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Why I decided to auction off my outsized, decades-built collection

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I've been getting a lot of questions about why I'm getting out of hardcore collecting. I decided to write an editorial on Armchair Arcade to answer those questions. This AtariAge topic was a big help in getting me to finally make the right decision, and here's the link to what I wrote on Armchair Arcade, which I'm duplicating here. Hopefully in some small way this might help some other hopeless collectors who are looking for a way out.

 

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After I made the announcement on social media that I was auctioning off my videogame and computer collection, I received a lot of questions both public and private simply asking, “Why?”. Before I answer that, some background.
I was born in 1972, so grew up as personal computing technology in all its forms grew up. Whether early videogames or early computers, I was pretty much there every step of the way. As I’ve recounted in multiple interviews, one of my earliest memories is sitting on my mother’s lap and happily playing with some type of pocket calculator. I couldn’t have been more than 3 (I also loved messing with the kitchen phone on the wall; I even accidentally called the plumber once). After we got our first Pong system a few years later – a Sears Tele-Games model – my passion for this type of emerging technology was well and truly set. Even then, I couldn’t get my dad to hook it up to the TV enough times (for some reason it wasn’t permanently attached) to satisfy my desire to play it.
Fast forward a few years to age 7 and using my Communion money to buy my very own Atari Video Computer System (aka, 2600). My mom thought the purchase foolish and that it would be something I’d soon tire of like my other toys. Even with initially only having the two player-only Combat cartridge, I absolutely did not tire of it (many articles, books, and a movie later, and helping to work on the latest versions of the Atari Flashback systems, I’d say that initial investment – and continued passion – paid off).
I was a voracious reader of Electronic Games magazine, a publication that was extraordinarily influential to me, starting with my initial purchase of the June 1983 issue in a local Foodtown supermarket. It covered just about every noteworthy videogame and computer system of the time, and I’d often “drool” at the various screenshots, or, fairly common for the time, artist renderings/mockups. Between the magazine, the occasional arcade game, and my Atari 2600, my interest in getting to experience all of the other games and platforms grew ever more intense. Naturally, being a kid, my ability to actually use all of that stuff, let alone buy it, was supremely limited.
In any case, I got my first computer, a Commodore VIC-20, when I was 10, which was soon replaced by a Commodore 64. My friends also started to get systems of their own around this same time, with Apple II’s, Atari 8-bit’s, TI-99/4a’s, Mattel Aquarius’s, Mattel Intellivisions, and others being added to what I would get at least some first-hand experience with. At a local Odd Lots, I was able to get a ColecoVision.
Without adding more length to the story, needless to say, my appetite for this stuff was never really sated. Even before it really had a name, I was a videogame and computer collector. I had little interest in letting go of the systems I had and getting to experience other systems either at my friends’ houses or at school, only added to my desires. Here and there I would get more games and soon enough, more systems, particularly as the 1980’s wore on and other people were moving on from them.
Into the 1990’s, it was still fairly easy to find great stuff at yard sales, flea markets, computer shows, and the like, sometimes for just a few dollars. My collection continued to grow, although what I could acquire was slowed by college and not really having the time/space to make use of much of it. Even when I first moved out of my parents’ house at 23, my first apartment could maybe hold four or five systems comfortably. Eventually I was able to move to a condo with my future wife, then a house, then a bigger house, being able to liberate the rest of my collection from my parents’ basement and garage along the way.
