usually choose that chair.
Lucan-Smith: Physics. Well, physics with a little geology, actually. I investigate light diffraction in different types of crystals. Lately, I’ve been looking at ambient light data from NOAA satellites and how it relates to crystalline structures in local geologic features.
Denton: Well, that’s… pretty fascinating, actually. What is the NOAA?
Lucan-Smith slowly releases herself from her own embrace as she talks. I hand her a bottle of water as I return from my mini-fridge and she leans forward to accept it.
Lucan-Smith: The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. They own the National Weather Service and all the… network of satellites up there collecting terabytes of data every day. It’s a really valuable resource.
Denton: It sounds that way. I might ask you to tell me more about your work off the clock. I bet you’ve got some findings you’re dying to tell someone who will listen.
She smiles.
Lucan-Smith: I do.
Denton: So. You had an eventful flight.
Lucan-Smith: You could say that.
Denton: What I got from the EMTs says another passenger – man, I really shouldn’t say this since I’m a mental health professional – another passenger went nuts and tried to open the door of your plane. My god. And then he was restrained by three flight attendants.
Lucan-Smith: He got free at one point and went for the emergency release handle again.
Denton: Jesus. Sorry, excuse my language. That’s just-
Lucan-Smith: Oh, it’s fine. I said a lot worse on the plane.
I nod, trying to convey approval and acceptance at that. I can’t say I would have done different.
Denton: And then what happened?
Her bottle of water slips out of her hands and falls to floor as her eyes shut briefly.
Lecan-Smith: Sorry. I’m sorry. I’m just so tired. You wanted to know about after he, uh, after they got him. I… Well, I’ve never been good at flying. My dad flew a lot when I was a kid and I remember being creeped out by the whole thing. I have to pop a Xanax or two every time I fly and, I know this is bad, but I chase it with a beer when I’m really shaky. When that guy tried to open the door, though, I couldn’t keep my mind off all the horrible things that could happen. They just kept fucking popping in there. Everyone getting sucked out the door, heads slamming against the frame and exploding in a mess of blood and brains. The plane depressurizing and freezing everyone to death. A body going through the engine and fucking it like those geese in that Sully Sullenberger plane, then the whole plane falling. What it would feel like in my stomach. What I would see out the window, all those green and tan squares growing like a bad acid trip. Wanting desperately to die so I didn’t have to watch my fate race up at me. And then fire. If I survived the crash, burning to death in jet fuel.
Lucan-Smith: It just kept playing on repeat like a DVD menu from hell. And when it stopped, I was in an ambulance on my way to the psych ward at Desert Springs. Then I called up my insurance and ended up here.
I need to note here that my patient is describing psychosis. While commonly associated with severe mental illnesses, use of some controlled substances, and even types of meditation, it can be a symptom of an extremely stressful episode. In short, Autumn’s consciousness was not present in the physical world. She was elsewhere, in nightmare land. Prior to Autumn, I have never come across a patient with a phobia so severe it brought on a fully psychotic episode. This is a profound case of aerophobia.
Denton: You said flying’s always been tough for you. Do you remember a time when it was ever easier? What I mean is, did it become less scary for a time and then become scarier after, say, really bad turbulence? Or maybe it gets scarier every time?
Lucan-Smith: I think it’s gotten worse…
Her eyes fall shut again for about half a second before she jerks herself awake.
Lucan-Smith: Whoa. Oh my gosh, I’m sorry! I think it’s gotten worse each time I set foot on an airplane. Maybe I think my time is closer to being at hand after each successful landing. How many do I get?
Her eyes flutter.
Denton: Ms. Lucan-Smith – Autumn – you’ve had a rough day. I have a free appointment tomorrow at 11. Why don’t you come back then? No charge for today’s visit.
Autumn leaves and I have my secretary call to book her a cheap room for the night. It’s at a casino and probably stinks of cigarettes and buffet farts, but it’s cheap. The next session is fairly uneventful; Autumn tells me about her past history with flying which is, predictably, troubled. In phobia cases, I usually try to use either exposure therapy (gradually easing the patient into their discomfort zone) or implosion therapy (exposing the patient to the most extreme version of their discomfort). These are both behaviorist methods and the best tool for the job depends on both the patient’s personality and the nature of the fear. For Autumn, however, I don’t think either will work. She just experienced the most extreme aerophobic implosion therapy I can imagine and came out much worse than she went in.
I’m not a Freudian psychologist, and I often think hypnotherapy has a lot in common with good fertilizer: they’re both bullshit. Autumn did, however, mention that her father flew a lot for work and that she used to go with him. She wasn’t scared of flying as a very young child, but started to associate negative emotions with it around age 7 or 8. I have to wonder if one of those early flights ran into a problem she’s either forgotten or doesn’t want to remember.
Autumn is effectively stuck in Nevada while her husband and son are in Tallahassee, FL with Autumn’s mother-in-law. She desperately wants to be with them, and I can understand that. I want to help her be able to board a flight and find comfort with her family. With that in mind, I call Derek Proschutz, a friend from graduate school who practices more new-agey remedies like meditation. And hypnosis. I drive Autumn to Derek’s office – one corner of which is so crowded with incense sticks it looks like the Tunguska forest, post-explosion – and watch over the procedure.
Proschutz: She’s under now. It’s not like you see on TV, Phin. You can still talk and interact like normal, she’s just very relaxed. Very… ‘reflective’ is the appropriate word, I think. Don’t bring the energy up too much; if she gets frightened or finds something funny, we’ll have to put her under again.
Denton: Autumn, I want you to consider those plane flights-
Proschutz: I’m going to bring in some lavender essential oils to create a nice atmosphere.
Denton: Uh, sure. Good idea. Autumn, think about the flights with your dad when you were very young. Remember the clothes you wore, the games you took with you, what you wanted to watch on-
Proschutz: Phin, would you like some rooibos tea for your session?
Denton: Uh… No, man. We’re… I’m good.
Proschutz: Remember, keep the energy low. You seem like you’re getting worked up.
Collaboration is hard sometimes.
Denton: What was your father like, Autumn?
Lucan-Smith: Did you ever read The Great Gatsby?
Denton: The green light over the bay. Yes.
Lucan-Smith: Do you remember the billboard? The oculist?
Denton: Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.
Lucan-Smith: I knew I liked you for a reason. Yeah, him. The description of the billboard always reminded me of my father. Good old Guy Lucan. He was bald with two intelligent, judgmental eyes behind round wire frames.
Denton: The two of you didn’t get along?
Lucan-Smith: We did when I was young. I think he joked around a lot more back then. Or maybe I just didn’t know what normal human behavior was like and I felt comfortable around him because he was my dad. When I got older, though, nothing was good enough for him. My math grades weren’t high enough, I didn’t run fast enough in track. He wanted me to go into anthropology because the “real mysteries of humanity lay there.” To almost everyone else, physics is the hard science and anthro the soft. To Guy Lucan, it was the opposite. And his taste in friends ran contrary to typical common sense, too. Anyone you saw on the street or tucked away in, like, a strange voodoo shop that you might think looked creepy, or molester-ish, or unibomber-esque, they were my dad’s best buds. And not just weirdos, but criminals. Dangerous people. He’s dead now, and I’m sure that’s why.
Is this falling out with her father the real story here? Did that sour her to flying and magnify every negative aspect about it? If so, could that even help in rehabilitating her?
Denton: Think about the last time you had fun on a trip with him. Where were you going?
Lucan-Smith: We… I think we were coming back from Mexico. I remember him teaching me how to say “Jalisco”. So I guess we were in Guadalajara. That makes sense because I remember seeing a picture of Felix Gallardo, the leader of the fucking Guadalajara Cartel, on America’s Most Wanted or something and feeling like I knew him. “Mom,” I said, “that’s Don Felix, dad’s friend!” She turned the TV off. I think she already knew, though. They were separated about 6 months after that.
Lucan-Smith: Anyway, we had just met with Don Felix. He and my dad drank tequila from the bottle with the worm and joked through the night. Then Don Felix waved over two jacked dudes who set a big army duffel bag on the table. My dad unzipped it to find dozens of carved figurines. You know those Olmec heads? Small versions of those, some freaky-faced suns, Mayan 2012 death calendars, these striated ovals that looked like they were made out of obsidian. They made me feel bad when I looked at them, like I had walked in on someone changing. My dad’s pilot brought a case of money to the table and then there was more drinking and laughing.
Denton: Then you went to the plane?
Lucan-Smith: Yeah, then we got back in the plane and took off from a dirt strip in a cotton field. It was bumpy. Then…
Autumn is quiet for a long time. I don’t want to interrupt her thought process but I begin to wonder if she’s fallen asleep again.
Lucan-Smith: Lightning! There’s lightning but I can see stars. The plane starts to shake. I get out of my seat and lay on the floor on top of one of dad’s bags. I have my cheek pushed against the blue notebook he tapped against his thigh when he was on the phone. It smells like – ugh – mildew and wet dirt. Or creosote mixed with rotting fruit?
Lucan-Smith: The pilot, he sees me. He turns around and says, “Honey, I need you to get back in your seat and buckle the belt, ok? We’ll be fine but you could fall and get a scrape on your knee. How about you come up here with me and read one of your story books?” His name was George, I think.
Lucan-Smith: I go up to the front with George and then I can see the clouds. Weird, sulfurous clouds swirling around us. They looked like cartoon pollution clouds from Captain Planet. The plane shook harder in the storm and-
Autumn goes silent again. I try to ask a question but she holds up a hand like she’s on the phone. Then she opens her eyes.
Lucan-Smith: I think I’m fully awake now. I remember what happened to George, though. He hit his head against the glass when the plane jerked. I could see a smear of blood when he slumped in his seat. My dad pulled George out of the seat and took the wheel. I know you’re supposed to call it a stick in a plane, but this one actually looked like a wheel. The storm cleared up and we landed. George was dead.
Denton: One of the vivid thoughts you pictured on the Southwest flight was people banging their heads against the door frame. I wonder if it came from this?
Lucan-Smith: The way the lightning flashed through the blood, like red cello paper… Some of the blood I imagined did flow far enough to cover the windows. Yeah; it looked just like that. I remember dreaming about this, about George, but I thought… I thought I made it up. Just a nightmare.
Proschutz: Would you like to go back under?
Lucan-Smith: No, I think I want to go back to my hotel room. I don’t feel very well.
I drove Autumn back to the Circus Circus. It was a quiet ride, Autumn’s eyes stared out the windshield, unfocused and unseeing. Presumably, she was reliving her childhood memories.
The next morning, I had missed a call from Autumn. Her husband and son were flying back from Florida to their new home in Oregon. It was the first time any of them would actually see the house – they had moved to accommodate Autumn’s new job at OSU – and she wanted to be there with them. She did say there was a silver lining to being stranded in Las Vegas; she didn’t have to go on her son’s first airplane ride with him where he could pick up all her anxieties and phobias. I had to agree.
Autumn wanted to try implosion therapy and recreate the conditions of that last flight she took with her father. I had mentioned in our second session that I knew a Cessna pilot who helped me treat fear of flying. When I told her I would have to ask about the pilot’s schedule, Autumn told me money was no object; if the pilot could be free today with a five thousand dollar bonus, that was best. I didn’t peg Autumn as someone with a lot of extra money, so I knew her desire to see her family was strong. She wanted to conquer her fears so she could go home. It was brave and noble. I told her I’d see what I could do.
As luck would have it, Elisa Maldonado was free. She had been fine tuning her plane’s engine – a task she seemed to be in the middle of every time I called her – and stopped for a quick breakfast at the airport café. We had a delay of about an hour while Elisa filed our flight manifest, but we were in the air before lunch.
Lucan-Smith: You know, I remembered some weird things but I think playing with my Teddy Ruxpin while my dad partied with a drug kingpin is probably the weirdest one. Maybe not the most mentally scarring. But definitely weird.
Denton: Maybe your dad was more Meyer Wolfsheim than T. J. Eckleburg?
Autumn laughs and leans back in her seat. We’re ascending through minor turbulence and she doesn’t seem phased. I’m proud of her but also astounded. From psychosis to complete serenity after one hypnotherapy treatment? If anything, Autumn seemed impatient.
Maldonado: Phineas, get up here.
Denton: Something wrong?
Maldonado: Look at that shit. Fucking thunderstorm erupted out of nothing as soon as we hit 7,000 feet. Looks like it’s blowing right toward us.
Denton: Can we go around it or land?
Maldonado: I’m going to try to go around it. Landing might be hard because it’s a congested time. Especially with that bitch of a storm rolling in.
Denton: Autumn, I have some bad news. There’s a storm heading our way.
Lucan-Smith: I know. Very yellow, right? Cartoon pollution?
I looked out the cockpit window again. She was right.
Denton: Yes.
Lucan-Smith: Look, Dr. Denton, I think I should come clean about yesterday. When I said my dad partying with Don Felix was the weirdest thing I remembered, you didn’t know that there was a lot of competition for that top spot.
Lucan-Smith: George died, yeah, but… The artifacts my dad got from the drug dealers. The ones that made me feel weird, the black eggs? They started shaking before the plane. Before the lightning. Obviously I was too young to make a connection at the time, but I think they were calling to something. It’s simple physics; the more altitude you give a transmitter, the farther it can reach. There are fewer obstacles in the way to impede the signal.
Lucan-Smith: That’s what happened with those eggs. And the feeling changed. At the villa, I felt like I was watching it. As the plane shook, I felt like they were watching me. And what they were thinking… it wasn’t good.
Maldonado: What the fuck did you get me into, Phineas? I’ve never seen a storm move like this. It’s like it’s got goddamn fingers reaching out at us!
Lucan-Smith: When my dad realized what was happening, he had me lay down on the bag of trinkets to keep them still. He pulled out a little walkie-talkie and started screaming into it. “Camelot! Camelot! Come in, damn you! I have Items 26 and 27 but we’re under attack. I think it might be some kind of sonic weapon. Was there any chatter stateside about my mission? Camelot?” It was like he was playing soldier.
Denton: Autumn, why didn’t you tell me this? Was he part of a DEA operation or something?
The turbulence in our own plane was considerable. The midday light that had been streaming through the windows had faded to a sickly mustard color and I could hear Elisa cursing as she fought with the controls in the cockpit.
Lucan-Smith: I didn’t go to the cockpit with George to read then; he was too busy fighting to keep the plane stable. I stayed in the back with Dad, who told me to put the black eggs in my dress pockets. When the yellow clouds swirling around our plane started to seep in under the doors and seams in the bolted hull, I was right there laying on top of the army duffel bag. The fog streamed past my face – fast enough to sound like a Coke can opening in slow motion – and coalesced into a misty, malformed body, like a hologram projected onto dry ice smoke.
Lucan-Smith: It touched my father’s hand, almost like a handshake, and he writhed in pain. When he finally extricated himself from it, his hand dripped with blood. The nails were gone. And then it spoke.
Lucan-Smith: “Guy Lucan. You owe me life. You took my body from me and now,” the cloud raised one tendril that was polka-dotted with gory fingernails, “I take yours.”
Lucan-Smith: My dad looked in my direction. “Go, Autumn. Give those to George.” I left but, behind me, I could hear him say, “I have the vessels. You need them to walk the earth again. Isn’t that right, Safir? Kill me and you get nothing.”
Lucan-Smith: “Where?” it asked.
Lucan-Smith: My dad called for George to set the autopilot and join him in the back. I was crouched on the floor, peeking around the corner. George put on a brave face and puffed out his chest as he strode toward whatever cotton candy demon he was going to face down with my father. My father put a hand on George’s shoulder. One single pat. Then he threw open the airplane door and kicked George out. His head cracked against the bulkhead and blood splattered across the window. I rushed to the cockpit window to see him. I had just handed George the two black eggs and I could see one spiral out of his coat pocket as he fell, shrinking into the yellow void. The mist itself chased down after George, save for the ghoul wearing my father’s hastily removed fingernails. “This will be the last time you trick me, Lucan,” it said. “I will have Lucan blood. I will wear Lucan flesh. If not yours, then someone you love. Your bloodline will end, Guy Lucan.”
Lucan-Smith: “You’d better not let the vessels fall so low you can’t catch them,” was all my father said in return. He flew the rest of the way back, talking on his radio and reading out of the blue book that stank like a grave.
Denton: Autumn, I think this might be your psychosis manifesting itself again. We’re in a plane, it’s a stressful event, you’re distracting yourself from real life.
Lucan-Smith: No, Dr. Denton, I’m not. Something happened on that Southwest flight. I heard a voice, something whispering ‘Safir’ to me. It was important. It felt like something was coming and… and all I could see were plane crashes clouding the inside of my brain. I think it was a message. Safir is back and he’s going to follow through on his threat. Lucan blood will be spilled.
I shook my head and stood up. Maybe I was wrong about Autumn. Maybe she wasn’t a mentally healthy woman with a severe phobia capable of producing psychoses. Maybe the psychoses and the phobia were driven by some deeper, insidious disorder I had missed.
Lucan-Smith: And my son goes on his first flight today. In two and a half hours. He and I are the only Lucans left. If I didn’t convince you to get me up here, Safir would be coming for him. But, instead, he’s here.
As she says this, Autumn points at the seam of the Cessna door where thick yellow smoke pours into the cabin.
Lucan-Smith: You helped me realize what was actually going on. Thank you.
Golden strands of cloudy haze wrapped themselves around Autumn’s torso, enveloping her.
Lucan-Smith: Hey, now you’re Nick. You’re the outsider who gets to peek in. See you ‘round, Old Sport.
Autumn was entirely obscured from my sight, then the mist filled the cabin entirely. It was so dense I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. Then, as if a switch flipped, it was gone. The sky outside the plane was clear and there was no turbulence.
Maldonado: What in the actual shit was that? Phineas, how long do you think we've been up here?
Denton: I don’t… Autumn?
Maldonado: Feels like about a half hour to me. Maybe forty-five minutes. Right, Phineas?
Denton: Yeah. I'd say so. Autumn, where are you? Did you fall out of your seat?
Maldonado: All my clocks show we've been up here two hours. Two hours! But we've still got a full tank of gas. How does that happen?
Denton: Interesting. Autumn? Elisa, where the hell is Autumn?
Maldonado: Your patient is gone? Did- Holy shit, did she fall out? What the fuck?
When Elisa and I finally landed, Elisa’s Cessna was seized for a ‘quarantine watch’. Whatever that is. I don’t know how they knew where to find us, or how they even knew they should. ‘They’ didn’t even tell us who they were. I didn’t report Autumn missing until we were on the ground and the police didn’t know anything about it. So whoever showed up in black SUVs certainly was not LVPD.
The police questioned Elisa and me intensively, but ultimately decided we didn’t have anything to do with the disappearance. No one had fallen onto the Strip from eight thousand feet. Autumn just vanished.
Additional note: Several patient files are missing from my filing cabinet at the Las Vegas office. I’ve moved this file to my home office for safety. I’m probably being paranoid, but I can’t shake the feeling there’s a connection between the missing files and the seizure of Elisa’s plane.
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2018 Album of the Year #24: Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Artist: Arctic Monkeys Album: Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino Released: May 11th, 2018 Listen: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

