On being an anal-retentive game collector

Hello. My name is Bryan, and I’m an anal-retentive game collector. (All together now: “Hi, Bryan!”)

I know, that’s not as bad as being addicted to drugs or drinking to excess, but it’s bad enough. After all, it causes me to spend a lot more money on games and systems than I should.

Wait, it doesn't come with a case and manual? No thanks.

For instance, I recently bought a bunch of complete-in-box Famicom cartridges (as detailed in this post on my other gaming blog). Although I believe I got them at a good price, I certainly paid more for them than I would have had I bought them “loose” (without boxes and manuals).

The same will be true when I finally buy a trio of PC Engine games that I’ve been eyeing up for some time. If I weren’t so anal retentive, I could pick up loose copies of Gekisha BoyMizubaku Daibouken *and* Parasol Stars for little more than it would cost me to buy a single PS3/Wii/Xbox 360 game. Instead, I’ll probably end up spending that amount (or more) on each of them individually.

I used to be similarly anal when buying systems, but I’ve loosened up a bit in recent years–i.e., I no longer automatically turn up my nose at them if they don’t come with their original boxes and manuals.

OK, I’ve owned up to my shameful, anal-retentive ways. How many of you are going to do the same?


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9 responses to “On being an anal-retentive game collector

  1. When I saw this title I started laughing…for I am afflicted with the same disease as you. I have tried to get better..I have (hangs head).

  2. Oh, you have no idea how happy that makes me, nectarsis 🙂 I’m trying to get better, too — but it’s so hard!

    I actually doubt I’ll ever buy ‘loose’ PCE games, but I will buy a loose Famicom game now and then. (Some of them are just too expensive/rare otherwise.)

    Anyway, thanks for the comment — and for letting me know I’m not alone 😉

  3. LOL you def aren’t alone. I am not as bad as some. I collect collect, and as minty as I can get fro any system…but things like spine cards I could care less.

  4. It’s too funny that you brought up spine cards. I was just looking at a PCE CD game on eBay today and noticed that one w/ a spine card was like $10-15 more than one w/o a spine care. My first thought: Why the hell would I pay $10-15 more for a spine card?

  5. I usually like to go the cheapest route possible, so I own plenty of loose games. Sometimes, though, I find a piece of cover art that I really like and just have to have it with the game–not that I ever look at the art once I’ve made the purchase. And I tend to like art that no one else gives a second thought to (Shubibinman 2, for instance), making some of my purchasing choices seem even stranger, I’m sure.

  6. Hey there, IvaNEC! We all have our quirks, don’t we? 🙂 BTW, I’m now going to have to look up the Shubibinman 2 cover, as I can’t seem to remember what it looks like…

  7. Turbogrfxfan

    Yeah a spine card doesnt make the game play better but a huey or cd in a case does make it able to play.

  8. Welcome to this blog, Turbogrfxfan — and thanks for the comment! I agree with you — I have to have a case with my games whenever possible. I think part of it is that I’m pretty sure a person who kept the game’s box/case/etc. took good care of it, which is something that can’t be said of someone who chucks everything but the game in the trash. I may be wrong about that, though.

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