After getting my first book deal in 2005, I used that as an excuse to greatly expand my collection since I could now also have a dedicated room for all my stuff (this is the “then a house” one). It was indeed for “research” and “first-hand experience” and what-not, but it was also because I really wanted it. Of course, by this time, eBay was already a big deal, so that became both a blessing and curse to collectors everywhere. You could find far more stuff easily, but it was no longer for a low price. That also effectively killed most other value-based sources that proved so fruitful in the 1980’s and 1990’s, like the aforementioned flea markets and computer shows.
Although my collection grew dramatically in that time, it was still relatively self-contained to just one room. That didn’t make moving to the next house (this is the “a bigger house” one) any easier, though. In fact, my collection was among the last things we moved, with help from various extended family members. It was definitely a burden. Unfortunately, the bigger house we moved to was yes, bigger, now with an enormous partially finished basement. My collection could and would now get completely unhinged, particularly as Armchair Arcade grew, I wrote more articles, and of course, worked on more books and the movie. More excuses to make use of my stuff meant even more stuff.
Now, as I implied earlier, I’ve pretty much had an interest in every aspect of videogames and computers. I’d say the vast majority of collectors and enthusiasts limit themselves to one or a handful of platforms to focus their attention on. For me, that was never enough. I truly loved it all. My collection encompasses systems from every part of the world and every era. I’m equipped to run systems with just about any power or display requirement. I could satisfy every curiosity.
What I think would probably be most surprising to those not into this kind of stuff, is that not only is there all the original hardware, software, accessories, etc., available, but practically every system – including some of the most obscure stuff imaginable – has thriving communities creating new things. Yes, new software, new ways to better use the old equipment in modern times (flash carts, connectivity, etc.), and more. That only adds to the things to get. While this can be manageable if you limit yourself to a handful of platforms, multiply that by hundreds of platforms and you see where the problem comes in.
Now, we get to the crux of the matter. I was always pretty organized with my stuff. This was relatively easy for me even into the early 2000’s. Unfortunately, once I had that basement to fill and different rooms to work on and use different systems, that’s where the problem came in. As demands on my time grew – at one point I was working on three books at the same time – as I would use these various systems, I’d either be too tired or too disinterested in putting everything back neatly. The more stuff, the harder it is to easily use without unpacking a bunch of stuff, moving other stuff, etc. My basement hasn’t recovered since, since I haven’t had the many days (or energy) to devote to getting it in order. And even with as large as my basement is, I don’t even think I have the room for everything that’s there anymore. That’s what leaving stuff around does — makes it seem like you have room where you really don’t. The floor is not a storage place.
I have a full-time job and several side jobs (fortunately, passion, not necessity), as well as a wife and three kids. My passions for videogame and computer stuff has never waned, either, so I have all the latest consoles and a great gaming laptop. All of those things take time and it’s time I want to spend on them, which leaves very little time left for older stuff, particularly older stuff that’s just not easily accessible and/or quick to set up.