THE LUNAR SURFACE (Where It All Started)

The year is 2016, Alex Turner has returned home from 30th birthday celebrations to discover a brand-new Steinway Vetregrand piano. It was a gift from his manager, and it opened a whole new world for him. “Looking back now it seems really... significant. It changed everything really.” He states about it within an interview from Mojo Magazine. He was correct. The piano sparked everything to life becoming the “centre of the universe” for the album. Guitars were just not giving him ideas anymore, but the piano was. Stored in a spare bedroom within his LA home, this became “The Lunar Surface” his almost makeshift recording studio. The name coming from the theory that Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing. Alex even stating to Radio X that, “It was amusing to say, “I’m going down to the Lunar Surface.”” The makeshift studio also helped shape the album title, it was “instrumental” to the process. But the piano wasn’t the only thing within the makeshift studio. There was a drum kit, a Vox Continental organ, and a Tascam 388 eight-track recorder. The eight-track recorder would serve as a substantial part in making the album. “I sat with all my instruments and recorded the songs into the machine. That way, I could hear everything at once, whereas in the past it was all in my imagination until I could play the songs with the band.” He also considered it “a writing tool” as much as a recording tool. Working in isolation, he recorded tapes that would later remain on the record in forms of elements such as vocals and various instrumental parts. The eight-track even served as part of the album cover with the “lobby model” of the Hotel + Casino sitting overtop of it, with an earlier version of the record as the tape on it. The model itself was constructed by Turner. The model itself was birthed from the album title and the fact that this is the 6th Arctic Monkeys album. Thus, explaining the hexagon imagery, 1 side per album. The model first started as cardboard, left over scraps from this model can be seen in a photo from inside the Lunar Surface shot by Zackery Michael. Then it was built more and more until we arrived at the model showcased on the album’s cover. The model has a rotating sign bit that was inspired by the House of Pies rotating sign.

VOX, LA FRETTE, & BRINGING IT TOGETHER (Enter the Others)

Upon assembling some of the track, Alex took them to fellow bandmate, guitarist Jamie Cook. Jamie is considered the “gatekeeper” to band, almost like the human bullshit meter. Alex almost feared that he would underwhelmed with it. But Jamie was the one told Alex, “This is definitely what we should be doing.” This led to the pair adding guitar parts to the songs. The majority of these, like the demo tape vocals, stuck with the album. From here they took the album to Vox Recording Studios on Melrose Ave. in LA, in May 2017. This is where the first full band sessions were recorded. Some of the “more interesting” keyboard sounds within the album came from these sessions. But this did not really work out for the band. So, later in September, the band went to La Frette Studios, a residential recording studio on the outskirts of Paris. This was where the album really came together. The band spent about 5-6 weeks recording here. This was Jamie’s idea. La Frette ended up seeing the band bring in an extra 9 musicians to play with them. This also led to a ‘Pet Sounds’ style of recording. This was a large ensemble recording style with these multiple musicians and the band themselves on multiple different instruments including multiple of the same type. So, 2 drum kits, 3 guitars, a couple of pianos. This did not work for every track but did work for a few. (Specifically, The Ultracheese, but I will talk about this more later) Alex stated to BBC Radio 1 that, “A lot of the energy I feel like came from that session. It was all like together in La Frette.” Some of the La Frette sessions can be seen in the Warp Speed Chic short film shot by Ben Chappell.

