Tragic Nintendo Unboxing For Trashed Relics Has Happy Ending

In August 2022 we told the very sad story of a serious Nintendo collector who, having thought he’d got hold of some very special old playing cards, had in fact got hold of two hunks of worthless cardboard.

Before Mario’s Erik Voskuil thought he had hit the jackpot when, after years of searching, he came across two decks of souvenir playing cards, some of the best examples of the kind of things Nintendo used to make before switching to video games.

“I cannot overstate how exicited I was to find these seventy year old Nintendo cards, featuring Kyoto in the 1950s”, Voskuil wrote excitedly on August 7. “In all my years of collecting, these are the only copies I have come across.” To put that into perspective, writing on his blog, Voskuil adds that this is the first time he’s ever seen the cards—printed entirely in English—up for sale, after spending “more than twenty years of searching for vintage Nintendo items.”

Upon opening them up, though, disaster:

“However, when I carefully removed part of the wrapper, I quickly discovered that all cards had been completely fused together”, he writes. “They had remained pressed together for such a long time, likely under hot and humid conditions, that the ink on all cards had made them stick together completely. The stack of individual cards had turned into one solid brick. The photo prints on the cards, that contain relatively large amounts of ink, may have contributed to this as well.”

Note that these cards are old, and so lacked any of the plastic or laminates we’d normally associate with playing cards produced in more recent decades. These ones were made entirely of paper, so when he says they have fused together, he means it. This is no longer a deck of cards, but an expensive block of paper.

Or so we thought! Because Voskuil’s story appeared on websites like this one, it ended up on both news feeds and Google search results, which meant it began reaching people outside the usual video game collector circles. “Within months after posting the story online, I was offered two decks, by two different people, both from the United States” Voskuil writes in an update on his site. “They approached me separately after reading about these cards on this blog.

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The first deck came from a guy running a Facebook group called Playing Card Exchange, who had “obtained a Nintendo Souvenir Kyoto Playing Cards deck some time ago through an estate sale”. The second came from a lady living in Portland. “A copy of the Souvenir Kyoto Playing Cards had been discovered in an abandoned house in her area”, Voskuil says. “Not knowing anything about the cards, she searched online, found my post and contacted me.”

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After making deals to purchase both decks, Voskuil now has them in his possession and couldn’t be happier. They are in pristine condition, one of the decks even including a sample card still attached to the outside, and he’s posted a ton of very high quality images on his site so we can all enjoy the art—and historic importance—of the cards.

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Nexus Mods Is Happy To Remove Bigoted Starfield ‘Pronoun’ Mod

Nexus Mods, one of the largest online repositories of fan-made video game modifications, recently deleted a Starfield mod that removed the game’s built-in option to choose a pronoun for your created character. As you might expect, this removal angered a very toxic portion of players who yelled at Nexus Mods over its choice and threatened to stop using the massive site. But Nexus Mods is sticking with its decision and has a message to angry bigots: We aren’t sad to see you leave.

Starfield, one of the biggest games of 2023, is also a Bethesda RPG. That means it’s a large open-world game filled with quests and places to explore, but it also has some annoying bugs and frustrating design choices. And as usual, PC-based modders have come to the rescue to help tweak and improve the game. While many of these mods are useful and/or fun, some aren’t as positive, like a mod that removes the ability to choose a pronoun, a small feature in the game that became a viral talking point among toxic losers upset about Starfield being “woke.” However, if you try to download that mod from Nexus Mods today, you won’t find it, because the people running the site didn’t want it around.

In a report from 404Media published Friday, Nexus Mods told the outlet that while it doesn’t see itself as the “police of what people can and cannot mod into (or out of) their games” it does decide which content it wants to host or not host. And Nexus Mods said hosting this pronoun-removal mod was “not for us.”

“It is certainly within our rights not to host content on our platform,” Nexus Mods told 404Media. It also said the mod’s removal wasn’t a “political statement” or the site picking sides in the ongoing culture war. Instead, it said it simply believes in “diversity and inclusion,” adding that the “removal of diversity, while appealing to many, does not promote a positive modding community.”

Nexus Mods isn’t phased by toxic comments

If you’ve been on the internet at all in the last few years, you know what happened next. Lots of angry chuds hopped into forums and social media threads to yell about how this was evil censorship and infringing on their rights. For its part, Nexus Mods doesn’t care about the reaction.

“A reinforcement that this has been the best course of action has been some of the hatred, vitriol, and threats of violence coming from a very, very small minority of the community,” Nexus Mods said. “Frankly, we are not sad to see them go.”

This isn’t the first time the popular modding site has upset toxic assholes. In 2022, Nexus took similar action against a mod for Spider-Man Remastered that removed Pride flags from the game’s New York City. That mod would later be re-uploaded to the Internet Archive; a good reminder to those claiming these mods are no longer accessible, they are, you just can’t get them from one specific site anymore.

At the time, Nexus Mods had this to say in a blog post explaining why it had deleted the Spider-Man mod from its site: “We are for inclusivity, we are for diversity. If we think someone is uploading a mod on our site with the intent to deliberately be against inclusivity and/or diversity then we will take action against it.”

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