In fact, one of the reasons for my comfort in moving away from physical items now has been the trend in modern consoles and computers to be all digital. Digital stuff – no matter how many thousands of items you actually have – takes up no physical space (let’s ignore for a moment what ownership of something digital really means). That’s in sharp contrast to how things previously worked. It also helps that I genuinely enjoy how the modern stuff works, and in my middle-aged adult life, convenience is something I prize since my time is more precious than ever.
One thing I’d like to stress through all of this is that I never put my collection ahead of more important things. I always placed my wife and eventually kids as my first priorities, and never sacrificed working hard at a good job and doing right by both me and my family. I resolved to succeed at my passion projects/interests without sacrificing the stuff that I deemed truly important. And even as my collection became untenable, I never let it spill out beyond the basement (at least much!). So yes, while I have an all-consuming passion, I still made sure it had its limits.
So what does all this mean? It means that psychologically I’m in a great place since I can continue to pursue my passions, albeit with far less stuff bogging me down. By partnering with Bodnar’s Auction, I can get rid of everything, save for a precious few systems with minimal extras. I no longer have to feel guilty about keeping stuff I’ll never get to use (no matter how much I want to) out of the hands of people who might make more use of it. Unfortunately, I’m not taking requests for individual items, since that defeats the purpose of doing this all in one shot. Bodnar’s Auction has agreed to put my 100 best items up (although, honestly, that’s going to be hard for me to figure out) for auction online as well as at physical auction. Everything else will be strictly physical auction. The timetable right now looks like the auction will take place some time in March or April 2018, and may be part of their grand opening event at what they expect to be a new permanent location (still in New Jersey).
As always, I’ll be happy to answer any questions. I also ask that when the time comes, to please help me spread the word. I’ll definitely be posting about this again once the auction is officially scheduled. While obviously I have a financial interest in making this a success, I’m still first and foremost a member of the community, and I really do want to see the people who would appreciate this stuff the most get it before anyone else. As good of a decision this is for me, it was definitely not an easy one.
For those interested, here’s a small selection of the platforms that should be part of the auction (of course there’s tons of boxed software and accessories, collectibles, etc.):
3Com Palm IIIx
Acorn BBC Master/Micro/Electron
Amdek PC
Amstrad CPC464/6128/GX4000/PPC640
APF Imagination Machine/M1000/MP1000/TV Fun
Apple II/IIGS
Apple Mac
Arcade Retro Collecting Multiple Classic Computer (MCC-216)
Archos 7 (6700)
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1/EeePC 1000HE
AT&T PC 6300
Atari 8-bit/ST/Stacy/Falcon/2600/5200/7800/XEGS/Flashback/Jaguar/Lynx/Portfolio/Video Pinball
AtGames (various)
Bally Professional Arcade (Astrocade)
Briel Computers Altair 8800 Micro/Micro-Kim/PockeTerm/replica 1
Cambridge Computer Z88
Coleco Adam/ColecoVision/Telstar
Commodore 128/64/Amiga/PET/CDTV/CD32/Plus-4/C16/SX-64/VIC-20
Compaq Deskpro
Cyberpower GUA290
Cybiko Wireless Entertainment System/Xtreme
Dell (various)
Dick Smith Wizzard (VTech CreatiVision)
Dream Authentics Excalibur Home Arcade Machine
dreamGEAR Plug ‘n’ Play 50 in 1
EB Excalibur Fox Sports Football Key Chain
Emerson Arcadia 2001
Enterprise 128
Entex Handhelds
Epoch Cassette Vision/Super Cassette Vision
Epson HX-20/Epson PX-8
Exidy Sorcerer
Fairchild Channel F System II/Video Entertainment System (VES)
FC Mobile FC Mobile II
Franklin ACE 1200
Gadgets Small, Inc. Spectre GCR
Game Consoles Worldwide GCW Zero