THE ALBUM (Natural Progression and Influences)

The album overall is 11 tracks. Many believe that the album is a concept album revolving around the Hotel + Casino, but that is not the case. Each one is a “short story” in the words of Turner. Four Out Of Five and the title tracking being the most connected of the collection. "But in other ways it does seem like a collection of short stories and we named the collection after one of the stories which is this one [Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino]. The other ones belong in the same place as this." (Radio X Track by Track interview). The title of the album itself came from a variety of things. The two most prominent being: the fact it is a “place”, and the location of the Apollo 11 moon landing. One thing should be known about the idea of the hotel and casino being a place, Turner loves to think of albums of places. “I think of some of my favorite records as places that you can go and stay for a while, and sort of spurred me on to give this record the name of a place.” (iHeart) The other part of the name itself coming from the Apollo 11 landing may be considered more interesting. This is due to the fact it may have come from cups themed with the lunar landing. The title of course is not the only interesting thing about the album. The sound itself is a departure from their last, AM. But the band all feel like this was natural progression. But the AM era was where they felt they had went a little too far. Bassist Nick O’Malley told Mojo Magazine that he felt that they had lost the “realness” in a sense with that era. “I think we'd gone as far as we could go. I had these crazy ‘80s hair metal leggings on-stag. I'd worn ‘em on Halloween, which I'd done dressed as Macho Man Randy Savage, the WWF wrestler. That was a big sign that it was time to have a break.” And with that they took a break, a five year long one. Turner himself was also aware that he could not do what he did on AM again, “I was aware of the idea that, I don’t think I could have been singing about the things I was singing about on AM anymore.” (Studio Brussels) This was not the first time the band has faced this “challenge” of switching it up. The same thing had happened with their 3rd album Humbug. Drummer Matt Helders states, “We’ve had that challenge before, after the first album success where we had to just get on and make the second, or else forever be dwelling on it. But this one didn’t feel like that. I mean, maybe there’ll be fans we gained from AM that will be a bit confused now. Like, that was their first experience of the band... ‘and now they’re going this?’” (Mojo Magazine) But the band did not want to make AM 2.0. Guitarist Jamie Cook stated to Mojo Magazine, “If we were worried about that we would never have made Humbug. And to disappear for a couple of years then come back with AM2? I think people have been, ‘Fuck off.’” But of course, this move was not met without criticism. Many fans and critics found themselves in a state of “What the fuck happened to Arctic Monkeys?” upon their new era and album due to the departure of sound from AM. But Turner himself does not see this a full-fledged departure, “There’s an idea that this album’s radically removed from where we’ve been. I can sort of see that, but I don’t think it’s as much of a move as people suggest.” (LA Times)
The album takes multiple film influences, science fiction influences, and musical influences from film scores to help make these “short stories”. Science Fiction inspired Turner to explore other worlds to create the album. Worlds he made up as he went along. Three films from Jean-Pierre Melville served as main influences on the album. The films being Un Flic, Le Cercle Rouge, and Le Samouraï. The films mostly center around a jazz club. The set interiors of these films piqued Turner’s interest. “So, when I would sit at the piano and play these types of chords, I was thinking about those Melville interiors a lot.” (Pitchfork) Overall, the sci-fi influenced led to Turner accessing sort of a “vocabulary” to say, that helped paint this picture of this hotel and casino on the moon.
The album also has this “magic” that they just could not get upon other recording sessions. This led to many of the demo tapes and early session elements making it to the file cut. They wanted to make an intimate experience but just could not get it to be as intimate as some of the early recording.
The album itself is also “autobiographical” in a sense. Turner sees it as him talking to himself all throughout the 11 tracks. But this wasn’t his first time trying to write things towards himself. “I tried to write this kind of thing before, I just didn’t know how to, really. I think I tried and recognized, thankfully, that I wasn’t ready. It's like the natural place to have gone, after that first record, was somewhere around ‘ere.”

