The February megathread: Groundhog Day edition

1 : Anonymous2021/02/02 18:15 ID: lb2dpc

It's February .. you know what that means. Why does that sound familiar?

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2 : Anonymous2021/02/03 16:49 ID: glvnx4s

I have a genuine question / poll(?), I occasionally see posts along the lines of "just started collecting! etc", and am curious if these are mainly:

people that just started playing video games regularly in general people that played games, but were generally just purchasing them digitally before people that would buy physical copies of games but then sell them when they are done playing them people that are now wanting to play games on more retro consoles/systems that are physical copies only and not wanting to emulate, etc. something else!

No shade here, just genuinely interested! I've been collecting stuff for decades, so I'm incapable of wrapping my head around not having a stupid amount of games taking up space in my life 😛

ID: glz6voi

Yeah, I don't really get these "just started collecting" posts either most of the time. By the time I realized I was "collecting" games I was already in pretty deep. I don't mean to gatekeep, just wondering what triggers these people to identify as collectors so early on as opposed to people who have a handful of video games.

But I guess to me collecting is a consequence rather than a goal... maybe that's not the case for everyone.

ID: gmfcr5w

Here in Brazil, due to a collection of factors including low purchasing power and expensive imports, piracy (and later, downloadable titles due to Steam) was the default here. Physical titles only really started catching up with the PS3, so basically every console before that has very limited numbers of physical copies available and they go for a premium - physical, original games are seen as an expensive novelty, so you actually have to go out of your way to be a collector here.

My collection is valued at around $10.5k on pricecharting, which places it on the "ooh, look at the widdle baby trying" tier compared to a lot of collections here, but I'm sure my collection is in the top 5% in my country.

ID: gobjvi8

Used to have a good collection, gonna rebuild one day

ID: gofaprv

I started thinking of myself as a collector when I started buying games and consoles I have little-to-no intentions of actually playing...for nostalgia reasons, mostly. Like, yes, I fulfilled my childhood dream of getting an Atomic Purple Game Boy Color, but I'm not gonna 100% Kirby on that or anything.

I think my first real 'collection' purchase was a boxed Super Star Wars for the SNES. I never owned an SNES and I have no plans to buy one...I just liked it.

ID: goi8urj

I'm in a kinda weird spot here. Technically, I've been collecting games for basically my entire life, because I've always preferred physical copies of games and have even gone out of my way to get some collector's editions and such. Until about a year ago, though, I didn't really have a "collection", because I was living either in a tiny room at my parents' house or in a college dorm, so all my games were packed away or, at best, shoved into a backpack or strewn about my room.

Now that I'm an adult with an apartment and actual space, my game collection has actually become a collection for the first time. Accordingly, this is the first time in my life that I've gone out of my way to actually collect games, buying physical copies not just because I want the game, but because I want the game on my shelf.

3 : Anonymous2021/02/02 21:45 ID: glsb9g0

What’s a good price for a phat ps2?

ID: gmlgis7

I sell for a dude that brought out a game store. I sell them on ebay (just console) for 50.

ID: glvjoec

I got 5 phats over the past 4 years. Paid €5 for 2 lf them, 1 was free, 1 was €10 and 1 was €20, every single one came with controllers, games and a memory cards. Tho I got them all at flea markets. Not sure if anything has changed but I’d say €20 max, preferably with games and accesories, if you are patient ofcourse. Hope that helped.

4 : Anonymous2021/02/03 05:21 ID: gltvndd

Any tips on displaying gamecube controllers? I saw a 3d print project for some really nice expositors but kinda not really possible to 3d print for a good price where I live (that I know until now).

ID: gof9kvx

Rose Colored Gaming has stands, $10usd a pop, though.

5 : Anonymous2021/02/04 17:57 ID: gm0ihd1

I hope y'all can help me. I'm setting my sights on keeping physical discs on the new Xbox but it's hard to tell sometimes if a game even HAS a physical edition. Is there a way to easily check if there's a physical release for something? Cause if there isn't, then of course I'll go digital.

ID: gm3j4zi

What I usually do is google for box art, or search for the game on ebay or amazon... But yeah it would be a big help if wikipedia had that info in the sidebar with the platforms.

ID: gm9efbd

There's no mainstream website (maybe someone could make one?) to show what games are offically going to have physical versions. General rule of thumbs seem to be:
-If it's exclusive, it's likely to have a physical version.
-If it's mainstream or triple A, it's likely to have a physical version.
-If it requires a physical peripheral it'll likely have a physical version.
The games that come to mind when I hear digital only for Xbox Series X, are indie games that don't have the ability to go physical, or rerelases of games that the publisher sees no need for a physical format.

