At what point will you consider your collection complete?

And what's your holy grail?

Mine is an original boxed copy of Space Quest III. I think I'll consider myself done once I've got my hands on one.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    When the no-intro romset finishes downloading lol.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This.

      I have the stuff physically that I had as a kid that means something to me. But as someone that use to collect I got tired of it. Its either a case of they keep releasing editions and its a maze to figure out which is the best one or its some obscure piece of shit that means nothing to most people but some ebay hoarder snagged to hold ransom. Then I get to the point of I could mod my old systems to output higher or get upscales and jump through shit to play games on old hardware that will need an eventual repair, or I can just emulate and spend that time playing the game. I don't think I could get rid of what I have because I look over it and remember late nights with friends or the one my grandmother got me and things like that, but its just too much of a pain in the ass now.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Fpbp
      Although I like playing on actual consoles. I have pretty much every worthwhile console at this point and I’m really starting to consider getting into less than desirable territory. Maybe a Neogeo Pocket Color, and 3DO are in my future.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I made a personal list about 10 years ago with every game I'd like to own.

    I'm sitting at around 900 games and I've got maybe 150 more to go.

    I don't know if I'll ever own Keio's Flying Squadron, but that's one I'll probably let go in the name of being done.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I considered it complete when I threw it in the garbage and had space in my closet and shelves. This isn't meant to be inflammatory, I'm just bein sincere.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Furrys
      They do not spark joy!

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        What's making you bring up furries?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Sincerely based.
      I would trade every NES and Genesis game I own for a few mint-condition copies of Brave Fencer Musashi.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    if you get into arcade pcb
    you can never win
    you will always need spare parts

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably whenever I got my last physical game. There's still controllers I want for emulation, maybe the odd handheld emulator, but for the most part it's complete.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've got about 30 boxed games for each of the big retro systems, I haven't gone of my way to look for new games for a long time but I'll pick up big box pc games if I see them. My holy grail would be an fm townes but to truely never want a new retro system I would like an x68000, pc 9800 and an msx 2. I don't really run my original games since I got a flash cart and I was able to buy all the games I rented as a kid pretty easily or games that I saw but never got or full versions of demos that I had.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Casio Loopy, not rare but impossible to justify so I would truly have to have everything else
    Custer's Revenge and Beat em and Eat em
    Death Race cabinet

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I only have 2 games left I really want to not really care about the market anymore, Lunar 2 on Sega CD (missed out on it twice) and Tomba (impossible to find in excellent condition for some reason).

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I own every game I want. I'm only missing a small handful but with todays market I'm not sure I will ever fully complete my wants.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    primary goal:
    all zelda consoles and oficial controllers
    -only ALBW 3DS and Hylian Shield 2DS to go

    secondary goal:
    all zelda amiibos
    i only have 6, a lot is missing 🙁

    tertiary goal:
    all zelda games
    -NES, SNES, N64 and GC are hard as fuck to find in my country, specially for a poorfag

    >picrel

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That’s sick. I LOVE GOOOOOOOOOOLD!

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >And what's your holy grail?
    Magical Pop'n. About a year ago I saw it for a reasonable $200 or so on Yahoo! Auctions, but didn't act on it. Now they've all gotten bought up by scalpers, or otherwise removed buy original sellers and put on eBay for $1000. I really wish I hadn't waited until 3 years ago to start getting into this. I started way too fucking late.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Shit anon I live in Japan and have a copy right here. How do I contact you

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I’m not joking. I just dug it out of the closet. I won’t be asking $1000.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know as I'll ever get to a point where I'll do a hard stop, but the three things I missed I'd definitely like to pick up someday are Suikoden 2 and Megaman V and Donkey Kong on the Gameboy.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    At this point a CiB Dual Hearts. Had a copy the ex through out. Fucking ridiculous I paid like 10 for it and because it has atlas on the cover thing has gone bananas expensive. No YouTuber even likes it..

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Unlike other collectors, I don't buy games or items that are meaningless to me. I don't care about "100% complete" sets. My collection is only curarated games I care about, or only has meaning to me.

    Buying huge 1000 game collections for a single system doesn't work for me. /I don't begrudge anyone who does do it) But I'm not a library, and I don't want to be one with so many endless shelves.

    My goal is just have a game room, or basement with a curarated set of games, systems, and some very specific arcade cabinets.

    Then pass it on to my children so they can enjoy it too.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is how it SHOULD be. People collecting things that personally matter to THEM.

      Not endless hoarding (with no end goal) that many game collectors do. Their houses or tiny apartments become filled with gaming junk that they never play. Terrible. Remember anons, focus on an realistic achievable end goal. Don't hoard.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this is the way

      thats why my (

      primary goal:
      all zelda consoles and oficial controllers
      -only ALBW 3DS and Hylian Shield 2DS to go

      secondary goal:
      all zelda amiibos
      i only have 6, a lot is missing 🙁

      tertiary goal:
      all zelda games
      -NES, SNES, N64 and GC are hard as fuck to find in my country, specially for a poorfag

      >picrel

      ) goals are those

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    My collection consists of games I would ever want to replay

    I'm not looking for little Sampson. I mean if I found it at a yard sale if I went back in time like 18 years ago, I would just sell it.

