Corey Buckner is an incredibly positive bastion of the online gaming community. His contribution to collectors, great attitude and just general awesomeness are what make him this month’s featured gamer!
I had the great pleasure of discovering Corey though his website Colexions – a place for anyone to upload and share their pictures, videos and opinions about collecting everything from comic books to retro video games. There’s no strict rules as to what you can publish really, as long as it’s collectable, and the website features one of the best online communities I have ever experienced. It’s full of enthusiastic, positive and knowledgeable people who make anyone feel welcome and quickly part of the group.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with him about gaming and here’s what he had to say:
1. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m a husband and father of 3 (my greatest life accomplishments). Marketing Director by Day, founder of Colexions by night. In addition to game collecting I LOVE to run and lift weights. I lift 3 days per week and run 3 days per week (most weeks).
2. When did you first get into gaming?
Some of my earliest memories are of me in the basement with my parents and siblings playing on the Atari 2600. I don’t know how old I was, but I had to be about 4 or 5 even. I also remember that we had an Intellivision, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, and then my first console (of my own) was the SEGA Master System. So, I can honestly say that I have been gaming longer than I can remember.
3. What was the first game you ever played?
PONG! My Mom, Dad and their friends used to play it and they would let me and my siblings hop on from time to time. I was so young back then and so mesmerized by those little electric rectangles being moved “in” the TV by the controller in my hand.
4. Do you have any rare or special games/consoles in your collection?
Well, I’m not big on rarity as I’m more interested in just finding games that I want to play, but a few years ago I ended up picking up E.V.O. for Evolution on the SNES and North and South on the NES at the same time from a resale store in East Central Illinois. I honestly didn’t know too much about them, I was just buying stuff that I saw there and found out later that they are both pretty rare and heavily sought after.
5. What do you feel is your biggest achievement in gaming?
I may be taking liberty with the intent of the question, but I can honestly say that colexions.com is my biggest achievement. By starting The International Network of Video Game collectors I have met so many awesome gamers from around the world. World record holders, business owners, indie developers. I got to know Ben Gold who, as you know, was the first inductee into the International Video Game Hall of Fame. I got to help Former Bears starting Line Backer when he was funding and launching his Overdog app. Matt Hall and I will be appearing in the upcoming NES Club movie. Those are just a few of the things I’ve been able to experience on this now, 20-month thrill ride that colexions has been.
6. What would you say are your top 5 games of all time?
Oh, this is easy.
- Super Mario World on the SNES. BEST GAME EVER MADE!
- Tetris on the original Game Boy
- Bonk’s Adventure on the TG16
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Genesis
- Space Harrier on the Master System
Ask me again in 2 day and 3-5 may be completely different!
7. If you could pick a game to be remade in HD (or a new sequel), what would it be and why?
Honestly, I’d love to see Battle Clash in HD on the Wii U. I’m probably the only person on the planet hoping for that, but I LOVED the Super Scope 6, and can only imagine what that experience would be like on the Wii U pad. Plus those green robots in shiny HD. That would be awesome in my opinion… but I’m probably the only person in the universe that thinks that.
8. If you could be any video game character, who would it be and why?
Easy… Sack Boy! He’s the most creative character in the video game universe. Dare I say, Sack Boy is the best thing going in gaming. I’d spend all day changing my look and visiting distant moons and whatnot, exploring the never-ending LBP Universe.