Game Sporz TV Wireless Boxing
GamePark Holdings GP2X F-200
Gateway CX210X Tablet PC
GCE Vectrex
Generic PCs
Generic Pocket Arcade 256 Games in 1
Generic Talking Brick Game 118 in 1 – E-118T
Gold Leopard King (GLK) GLK Book Education Computer M08
Grundig Super Play Computer 4000 (Interton VC 4000)
Heathkit HERO JR RT-1 (robot)
Hewlett-Packard HP TouchSmart IQ524/HP-85/Pavilions
Hyperkin GenMobile/NES RetroN 1/RetroN 5
IBM 5155/5150/PCjr
indieGO Odroid XU4
Intelligent Game MPT-03 Home Entertainment Centre
Interact Home Computer System (Model “R” – 16K)
INTV Corp. Intellivision III
Jakks Pacific Dora the Explorer TV Game/Namco TV Games/Star Wars Blaster Strike Video Game
jojoultimate Mini Universal Supergun (SuperGun, super gun)
Kaypro Kaypro 4 (Kaypro 4 ’84)/Kaypro II
Konami Konami Live Online Game Controller!/Handhelds
Laser 128 EX-2/Compumate2
Leapfrog Leapster2
Lego Robotics Invention System 2.0
Magnavox Odyssey/300/Odyssey2
Mammoth Toys Commodore 64 30 Games in One Joystick! (DTV)
MatchMaster MMDB04
Mattel Aquarius/Radofin version/Baseball/Enhanced Computer System (ECS)/HyperScan/Intellivision/II
Maximite BasicBoxX (BBX) Computer
MBR Control Dynamics S-100 Bus Chassis
Memorex Spongebob Media Player
Memorex Video Information System Player (VIS)
MFJ Video Effects Titler 1480B
MGA Entertainment (various)
Microsoft Xbox/360/One
Midway TouchMaster 5000 (arcade machine)
Milton Bradley MBX Expansion System/Microvision
Multitech Micro-Professor 1 (MPF-1)
MX Plus Android TV Box
Navman PiN Pocket PC
NEC Mobile Pro 750C/PC Engine Super Grafx/PC-6601/PC-8001A/PC-FX/NEC Trek PC-6001(A)/Duo/Express/16
Next Thing Co. PocketCHIP (PocketC.H.I.P.)
Nintendo 3DS/64/DS/GBA/GB/GBC/GC/SNES/NES/Famicom/Wii/Wii U
Nixdorf Computer LK-3000
Nokia N-Gage QD
Ohio Art Etch A Sketch Animator 2000
Ohio Scientific Challenger 1P
OnLive OnLive Game System
Oric Oric-1
Osborne Executive (OCC-2)/Osborne 1 (OCC-1)
Oscar Vermeulen KIM Uno/PiDP-8/I
Packard Bell Platinum
Palm Z22
Panasonic FZ1 3DO Interactive Multiplayer/JR-200U Personal Computer/RL-H1400 HHC
Philips CDI/Videopac G7200/Videopac+ G7401
Pimoroni Picade
Pioneer LaserActive
Pro Tech Video Game System
Radica Sega Menacer/Space Invaders
Radio Shack Color Computer/2/3/LCD Space Rescue/MC-10 (Micro Color Computer)/TRS-80 Pocket Computer (PC-2/PC-4)
Raspberry Pi
RCA Studio II Home TV Programmer
REP Electronics GameMid (Game Mid)
Retro-Bit Retro Duo V2.0 Black (RetroDuo)
Royal (TA) Alphatronic PC (CP/M)
Sears Video Arcade (Tele-Games)
Sega 32X/CD 2/Dreamcast/GG/SMS/Saturn/Genesis/Nomad/SC-3000
Sharp MZ-800 (MZ-821)/Twin Famicom
Sinclair QL/ZX Spectrum/+2/+3/ZX80/ZX81
SNK Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System (AES)/Neo Geo Pocket Color
Sony CD-I CD Interactive Intelligent Discman IVO-V11/HB-75P/HB-F1XD/PS1/PS2/PS3/PSP/TV
Sord Creative Computer M5 (Socius, CGL M5)
Spectravideo CompuMate/SV-318/SV-328
Tandy 1000/2000/Model 100-102-200/4/4P/I
Tano Dragon
Tapwave Zodiac 2
Tatung Einstein 256
Team Ubi Ubi
TeleGames Personal Arcade DINA 2 in One
Texas Instruments Compact Computer (CC-40)/T-58/TI-74/99-4a
Thomson MO5
Tiger Game.com
Tiger R-Zone
Tiger Telematics Gizmondo
Timex Sinclair 1000/1500/2068
Tomy Tutor 16K Computer
Toy Quest Go Go TV Video VISION
Toymax Activision TV Games
Unisonic Champion 2711 Series
Valentin Angelovski Flea86 (rev 2.1, prototype)
Velleman Classic TV Game (MK121 NTSC)
VideoBrain Computer Company VideoBrain Family Computer Model 101
View-Master Interactive Vision
Vizio Co-Star Stream Player/I.Q. Unlimited Computer/Laser 310 Color Computer/Laser 50/PC-5/Socrates Educational Video System/V.Smile/VZ200
Watara Supervision
Worlds of Wonder Action Max
XaviX XaviXPORT
Yamaha CX-5M II/128U Music Computer (MSX 1)/CX5M Music Computer (MSX 1)
Yobo Gameware FC Game Console
ZAPiT Games Game Wave
Zenith Z-100 (ZF-120-xx All-In-One Computer)
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While not an easy decision it is the right decision. The whole hobby is much more enjoyable if the stuff does not consume you. Much better to enjoy a few sentimental machines than have piles of unused stuff getting in the way.