    I think coomlecting is collecting for its own sake, rather than just liking your favorite games on original hardware

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’m a minimalist, it’s already pretty complete, got like ~60 games and don’t need too much more. It’ll be complete when I get dkc 2 and 3 in the box, hoping by the end of the year. not much of a cardboard collector with a few exceptions

    Pic related, the fact I have all of these means the time is near. I didn’t bother with n64 or gamecube, I’ll just emulate that. Once I get a house though, I plan on hunting down a neo geo 4 slot and building a halo lan.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Here’s the other gem of my collection, something I’ve wanted since I was young and got this year.

      As the poster before me said, I’ll never buy a game that I know I won’t replay. I’ve already purchased a couple and I just used them to trade for equal value to get something I knew I’d want to play for the rest of my life. It’s really only snes and ps1, with a couple game exceptions for nes, genesis, and pre-Pokémon gameboy stuff.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Whe is my collection complete
    It was complete the day I found my old NES in my parent's attic
    >My Holy Grail
    As normie as it sounds, I want an original TMNT arcade cab. Retro gaming is all about the nostalgic feels and there's nothing that hits my nostalgia button harder than that game.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >As normie as it sounds, I want an original TMNT arcade cab.
      There is nothing normie about it. Imo, Arcade cabinet restoration and collecting is probably more hardcore than console collecting. You gotta fix, repair, and maintain 20 to 40 year old machines. This means electronic repaie skills, woodworking, and painting skills are needed.

      That said, collecting a TMNT cabinet is perfectly achievable if you wanted to do it. Which one are you referring to? The original one, or Turtles in time?

      You could buy an old used one for a several hundred dollars if you are lucky at auction or local listings like Craigslist. Then repair it and restore it yourself.

      Or buy a fully working and restored one off of eBay or other sites for $1,500 to $3,000. It all depends on where you live and the deals you can get.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The original is the one I'd be after, but honestly all of the talk around her about diy arcade cabs lately has rekindled my desire to make a proper 4 person cab rather than the 2 person I slapped together. I bet I could find somewhere to purchase the original vinyl wrap to give it the real retro feel but also have the buttons, sticks (and trackball), and PC fitted to my liking.

        Beyond that - there's 1 reseller in my area that does it for a living and will scour FB/Offerup/CL to buy any cabinet that he can. Having no actual job allows him to go get things at a moment's notice. I appreciate your go to's and opinions on it, though.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    A good start would be:
    >A late pre-Intel Macintosh
    >Nintendo 64, DS and Wii
    >Playstation 2 and 3
    >Modded Xbox 360
    Plus any hardware needed to run downloaded games, and downloads of all the games that might potentially interest me. Other systems I either have; don't care enough about to give up the space to; or emulation is fine for.

    My holy grail is Double Aught's Duality. Or at least the design document for it I found once and lost.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This has always been my grail since I saw it in T2, not to own but just to play in an arcade. I was lucky enough to play After Burner Climax with the rotating seats, but I've never encountered the original out in the wild (aside from the standard stand up machine).

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Where do you live?

      A good handful of those machines are still around in retro arcades.

      But don't expect to find them at a regular Dave and Busters or normal arcade. Only certain specific locations have them.

      After Burner is also pretty popular with collectors too.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This shit and Virtual On were my jams at the arcade!

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I pretty much stopped caring years ago after scalpers started going crazy. I'll still buy games now and then but I'm not spending hundreds for a handful of ps1 games.

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I own every Squaresoft and Enix game pre merger, plus all the RPG and adventure games listed on the Famitsu Scores wikipedia page. (Just games and Bradygames strategy guides, and probably manuals, but original boxes not necessary). In case you can't tell I like RPGs.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I stopped collecting when I realized that a rich motherfucker can just buy out all of eBay and not give a shit (ie. that saudi prince who has the most complete Nintendo collection ever assembled). Made me realize collecting is just a real-life version of a tedious collect-a-thon. Unless you're actively searching for stuff so rare that people barely can even confirm that it exists, there is no reason to collect, because the "fun" ultimately amounts to the same gameplay as mobile game skinner boxes. There's nothing cool or interesting about throwing money at online fucks to buy all of the decades-old garbage. Maybe if you're building a museum or amusement park for people to visit or something, but doing it just to put a bunch of crap in your basement? Play a Pokemon game or something, it's the exact same shit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      its fun to own games and play them authentically. i dont need to have a one-of-a-kind item or something to justify my hobby, thats just autistic.
      >bro rich people can buy games, this invalidates your collection
      okay? its not a competition

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        the point is that collecting is an empty pursuit, a standard hedonic adaptation where every step forward inevitably becomes meaningless with time. Watching others achieve it instantly made me think about what game collections mean. Ultimately they are a way to fritter away precious time to acquire items that won't embue true happiness and that you can't take with you. I suggest Pokemon because it's a cheaper and faster way of realizing the same thing.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >takes a philosophy class once and thinks he knows the answers to life
          okay, retard. Everything is an empty pursuit if you want to be a bitch about it.

