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.
The motivation for collecting differs from person to person, too. While some are driven by the sheer need to own a 'full set' of something, others will only seek out the games which have a deep personal meaning for them; titles they played as a kid and then sold off, for example. There's also notoriety and fame to consider; some highly collectable games, like Radiant Silvergun or Conker's Bad Fur Day, are sought after not just because they're amazing games, but because they're famous for their high value. It's also important to remember that some people are hardcore fans of a certain series, and will therefore aim to obtain every entry in that series, as well as all of the regional variants.
We've already spoken about why we at Nintendo Life hoard video games, but now it's your turn. Whatever the reason you have for collecting – or not collecting, for that matter – we'd like to hear from you. Vote in the poll below and be sure to leave a comment, too.