VIN­CENT BEN­NETT

THE ACA­CIA STRAIN

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Story Behind The Song - WORDS: ali cOOpeR

The Mas­sachusetts marvel has a pas­sion for Nin­tendo clas­sics. Player one is ready… VIN­CENT, WHERE IS THIS 8-BIT VIDEO GAME DUN­GEON OF YOURS?

“This is my din­ing room, so ev­ery­thing I own is in my line of sight; that way I can walk past and play a game when­ever I want. You’d think my friends would come over more of­ten to play them but I think they’re afraid I’m gonna whoop their asses in ev­ery game! Ha ha ha!”

WHEN DID THIS GAME OB­SES­SION BE­GIN?

“The Nin­tendo gam­ing sys­tem came out when I was young and the first game I re­mem­ber play­ing was Duck Hunt. It wasn’t even con­troller-based – it was just a light gun and you had to shoot ducks on the screen. I was hooked on this in­ter­ac­tion with a tele­vi­sion, which I thought you just watched, but games en­ter­tain you and let you be part of the en­ter­tain­ment your­self. Gam­ing was a fam­ily af­fair in our house – my whole fam­ily would spend count­less hours sat around the TV see­ing how far we could get in Mario Brothers, a game which now feels rel­e­gated to chil­dren.

“I KEEP CON­SOLES

AS OLD AS I AM”

Those mem­o­ries are still fresh in my mind, and that’s why I col­lect games now.”

SO IS THIS COR­NER A CON­STANT NOSTAL­GIA TRIP FOR YOU?

“It’s help­ing me re­live the good mem­o­ries I had as a kid. When you’re eight years old, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the hun­dreds of dol­lars to spend on con­soles and the 800 Nin­tendo pro­duc­tion ti­tles in the world. I didn’t get to play all of them but now

I’m an adult that can af­ford them, so why not? At least I know there’s an end to my col­lect­ing be­cause once I have all 800, I can stop. I don’t think I’ll ever reach it, though – not be­cause of the ex­pense, but the avail­abil­ity of rare games.”

WHICH PIECE WOULD YOUR 10-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE TO HAVE OWNED?

“When I was a kid, the only two con­soles widely avail­able were the Sega Mega Drive and Su­per Nin­tendo, plus there was no in­ter­net so I heard about games on the grapevine. I heard of this sys­tem called the Tur­boGrafx-16 and I knew no­body who had one so it was a myth­i­cal beast. As an adult, I fi­nally got my hands on one and now I’m crazy about it – I’m in my 30s play­ing a con­sole al­most as old as me.”

WHAT WAS THE MOST ELU­SIVE ITEM IN YOUR STASH?

“The Su­per Nin­tendo game Joe & Mac 2 is tough to find and pretty ex­pen­sive, but my friend’s game store in New York, For­got­ten Fresh­ness, got it in stock and didn’t tell me. I was sort­ing through the shop’s back room and when I found it it was like rays of light came burst­ing out of it and I heard the voice of God. I got it home and put it straight on dis­play, I couldn’t be­lieve I got my hands on it.”

HAS YOUR LIFE IN MU­SIC HELPED YOUR OB­SES­SION?

“Tony Diaz from [pop punk band] State Champs and I ac­tively re­cruit peo­ple into our World Of War­craft guild while we’re on the road to make new friends. Also, fans have videogames col­lect­ing dust in their house so they want to trade them for shirts. Some­times, peo­ple are so gen­er­ous that I feel al­most guilty so I give them a scrib­ble on a piece of pa­per as a life­time pass to our shows.”

ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW METAL IS A MAS­SIVE VIDEOGAME COL­LEC­TION?

“I’d say 9 be­cause you can’t re­ally give any­thing a full 10/10. When it comes to ad­dic­tion, at least mine’s kind of healthy to ev­ery­thing… ex­cept my wal­let.”

GRave­blOOm iS Out nOW via RiSe RecORDS

old games Vin­cent It’s not just out this PC En­gine col­lects. Check from 1989! Su­perGrafx con­sole

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