          You collect to play games and because its fun. stop paying attention to what random rich fucks do, they have zero effect on your enjoyment, stop treating collecting like a competition. Your small collection will be more satisfying to you, yourself, because you know the effort you put into aquiring it and the memories you made playing them.
          its like going 'why exercise when some dumb druggie can take steroids and get better results'

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            ignoring your assumptions of experiences and misunderstanding of how steroids work, I don't disagree with your idea of buying and playing only what you want, but that seems pretty obviously contrary to the OP topic, which focuses on collecting goals. I realized from experience that collecting goals don't mean anything and that they aren't special or worthwhile. I reached my goal and collected the stuff I aspired to get, and it was an interesting way to waste time, but in the end I was left with a bunch of shit on a shelf and didn't feel any joy from the completion. In short, collecting things I thought I wanted didn't make me any happier (in fact it almost bred more hardship as you now had to think about and maintain that collection against damage or accidents). Setting "goals" to collect as the OP implies only has one benefit, which is to make it easier for you to reach the ending and to stop sooner. I know you might be reading this and thinkig that your last big collection item will make you happy, and I'm here saying that you may find it's just as empty for you as it was for me. Don't spend a lot of time on it, is my advice.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >I don't disagree with your idea of buying and playing only what you want, but that seems pretty obviously contrary to the OP topic, which focuses on collecting goals
              your collecting goals are your goals alone. my goal is to collect all the games i plan on playing. its a collection goal with its own reason for existing, that being i want to play the games i buy. collecting doesnt mean buying random shit just to fill a checklist, if youre buying some shitty shovelware game that has no value to you then youre just hoarding at that point
              >but in the end I was left with a bunch of shit on a shelf and didn't feel any joy from the completion
              have you tried playing the shit on your shelf?
              >collecting things I thought I wanted didn't make me any happier
              its a hobby, not a bucket list, stop treating it as such. its not that deep.
              >Setting "goals" to collect as the OP implies only has one benefit, which is to make it easier for you to reach the ending and to stop sooner
              yes? is this supposed to be a breakthrough of some sort?
              >I know you might be reading this and thinkig that your last big collection item will make you happy, and I'm here saying that you may find it's just as empty for you as it was for me
              yes, it will make me happy for a few days. no one here thinks youre going to get enternal happiness and enter nirvana by buying plastic ya fucking goon

              stop talking like a philosophy professor on a video game forum. Get a new hobby is video games make you this depressed at the idea of collecting games

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >At what point will you consider your collection complete?
    ive narrowed my collection down to only the systems i played as a kid, excluding the psx because im beyond tired of dealing with scratched 2nd hand discs, skipping, faulty lasers, etc.
    i could mod it and play games off of a rom or something, but at that point, why bother

    Currently i only collect for the gameboy line, snes, and n64. ill consider it complete when i get every game i plan on playing. i started a list a few years back, and ive got about 80 more games to go including import games. All loose though, as i have no interest in the box unless its an import game where the price difference is negligible.
    i dont have a lot of space but, everything is small enough to fit on 3 shelves now, which is really nice considering i had to dedicate 2 bookshelves to my collection before i downsized
    >And what's your holy grail?
    Dont have one

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    At the moment I'm looking for the complete Armored core collection up to Last raven. I only have 1, and the expansion for number 2.

    Also looking for Silver Surfer on NES and Godzilla save the earth.
    >Holy Grail
    I need to try steel battalion for myself. even if it is shit, i need to make that judgment on my own, not on the 2nd opinion of some fag on the internet

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    som strategy guide
    neutopia,dragons curse, bonks revenge (all loose)
    tandy tr-1000
    and a secret something

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm at the point where I'm about done. Could cash out for about $8,000-10,000 probably. I need to get the fuck out of this state.

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't collect much vidya these days, but there are certain other things I collect hard for and I can tell you that no one's collection will ever be complete, and there is always going to be someone that has surpassed you.
    It never ends...

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I can tell you that no one's collection will ever be complete, and there is always going to be someone that has surpassed you.
      >It never ends...
      Don't compare your collection to someone else's. Just set some modest goals for yourself (like buying a working Dreamcast with some games you love) and trying to achieve that goal.

      Plus the people who have huge collections are sacrificing something else in their lives to achieve it. Usually I see them spending all their funds to buy games with little money left over for anything else.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's that Australian dickhead who has every single game for every single system so of course there will always be someone with a better collection.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >there is always going to be someone that has surpassed you
      what is with this autistic Ganker mindset? someones always going to have something you dont have, youve stopped collecting for fun and started collecting for sport.

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I sort of want nintendo power like 1-120 which is what I sold to a friend to get some money for a new game back in the day

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Games are unreasonably expensive now so I don't really have ambitions of getting complete sets of any franchises I don't already have.

    The closest thing to a holy grail I have left at this point is either a Neo Geo AES or a turbo duo (with flashcarts, I can't afford any of the games worth playing for either)

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