Since all of us seem to fall into the "classic gamer" category, I was wondering how you stored or displayed the games in your collection. A few years ago, my Super Nintendo games were all confined to a single plastic grocery bag. Eventually, my collection grew too large for the bag and I had to transfer them to a bookshelf along with the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. The NES cartridges and the CD- and DVD-based games are are on a swivel media rack on the other side of the room. For those of you that display your games, what kind of setup do you have? And for those of you that keep their games stored away, what works best for you? I'm not looking to relocate the collection; I ask this mainly because I'm curious.
I have all my games and consoles stored and organized in plastic containers that are labeled for each system. I pull them out when I want to play any one console. The only one not is a plastic container (but protected with a leather cover) is the Vectrex.
Post by gliptitude on Jan 16, 2014 22:08:42 GMT -5
I have only started to put together the presentation I'm aimng for. My stuff is mostly a mess still, with a lot of it stowed in drawers. Ultimately it will be in its own room (my office) in a different house, (already own it but still getting it ready).
What I'm working towards is a lean presentation, as far as what games are out. But I'd like to have several small crt TV's involved, (already have two set up, plus the Vectrex). Small selections for each console visible, and the remaining easily accessible but out of sight.
Vectrex is the only console that I have or want all or most of the games for. NES fewer than 30 games, about 15 of which will be "presented". Every other console only a small essential selection, some very small. .. Would like to have a rotating selection of what is presented and I want it to feel "curated".
Right now I have my Vectrex stuff somewhat presented. The console itself is somewhat of an object to behold of course. Then I have the games now in uniform "amac" boxes from the Container Store, (clear plastic boxes), plus Fury games stacked in their original cases. .. Just four carts in one clear box, (72 in 1, gravitrex, protector and animaction). Then an experimental multi-cart by jfmateos with cords in another slightly smaller clear box and Vecflash and cord in another one. ALL original overlays plus Vector Pilot and some of my own prototypes together in two clear envelopes.
.. Do not intend to present any packaging. May even get rid of it all eventually.
Last Edit: Jan 16, 2014 22:11:23 GMT -5 by gliptitude
I know a CRT monitor is the best solution for pre-HDTV game consoles, but I've got all of my consoles hooked up to a 26" Sanyo HDTV and the result is actually quite satisfactory. The NES and SNES games are crystal clear on the television, and the Genesis is a little blurry but still sharp enough to bring out all the detail of the vibrant 16-bit graphics. The Nintendo 64 notoriously has a love-hate relationship with modern televisions, but my N64 seems to run well on my HDTV, and the picture quality is still pretty crisp. I think I'll stick with the HDTV for the time being, with the intention of buying a CRT TV sometime in the future.
I'm very satisfied with my swivel media rack. It holds such a large quantity of games that I don't see it becoming obsolete anytime in the near future. My SNES game boxes (I have only three) are displayed on a shelf in my room, and the Genesis boxes are tucked away in my closet right now, though I'm thinking of displaying a few Genesis boxes soon. Truthfully, whether or not a game is complete-in-box hasn't been much of a factor in my cartridge purchases; I'll buy a game with the box and manual if the price is low enough, but I try to avoid competing with people on eBay for the pricier complete-in-box games. I do want my disc-based games to be complete-in-box, though, because it's usually not too much to ask that a disc be left in its case.