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How do you keep track of your collection

Post by doogs » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:30 am

As the subject above, how do you keep track of your collection?

The topic http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtop ... =2&t=16191 inspired me to think about this.

At the moment, I don't keep track but maybe I should!

So, do you use a spreadheet, notepaper and pen, database or is it all in your head?

Looking for helpful ideas and suggestions.

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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by DPrinny » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:33 am

In my brain.

Cant remember names, phone numbers or birthdays
But can remember when I bought my consoles and games
(also maps)

I did try writing down what I have but the computer blew up.

You could try cataloging what you have via a spread sheet

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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by FlyHighKid » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:58 am

spreadsheet+brain. I.e, I have a list of all the games I have, it's color coded, condition colums, the percentage of a complete collection, the average of how much I spend a month and my budget is on there too. Also use brain in the way that if I see a game I don't have, I know I don't have it and vice versa.

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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by ShadowMan » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:13 am

Spreadsheets mainly to keep track of my overall collection, how many games I have for each and which ones I have completed (and in the instance of multiple difficulties etc. which difficulties I've cleared the said game on). I also keep separate sheets for my 2 "main" collections (Capcom and Megaman) which are slightly more in depth - which package variant, collectors editions I have as well as the overall condition of the games (I've probably got my entire Megaman collection commited to memory though!)
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by The Angry Jock » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:37 am

I use Gamespot to keep a full list of my games.

Recently I've been using spreadsheets so I know how many games I have for a couple of systems - DC & N64. The idea of having a % complete is a top banana, I dunno how I never thought of that :D
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by Roo » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:58 am

http://backloggery.com/rossdp

Simple as that. It reminds me what games I've beaten, finished, or left incomplete. Still plenty to add though: my mammoth N64, GBA, Wii and Mega Drive collections haven't been added yet. Mainly because I can't be arsed!
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by DPrinny » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:28 am

Roo wrote:http://backloggery.com/rossdp

Simple as that. It reminds me what games I've beaten, finished, or left incomplete. Still plenty to add though: my mammoth N64, GBA, Wii and Mega Drive collections haven't been added yet. Mainly because I can't be arsed!
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by harlequ1n » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:42 am

I use playfire for it, it's great and improving really fast! Here's my whole collection!
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by The Angry Jock » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:43 am

Nice clean interface, I like that :D
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by RMLF » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:50 am

DPrinny wrote:
Roo wrote:http://backloggery.com/rossdp

Simple as that. It reminds me what games I've beaten, finished, or left incomplete. Still plenty to add though: my mammoth N64, GBA, Wii and Mega Drive collections haven't been added yet. Mainly because I can't be arsed!
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by doogs » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:52 am

Has anyone tried the game collector sofware? http://www.collectorz.com/game/

Any other bespoke game databases out there?

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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by MikeHaggar » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:57 am

I was thinking about making my own program. But I'm lazy so I just keep txt files for now ;)

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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by DPrinny » Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:13 am

So far I don't like The Backloggery as I have to type the names of the game in and not select them from a list
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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by Chinnico » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:16 am

doogs wrote:Has anyone tried the game collector sofware? http://www.collectorz.com/game/

Any other bespoke game databases out there?
I am using Game Collector from collectorz.com since a few years - it was versioin 2.something at that time.
It was already quite powerful, but it has improved steadily.

I find it very useful and user friendly. I now own more than 1500 games, but when I started using GC, I already had a few hundreds, so I bought their barcode scanner to process tenths of games in a single go. It worked quite nicely.
Their database has also grown a lot. Of course, the software not having been developed for retrogamers only, you'll find that the most and more complete entries in the database are those of the more recent games (I'd say current and last gen), but, thanks also to the user's efforts, a lot of retro stuff has also been included with a decent amount of detail.
The software has a nice interface, has customisable queries, you can build your own layout for displaying records (provided you know xml language, which I don't). There are a few useful features, like exporting (html, to iPod...), carousel management (Yikes!), building wish lists...
Each game is characterised by a large number of fields, some of which customisable (for exmaple, I use a couple of them to mark the storage shelf position of the box in my room).
I liked very much also the feature of loan management. I lend a lot of games to friends, and that't the only way I could keep track of what I lent, when and to who.
The customer supprot is very efficient and they quickly reply to issues. Recently they've been trying (quite succesfully, I'd say) to build a sort of 'collector's community'.

Before using Game Collector, I tried building a list in IGN.com, but it was too slow and lacked too many games.
I also tried using another couple of free softwares and in the end collectorz.com was my choice. Maybe now there's better stuff around, but for now I am happy with this one.

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Re: How do you keep track of your collection

Post by Megamixer » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:58 am

I just remember them. Basically, I couldn't tell you everything I own off the top of my head but if I was shown a game/given a name of a game, I could tell you if I had it and what format(s) I own it for.
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