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Posted on Dec 15th 2010 at 06:32:54 AM by (dom meatball)
Posted under collection, goals, 2011, playstation

So as another year comes to a close, and again I take a look back and reflect on the year.  This time last year I made my only other blog entry. I detailed my various collection goals for 2010 and how I hope to go about achieving those goals. Well I'm back to do it again. Only this year I will also get to review my previous goals, as well as setting myself up with an ambitious list for next year.

2010 was probably the best year for my collection. I added over 400 games to my collection, added a bunch of boxes and manuals to many of my cart only games and finally got my collecting into full swing.  2010 was the first year that I had a considerable amount of extra money to devote to video games. In previous years since I've started collecting money has always been an issue. In many cases I would find highly wanted games and be unable to purchase them. I'd also be constantly torn between buying classic games for my collection or buying new releases for PS3. This has always been increasingly frustrating, but to my delight, not this year.

As for specific goals, last year was the first time that I set up a formal list like this. Overall I really didn't know exactly how to go about it and what kind of goals to set for myself. I feel since it was the first time I made this kind of list I kept it a bit too simple. As the year went on, I had a tough time staying interested in a few of my goals. Anyway, without further delay, here's my 2010 review.


1. Reach 150 PlayStation (1) games.
This goal was quite easy for me to achieve overall. I added around 100 unique PS1 titles to my collection, I only needed 37 to reach the 150 mark. I now sit at 235 PS1 games and this number will probably grow by a few more games by the end of the year. I was also able to get a few specific wants for the system, most notably Tomba. I will have a similar PlayStation related goal in my upcoming list of goals, as I've decided to shoot for a complete PS1 collection.

2. Strengthen My PSP Collection.
Overall I was able to strengthen my PSP collection but not in the way I hoped. I had a set list of specific games I wanted and I got a few of them. Though, as the year progressed I began to neglect buying for my PSP. So I had a rather neutral result with this goal. I didn't quite achieve it but I didn't quite fail. 

3. Complete My Resident Evil (US Releases and Variants) Collection [PC excluded]
I was able to add 4 or 5 additions to my Resident Evil collection, but a few months into the year I decided to put this one on hold for the time being. I'm not really pleased with the route that the series had taken and I don't want to own all the Wii Resident Evil games aor any of the 3DS games that are on the way.

4. Obtain a Complete Earthbound.
Failed, plain and simple.

5. Complete My U.S. Metal Gear Solid Collection.
I added 2 more Metal Gear Solid games that I needed for my collection. I felt pretty lucky that I was able to find a copy of MGS4: Limited Edition in perfect condition, for a great price also. Obviously I wasn't able to complete this one but I feel like I made a solid stride towards completion and hope to complete it next year.

6. Start A Sega CD Collection With About 20 Games.
This one I achieved fully. Midway through the year I got my Sega CD and I promptly purchased 20 games. I was able to add specific games that I wanted as well, including: Snatcher, Sonic CD, Corpse Killer, and Night Trap. So this goal was met with a resounding success.

7. Obtain Every Capcom Release on the Original X-Box.
I quickly decided to scrap this goal. It was a last minute addition that I decided against afterwards.

If I'm going by this list of goals, my year would probably have to be considered a failure. I'm not looking at it like that though. This past year I obtained an array of games that I wanted (ie: Akumajou Dracula for Super Famicom, CIB), and had a ton of fun doing so. Therefore 2010 was a grand success for me that I intend to grow upon in 2011.

Well now that's out of the way, now let's detail my list of goals for the upcoming year.

2011 GOALS:

GOAL # 1: Reach 400 Total PlayStation (1) Games.
As stated previously I'm going for the ambitious and possible crazy feat of a complete PS1 collection. This is just one more step towards that overall goal.

Specific PS1 Targets for 2011:
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne
Mega Man Legends 2
Team Buddies
Psychic Detectives
Fox Hunt
Clock Tower 2

GOAL # 2: Complete My North American Metal Gear Solid Collection, variants included.

Only five more left:
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Greatest Hits, PS2)
The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (Red cover, Limited Edition, PS2)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)
Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel (PSP)

GOAL # 3: Obtain 20 Complete Super Famicom Games.

There are plenty specifics games that I want but due to the difficulty of finding Super Famicom imports, especially complete, I'll take what I can get. Though I do hope to get  at least Chrono Trigger, Castlevania Dracula XX, and Go Go Ackman 1 and 3, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

GOAL # 4: Obtain a PC Engine Duo-R.

I actually have a few potential sellers for this. Hopefully this will be easier than it should be for me.

GOAL # 5: Obtain a Nintendo Famicom and Rebuild A Famicom Collection.

I currently have a Messiah NEX system that plays Famicom games but I want the real thing. I had around 10 or so Famicom games but last year I decided to sell them off for whatever idiotic reason. I'm now immensely regreting that decision and I really want to rebuild my Famicom collection. 15 or 20 games should do just fine for now. A few games are a must, like Sweet Home and Akumajou Densetsu.

GOAL # 6: A Complete Copy of Earthbound.

Yet again I will try to find one, no ebay allowed.

GOAL # 7: Add Boxes to Various Systems.

I would like to have all of my consoles complete in box. Right now I have a decent amount of CIB systems. I would love to extend upon this number.

Specific systems I need boxes for include:
NES (Top Loader)
Sega Saturn (Grey, Japanese Import)
Sega Dreamcast (Black Sega Sports)
Sega CD

Well there you have it, my 2011 goals. When thinking about these goals I wanted to keep it simple but at the same time be a little more creative and diverse. Having said that, I am much happier with this set of goals. They are definitely more difficult than last year, but even still I am much more excited. Hopefully I can fare better with my goals this year and most importantly continue to have fun collecting in 2011. I thank you for reading and I hope to make further contributions to the blog more regularly. Thank you again, and Happy Holidays.

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Interesting goals. They are quite varied.

Even though you missed a few of your 2010 targets I wouldnt call it a failure either. The ones you did hit (or surpass) are quite impressive.
I don't set any specific goals, myself. As someone who purchases most my games & accessories second-hand--usually in large lots-- my goal is pretty much to look through what I bought, keep the stuff I think would be good to play, and sell off the rest to recoup my investment.

Still, I admire the fact that you have a good focus about what you specifically want... which is something my scatter-brain could never hope to achieve.

Seems like a very successful year for you.  I had targeted systems when my collection was at its peak, but I did not have timelines associated with them (mostly due to the rarity of some of the items).

Let me know if you are interested down the road in one of the pinnacle MGS items - the LE PS3 MGS4 Bundle.  The gunmetal gray system is awesome.
Thanks for the feedback everyone.

And Marriot, I may be interested in such a system down the road.

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