THE TRACKS

STAR TREATMENT
Opening the album, we have Star Treatment, an almost 6-minute-long track. The track itself beings with the line “I just wanted to be one of The Strokes.” A polarizing opening line for a polarizing album. This lyric was originally meant to be replaced, but Turner kept it in. He was using the “Scrambled Eggs” method for the album. The “Scrambled Eggs” method comes from Paul McCartney where he used “scrambled eggs” as temporary lyrics while writing The Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’. This just happened to be one of those lines. But he took a liking to it the more time went on. The Strokes of course were a big influence on the band, they were even coined “The British Strokes” upon debut. But truth is, time has passed since then. About 12 years to be exact. “But when I circled back around to it I felt like it was right where it ought to be because of how it makes me think, “Shit. The last 12 years just flashed by.” There’s an honesty and a truth to it.” (Pitchfork) The passage of time is a constant theme within this track, with references to the ‘70s, the ‘80s. This track was the first thing Turner had written for the album. It came about during the last run of The Last Shadow Puppets (Turner’s side-project with Miles Kane). But this is also the most direct Turner was with himself on the album. Specifically, about songwriting. Lines like “The golden boy’s in bad shape,” refer to the fact he was lost with his songwriting and did not know where to go. But like how the track had started before the album itself had started, there’s a particular line that had existed since 2009. “Here ain’t no place for dolls like you and me,” That was the line. He had tried giving it away to others to put in a track, but no one would take it. So, he saved it because he didn’t have “follow up” per say yet but found it within this track. Another focal point for the track is the lounge singer and his backing band. This lounge singer theme can be seen through, but this is where it starts. This is where the lounge singer gets the name for his band. “I think I like the idea that there would be a longue singer sat at a bar, overhearing somebody being cut off from having another martini and hearing them say “Who are you to cut me off? The martini police?” and then this lounge singer thinking “That would be a good name for my backing band.”” (Radio X) But this track serving as the opening track overall sets a tone for the album. Upon sharing the music with others, they decided this would be the best place to start the album, a way to get people to hear it first and foremost. The other way to do this would have been releasing it as a single. But they took what can be seen a controversial move in this era of streaming and singles being more prominent than albums to release no singles. Like how this track led to Turner writing the rest of the album, it leads you, the listener, into the rest of the album.
ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE
One Point Perspective is the shortest track on the album, but it does pack quite a bit of a punch. With the title coming from a filming style, specifically one used a lot by Stanley Kubrick, a main influence on the album, we dig a bit more into the sci-fi roots. The track itself focuses on conversations, dreams, and how they are often interrupted. “It was informed perhaps by conversations I may have heard or been involved with. Under the influence of some narcotic draft or another. And fragments of those things are appearing the lyrics on this tune.” (Radio X) The track also focuses briefly on a made-up documentary called “Singsong ‘Round the Money Tree”. “I think specifically in the case of this documentary, there was something else there. And it came from the “If I’m gonna end up singing to a quiet room, like what comes before that.” Perhaps someone had told me they’d been singing along to a score or something.” (Radio X) Of course this brings us to the quiet rooms. What exactly are the quiet rooms? Well they’re exactly what they sound like, literal quiet rooms. But they also refer to isolation experienced by Turner while recording the album. With the vocal takes, especially the early tape ones, it would just be him, alone in the Lunar Surface with his eight-track. Of course, there’s also the line “Bear with me, man, I lost my train of thought.” This one is followed by a pause in the vocals and is usually played up for the live shows, but it represents that spot in a conversation where you really do lose your train of thought. Maybe it’s your mind wandering, maybe it’s that you are being interrupted and then trying to resume what you were talking about but forgot. But, it’s a universal feeling that ties together this track.
AMERICAN SPORTS
American Sports is an interesting track. Not just musically, but lyrically. Music wise an organ plays a main part in the track. The organ though was strangely organized upon recording. With Turner doing one bar, recording it, stopping, doing another bar. Eventually in later recording sessions they attempted to play it all together but just could not get the same effect/sound as the one from the eight-track tape, so they stuck with that. The vocals were also from the eight-track tape. Lyrical wise the track was pulled together by a line given to Turner from his grandfather. “I visited me Granddad one day and he said to me, ‘You know, I often think of phrases even there that I think you might be able to do something with.’ And I sort of went ‘All right.’ He likes to watch the horse-racing, and he began to tell me that whenever there’s what’s called a ‘steward’s inquiry,’- All you ever hear back after the steward’s inquiry is the phrase ‘the trainer's explanation was accepted by the steward.’ Which, as he said it I just thought was loaded.” (iHeart) This was what sparked the rest of the track. But there’s one question left, what the fuck is Lola? Well, a Lola is his writer’s block. Seen within the chorus with the line “And I never thought, not in a million years, that I’d meet so many Lolas.” He gives the writer’s block a bit of a personification. The track also gives us more callbacks to technology, another overlapping theme within the album. The narrator describes a video call with God, and a virtual reality mask stuck on ‘Parliament Brawl’. The parliament brawl also allows this track to get a little political. This can be seen heavily within the first line of the second verse, “Breaking news, they take the truth and make it fluid,” mostly referring to the phenomena of ‘Fake News’. Overall, the track makes for an interesting take combining writer’s block, political problems, and technology.
TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO
The title track serves as the fourth track to the album. Opening with imagery of Jesus in a day spa. But the track itself is built upon the idea of the character Mark. Mark of course is a character in the track who answers phones, mostly stating the name of the hotel and casino while asking where he can direct your call. First Turner pictured Mark at this phone, then he pictured where the phone was after that. This led of course to the album title, but it also leads back into the track itself. This of course is played off well in the video, but we’ll get to that in a bit. As the track builds you a bit more of this world of the hotel and casino on the moon, it also leads to some interesting lines. One in particular being “Kiss me underneath the moon’s sideboob.” Question of the year being, what the fuck is the moon’s sideboob? Well, the term was coined by guitarist Jamie Cook. “There was a really thin crescent moon in the sky, which Jamie from the band described as the moon's sideboob and I thought that was like quite profound.” (Studio Brussel) Another odd line within the track is “Technological advances really bloody get me in the mood”, this is a bit of a satire. But is also a slight observation. This observation being that technology sometimes changes society, especially when advances are made. These changes can be reflected in the way we talk to others, the way we act, and many other aspects of our life that we may not fully realize at first. For the record though, technological advances do not turn him on.
Onto the video, this was the second single from the album, and the second video. The video was released on the 23rd of July. Directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown, the video continues an overlapping Kubrick inspired theme. Unfortunately, Turner is the only one from the band who fully makes an appearance in the video. The others are briefly shown through footage from their BCC Maida Vale Studios session appearing on displays though out the “sets”. Throughout this video there’s sections where the track and video break a bit for some flashing red lights followed by some “doots” taking over the audio, like the Four Out of Five video. The video was filmed at the Peppermill Reno, a hotel and casino within Las Vegas, Nevada. The Peppermill Reno were nice enough to write a blog post about the video breaking down the locations of the video. The video took two days of film to shoot within the area. The first location they filmed at was the Fireside Longue. This is the first time Turner, playing out the character of Mark, is handed a phone. The phone was handed to him by a worker from the Café Milano within the hotel and casino. Two different suites are featured throughout the video. The first being the Safari Adventure Suite. This is home to many of the hot tub scenes. The other being the Roman Opulence suite, this was the all gold room. There’s also the elevator shots that came from the 17th floor elevators. The wandering around the hotel and casino shots, mostly shot within the cube bar and the island buffet. And some phone call answering with the Tuscany Tower’s courtesy phone. There’s one other particular phone scene within this video I decided to save for last due the fact that it is going to come up a bit later. The second phone call is answered within a replica of the 1966 Batmobile via the Batphone. This serves as a nice callback to one of the later tracks on the album titled, Batphone. During these shots he also is fake driving with a projected image of a tunnel in the background, this also comes up in the Four Out of Five video, but we’ll get into that on that track.
GOLDEN TRUNKS
Believe it or not this the “love song” on the album. Yeah. The track is described by Turner as being a conversation between him and an unnamed female character he is falling for. But that all gets overshadowed by the semi-titular line, “The leader of the free world, reminds you of a wrestler wearing tight golden trunks.” The line does steal the show for being out there in a sense. The beginning of the line is a bit cumbersome to say the least, but it is almost melodic in another sense via the delivery. But this overall is just another part of the conversation with this female character. It may even be part of her imagination, you know, something she’s saying. Almost giving us a retrospective into her thoughts, feelings, and sense of humor. This all leads towards the bridge of the track. “Bendable figures with a fresh new pack of lies, Summat else to publicise, I'm sure you've heard about enough.” Almost showing us how fast the conversation is moving along. But also showing that you get to a point where you don’t know what to believe in the conversation or really what to believe in the track. The bridge also brings another interesting point forward. The words in particular, ‘Bendable Figures’ was almost the track’s title. “Which was because, someone got me a toy Batmobile, and it came with bendable figures of Batman and Robin, I assume, among others possibly. I’ve made a bit of a name for me since, and I mean, I am a fan of the old Batman book. I remember looking at this box and on the box it said ‘bendable figures’ and I don’t know. The news might have been on in the background, and here we are.” (iHeart) Another interesting point of the track is how straight the narrator and this female character are with each other. They both are basically telling each other that they fantasize about each other. She says it by whispering in his ear, he says it by responding to her straightly.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE
Another track with an interesting open, this one was originally different lyric-wise. Originally the words were ‘Karaoke and raspberry beret, in imaginative ways, and I get signed right then and there by a hotshot executive / I wasn’t expecting it that easy.’ Quite a departure from the final version that appears on the track. Four Out of Five served as the first single to the album. The track describes a taqueria on the roof the Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, and more particularly how it is boasting four stars out of five. Mostly just how perfect scores are unattainable so a four of five is great enough, “Because the people that are in charge of giving the scores, they never give a perfect hundred.” (Beats 1) The taqueria itself is named “The Information-Action Ratio” this comes from Neil Postman's book ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’. “I was attracted to the idea as soon as I heard that phrase; even though it was in this book from [1985] it still seemed relevant—more relevant than it probably was when the guy made it up.” (Pitchfork) The phrase itself explains that we don’t need the vast amount of information we receive and that we don’t do much about this information. But it’s a great name for a taqueria on the roof of a hotel and casino on the moon. The track itself also gives us more of the story about the hotel itself. Mostly its location, other than the moon itself. We learn that the entire moon is getting gentrified due to an exodus. There’s also a really cool play musically where the last chorus literally is lifted up another semitone after it’s said at the end of the bridge.
Onto the video for this one, the Kubrick fantasy filming begins here. Directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown, the video was released on the 13th of May. The video was filmed at the Castle Howard in Yorkshire and the Munich Marienplatz station in Munich, Germany. The video starts with Turner playing a piano but then stopping to go look at the model of the hotel and casino. Throughout this video there’s sections where the track and video break a bit for some flashing red lights followed by some “doots” taking over the audio. Then, the video sees Turner taking the role of a director for some “Video Lifestyle Packages” for the hotel and casino. But it also gives us two different Turners. One with a beard, one without. The two doing seemingly parallel tasks within different areas. The other band members are also seen within the video, mostly jamming out. Especially with the nice little jam session with beardless Turner in the end. Due to the fact there’s two seemingly different Turners this has led to fan theories surrounding the video. Some stating that maybe the hotel and casino is some cover up for a mental hospital, another stating that maybe it’s both sides of his life (regulaprofessional). Assistants are also seen throughout the video setting up sets and other things, almost as if this was a film set. There’s also one scene in particular I’d like to touch on, the car scenes. This one is a bit important because it almost calls back the “haunt you via the rear-view mirror” line from Star Treatment. This scene was originally intended to be used in a video for Star Treatment, but they used it here instead. Overall, the video a bit of a visual treat with its cues from Stanley Kubrick and was more than a fitting visual return for Arctic Monkeys going into this era.
THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER MONSTER TRUCK FRONT FLIP
Yeah that’s a title to get your attention. The title comes from the actual event of the world’s first ever monster truck front flip. This was something that had caught Turner’s interest and will probably catch yours too upon just reading it. Sure, he may have only watched the video once, but the headline itself was what caught his attention. Later on, he used it create the base for what he was imagining with the track. “I think I imagined a sort of old presidents’ men style news room with just enough men in there. And sorta trying to get the editors attention like “You'll never believe it, somebody's done it forwards” and I think going off in my mind, perhaps and I thought, I don't know... It seems like that's where were at now innit, that sort of things are happening." (Radio X) The track itself lyrically describes TECHNOLOGY. More specifically, how people love their devices. “You push the button and we’ll do the rest” a repeating line that refers to how we’ve gotten so far that you can just push a button, and something will happen. Whether it be something within an app or data storage. Data storage is another important theme within the track. Our data is being stored everywhere. The track uses the data storage as a metaphor in many ways, with things like someone trying to breach into it. But overall the track itself just shows us how technology is changing us, references to technology changing us lie throughout. But we also see a bit of a jab at how no one wants to explain what the technology is exactly doing, “There are things that I just cannot explain to you, and those that I hope I don’t ever have to.” This wraps everything back around because it ties into the theme of just pushing a button and having everything done for us. We don’t see the background process, we don’t know what exactly they do, we just know that we can push a button and it will be done.
SCIENCE FICTION
True to the title, the track explores the themes of Science Fiction. Science Fiction is the “lobby model” of the album, as in it brings it all together. The track started with the idea of exploring Sci-Fi further and exploring worlds created from this, same with the album. One of the things in particular that sparked this was the Fassbinder film ‘World on a Wire’. Sci-Fi takes these themes and attempts to connect them to the real world and even Tranquility Base. Continuing the overarching theme of technology, this one takes the focus on how we’re viewing society due to technology, again. Making light touches on religion, we can see how in this “area” per say, science has won. But we also see how it feels like Sci-Fi is taking over in the form of a reality that feels strange and almost fictional at points. Technology keeps becoming a bigger part of our lives to the point where it almost disconnects us in a way. The narrator in this track wants to avoid that, he wants to stay within the life of his love. But it’s hard with things changing so much and society also changing. He states that he wants to make a “simple point” about peace and love but not too obviously. And this track almost feels like that point. But then it takes a bit of a turn at the end. We see the narrator take this back a bit and Turner begin to doubt if he’s wandering on too much with the track itself. “So, I tried to write a song to make you blush. But I’ve a feeling that the whole thing, may well just end up too clever for its own good.” Describing it as too clever shows that he feels like he’s overthinking it all. With a track with an almost double meaning like this it is a bit easy to understand why it may be “too clever”.
SHE LOOKS LIKE FUN
Ah yes, the rock and roll song of the record. Or well, the rock and roll without the roll. IT’S ALL ROCK MUSIC TO ALEX TURNER DAMMIT. This track has been described as frenzy but controlled. The structure of the track itself reflects that, “It goes like 3 verses in this tune before anything else changes. And I think like by that third one you get this sense of like you shouldn't be doing it again, it's time to move somewhere else. And eventually it does happen.” (Radio X) The main idea for this track came from the fact we almost create these “characters” within the virtual world. You know, your online presence through social media. The title itself is refrained throughout the track as the chorus and refers to how we just look a photo and decide what people are like. In this case the female titular character of the track is described to look like “fun”. Furthermore, this is joined but what may seem to be a non-sensical string of words. But, it’s meant to represent scrolling through a social feed like Instagram. “As far as the “cheeseburger” line, I was actually watching an episode of the show “High Maintenance,” and there’s a part where the person’s taking their picture with a cheeseburger and posting it and all this.” (Pitchfork) The verses focus more on the internet culture and the behavior of those within. Whether this behavior be something like a VR experience of New Year’s Eve at Bruce Wayne’s Manor or being a dickhead to someone. It’s about how we can almost do whatever we want with almost no restrictions in this virtual landscape. The bridge brings it to a point where we realize, it almost feels like everything is online nowadays. This follows by some lines of Turner criticizing himself for constantly talking about marital arts to people in bars. This mostly draws from Turner’s frequent kickboxing sessions. “Maybe sometimes I put stuff into a song to stop myself from doing it - I think I’m just realising that’s true. Like there’s a line in the middle of She Looks Like Fun about waffling on to strangers about martial arts in bars, and that was definitely something I was doing a lot of and was aware I needed to stop doing.” (Mojo Magazine) Also this marks the second time within the album where he says something regarding the music and it happens. This time being in the form of a key change. The last chorus features a key change that is in time with him stating it in the track.
BATPHONE
The all mighty Batman comes into a focus theme upon this track! Okay... Barely. A “Batphone” in the sense of this track is a direct line to Turner via his phone. The track deals with analysis and criticism of technology all at once. Opening on Turner realizing that he can just use a search engine to find a more interesting word to describe what he’s trying to say. Which, it wasn’t always like this, there was a time where you’d have to go through whole thesauruses to find this interesting words or phrases. Now they’re just a click/tap/touch away. Moving along we see that the narrator in the track specifically is of high class, stating that there’s much to discuss over a game of golf. Of course, that is phrased better within the track itself but for simplicities sake I’m just going to leave it at that. Then he gets into the fact life is a “spectator sport”. Through social media we sit and watch other people’s lives unfold like watching a sport almost. Then we get to a line that may seem more polarizing that it is. “I launch my fragrance called ‘Integrity’ I sell the fact that I can’t be bought.” Upon hearing this line for the first time you may think “What the fuck kind of pretentious bullshit is this trying to be?” Well, that’s exactly where you’re wrong. The idea of a fragrance called ‘Integrity’ is literally just that. “With something like that, I can’t sit here and tell you I wanted to make some comment about integrity and my relationship to it, and then make a fucking perfume out of it and write a smart-ass line like that. It’s more like I see the shape of the letters of “integrity” on the perfume bottle in my mind’s eye—once you know what that font looks like, then it writes itself after that.” (Pitchfork) Yeah, the line came from the visualization of perfume literally called ‘Integrity’. (Which, hilariously, there is one now called that.) Back to the lyrics, we see Turner talk about how he got “sucked into a hole” through a handheld device, this means his phone. Of course, we do all get a bit sucked into our phones now and again. It happens. And now it’s easier than ever. This being due to things like updates to make it easier to access things. The glow of the low beams within this track may be the car lights of your lover. But we do know that he will be by the Batphone if you need to get a hold of him at all. With our phones so close to us at all times, it’s almost like we all have personal Batphones. Then we get into how phones have changed over time. Coining them as “re-decorated” with new lights and sidebars upon them changing. Back the chorus again we see Turner sitting in his living room, with blinds closed, watching the lights of cars going by, but knowing that he'd know those of the car of his lover. Ending upon the panoramic windows again. These are said to be “looking out across your soul”, this is simply just our phone screens. They’re glass, windows are glass. But we look and see things on display including our souls, you know, our lives. Thus, making your soul being put on display through these “windows”. Sure, it’s not just your own soul, there are other people in this world, but it’s important you know that it is yours first and foremost on display. Always remember, whatever you put online, others will see.
THE ULTRACHEESE
Our closing track is a something that could be called Turner’s “Default Position” at this rate. But that does not mean it’s a bad thing. This track in particular is one where we see the Pet Sounds influenced recording style come to life, with multiple drum kits, multiple guitars, and pianos within the recording. The track sees Turner reflect on his past and how things have changed overtime. The title comes from the fact that the track may be a bit too “Cheesy” for everyone except himself. Songwriting of course has changed over time the most for him, upon talking about old tracks he stated, “It feels like we’re doing a cover or something when we play the first album, really, but that’s fine. I don’t hate doing that. It’s just come to the point where I play ‘Mardy Bum’ or something like that and it doesn’t even feel like mine anymore.” (BeatRoute) He feels disconnected from his old lyrics, which is sad but true statement. Of course, this track also touches quickly upon the themes of technology and politics throughout the track. But overall, it’s more just a personal reflection upon everything. Turner even describes himself as not being deep in thought, even if it looks like he was. He’s just living his life, good or bad, it’s just how everything is going down. The track ends the album on the line “I’ve done some things that I shouldn’t have done, but I haven’t stopped loving you once.” We all have things we regret in our lives. Sometimes that shit gets us out of nowhere and ends up on our minds. But we also see Turner telling his lover that he just loves them throughout it. Throughout all the good, the bad, the dirty bullshit, he still loves them.