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Well done, Bill. It's hard to let go, but getting the plaque out of your life will feel good.

 

The auction will be a painful hassle -- it's time consuming, and some things just aren't going to move -- but you'll probably be pleasantly surprised at high selling prices on some items you never would have expected.

 

Out with the old, make room for the awesome. You're not going to be playing OnLive or Tapwave Zodiac or Acorn BBC anytime soon anyway.

 

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While not an easy decision it is the right decision. The whole hobby is much more enjoyable if the stuff does not consume you. Much better to enjoy a few sentimental machines than have piles of unused stuff getting in the way.

 

Yeah, that's the gist of it. I have to decide what few items to keep. So far I'm just resolved to keep a Commodore 64 (one NTSC, my original, and a PAL) and an Apple IIe, as well as probably a Vectrex and maybe an Atari 7800. I'm not sure, though, even about that.

 

Certainly emulation being able to meet most of my needs and FPGA systems are another factor in letting things go (I'll still be getting a ZX Spectrum Next from the Kickstarter at some point). I definitely don't want to rebuild with a bunch of systems, though. I really do want to focus on just a handful at most.

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While not an easy decision it is the right decision. The whole hobby is much more enjoyable if the stuff does not consume you. Much better to enjoy a few sentimental machines than have piles of unused stuff getting in the way.

 

Kinda the reason I've gone down from 70 guitars to 7. I wasn't buying for need. I was buying just to buy. Now I just have what I need & I'm happier for it.

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I've halved my collection in the last couple of weeks and feel much better about it. Focusing on those core systems and games while ejecting the chaff has made me happier and more content.

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Wow Bill,

 

You do have a lot of great stuff!

 

I feel your pain, too many systems here and no time anymore for all the same reasons.

 

Kids, Wife and my full time job which fortunately has supported my hobby. On that note......pm coming in! :)

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What are you going to do with the basement when all the stuff is gone?

 

Keep it mostly open. There's an office area, a rec room area and gym, and a storage area. The office area will become a dedicated maker space mostly and the rec room area will stay mostly the same, with a sofa and a TV, as will the gym. The storage area will be mostly clear of stuff. We're going to try and and lean out the rest of the house, garage, shed, etc., as well. As others have said, it's quite liberating, and our journey in that direction is just starting.

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While not an easy decision it is the right decision. The whole hobby is much more enjoyable if the stuff does not consume you. Much better to enjoy a few sentimental machines than have piles of unused stuff getting in the way.

I'm getting (got?) to that point myself. I've sold all the games and now I'm down to consoles and computers. Eventually I'll probably sell a bunch of the computers off (consoles don't take up as much room) and just keep the two or three I use most (Apple iie, PC, and Atari 8-bit). There's just not enough time anymore.
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I’m down to a Heavy Sixer, and an Nes. I’m thinking about adding an Intellivision . That’s it. And I emulate mostly on my laptop for the 2600 via Stella. I hardly play my Heavy Sixer or my nes.

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Once I've got my Apple II down to what I had as a kid I'll be at my personal sweet spot and right-sized.

 

TRS-80 Pocket Computers 1, 2, 4, Ti-59, and handful of vintage calculators.

486 and Pentium III legacy setups.

Emulator rig and modern PC.

 

..are things don't take up a lot of space or consume much time. I'll probably settle here for the foreseeable future. Maybe build, buy, sell, trade some PC stuff.

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I understand this too, as I'm in the process of selling off most of what I have (Atari 2600 excluded, there's no way I'm selling that stuff). I have only a fraction of what you do, and it's still a burden to maintain it all. Then again, I also live in a small house (less than 1000 sq. feet), and my parents stay with me, so that's 3+ people plus all my computer stuff. So I definitely understand needing more space.

 

There's a real sense of relief when you do 'spring cleaning' on your life/possessions every so often. Much as in your case, it's not so much about the money as it is for a stress-reliever.

 

I also wanted to support the community here, and posted here first. I could have probably made more on the Amiga/Commodore stuff in particular by posting to Amibay, but I want everyone here to get first chance at what I'm selling.

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Here's what I'm thinking of keeping (besides the latest consoles and computers):

 

  • 1084S Monitor
  • Some Atari style joysticks
  • Two sets of paddles
  • C-64c (NTSC) and C-64 (PAL), along with some flash and other cartridges
  • Apple IIe (complete with some flash stuff)
  • Atari 1200XL (modded plus some flash stuff), Atari 65XE (PAL)
  • Vectrex with multi-cart and some key cartridges and overlays
  • X-Arcade with the various adapters

Borderline at the moment:

  • Steering wheel rig for PS3 and PC
  • PS3 with PS2/PS1 BC (especially if keeping the above)
  • ColecoVision plus SGM
  • Xbox original with emulator mods
  • Coco2 with composite, Coco 3 with 512K, plus flash cart, etc.
  • TI-99/4a with internal 32k and one with F18A and miniPEB, flash carts
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I see you are keeping some stuff, so you are not really purging all the way. You are hedging.

 

I predict you will just start collecting it back up again. Nothing wrong with that, I go through binge and purge also to keep it under control. :)

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I see you are keeping some stuff, so you are not really purging all the way. You are hedging.

 

I predict you will just start collecting it back up again. Nothing wrong with that, I go through binge and purge also to keep it under control. :)

 

I actually am done. If keeping less than 1% of my collection that literally fits on a single shelf versus 99% of the collection and dozens of shelves is hedging, then I guess I'm hedging. A big key is getting rid of all the physical software and systems that I really don't use much. That's a tremendous space/time/energy savings. It would seem silly to me to sell stuff for possibly much less value, then reacquire it later on for more money.

