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Collecting ideas

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:38 am
by czechrover
Hi everyone,

So in the last few years I've started building my retro consoles again. Like many people my age (35) this magazine opened my eyes to what I used to have and I can't even imagine some of the games, consoles and accessories my mum sold for next to nothing on car boot sales over the years. All my c64 tapes, mega drive games, ps1 games that are now worth decent money etc

I have 8 consoles in my collection at the moment not including current gen (nes, snes, ps1, ps2, dreamcast, n64, gamecube, wii). I feel like I'm way too late and the retro bubble has burst (price wise) making a full collection really not a good idea.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of a niche collection I could start. I was thinking about collecting a certain Capcom...for all my systems and the future additions (I've just about secured a deal on an amiga cd32 in a small czech village....that's another issue....I live in the Czech Republic and because of the previous commuinist regime the availability and prices for retro here are terrible).

Amy tips? Best publisher to collect? Anyone else do something similar?

Thanks a lot

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:08 am
by Antiriad2097
Advice? Don't 'collect'. Especially don't collect on a theme of any sort, as inevitably you end up buying bad games to fill the gaps.

Buy games you know you will replay if you had them before, or that you want to play or are curious about.

Sell on any that you won't replay or don't particularly like once you've tried them - don't hoard them because they're part of some 'collection', let someone else enjoy them or take on that burden.

Emulate what you can before buying to keep risky expensive purchases down. That should help to keep it so you only buy stuff you know you really want.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:46 am
by ShadowMan
I actually collect Capcom games. Basically going for all console releases, and I'm a fair way to that goal. But the one big issue, especially these days - cost. I got lucky and grabbed the Mega Man games before they shot up in price - Mega Man X3 for the Snes (PAL), Mega Man the Wily Wars (any region) especially go for several hundred these days depending on condition. And then you have other NES/Famicom/Snes/Mega Drive releases which are also pretty darn expensive (Punisher, Muscle Bomber immediately spring to mind).
However with that said, I've basically stopped going after any retro releases that aren't Capcom. Problem I had was that I'd aimlessly pick up games and then sometimes take a while to play them. This kinda annoyed me so I decided to only collect games I'd play immediately, hence why I started more heavily collecting Capcom stuff - because its also incredibly fun to play them through (I'm playing all their games through from 1984 to present day, I'm up to 1993's releases currently).

And to counter the "buying games ending up with bad games" thing (which is true), the opposite is also very true - thanks to this project I've also stumbled upon several fantastic, lesser known games - Muscle Bomber for example is an absolute blast to play. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, M.A.D Gear (including the beta which is quite a different/better game), King of Dragons, Forgotten Worlds & its ports, the NES ports of Gun.Smoke and Legendary Wings... the list goes on. Heck, I even got a load of playtime out of one of Capcom's Mahjong releases that had a full RPG mode.

So yeah, if you have a particular company you enjoy playing games, maybe look them up, certainly helped spark my interest in collecting again.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:29 am
by czechrover
Thanks for the input guys and some good pointers.

I can't say I'm too worried about picking up bad games. It's more the hobby and having a target with the collecting. If I just have random games all over the place it will do my head in.

Shadowman makes a good point regarding new game discovery. It's part of what I like about Xbox game pass these days.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 9:32 am
by icemann
I'd say to go something like Origin, Looking Glass or Westwood Studios.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 8:35 am
by Matt_B
My rule of thumb would be to buy stuff that you want to play. If that's all games for one platform, from a particular publisher, or just a mish-mash across all manner of them, so be it.

I don't think the issue is so much one of picking up bad games, because curiosity is sometimes going to get the better of you and it's worth venturing a few quid once in a while on something that may possibly defy expectations and turn out to be a hidden gem.

Rather, the issue is when you find yourself spending vast sums of money buying games that you already know are bad, for the sole purpose of completing a set. Just don't let it get to that point and you should do just fine.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 9:00 am
by kiwimike
I dunno. I used to collect, but found it could get expensive and frustrating, and I ended up with a spare room full of stuff you don't use and just clutters up. It doesn't endear you to the other half Lol. Although that said, it was my choice to get rid of most of it.
I sold some, but donated most to a computer and gaming museum, which makes me feel good that families can go and enjoy the old consoles. I just kept a select few favourites, and a modded xbox for emulation, which is all I need.

I particularly enjoyed collecting the Nintendo Game and Watches- it was fun to find them in second hand stores, and fun to pick them up at garage sales for a few bucks, looking for those really good examples and ideally in boxes. Online has ruined that now, as the value has made them no longer fun to collect- as usually you can find whatever you want online- but at a silly price. So stopped at 12 or 13 of them. Although I did keep those, I highly doubt I will carry on and add to that.

As I've got older, I have found my interest is more in gaming history etc than playing the games themselves, so for me I enjoy collecting books and DVDs on gaming and gaming history. But I'm not a completist- there are so many books coming out on gaming history now- a feast where it used to be famine- so I am selective. I did recently pick up zzap 64 issues 1-37 on a local auction, and was stoked with that. Perhaps I would add to that collection if I had the chance. And the only other thing I would love to collect in entirety would be the original Electronic Games magazine from the states. But as the freight on those are horrendous, I'll make do with the PDFs on DVD! :lol:

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 4:35 pm
by Darran@Retro Gamer
I find collecting a fascinating subject. I went for a complete dreamcast collection until I eventually realised I would own a bunch of rubbish games I knew deep down I would never really play. I tend to try and only buy games I really want to play nowadays (although I do slip sometimes) and always sell on games that aren't doing it for me. The only collection I have of sorts is every western release of each Fire Emblem game and that's largely because there's not a poor game among them. I do love the idea of themed collections and can only imagine what Shadowman's Capcom collection currently looks like.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 6:18 pm
by sscott
Like many on here. I just bought and bought then lost the passion for it. I emulate and play modern stuff mainly now plus at 45 now time is at a premium.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:50 pm
by oldtimer
sscott wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:18 pm
Like many on here. I just bought and bought then lost the passion for it. I emulate and play modern stuff mainly now plus at 45 now time is at a premium.
Me too except i put mine all in the loft after almost totally filling the house with consoles and games and all i have downstairs now is my Atari 2600 stuff which is quite enough for the few hours a week i get to play stuff.

Re: Collecting ideas

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:30 pm
by bensonrad
I am still very slowly going for a full set of Snes games, I am in no rush, but I lost my passion for buying anything else, I used to keep all my Nintendo stuff, but the bulk of N64 collection go the chop at Christmas, the rest of it will go next Christmas. I just don't have space to keep storing all the stuff, I remember times on here years back now where I'd be buying stuff nearly everyday in the sales section. Really made an effort in 2019 just not to buy stuff, amazed at how much money I have saved. The above comment about try before you buy with emulation is a very good one, I do that or watch videos on youtube to get an idea of gameplay.