THE B-SIDE (Anyways)

Yeah I was not finishing this without talking about the B-Side that was released with the title track on the 7” single. The B-side is titled ‘Anyways’ and was cut from the album. “I had a song that didn’t make this record with lyrics that mentioned both Bing Crosby and Randy Newman. And I just thought, You can’t do that. You can have one or the other. Just fucking calm down! You don’t want to make a song too lumpy.” (Vulture) Anyways here means the topic of a conversation and trying to change it. The narrator keeps trying to change the conversation. This can be seen throughout the track with a change in subject seemingly every few lines. One minute talking about toga parties, the next asking about if Mum and Dad are doing well. It’s just topic after topic in this “race” to Anyways. Technology appears again, with a quick mention of oversharing, something that is prevalent throughout the world of social media. Going back the Four Out of Five video from earlier we have a quick mention of a double life. This of course being the public/personal personas or home/professional personas. Much of the rest of the track just shows Turner bearing his all out there for everyone to see and making light of this. “You sort of reveal a piece of something as you’re writing and recording it. Then you find what you’re attracted to, scribble away a bit more of the dust and discover a bit more of the picture. Gradually, it becomes what it is. Each time you reveal another bit of it, it commits you to take the next step.” (BeatRoute) Some argue that this would have made a more “fitting” close for the album than The Ultracheese, other argue that it could have fit in literally anywhere on the album. Overall, I’m just glad it did get released it in the end.

REFLECTIONS IN THE SILVER SCREEN (An Outro)

I first listened to the album when it leaked. Shit on me all you want but I was just so curious. The whole no singles thing intrigued me alongside the sci-fi theme. I was looking for something different and I found it with this album. At the time did I know this was going to be my album of the year? No. Fuck, I barely knew anything about AM at the time apart from Do I Wanna Know?. I coined it as something along the lines of “What Death of A Bachelor could should been.” Turner constantly describes this album as one where he wanted to take people to a place, to this imaginary hotel and casino, and I was taken there upon first listen. I felt like I was sitting, watching a longue singer belt out tunes about his life. Of course, now on the right night I can recreate that feeling, but not always. But the album has just stuck me. Sure, many upon first hearing it found it off putting, but I loved it since first listen. If anything, this album was what made me a fan. This is what me look at AM and go “There’s something here I was missing.” Sure, it did take me months to act upon that, but I’m glad I did. Do I know where AM are going to go next? No. I don’t think any of us really do anymore. This album proved how unpredictable it is to calculate Arctic Monkeys in a way. Maybe the next record will be guitar based again, maybe not. We’ll only know when it comes, no matter how far away that is.

GOLDEN BOY’S NOT IN SUCH BAD SHAPE (Nominations)

Album:
  • 2018 Mercury Prize Nomination
  • Best Alternative Music Album (Grammy Awards)
Four Of Five:
  • Best Rock Performance (Grammy Awards)
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[USA] [H] Bubble Bobble Part 2, NES, NES Boxes, Genesis, PS1, Consoles/Controllers, Board Games [W] Game List Inside

I'm looking for any game that I don't have; the WANTED list at the bottom are just the big ones that I'd like. I'll take any offers from outside that list as long as they're comparable in value to the things in which you're interested.

PICS OF ALL OF THE BOXES: https://imgur.com/a/aaMTpxL

HAVE:

NES

Barbie (plastic damage on top)
Bard's Tale (box only)
Bubble Bobble Part 2 (looking for high-value stuff on my list for this)
Captain Skyhawk (manual only; rough around the edges, literally)
Desert Commander
Dynowarz
Final Fantasy (box only; beat-up)
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (box only)
Iron Sword
Mario Bros. (original arcade version)
Mega Man 2 (box only)
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Rygar
StarTropics (box only)
Super Mario Bros. (cart and manual)
Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt (manual only)
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 (CIB)
Tetris 2 (manual only)
Time Lord
Ultima Exodus (box only)
Ultima Quest of the Avatar (box only)
Ultima Warriors of Destiny (box only)
Wheel of Fortune Family Edition (manual only)
Yoshi (box only)
Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics 2 (CIB)

SNES

Final Fantasy II (box only)
SNES Mouse (manual only)
Zelda Link to the Past (box and map only)

N64

Turok 2 (manual only)

Game Boy Color

Pokemon Gold
Puzzle Master
Rocket Power Gettin' Air
Tarzan

Game Boy Advance

Super Mario Advance (slight label damage on bottom)

Nintendo DS

Harvest Moon DS (manual only; rough shape)
Harvest Moon Island of Happiness (manual only)
Harvest Moon Tale of Two Towns (manual only)
Pokemon Black (manual and art insert only)
Pokemon Ranger (manual and art insert only)
Pokemon White Version 2 (manual only)
Super Mario DS 64 (manual only)

Nintendo 3DS

Resident Evil Revelations (manual and art insert only)

Sega Genesis

Grind Stormer (cartridge does not work all of the time - Tengen Genesis boards are terrible; no manual, has case/art)
True Lies (CIB; game will not work on any of my Genesis consoles)

Sega Game Gear

Sonic 2

PS1

Battle Arena Toshinden (disc only)
Mortal Kombat 3 (CIB longbox)

PS2

Silent Hill 2 (CIB, GH)

Consoles/Handhelds/Misc.

NES Console
NES Controllers
NES Light Zapper
NES Power Pad
Genesis mod-1 and mod-2 console
Genesis Controllers
Konami Justifier light guns (Blue Genesis Lethal Enforcers; Green PS1)
PS2 Fat
PS2 Slim
Sega Phazer light gun
Super Nintendo console (yellowing)
Worlds of Power: Before Shadowgate (NES) book

Board Games:

Burgle Bros.
Captain Sonar
Carcassonne The Tower (old art)
Carcassonne Traders and Builders (old art)
Carcassonne Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars (old art)
Codenames
Cottage Garden
Dungeon Lords
Flick 'em Up (wooden edition)
Flick 'em Up: Blacksmith promo
Flick 'em Up: Red Rock Tomahawk expansion
Flick 'em Up: Stallion Canyon expansion
Flick 'em Up: Dead of Winter
Flick 'em Up: DoW, Sparky the Wonder Dog expansion
Hardback
Heaven and Ale
Love Letter (clamshell)
Mechs vs. Minions
New York Slice
Photosynthesis
Puerto Rico
Sonar
Quartz
Ticket to Ride
Wits & Wagers: Party Edition

WANTED

NES (licensed)

Bonk's Adventure
Casino Kid 2
Cowboy Kid
Dragon Fighter
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Little Samson
Nobunaga's Ambition II
Panic Restaurant
Stadium Events

NES (unlicensed)

Action 52
The Adventures of Captain Comic
Baby Boomer
Bible Buffet
Big Nose Freaks Out
Blackjack
Bubble Bath Babes
Caltron 6–in–1
Castle of Deceit
Challenge of the Dragon
Cheetahmen II
Chiller
Crystal Mines
Death Race
Deathbots
Double Strike
Exodus
F-15 City Wars
Galactic Crusader
Hot Slot
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
King Neptune's Adventure
Krazy Kreatures
Little Red Hood
Maxi 15
Menace Beach
Metal Fighter
Micro Machines
Mig-29 Soviet Fighter
Mission Cobra
Moon Ranger
Operation Secret Storm
The P'radikus Conflict
Peek-A-Boo Poker
Pesterminator
Puzzle
Quattro Arcade
Quattro Sports
Rad Racket
Raid 2020
Robo Demons
Secret Scout
Skull & Crossbones
Solitaire
Sunday Funday
Tagin' Dragon
Tiles of Fate
Trolls on Treasure Island
Vindicators
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

PS1 Longbox (CIB Only)

A-Train
Braindead 13
Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
Extreme Pinball
Geom Cube
Goal Storm
Hi-Octane
In The Hunt
International Track and Field
King's Field
NBA Live 96
Philosoma
PO'ed
Psychic Detective
Raiden Project
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Silverload
Slam n' Jam '96
Space Griffon VF-9
Starblade Alpha
Street Fighter: The Movie
Striker '96
Thunder Strike 2
V Tennis
Viewpoint
VR Soccer '96
Zoop