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Big difference between hedging vs downsizing.

 

Thing with "hedging" as used in selling and re-acquiring parts of a videogame collection is that it is more difficult to find replacements in better condition at better prices. Takes too much time.

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HOLY F.CK

 

 

HOLY SCHMOLY

 

 

WE WERE BORN THE SAME YEAR ;-)

 

 

I was relying on you to be the "preserver" of all old skool stuff, now what? ... just kidding well done.

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My collection was tiny compared to yours, but even so I got to the point where I didn't really remember all the stuff I had, and sometimes couldn't find stuff I knew I had. When it got to that point I started downsizing. Right now I have only six consoles and computers. Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari 800XL, Odyssey 2, Intellivision, and PS2. I'm happy with where it's at right now though I do have a few odds and ends to get rid of at some point (like spare consoles and games I don't play etc.).

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I'm so happy you decided to keep a Vectrex.

 

Vector Patrol is about to be released by Kristof Tuts, and it's one of the most amazing achievements yet on the system - hands down!

I personally believe it tops anthing on ANY system!

What I've play-tested just should not be possible, but he did it.

I still watch the credits roll like I've just seen a 5-star movie, my jaw agape!

 

Vectrexian was fantastic, and Vetor Pilot spectacular.

Vector Patrol manages to eclipse them. Not just in the game and the game play, but in sound, music, options, attention to every detail...

I laughed out loud, I cried -- heck, I lost my mind and I got the console removable stickers and a custom joystick made, AND made my own overlay!

 

Vector Patrol will create new Vectrex owners.

Do not miss this masterpiece.

 

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While not an easy decision it is the right decision. The whole hobby is much more enjoyable if the stuff does not consume you. Much better to enjoy a few sentimental machines than have piles of unused stuff getting in the way.

 

I got to this point a long time ago. I did in fact sell off all my stuff and never regretted it. Just as an example I was sitting on a 75% completed Sega Master System collection and one day I said to myself "These games are awful". At that point I realized how much of a waste of time and money it was to collect for the sake of collecting something just because it was a game and it was classic. I had Apple stuff, Sega stuff, Odyssey stuff... not one thing being used. Just sitting there...

 

I kept an Atari 2600, Intellivision, NES, SNES, N64 and 3DO. I sold off everything else I was collecting for. It got to the point that I gave up on carts too. As long as I could play the games. Now I have Krikzz carts, an LTO Flash and a Harmony cart. Emulation is great for most things but playing on the hardware is just always more fun. :)

 

It was an awesome hobby while actively doing it and I still love the games and the community... life has just evolved beyond collecting. Mortgage, son is in college, planning my wedding with my fiancee, working 3rd shift, etc. All these things leave little time for hobbies. I'll always love the games and the nostalgia though. :)

 

Bill - do what you gotta. You'll find ways to enjoy life no matter which way you go and, like someone else mentioned, if you feel the bug bite you again you can always restart a collection and feel that thrill of "the find" all over again! Hell I admit I have done it a few times myself. :)

 

EDIT: After reading your full write-up I realize that - up to 2002 - I was almost exactly parallel to you. I was born in 1972, my father brought home our first 2600 in 1977 and I was off to the races. I got a local paper route to buy games. We'd spend afternoons at my friend's house playing his Intellivision or at mine playing Atari. My father spent almost $8,000 on a TI99 4/a system, color monitor, modem, expansion box, disk drives and cartridges galore. I programmed so many things on that system and my love for programming started there.

 

When Nintendo released the NES we all pitched in and bought one. It spent most days at Scott's house(since we spent most of our time there) but we all eventually got our own by the end of the year. I took this opportunity to buy my friend's "old, crappy games" for pennies on the dollar with my paper route money. By 1987 I had a huge Atari and Intellivision collection when most people at my school had maybe 8-10 Nintendo games. Collecting before collecting was cool! :)

 

In 1990 I graduated high school, moved into an apartment with a friend of mine and started seeing the advantages of hitting the flea markets and yard sales for gaming goodness. Hell when you're 18, have no bills and a steady full-time job money isn't an issue... just what you enjoy and want to do.

