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Posted on May 4th 2014 at 04:01:31 AM by (Boshamp)
Posted under Backlogged, hoarding, collecting, disorganized, sloppy

There has always been a lot of discussion about playing our games as collectors. Whether it is because of a lack of time that we cannot play so much of our collections, or that we are simply collecting faster than we can play, (or both), there are games that are left un-played.

That being stated, I have come to a realization that my situation has gone past not just being able to play the games I own...but even keep track of the collection. This month, I celebrate my six year wedding anniversary, and this summer marks the seventh complete year I have devoted to my wife. Over those seven years, I have obviously put more time and effort into my future and relationships with my wife and two children, but I have never stopped buying games and gaming related paraphernalia.

Up until about a month or so ago, my only computer was the same laptop I used in college. It say the least. With 256 MB of RAM and a single core processor, it became difficult to use as technology around me sped by, (Hard to believe it used to run games like Warcraft and Diablo without issue); and as such, updating my collection, writing blogs, and submitting information came to a crawl.

I never stopped buying and dare I say, "hoarding". My collection minus a few titles had always been neatly kept and displayed on a few DVD shelves for myself, my friends, and my family to enjoy. However, upon moving into our new place, I never took the time to set it back up...and certainly never organized or documented anything I bought and tossed into the "man-cave".

Over the past few years, my wife and I have frequented many weekend thrift store sales, the one "flea market" in the Denver Metro area, and even a few yard sales here and there. Each weekend usually yielded only 5-6 games on average and over the many, many weeks that have flew by; combined with more than a few trips to local game stores like Gamestop, Buy-Back Games, and Game Force...I am honestly finding games I forgot I bought, and aside from the thousand or so games I owned and documented before I tied the knot, I honestly think there may be a couple thousand more hidden in all these boxes and bags in my closet.

I am hoping to not only get these documented and updated, but am also hoping to get them organized and displayed in a way where I can easily find and play any title at any time to get caught up on some of these really great titles. My question to all who read this blog is simply if you have any similar difficulties in your collecting experience? or if you pass on stuff you would normally grab because you know you may never actually play, or even display, the item?

(Side Note): If anyone is ever in the Denver area, I STRONGLY recommend any of the local Buy-Back Games stores around the metro area. They sell EVERYTHING. I have found some cool stuff in these shops, games that are old, new, rare, and common alike. I cannot think of a system or generation that isn't represented in the stores. You will find a little of everything from Game Boy to Neo Geo Pocket, the Commodore 64 and VIC-20 to Jaguar...and they are not outrageously priced like you might find in some places. They understand the stuff they sell is hard to find, and are priced as such...but are not pricing these rare games and consoles in the hundreds of dollars as I have seen elsewhere.

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The only time I pass on games I find in the wild is if it's something I know I can't sell for profit. I only buy games I'm going to keep and play (eventually) and would sell everything else. I'm not going to buy up all 17 copies of Madden 2001 on PS2 just to buy them. But barring outrageous prices I never leave a game behind. Because I know I can either give it a good home or find someone who will.

That said, it has become increasingly difficult to find a place to keep every game I have even in one place, never mind displayed. But my wife and I share, basically, a two bedroom apartment with out two kids (with a 3rd on the way) so until we have a place of our own I won't be able to do much displaying beyond the two bookshelves I have. Some of the older stuff that does not get played often is stashed away in a storage ottoman. Easy to access, bad for displaying. And the PS2 and Xbox games are in the room where the systems are. So not even in the same room. One day.
I haven't had my things displayed since i moves to TX ~8 years ago. It has just been packed up and moved from closet to closet.

I have changed focus several times on what i was purchasing for and in the last 1-2 years purchases have slowed to a crawl.

That being said buying something i was never planning on playing or displaying has never been an issue. I am once again changing focus and downsizing what i have left but i still don't see being able to display anything at anytime in the near future.
I'm STILL trying to find ways to display my entire collection. I haven't purchased much in the past 2 years since I moved into the house, but I'm finding that I'm spending more organizing and displaying than I am actual purchases:

Such is the hell of collecting things in boxes. I couldn't even begin to properly display my CE/LEs. I've passed on a ton of things because I have to be selective when it comes to having something to display, and larger items get a pass since they're harder to display.
Seeing that arcade game in the back reminds me that I had to turn down an asteroids machine my uncle was giving away because of my lack of space. The bowling alley across from my parent's house was also selling a table-top pac-man for 700 bucks and I had to turn that one away too...but I really hope I can find some space for one and pick up something cool like a Soul Edge, or Street Fighter, or maybe even Warlords. You could play warlords with one Quarter, and that single quarter would let up to four people play together at once...good memories with that one...

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