6 : Anonymous2021/02/11 21:31 ID: gmzj2pz

Wondering if anyone might know the answer to this, or know where I should ask instead: I'm trying to clean my old GameCube controllers, and when I wipe the wires with a Lysol wipe they come off with a dark grey, dirty residue. Is this something to do with the wires themselves, or is there really that much dirt I'm taking off? I can't imagine there being this much dirt. I've wiped them each three times and there's no end in sight; it's not even coming off with less each time. Is this normal?

ID: go6mf0f

It could be the Lysol dissolving the dye in the wires. Try wiping them with a microfiber cloth or paper towel that you've dipped in water. If you still see residue then it might actually be that dirty

7 : Anonymous2021/02/06 21:25 ID: gm9zvoe

Just wondering how people go about displaying their loose disks. I’ve picked up my fair share of loose discs over the years and just have them in a random cd holder. Do you buy game cases or just have them in some type of holder? Much appreciated.

ID: gmf6fdz

I might not be the best person to answer this, but I feel like disc only games aren't even really worth displaying, unless we're talking about games that only exist in disc only form (like Gamestop's Dokapon Kingdom reprint or not for resale Skyward Sword) or worth a mint even in disc only form, such as Suikoden II or w/e.

I would personally buy a blank, transparent jewel case for those and display them on a plastic easel on the shelf.

ID: go3u5if

You can buy a reproduction case. Alternatively you can buy blank cases and print out your own artwork.

8 : Anonymous2021/02/08 19:05 ID: gmm0tcy

How do I find the best value for some game related things I have in storage? I have an unopened and factory sealed PS1, Pokemon Silver, and Spyro 2 (black label). I'm looking on ebay but I don't know if I can believe it. Pokémon is going for 1k (really??). I also have opened games, some with boxes, lots of manuals, etc... I want to sell it all for a good price but I have no idea how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

ID: gngyzcu

I know you said eBay but I would only trust the sold and completed listings there, what people are actually paying for.

ID: gmol4ps

9 : Anonymous2021/02/09 04:29 ID: gmnx8up

Does anyone know if there is one particular Xbox 360 case design or which ones are legit? How do you tell if the case is the type that particular game shipped in, obviously ignoring the ones that aren't the correct green?

ID: go3u897

There are a lot of different variations on the 360 case. That includes slightly different shades of green. It's annoying, but there isn't really a way around it. The 360 was just around for so long that their cases changed over time.

10 : Anonymous2021/02/09 22:57 ID: gmr52u3

Does anyone know of a good place or subreddit to buy game manuals in order to complete my collection? Thanks.

ID: gngzhf9

There are a few facebook groups that specialize in this exact thing. One I'm familiar with is smaller but called Video Game Pieces

ID: gn1uhyz

was wondering this, but for boxes as well. I have a ton of games that were originally CD only due to lack of space, but I now have a proper place to store them.

11 : Anonymous2021/02/10 23:33 ID: gmvl49a

At what point do you decide to sell a game? For example, I bought Otogi and Otogi 2 a few years ago for $20 each. Otogi 2 is factory sealed, and I've never opened it. I've also only played Otogi 1 for about an hour. I enjoy having them in my collection, but Otogi 2 is selling right now, and the price has shot up over the last 3 months.

I am leaning towards selling them, as there is no real sentimental value other than "i wanted them, then I got them."

ID: gmysbys

Honestly, I'm attached to my games, and I've only ever sold games that were already dupes that I got from lots. I am quite picky as to what I actually buy, though, so there are few games I own that I don't care much for.

For games that I don't care for keeping - such as greatest hits games in lots - I will hold on to them until I've played them, and then sell.

ID: gn1od8f

If it were me I'd hold on to the factory sealed copy until I get around to wanting to play the game, at which point I'd sell it and buy an open copy.

ID: gngzs34

This is something that varies from person to person, as well as from game to game. Do you think it will continue to rise in price? I would hold it. Do you want to sell now to use that money to buy other games? Then sell. If you keep it, do you know when you would play it? Would you even open it to play, or keep it sealed as part of the collection?

I personally collect games to play, I don't collect sealed games. Maybe you can buy an opened copy for way cheaper down the line when you are going to play it. I would do what you would want for your collection.

12 : Anonymous2021/02/13 14:13 ID: gn7slwo

I am wanting to spruce up my CiB SNES and N64 collection. I have a lot of loose cartridges and I've found some boxes at a good price. How do you all collect the inserts/manuals? Is there a database somewhere of what a typical CiB for a game contained?

ID: gnh02fh

As far as I'm aware, I don't know of any database that keeps track of ads or inserts. Most people just define "CIB" as box, manual, game, and the cardboard insert that holds it in place.