SNES

7th Saga
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire 2
Castlevania: Dracula X
Contra III
Demon's Crest
Donkey Kong Country 1,2,3
Ghoul Patrol
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Joe and Mac 2
Lufia
Lufia 2
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Metal Warriors
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Ogre Battle
Pocky and Rocky
Pocky and Rocky 2
Prince of Persia 2
Robotrek
Secret of Mana
SimAnt
Sunset Riders
Super Double Dragon
Super Mario World 2
Super Smash TV
Super Turrican 2
Wild Guns

N64

Bust-A-Move 2
Bust-A-Move '99
Duke Nukem 64
Earthworm Jim 3D
F-Zero X
Gauntlet Legends
Gex 3
Gex 64
Harvest Moon 64
Hexen
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party 2
Mega Man 64
Mystical Ninja
Nightmare Creatures
Nuclear Strike 64
Ogre Battle 64
Paperboy
Rayman 2
Road Rash 64
Rush 2049
Quest 64
Worms Armageddon

Sega Genesis (CIB only)

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Contra Hard Corps (manual only)
Exile
Ghouls n Ghosts
Golden Axe II
Kid Chameleon
MERCS
Shadowrun
Streets of Rage 1,2,3
TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
Universal Soldier

Sega CD

Flashback
Lethal Enforcers
Lunar Eternal Blue
Lunar Silver Star
Popful Mail
Prince of Persia
Sonic CD

Sega Dreamcast

Blue Stinger
Bust-A-Move 4
Carrier
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia 2
Illbleed
Nightmare Creatures 2
Prince of Persia Arabian Nights
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Worms Armageddon

PS1 (CIB black label only)

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2
Alundra
Alundra 2
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II
Countdown Vampires
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia
Heart of Darkness
Legend of Dragoon
Legend of Legaia
Legend of Mana
Medievil
Medievil 2
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
Mega Man X6
Overblood
Parasite Eve 2
Persona: Revelations
Vampire Hunter D
Xenogears

PS2 (CIB Black Label)

Clock Tower 3
Contra Shattered Soldier
Eternal Poison
Fatal Frame 1,2,3
Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII Collector's Edition
Haunting Ground
Kuon
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Neo Contra
Resident Evil Dead Aim
Resident Evil Essentials
Resident Evil Outbreak 1,2
Rule of Rose
Silent Hill 2 (BL Manual only)
Silent Hill 4 (BL Case Art only)
Vampire Night
Wizardry Tale of the Forsaken Land
Ys The Ark of Napishtim

PS3 (CIB only)

Ni No Kuni
Silent Hill Downpour
Silent Hill HD Collection
Silent Hill Homecoming

Gamecube (CIB only)

Mario Kart Double Dash
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 7
Resident Evil Pure Evil 2-Pack
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller
Super Mario Sunshine
Zelda Four Swords
Zelda Windwaker

Original Xbox (CIB only)

Battlestar Galactica
Call of Cthulhu
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Dino Crisis 3
Obscure 1,2
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4
Stubbs the Zombie

Xbox 360 (CIB only)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Reach
Lost Planet (steelbook)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Nintendo Wii U

Windwaker console CIB

Nintendo Switch

Offers
Any Other Offers
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[USA] [H] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Bubble Bobble Part 2, NES, Genesis, PS1, Consoles/Controllers, Board Games [W] Game List Inside

I'm looking for any game that I don't have; the WANTED list at the bottom are just the big ones that I'd like. I'll take any offers from outside that list as long as they're comparable in value to the things in which you're interested.

HAVE:

NES

Bubble Bobble Part 2 (looking for high-value stuff on my list for this)
Crash n the Boys
Dynowarz
Iron Sword
Mario Bros (original; not SUPER Mario Bros.)
Rygar
Super Mario Bros.
Time Lord
Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics 2 (CIB)

Game Boy Color

Puzzle Master
Rocket Power Gettin' Air
Tarzan

Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (New in shrink)

Sega Game Gear

Sonic 2

PS1

Battle Arena Toshinden (disc only)
Lunar Silver Star Complete edition
Lunar 2 Complete edition
Mortal Kombat 3 (CIB longbox)

PS2

Silent Hill 2 (CIB, GH)

Consoles/Handhelds/Misc.

Atari 5200, console only; no power cord or switch box
NES Console
NES Controllers
NES Light Zapper
NES Power Pad
Genesis mod-1 and mod-2 consoles
Genesis Controllers
Konami Justifier light guns (Blue GenesisLethal Enforcers; Green PS1)
PS2 Fat
PS2 Slim
Sega Phazer light gun
Super Nintendo console (yellowing)
Zelda Phantom Hourglass Cel Art

Board Games:

Carcassonne The Tower
Carcassonne Traders and Builders
Carcassonne Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars
Codenames
Cottage Garden
Dungeon Lords
Flick 'em Up (wooden edition)
Flick 'em Up: Blacksmith promo
Flick 'em Up: Red Rock Tomahawk expansion
Flick 'em Up: Stallion Canyon expansion
Flick 'em Up: Dead of Winter
Flick 'em Up: DoW, Sparky the Wonder Dog expansion
Love Letter (clamshell)
Quartz
Ticket to Ride
Wits & Wagers: Party Edition

WANTED

NES (licensed)

Bonk's Adventure
Casino Kid 2
Cowboy Kid
Dragon Fighter
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Little Samson
Mickey's Adventures in Numberland
Nobunaga's Ambition II
Panic Restaurant
Stadium Events
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny

NES (unlicensed)

Action 52
The Adventures of Captain Comic
Baby Boomer
Bible Buffet
Big Nose Freaks Out
Blackjack
Bubble Bath Babes
Caltron 6–in–1
Castle of Deceit
Challenge of the Dragon
Cheetahmen II
Chiller
Crystal Mines
Death Race
Deathbots
Double Strike
Exodus
F-15 City Wars
Galactic Crusader
Hot Slot
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
King Neptune's Adventure
Krazy Kreatures
Little Red Hood
Maxi 15
Menace Beach
Metal Fighter
Micro Machines
Mig-29 Soviet Fighter
Mission Cobra
Moon Ranger
Operation Secret Storm
The P'radikus Conflict
Peek-A-Boo Poker
Pesterminator
Puzzle
Puzznic
Quattro Arcade
Quattro Sports
Rad Racket
Raid 2020
Robo Demons
Secret Scout
Skull & Crossbones
Solitaire
Sunday Funday
Tagin' Dragon
Tiles of Fate
Trolls on Treasure Island
Vindicators
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

PS1 Longbox (CIB Only)

A-Train
Braindead 13
Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
Extreme Pinball
Geom Cube
Goal Storm
Hi-Octane
In The Hunt
International Track and Field
King's Field
NBA Live 96
Philosoma
PO'ed
Psychic Detective
Raiden Project
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Silverload
Slam n' Jam '96
Space Griffon VF-9
Starblade Alpha
Street Fighter: The Movie
Striker '96
Thunder Strike 2
V Tennis
Viewpoint
VR Soccer '96
Zoop

SNES

7th Saga
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire 2
Castlevania: Dracula X
Contra III
Demon's Crest
Donkey Kong Country 1,2,3
Earthbound
Ghoul Patrol
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Joe and Mac 2
Lufia
Lufia 2
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Metal Warriors
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Ogre Battle
Pocky and Rocky
Pocky and Rocky 2
Prince of Persia 2
Robotrek
Secret of Mana
SimAnt
Sunset Riders
Super Double Dragon
Super Mario World 2
Super Metroid
Super Smash TV
Super Turrican 2
Wild Guns

N64

Bust-A-Move 2
Bust-A-Move '99
Duke Nukem 64
Earthworm Jim 3D
F-Zero X
Gauntlet Legends
Gex 3
Gex 64
Harvest Moon 64
Hexen
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party 2
Mario Party 3
Mega Man 64
Mystical Ninja
Nightmare Creatures
Nuclear Strike 64
Ogre Battle 64
Paperboy
Rayman 2
Road Rash 64
Rush 2049
Quest 64
Worms Armageddon

Sega Genesis (CIB only)

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Contra Hard Corps (manual only)
Exile
Gaultlet IV
Ghouls n Ghosts
Golden Axe II
Kid Chameleon
MERCS
Shadowrun
Streets of Rage 1,2,3
TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
Universal Soldier

Sega CD

Flashback
Lethal Enforcers
Lunar Eternal Blue
Lunar Silver Star
Popful Mail
Prince of Persia
Sonic CD

Sega Dreamcast

Blue Stinger
Bust-A-Move 4
Carrier
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia 2
Illbleed
Nightmare Creatures 2
Prince of Persia Arabian Nights
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Worms Armageddon

PS1 (CIB black label only)

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2
Alundra
Alundra 2
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II
Countdown Vampires
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia
Heart of Darkness
Legend of Dragoon
Legend of Legaia
Legend of Mana
Medievil
Medievil 2
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
Mega Man X6
Overblood
Parasite Eve 2
Persona: Revelations
Vampire Hunter D
Xenogears

PS2 (CIB Black Label)

Clock Tower 3
Contra Shattered Soldier
Eternal Poison
Fatal Frame 1,2,3
Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII Collector's Edition
Haunting Ground
Kuon
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Neo Contra
Resident Evil Dead Aim
Resident Evil Essentials
Resident Evil Outbreak 1,2
Rule of Rose
Silent Hill 2 (BL Manual only)
Silent Hill 4 (BL Case Art only)
Vampire Night
Wizardry Tale of the Forsaken Land
Ys The Ark of Napishtim

PS3 (CIB only)

Ni No Kuni
Silent Hill Downpour
Silent Hill HD Collection
Silent Hill Homecoming

Gamecube (CIB only)

Mario Kart Double Dash
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 7
Resident Evil Pure Evil 2-Pack
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller
Super Mario Sunshine
Zelda Four Swords
Zelda Windwaker

Original Xbox (CIB only)

Battlestar Galactica
Call of Cthulhu
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Dino Crisis 3
Obscure 1,2
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4
Stubbs the Zombie

Xbox 360 (CIB only)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Reach
Lost Planet (steelbook)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Nintendo Wii U

Windwaker console CIB

Nintendo Switch

Offers
Any Other Offers
submitted by DTrain13 to retrogameswap [link] [comments]

USA] [H] NES, Genesis, PS1, Consoles/Controllers, Board Games [W] Game List Inside

HAVE:

NES

Castlevania III
Contra
Gargoyle's Quest II
Nintendo World Cup
Super Mario/Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet
Super Mario Bros. 3
Wheel of Fortune feat. Vanna White

SNES

Rock n Roll Racing

Sega Genesis

Cyborg Justice (CIB)
Golden Axe (CIB; Sega Classics; cover art has a chunk missing on spine)
Jeopardy (CIB)
Jurassic Park (CIB)
NHL '95 (CIB)
Risk (CIB)
Robocop vs. Terminator (CIB)
X-Men (CIB)

Sega Dreamcast

Demo discs: 3, 4, 5, 7
Plasma Sword (CIB)
Silver (CIB)
Sonic Adventure (CIB)

PS1

Battle Arena Toshinden (disc only)
Mortal Kombat 3 (CIB longbox)
Persona 2 (CIB)
Tomba 2 (manual only)

Consoles/Handhelds/Misc.

