Ugh, just got this e-mail (and several replies, which I'm sure will voice exactly what I'm thinking too) from a guy in my gaming group that said this:
A month ago I'm talking with a friend and mention I collect/restore pinball machines and video games. He says "Really, my father-in-law, who's in Louisiana, has a Pacman and maybe two other video games outside in a metal shed - next time I see him I'll try to get them for you". So, the other day my friend recently got back from Louisiana and I asked, "Did you talk to your father-in-law?". He gets this look on his face and says "you're not going to believe what happened". His father-in-law was "cleaning up the place" and razed the metal shed. All of the shed contents, including the video games, were burned in a hole and then covered up with dirt - problem solved.
Oh well. I don't know the condition of the games, but it just seems like such a waste.
Makes me nearly feel sick to my stomach...and here I just ate.