ID: gnixs9l

I'd just check CIB auctions on ebay to know what's included

It takes a bit of freak luck to "re-construct" CIB from loose parts, can't imagine being able to do it very often. Are you sure those boxes are legit?

13 : Anonymous2021/02/18 00:55 ID: gntyh0a

I saw a listing for a snes with 2 controllers, zapper, and 4 games (donkey kong 2,killer instinct, power ranger and yoshi island) for $100 do yall think that's fair?

I've been on tee hunt for a while but snes prices have only one up at least in my area

ID: go3ugn4

Just the games alone look like they're worth in the ballpark of $80 (I'm assuming they're loose), so yes, it sounds like a pretty good deal.

14 : Anonymous2021/02/21 09:21 ID: go7nad3

Does anyone have any fake gamecube to gba cable adapters? Are they still good to use even if they aren't oem?

15 : Anonymous2021/02/23 10:54 ID: gog50ye

The itch to pick up another DS Pokemon game is back and I'm tempted to pick up Soulsilver. Especially since it still seems to be rising in price. Now a trustworthy webshop (they clearly communicate completeness and damage) I ordered often before has it in two variants:

-Soulsilver with booklet, box and pokewalker for 122eu (~148usd)

-Soulsilver with booklet and box but no walker for 84eu (~102usd)

Worth the pickup, or am I riding the insane train that is Pokemon game prices.

ID: goi9c87

A DS Pokémon game with case and manual for $102 USD? Go for it, IMO (or the Pokéwalker version, if you're so inclined). The going rate is higher than that, in my experience.

16 : Anonymous2021/02/25 02:03 ID: gonnp6u

Am I seeing patterns where there's none, or are prices on an upswing this year again, generally? If yes, why could that be?

17 : Anonymous2021/02/26 17:38 ID: gousizr

Is there a place where I can find information about authentic chargers?

I am trying to sort out my PlayStation chargers and there seem to be multiple chargers for PSP, all labeled PSP-100.


18 : Anonymous2021/02/28 11:53 ID: gp5wpyv

Does anyone have any recommendations on media shelves for displaying games?

ID: gp6zolj

Ikea stuff is the general rule of thumb due to the cost and configuration options.

ID: gp8cqhb

I used IKEA HEMNES shelves. They’re not the most space efficient option out there, it they’re easy to put together, sturdy, not too expensive, and they look nice. IKEA has a lot of options though.

19 : Anonymous2021/03/02 11:08 ID: gpejam5

So, Onion Games, who made Black Bird and re-released Moon for Switch (Japan-only... for now?) are considering other re-releases of games their CEO worked on... specifically Chulip and Rule of Rose.

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ID: gpjdgaz

That's actually pretty nice. Although emulation is easy and painless, both games you mentioned are hell to play on original hardware these days.

I even own Rule myself and I'm low key hoping for a price drop if that happens, because my copy is missing the manual and I don't want to pay the price of an average high end PS1 game to replace it.

20 : Anonymous2021/03/03 19:15 ID: gpkeuao

What do you guys use to keep track of what you have in your collections?

ID: gpm2bbg

I use an app called Gameye and that works well for me. It's saved me a few times from buying games I didn't realize I had already.

ID: gq6mkhr

I just use Price Charting, but there are a lot of apps for your phone you can get that get the job done. Don't be suckered into paying for a service though. Not worth it.

21 : Anonymous2021/02/12 23:12 ID: gn43xhf

I’m trying to buy physical Asian (so region 3) copies of PS3 games. Where can I buy them cheap? I’m in the UK

22 : Anonymous2021/03/06 05:37 ID: gpveqeu

So I’m looking into getting Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 for PS2 and everyone seems to still be selling new copies, which scares me a bit. Is there a reason that would make sealed copies be so common? I’m guessing there was a reprint run of the ps2 versions at some point or something and somehow they haven’t been all sold yet.

23 : Anonymous2021/03/06 23:10 ID: gq1bdrv

Has anyone had any experience buying games through the Music Magpie on Ebay in the UK? Looking to pick up a few PS2 games that I'm after, but I'm unsure of the typical condition that the games arrive in.

24 : Anonymous2021/03/03 21:46 ID: gpkzqq5

I bought 3d all stars a while back and never opened it. Would it have much value down the road if it's in mint condition?

ID: gq6mgtt

Any game's value goes down when it's opened just as a rule of thumb. But what you're really asking is "Will this game be rare and expensive because it had a limited release?" And the answer is probably not.

It had a "limited release," yeah, but it was still available for the better part of a year. Most people who wanted it got it and there are going to be a lot of copies floating around besides. So while it will definitely lose some value from being opened, probably not much in the grand scheme of things. My opinion: don't worry about it.

ID: gpn4v6e

No, it's very common.


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