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    I keep hearing collectors here claim to be OCD about their game collecting / organization / storing habits, usually without giving particularly impressive examples of their behavior.

    What's the most neurotic collecting habit or behavior you have or know of an acquaintance having?

    Mine is saving the barcode stickers from new games and delicately peeling them off and putting them on the rear or inside of their case.

    The most neurotic collecting habit I've heard of from an acquaintance is someone that individually sleeves every item inside of his boxed NES games. Even the foam brick and registration cards.

    How about you guys?
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    sealed game collectors

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    Didn't we have a topic asking which way Master System and Genesis carts were originally facing in their cases (the implication being so the OP could turn all the games in that direction)? I would say that, definitely.
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    Probably my dislike of greatest hits games. I only buy them if it's absolutely necessary (like added content or a game only released in that format) Out of 1600 or so games, I think I own...3?

    My friend is very picky about condition. It's funny because he's the only one I'll lend games to and vice versa. I remember when there was a PS3 promotion that you could get 5 free Blu-Ray movies by mailing in your receipt and the barcode from the back of the system box, he wouldn't do it because he'd have to mess up the box.

    I'm sure I have other little habits, but none that are too bad. Oh, I do have to own the game in some format before playing it. Like I buy imports that have a translation patch just to either play them on an emulator or burn. I have so many unfinished games that it seems counter productive to play a game I don't own.

    But then I buy the import...and don't get around to finishing it. Adding another game to my unfinished list... *sigh*
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    Heh...this.

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    Anything that involves mutilating box or artwork? I won't do it. Even if it's a free game.
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    I think there's a step beyond sealed collectors. Collectors who must own every single variant of a game, no matter how insignificant. Text italicized, different seal of quality, different box, different manual...

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    Anything to do with grading and slabbing games along with sealed game collecting
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    Quote Originally Posted by tubeway View Post
    I keep hearing collectors here claim to be OCD about their game collecting / organization / storing habits, usually without giving particularly impressive examples of their behavior.

    What's the most neurotic collecting habit or behavior you have or know of an acquaintance having?

    Mine is saving the barcode stickers from new games and delicately peeling them off and putting them on the rear or inside of their case.
    I do that. I peel off the security sticker and stick it to the inside of the case. Of course I have to get it off in one piece, and I never mar the outer plastic of the DVD cases when I remove it. also save every receipt and usually store them inside the game cases as a time stamp of sorts.

    I also use a seam ripper to open the sealed games cleanly.



    Quote Originally Posted by mobiusclimber View Post
    Didn't we have a topic asking which way Master System and Genesis carts were originally facing in their cases (the implication being so the OP could turn all the games in that direction)? I would say that, definitely.
    Yeah, that was me.

    I also alphabetize all of my media, and try to separate/arrange my consoles by brand and generation.
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    I have 2 piles of cart based games. Those that have been cleaned and those that have not. Those that have not, are not allowed to be put in a console untill they have been opened, polished and cleaned. I also hate when people leave the games in the system when they are done playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cynicalhat View Post
    I also hate when people leave the games in the system when they are done playing.
    I do it to help keep dust out of the console connectors, not because I'm lazy, or want to play that game later. I actually don't like doing it, as it takes it off the shelf, but I think it's necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz_n64 View Post
    I do it to help keep dust out of the console connectors, not because I'm lazy, or want to play that game later. I actually don't like doing it, as it takes it off the shelf, but I think it's necessary.
    I only see this being an issue with the Jaguar or older Atari systems. Every other console I can think of has some sort of dust door/cover.

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    I don't like it cause it keeps the consoles connectors in a bent/engaged state.

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    Also if the connector on the system and the one on the cart are different, you get bi-metals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VACRMH View Post
    Probably my dislike of greatest hits games. I only buy them if it's absolutely necessary (like added content or a game only released in that format) Out of 1600 or so games, I think I own...3?
    I'm the same way. I HATE Greatest Hits/Players Choice/Platinum Hits. I especially hate the PS1 Green ones. I think I have 9 or 10, but that's only because they were $1-3 during the "Great TRU Clearance Sale of 2004/2005" where all clearance stuff was 90% off.

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    Alphabetizing is a must and all games must go back in their cases.

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    I save the barcode sticker off my 360 games and stick them into the box the system came in. I also save points cards / live cards in the box, and saved a few preorder receipts and such too. I actually kind of wanted to make a scrapbook for it, because of all the little "spent" items you get like this for the 360. And then you could write down when you finished achievments and stuff in it too. But I didn't as I am too lazy. I still totally keep the little things though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryomancer View Post
    I save the barcode sticker off my 360 games and stick them into the box the system came in. I also save points cards / live cards in the box, and saved a few preorder receipts and such too. I actually kind of wanted to make a scrapbook for it, because of all the little "spent" items you get like this for the 360. And then you could write down when you finished achievments and stuff in it too. But I didn't as I am too lazy. I still totally keep the little things though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calistarwind View Post
    Alphabetizing is a must and all games must go back in their cases.
    I use release date instead. I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Family Computer View Post
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    It's like buying a sports/muscle car and keeping it wrapped in plastic. Like I tell my wife, take it out and play with it!

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