Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Establish Collecting Goals for Nintendo, Sega, and all the Rest.

How to Establish Collecting Goals


If you take a look at this picture you will see 9 systems represented, it is the very definition of unfocused. If you look more carefully you can see the games tend to be skewed towards RPGS, but that seems like a pretty thin link. So what does the .Hack series for PS2 have to do with Bomberman for the TG16, or Spot for the Gameboy? The only thing that truly ties them together is that they were cheap, or at least a good deal. With good deals coming fewer and farther between it is very tough not to take any deals you find and take the consequences later.

I am not advocating against taking good deal and making trades with the extras, in fact that is a great way to keep your costs down and also meet other collectors. What I am saying is when you do wind up with a pile that looks like this consider what your collecting goals are. Early on in my collecting days I would have kept all of this, displayed some of it and boxed the rest until I "figured it out". Pretty much I would have been a hoarder, collecting does take discipline and if you are like me it is easy to get overwhelmed with gotta catch'em all mentality. Having clear goals will make your collecting life a lot easier as it will give you a path and keep you from recklessly buying games for the sake of buying games.

My recommendations for creating goals.

1. Decide what you want to collect and what type of collector you want to be. Long and long ago I wrote a post about types of collectors, check it out if you want suggestions, but don't feel limited by this list.

2. Figure out how much money you can reasonably set aside for collecting. Retro game collecting is expensive so be realistic with yourself.  Make sure the amount of money you can spend aligns with the type of collector you want to be.

3. Set a time table. Having a time table  keeps you moving steadily in one direction and helps you plan your purchases, but you don't need to be so tied to it that you feel you can't adjust.

4. Know how much space you have for collecting, knowing this will help you keep your goals realistic, if you have a 1 bedroom apartment maybe full sets aren't for you.

These four questions tie together to form a whole that is greater than the sum of their parts. Make sure that the answer to each question is in harmony with the next. If your answer to question one doesn't jive with question four the whole thing will break down. Once your answers for these four questions  are complimentary setting your goals should be realistic and easy to follow.

I know this post sounds like it shuns the idea of the hunt and the random good buy, but that isn't true. You can go off path and you shouldn't avoid good deals, if oppurtunity knocks be ready to answer the door, but  also be ready to adjust your goals accordingly. My goal in this post is to give you some tips to avoid buying games just because and cluttering up your house. I see a lot of new collectors get overwhelmed, blow all of their money and in the end wind up with a subpar collection.

Addressing the picture at the top of this post.

For me what I really wanted out of this pile was the Playstation RPGs, as one day I would like to have a complete PS1 & PS2 RPG collection. Maximo is a bonus as I am fan of the series but all the NES and Gamecube stuff is strictly trade bait. Even though I don't currently have Bomberman TG16 in my collection is going to be traded or sold because right now it doesn't fit my current collectors goals, I am not collecting TG16 right now. Another problem with Bomberman is that it is not in it's original box, the fact that I got it for $1 and don't own it doesn't mean it needs to stay.



Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Retro Game Collecting Podcast: Collector's Quest. I talk about collecting.

Typically I take a break from all things retro during this time of the year, but I have done a terrible job. I have been buying games and I even sat down with Robert Downey of Do-Gooder Gamers (A collective of charitable gamers looking to make a difference, and have fun while doing it.) on his podcast Collector's Quest to talk about the process of collecting games, types of collectors, and some other basic collecting information.


In a landscape littered with hundreds of video game podcasts and YouTube channels what is interesting about Collector's Quest is that Robert/Bobby is not currently a collector. While he is a passionate and informed gaming enthusiast for retro and modern games he is a a total novice when it comes to the world of collecting. Join him on his quest to see if collecting is right for him. I am not sure how many episodes I will do with him but I look forward to seeing where it goes.

Listen to Episode 2  (I think we hit a good stride here and is a better episode overall)

Listen to Episode 1  (A good start with good info but not as refined as episode 2, stick with it)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


No matter what you celebrate, I hope the season finds you warm and free of worry.



Merry Christmas
~Johnny~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Off Topic: My Seven Themed Office Christmas Gift 2014, What's in the Box?

If you have been with me awhile you know I go in hiatus during the Holidays. I do this because I believe it is a time to focus on others and not myself and my collection. Another thing you might ask if you have been around awhile is, "How is this different than all the other hiatuses you take given that your average post comes out once every two months?" The difference is that I announce this one and ... and that's about it.

This is an off topic post so feel free to bail out now, but if your curious this short video shows the Christmas Gift I am bringing to my work Holiday Party tomorrow. It made me chuckle so I decided to share, and ust in case I don't get a chance to post again until after the holiday: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, or Happy Chanukah, or Happy Holiday if you prefer, Merry Something To You.



Merry Something To You
~Johnny~

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Smashing Good Time.


~Johnny~

How To Properly Assemble Your Nintendo (NES) Games

Your standard Nintendo (Nes) game box has five basic components: The box, manual, cart, sleeve, and styrofoam brick. In this quick video I show you how I assemble these parts to best protect each component.


Thank you for watching

~Johnny~

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween. Video of all 31 Halloween Games + Bonus Material

Happy Halloween 2014


I didn't know if I was going to crank out a post a day but I managed. I will be the first to tell you that not every write-up was a work of art, but I am glad I did it.

The video above shows all the games mentioned in the last 31 posts pulled from my personal collection, with a few exceptions. Exception 1: I could not find Vampire Night, I have no clue where it went. Exception 2: Simpson's Tapped Out and Costume Quest are not game that have physical copies for any console. The video is pretty fast and has no talking, but it does shows some additional editions of games mentioned in the blog.


Thank You For Reading and Watching
~Johnny~