Atari 5200, console only; no power cord or switch box
Game Boy, original, with: backlight, bivert, and internal pro sound mods
HORI Zelda Wii/U Battle Pad controller
iPad 4th Gen, 16GB, WiFi only; in box with charger, headphones
NES Console
NES Controllers
NES Light Zapper
NES Power Pad
Genesis Controllers
Konami Justifier light guns (Blue Sega Lethal Enforcers; Green PS1)
PS2 Fat
PS2 Slim
Sega Dreamcast console
Sega Dreamcast transparent green controller
Sega Genesis model 1 + 2
Sega Phazer light gun
Super Nintendo console (yellowing)
Zelda Phantom Hourglass Cel Art

Board Games:

Carcassonne (old art)
Carcassonne The Tower
Carcassonne Traders and Builders
Carcassonne Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars
Codenames
Love Letter (clam shell)
Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride

Blu-Rays

A-Team
Batman Begins
Casino Royale
Ghostbusters
Hangover
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows pt. 1
Inception
Inglourious Basterds
Kick-Ass
Star Trek (2009)
Starship Troopers
Superbad

WANTED

NES (licensed)

Bonk's Adventure
Casino Kid 2
Color a Dinosaur
Cowboy Kid
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge
Dragon Fighter
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Little Samson
Mickey's Adventures in Numberland
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Nobunaga's Ambition II
Panic Restaurant
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$!
Stadium Events
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny

NES (unlicensed)

Action 52
The Adventures of Captain Comic
Baby Boomer
Bible Buffet
Big Nose Freaks Out
Blackjack
Bubble Bath Babes
Caltron 6–in–1
Castle of Deceit
Challenge of the Dragon
Cheetahmen II
Chiller
Crystal Mines
Death Race
Deathbots
Double Strike
Exodus
F-15 City Wars
Galactic Crusader
Hot Slot
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
King Neptune's Adventure
Krazy Kreatures
Little Red Hood
Maxi 15
Menace Beach
Metal Fighter
Micro Machines
Mig-29 Soviet Fighter
Mission Cobra
Moon Ranger
Operation Secret Storm
The P'radikus Conflict
Peek-A-Boo Poker
Pesterminator
Puzzle
Puzznic
Quattro Arcade
Quattro Sports
Rad Racket
Raid 2020
RBI Baseball II
RBI Baseball III
Robo Demons
Secret Scout
Shock Wave
Skull & Crossbones
Solitaire
Sunday Funday
Tagin' Dragon
Tiles of Fate
Trolls on Treasure Island
The Ultimate Stuntman
Vindicators
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

PS1 Longbox (CIB Only)

A-Train
Braindead 13
Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
Extreme Pinball
Geom Cube
Goal Storm
Hi-Octane
In The Hunt
International Track and Field
King's Field
NBA Live 96
Philosoma
PO'ed
Psychic Detective
Raiden Project
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Silverload
Slam n' Jam '96
Space Griffon VF-9
Starblade Alpha
Street Fighter: The Movie
Striker '96
Thunder Strike 2
V Tennis
Viewpoint
VR Soccer '96
Zoop

SNES

7th Saga
ActRaiser
ActRaiser 2
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire 2
Castlevania: Dracula X
Contra III
Demon's Crest
Donkey Kong Country 1,2,3
Earthbound
Ghoul Patrol
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Joe and Mac 2
Lufia
Lufia 2
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Metal Warriors
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Ogre Battle
Pocky and Rocky
Pocky and Rocky 2
Prince of Persia 2
Robotrek
Secret of Mana
SimAnt
Sunset Riders
Super Double Dragon
Super Mario World 2
Super Metroid
Super Smash TV
Super Turrican 2
Wild Guns
Zombies Ate My Neighbors

N64

Banjo-Kazooie
Banjo-Tooie
Bust-A-Move 2
Bust-A-Move '99
Donkey Kong 64
Doom 64
Duke Nukem 64
Earthworm Jim 3D
F-Zero X
Gauntlet Legends
Gex 3
Gex 64
Goemon's Great Adventure
Harvest Moon 64
Hexen
Kirby 64
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Mario Party 3
Mega Man 64
Mystical Ninja
Nightmare Creatures
Nuclear Strike 64
Ogre Battle 64
Paper Mario
Paperboy
Rayman 2
Resident Evil 2
Road Rash 64
Rush 2049
Star Fox 64
Quest 64
Worms Armageddon

Sega Genesis (CIB only)

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Contra Hard Corps.
Dune: Battle for Arrakis
Exile
Gaultlet IV
Ghouls n Ghosts
Golden Axe II
Kid Chameleon
MERCS
Shadowrun
Streets of Rage 1,2,3
TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
Universal Soldier
Zany Golf

Sega CD

Flashback
Lethal Enforcers
Lunar Eternal Blue
Lunar Silver Star
Popful Mail
Prince of Persia
Sonic CD

Sega Dreamcast

Alone in the Dark
Blue Stinger
Bust-A-Move 4
Carrier
D2
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia 2
Illbleed
Nightmare Creatures 2
Prince of Persia Arabian Nights
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Worms Armageddon

PS1 (CIB black label only)

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2
Alundra
Alundra 2
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II
Countdown Vampires
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Dune 2000
Galerians
Grandia
Heart of Darkness
Legend of Dragoon
Legend of Legaia
Legend of Mana
Medievil
Medievil 2
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
Mega Man X6
Overblood
Parasite Eve (manual only)
Parasite Eve 2
Persona: Revelations
Suikoden
Vampire Hunter D
Xenogears

PS2 (CIB Black Label)

Castlevania Curse of Darkness
Clock Tower 3
Contra Shattered Soldier
Eternal Poison
Fatal Frame 1,2,3
Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII Collector's Edition
Haunting Ground
Kuon
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Neo Contra
Resident Evil Dead Aim
Resident Evil Essentials
Resident Evil Outbreak 1,2
Rule of Rose
Silent Hill 2,3,4
Vampire Night
Wizardry Tale of the Forsaken Land
Ys The Ark of Napishtim

PS3 (CIB only)

Heavy Rain
Ni No Kuni
Silent Hill Downpour
Silent Hill HD Collection
Silent Hill Homecoming

Gamecube (CIB only)

Mario Kart Double Dash
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 7
Resident Evil Pure Evil 2-Pack
Resident Evil 0
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller
Super Mario Sunshine
Zelda Four Swords
Zelda Windwaker

Original Xbox (CIB only)

Battlestar Galactica
Call of Cthulhu
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Dino Crisis 3
Obscure 1,2
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4
Stubbs the Zombie

Xbox 360 (CIB only)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Reach
Lost Planet (steelbook)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Nintendo Wii U

Windwaker console CIB

Nintendo Switch

Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2
Mega Max X Legacy Collection 1 + 2
Resident Evil Revelations Collection
Ys VIII
joycons
Offers
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[USA] [H] Bubble Bobble Part 2, NES, NES Boxes, Genesis, PS1, Consoles/Controllers, Board Games [W] Game List Inside

I'm looking for any game that I don't have; the WANTED list at the bottom are just the big ones that I'd like. I'll take any offers from outside that list as long as they're comparable in value to the things in which you're interested.

PICS OF ALL OF THE BOXES: https://imgur.com/a/aaMTpxL

HAVE:

NES

Barbie (plastic damage on top)
Bard's Tale (box only)
Bubble Bobble Part 2 (looking for high-value stuff on my list for this)
Desert Commander
Dynowarz
Final Fantasy (box only; beat-up)
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (box only)
Iron Sword
Mario Bros. (original arcade version)
Mega Man 2 (box only)
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Rygar
StarTropics (box only)
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 (CIB)
Time Lord
Ultima Exodus (box only)
Ultima Quest of the Avatar (box only)
Ultima Warriors of Destiny (box only)
Yoshi (box only)
Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics 2 (CIB)

SNES

Final Fantasy II (box only)
Zelda Link to the Past (box and map only)

Game Boy Color

Puzzle Master
Rocket Power Gettin' Air
Tarzan

Game Boy Color

Super Mario Advance (slight label damage on bottom)

Sega Genesis

Grind Stormer (cartridge does not work all of the time - Tengen Genesis boards are terrible; no manual, has case/art)
True Lies (CIB; game will not work on any of my Genesis consoles)

Sega Game Gear

Sonic 2

PS1

Battle Arena Toshinden (disc only)
Mortal Kombat 3 (CIB longbox)

PS2

Silent Hill 2 (CIB, GH)

Consoles/Handhelds/Misc.

NES Console
NES Controllers
NES Light Zapper
NES Power Pad
Genesis mod-1 and mod-2 console
Genesis Controllers
Konami Justifier light guns (Blue Genesis Lethal Enforcers; Green PS1)
PS2 Fat
PS2 Slim
Sega Phazer light gun
Super Nintendo console (yellowing)
Worlds of Power: Before Shadowgate (NES) book

Board Games:

Burgle Bros.
Captain Sonar
Carcassonne The Tower (old art)
Carcassonne Traders and Builders (old art)
Carcassonne Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars (old art)
Codenames
Cottage Garden
Dungeon Lords
Flick 'em Up (wooden edition)
Flick 'em Up: Blacksmith promo
Flick 'em Up: Red Rock Tomahawk expansion
Flick 'em Up: Stallion Canyon expansion
Flick 'em Up: Dead of Winter
Flick 'em Up: DoW, Sparky the Wonder Dog expansion
Hardback
Heaven and Ale
Love Letter (clamshell)
Mechs vs. Minions
New York Slice
Photosynthesis
Puerto Rico
Sonar
Quartz
Ticket to Ride
Wits & Wagers: Party Edition

WANTED

NES (licensed)

Bonk's Adventure
Casino Kid 2
Cowboy Kid
Dragon Fighter
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Little Samson
Nobunaga's Ambition II
Panic Restaurant
Stadium Events

NES (unlicensed)

Action 52
The Adventures of Captain Comic
Baby Boomer
Bible Buffet
Big Nose Freaks Out
Blackjack
Bubble Bath Babes
Caltron 6–in–1
Castle of Deceit
Challenge of the Dragon
Cheetahmen II
Chiller
Crystal Mines
Death Race
Deathbots
Double Strike
Exodus
F-15 City Wars
Galactic Crusader
Hot Slot
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
King Neptune's Adventure
Krazy Kreatures
Little Red Hood
Maxi 15
Menace Beach
Metal Fighter
Micro Machines
Mig-29 Soviet Fighter
Mission Cobra
Moon Ranger
Operation Secret Storm
The P'radikus Conflict
Peek-A-Boo Poker
Pesterminator
Puzzle
Quattro Arcade
Quattro Sports
Rad Racket
Raid 2020
Robo Demons
Secret Scout
Skull & Crossbones
Solitaire
Sunday Funday
Tagin' Dragon
Tiles of Fate
Trolls on Treasure Island
Vindicators
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

