Recently I found myself eyeing up another fellow collector’s purchase – the Sharp X68000, a Japanese home computer known for its incredible shoot-em-ups and near perfect arcade ports. It’s a stylish looking system, with its outer case resembling that of a sleek gaming skyscraper. Trouble is, the system is not only rare, but also quite expensive. Games alone often fetch over £100, and working hardware often holds a price-tag to dissuade any gamer. After spending longer than I’d hoped admiring this obscurity, I curiously stepped into eBay ‘just for a look’.