Nostalgia? Profit? Or just to play?

Video game collecting has been a hot topic of late, thanks largely to rather dubious sales of seemingly common titles for insane prices. However, it’s certainly not a new thing; people have been collecting games for decades, and the popularity of retro gaming has turned millions of us into dutiful hoarders who never want to miss out on the chance of bagging a rare or desirable release.

Still, just like every gamer is different, collectors are unique. Some of us will snap up titles in any condition – mint, boxed, loose, whatever – just so we own a physical copy of the title in question. Others are more focused on making sure they have products that come boxed and with instructions, while there are some who aim for the Holy Grail of a ‘complete’ system collection – every game released for a particular console in a certain region, for example. Then, of course, there’s the matter of ‘limited edition’ variants to consider; just tracking down these can be a costly and demanding exercise in itself.

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