Collecting Videogames VS Playing Them: Where Do You Stand?

I have recently stumbled on an article about the new world record for the largest videogame collection, which made me think about how many games we buy but we don’t actually play, not having enough time or for other reasons.

To be honest, it has happened to me more than once to buy a game and not play it for a while (even months or years in some cases). Maybe I bought them because they were heavily discounted, because I wanted to play them immediately after finishing the game I was currently playing, or even because I knew they were a good game and that they were worth buying. The result? I have a huge backlog of games that I still need to play, and I suppose many of you are in the same situation.

I was a collector myself in the past (although my collection is obviously worth much less than $700,000 to $800,000 like the collection of the current world record holder), but I gave that up over the years because I decided to focus on gaming rather than on collecting. The increase in the number of limited edition of videogames that are not limited at all has also helped in taking this decision. It just makes me laugh when I see a limited edition of a CoD game, of a FIFA game or even of a Final Fantasy game, because I know that a) they won’t be worth anything in the future and b) they are mass produced like the regular versions. I still admire those who collect games though, it is amazing to look at huge videogame collections: Rooms filled with awesome game boxes simply leave me in awe 🙂

To be honest, though, if a collection becomes too big, then it becomes almost excessive, it almost looks like you are a videogame buyer rather than a collector, earning as many games as possible just for the sake of it (or maybe even out of habit) rather than because you are genuinely interested in owning those games.

What do you think? Are you a collector or are you a gamer? Make sure to leave your opinion in the comment section down below 😉


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