Over the past week I have been edging dangerously close to a milestone in my video game collection that once seemed very far off, but at the rate I buy games was something that became a reality way faster than I could imagine. Last summer, a day before my birthday I found MUSHA on the Sega Genesis at a now defunct indi-game store for a very reasonable $40, bringing my collection to 500 games strong. Now, a little over a year since that happened I have now hit 1000 games in my ever growing game collection.
While my 1000th game was not as memorable as #500, it was no slouch either. I went to the flea market this morning, not knowing if Id find the final five games needed to hit 1000. I started my day off not too bad by finding a seller getting rid of some decent PS1 and PS2 titles, among them Galerians, Siren and Clock Tower 2, all purchased for a very low $2 a piece. Then later that day I found a reseller selling a complete copy of Evolution Worlds on the Gamecube for a pretty reasonable $5. And then, the final game that brought my collection to 1000 was another reseller who sold me Space Station Silicon Valley for a whole $3. At that point I had made it, I officially had 1000 games in my collection! While I now officially have 1000 games, truth be told I probably hit 1000 games at least 2-weeks ago since many of the import games I own are not in Gamespots catelog of games. However, I was willing to write off this issue and wait until the number of games on my collection counter hit 1000.
Having met this milestone in my video game collection, I then thought of what Id do next in terms of collecting. I have actually pondered on this well before hitting this four digit mark in my collection, and have come to a pretty solid plan for the next year or so. One thing my collecting sadly lacks is a proper place to display them and have them organized in a way where they can all be appreciated and enjoyed. Currently my collection is split up into three seperate rooms inside my condo, with my living room housing the majority of my collection. Problem is that many of my games are double stacked on my TV stands, stuffed into storage bins, and arranged haphazardly in several closets. This is something I wish to fix; I want all my video games displayed in the same room, every game visible to anyone who enters to see them. Obviously to accomplish this I have been scoping some media shelves on Amazon that I plan on buying sometimes towards the end of this summer or in the early fall. Also, I plan on placing all my loose cart-based games in plastic rental cases and using game covers printed from the Cover Project to give them proper diplay cases. I thought about hunting down the original boxes for all my games, however I refuse to pay the same amount, if not way more, for a game box and/or manual that the game it belongs to is worth. Doing this I can neatly display all my cartridge games on a shelf without destroying my wallet.
Dont get me wrong, just because I plan on working on this game room and boxing my cartridge games, my money will still go towards games too, just not to the degree it has been over the past 2-years. Besides, most of the games I am currently after are pretty hard to to find so I will unfortunately have to utllize the internet a lot more to obtain them, meaning more moeny going to single games rather then picking up more common titles at the flea market for a few of bucks. Im sure I will still find the occassional gem at the bottom of a storage tub at the flea market, or thrown on the shelf at several of the untapped resources I visit around town, but until my games have a propert place to be displayed, I will not begin collecting to the degree I have been. I am looking forward to starting my game room and will definitely be sharing it with you all once it is complete :D!