PS1 Longbox (CIB Only)

A-Train
Braindead 13
Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
Extreme Pinball
Geom Cube
Goal Storm
Hi-Octane
In The Hunt
International Track and Field
King's Field
NBA Live 96
Philosoma
PO'ed
Psychic Detective
Raiden Project
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Silverload
Slam n' Jam '96
Space Griffon VF-9
Starblade Alpha
Street Fighter: The Movie
Striker '96
Thunder Strike 2
V Tennis
Viewpoint
VR Soccer '96
Zoop

SNES

7th Saga
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire 2
Castlevania: Dracula X
Contra III
Demon's Crest
Donkey Kong Country 1,2,3
Ghoul Patrol
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Joe and Mac 2
Lufia
Lufia 2
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Metal Warriors
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Ogre Battle
Pocky and Rocky
Pocky and Rocky 2
Prince of Persia 2
Robotrek
Secret of Mana
SimAnt
Sunset Riders
Super Double Dragon
Super Mario World 2
Super Smash TV
Super Turrican 2
Wild Guns

N64

Bust-A-Move 2
Bust-A-Move '99
Duke Nukem 64
Earthworm Jim 3D
F-Zero X
Gauntlet Legends
Gex 3
Gex 64
Harvest Moon 64
Hexen
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party 2
Mega Man 64
Mystical Ninja
Nightmare Creatures
Nuclear Strike 64
Ogre Battle 64
Paperboy
Rayman 2
Road Rash 64
Rush 2049
Quest 64
Worms Armageddon

Sega Genesis (CIB only)

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Contra Hard Corps (manual only)
Exile
Ghouls n Ghosts
Golden Axe II
Kid Chameleon
MERCS
Shadowrun
Streets of Rage 1,2,3
TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
Universal Soldier

Sega CD

Flashback
Lethal Enforcers
Lunar Eternal Blue
Lunar Silver Star
Popful Mail
Prince of Persia
Sonic CD

Sega Dreamcast

Blue Stinger
Bust-A-Move 4
Carrier
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia 2
Illbleed
Nightmare Creatures 2
Prince of Persia Arabian Nights
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Worms Armageddon

PS1 (CIB black label only)

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2
Alundra
Alundra 2
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II
Countdown Vampires
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia
Heart of Darkness
Legend of Dragoon
Legend of Legaia
Legend of Mana
Medievil
Medievil 2
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
Mega Man X6
Overblood
Parasite Eve 2
Persona: Revelations
Vampire Hunter D
Xenogears

PS2 (CIB Black Label)

Clock Tower 3
Contra Shattered Soldier
Eternal Poison
Fatal Frame 1,2,3
Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII Collector's Edition
Haunting Ground
Kuon
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Neo Contra
Resident Evil Dead Aim
Resident Evil Essentials
Resident Evil Outbreak 1,2
Rule of Rose
Silent Hill 2 (BL Manual only)
Silent Hill 4 (BL Case Art only)
Vampire Night
Wizardry Tale of the Forsaken Land
Ys The Ark of Napishtim

PS3 (CIB only)

Ni No Kuni
Silent Hill Downpour
Silent Hill HD Collection
Silent Hill Homecoming

Gamecube (CIB only)

Mario Kart Double Dash
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 7
Resident Evil Pure Evil 2-Pack
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller
Super Mario Sunshine
Zelda Four Swords
Zelda Windwaker

Original Xbox (CIB only)

Battlestar Galactica
Call of Cthulhu
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Dino Crisis 3
Obscure 1,2
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4
Stubbs the Zombie

Xbox 360 (CIB only)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Reach
Lost Planet (steelbook)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Nintendo Wii U

Windwaker console CIB

Nintendo Switch

Offers
Any Other Offers
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A[USA] [H] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Bubble Bobble Part 2, NES, Genesis, PS1, Dreamcast, Consoles/Controllers, Board Games [W] Game List Inside

I'm looking for any game that I don't have; the WANTED list at the bottom are just the big ones that I'd like. I'll take any offers from outside that list as long as they're comparable in value to the things in which you're interested.

HAVE:

NES

Barbie (plastic damage on top)
Bubble Bobble Part 2 (looking for high-value stuff on my list for this)
Desert Commander
Dynowarz
Iron Sword
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Rygar
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Time Lord
Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics 2 (CIB)

Game Boy Color

Puzzle Master
Rocket Power Gettin' Air
Tarzan

Game Boy Color

Super Mario Advance (slight label damage on bottom)

Sega Game Gear

Sonic 2

PS1

Battle Arena Toshinden (disc only)
Mortal Kombat 3 (CIB longbox)

PS2

Silent Hill 2 (CIB, GH)

Consoles/Handhelds/Misc.

NES Console
NES Controllers
NES Light Zapper
NES Power Pad
Genesis mod-1 and mod-2 console
Genesis Controllers
Konami Justifier light guns (Blue Genesis Lethal Enforcers; Green PS1)
PS2 Fat
PS2 Slim
Sega Phazer light gun
Super Nintendo console (yellowing)

Board Games:

Carcassonne The Tower (old art)
Carcassonne Traders and Builders (old art)
Carcassonne Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars (old art)
Codenames
Cottage Garden
Dungeon Lords
Flick 'em Up (wooden edition)
Flick 'em Up: Blacksmith promo
Flick 'em Up: Red Rock Tomahawk expansion
Flick 'em Up: Stallion Canyon expansion
Flick 'em Up: Dead of Winter
Flick 'em Up: DoW, Sparky the Wonder Dog expansion
Love Letter (clamshell)
Quartz
Ticket to Ride
Wits & Wagers: Party Edition

WANTED

NES (licensed)

Bonk's Adventure
Casino Kid 2
Cowboy Kid
Dragon Fighter
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Little Samson
Nobunaga's Ambition II
Panic Restaurant
Stadium Events

NES (unlicensed)

Action 52
The Adventures of Captain Comic
Baby Boomer
Bible Buffet
Big Nose Freaks Out
Blackjack
Bubble Bath Babes
Caltron 6–in–1
Castle of Deceit
Challenge of the Dragon
Cheetahmen II
Chiller
Crystal Mines
Death Race
Deathbots
Double Strike
Exodus
F-15 City Wars
Galactic Crusader
Hot Slot
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
King Neptune's Adventure
Krazy Kreatures
Little Red Hood
Maxi 15
Menace Beach
Metal Fighter
Micro Machines
Mig-29 Soviet Fighter
Mission Cobra
Moon Ranger
Operation Secret Storm
The P'radikus Conflict
Peek-A-Boo Poker
Pesterminator
Puzzle
Puzznic
Quattro Arcade
Quattro Sports
Rad Racket
Raid 2020
Robo Demons
Secret Scout
Skull & Crossbones
Solitaire
Sunday Funday
Tagin' Dragon
Tiles of Fate
Trolls on Treasure Island
Vindicators
Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

PS1 Longbox (CIB Only)

A-Train
Braindead 13
Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
Extreme Pinball
Geom Cube
Goal Storm
Hi-Octane
In The Hunt
International Track and Field
King's Field
NBA Live 96
Philosoma
PO'ed
Psychic Detective
Raiden Project
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Silverload
Slam n' Jam '96
Space Griffon VF-9
Starblade Alpha
Street Fighter: The Movie
Striker '96
Thunder Strike 2
V Tennis
Viewpoint
VR Soccer '96
Zoop

SNES

7th Saga
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire 2
Castlevania: Dracula X
Contra III
Demon's Crest
Donkey Kong Country 1,2,3
Earthbound
Ghoul Patrol
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Joe and Mac 2
Lufia
Lufia 2
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Metal Warriors
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Ogre Battle
Pocky and Rocky
Pocky and Rocky 2
Prince of Persia 2
Robotrek
Secret of Mana
SimAnt
Sunset Riders
Super Double Dragon
Super Mario World 2
Super Metroid
Super Smash TV
Super Turrican 2
Wild Guns

N64

Bust-A-Move 2
Bust-A-Move '99
Duke Nukem 64
Earthworm Jim 3D
F-Zero X
Gauntlet Legends
Gex 3
Gex 64
Harvest Moon 64
Hexen
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party 2
Mario Party 3
Mega Man 64
Mystical Ninja
Nightmare Creatures
Nuclear Strike 64
Ogre Battle 64
Paperboy
Rayman 2
Road Rash 64
Rush 2049
Quest 64
Worms Armageddon

Sega Genesis (CIB only)

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Contra Hard Corps (manual only)
Exile
Ghouls n Ghosts
Golden Axe II
Kid Chameleon
MERCS
Shadowrun
Streets of Rage 1,2,3
TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
Universal Soldier

Sega CD

Flashback
Lethal Enforcers
Lunar Eternal Blue
Lunar Silver Star
Popful Mail
Prince of Persia
Sonic CD

Sega Dreamcast

Blue Stinger
Bust-A-Move 4
Carrier
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia 2
Illbleed
Nightmare Creatures 2
Prince of Persia Arabian Nights
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Worms Armageddon

PS1 (CIB black label only)

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2
Alundra
Alundra 2
Clock Tower
Clock Tower II
Countdown Vampires
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Grandia
Heart of Darkness
Legend of Dragoon
Legend of Legaia
Legend of Mana
Medievil
Medievil 2
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
Mega Man X6
Overblood
Parasite Eve 2
Persona: Revelations
Vampire Hunter D
Xenogears

PS2 (CIB Black Label)

Clock Tower 3
Contra Shattered Soldier
Eternal Poison
Fatal Frame 1,2,3
Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII Collector's Edition
Haunting Ground
Kuon
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X8
Neo Contra
Resident Evil Dead Aim
Resident Evil Essentials
Resident Evil Outbreak 1,2
Rule of Rose
Silent Hill 2 (BL Manual only)
Silent Hill 4 (BL Case Art only)
Vampire Night
Wizardry Tale of the Forsaken Land
Ys The Ark of Napishtim

PS3 (CIB only)

Ni No Kuni
Silent Hill Downpour
Silent Hill HD Collection
Silent Hill Homecoming

Gamecube (CIB only)

Mario Kart Double Dash
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
Mario Party 7
Resident Evil Pure Evil 2-Pack
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller
Super Mario Sunshine
Zelda Four Swords
Zelda Windwaker

Original Xbox (CIB only)

Battlestar Galactica
Call of Cthulhu
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Dino Crisis 3
Obscure 1,2
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4
Stubbs the Zombie

Xbox 360 (CIB only)

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Reach
Lost Planet (steelbook)
Lost Planet 3
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Nintendo Wii U

Windwaker console CIB

Nintendo Switch

Offers
Any Other Offers
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