 

At the height of my collecting I had a gaming apartment above my own. My ex-wife and I rented from my mother and, since she refused to rent out to anyone, we took the other apartment. Just had to pay electric and heat. I had a classic room (Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Intellivision, Colecovision and NES), a then-current room (Super Nintendo, N64, Dreamcast, Playstation, big screen tv and stereo for gaming and football Sunday), board game room, LAN room with 4 computer towers where we played Everquest, Unreal, Starcraft and Warcraft for a few years and a library - my god I miss my book collection the most.

 

By 2002 I finalized my divorce, had to give up my gaming apartment and moved and I sold almost everything at that point. I did start collecting again one more time but, with emulation being so prevalent, it never stuck.

 

EDIT2: I schpel gewd...

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All good insights and stories, thanks.

 

I really am done with the collecting. I think I got it all out of my system. My wife and I plan to downsize considerably throughout our house to make us more mobile. And despite my aversion to the idea, I'll also be selling off or passing on "outdated" stuff when the next new shiny thing (console, computer, etc.) comes into my possession.

 

Anyway, among the other turning points for me (to mirror some of the comments from others on here) was I would get pleasure out of acquiring say, a particular vintage software item, but then never would have the time to actually get to use it (and don't get me started on whole systems). When I did get around to trying to use something, like say a vintage CRPG - and would go to the trouble of taking all the contents from the box, setting up graph paper, running the original software, etc. - I would find the experience clunky. At some point, I just got too used to modern interfaces, conveniences, and speed to really enjoy the classic stuff that I desired/loved so much and should have in theory been right up my alley (more action-oriented games suffer from this less, obviously). I think a real breaking point came when I was unable to get into replaying the first game in my all-time favorite CRPG series, Phantasie, despite attempts on various computers. That was the one game I treasured above all, yet it still felt somewhat impenetrable to me now (and this is a game that's incredibly streamlined and intuitive in comparison to its contemporaries), not to mention media failures and other issues that I just didn't want to deal with anymore.

 

Like I said, another turning point was the simple fact that I had no issue with transitioning to almost all digital on my modern gaming PC, Xbox One, PS4, etc. (only the Switch seems better off with physical cartridges, but I'm not happy about it). The way those libraries got built up, with thousands of games between them (that I own in one way or another), only added to the ease with which I was able to make the decision to let it all go.

 

I'm also happy the auction house is taking my CDs and DVDs. Again, in some cases it's nice to have the physical stuff, but it's SO MUCH easier doing it digital and/or streaming, particularly with certain things you might only watch or experience once or twice (and I can't think of the last time I touched a music CD). Same thing with our collection of books. I read voraciously on my Kindle app on an iPad Pro, and only rarely go back to old books. If I do, they're almost certainly available digitally.

 

In terms of collectibles, I don't have a huge amount of those, but those too are going. I'll keep only the really special items (like a limited edition Wonder Woman statue I keep on my main working desk) and will certainly think long and hard before acquiring more (making sure I really, really want it, and it's really, really special).

 

The reality is, none of this was really a recent decision. I've been thinking about getting out of what I was doing for years. I just never saw a practical way out (or, more specifically, a way out that didn't require a lot of time/effort I didn't have).

 

Finally, I'll reiterate again (and almost certainly again and again) that I still have a passion for this stuff and will continue to enjoy it and produce content around it. It will just be free of the physical burdens associated with it. While this will certainly limit me in ways I was not limited previously, I think it will also free me to approach the subject(s) in different ways. And besides, after working on a dozen books (not all related to vintage topics, of course) and the movie, as well as quite a few articles, I feel like I've said what I've had to say. I've gotten it out of my system in that way.

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Everything has a lifecycle; it's "ok" to stop if your priorities have shifted. It's clear you've put a lot of thought into it.

 

I've written previously (on other forums) about the dangers of letting your collection turn into a hoard. It's not just the physical space it takes up, but also the mental space that is the greater danger. You should feel confident that you have a direction that satisfies all of your goals.

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I've written previously (on other forums) about the dangers of letting your collection turn into a hoard. It's not just the physical space it takes up, but also the mental space that is the greater danger. You should feel confident that you have a direction that satisfies all of your goals.

 

Agreed. There's a fine line between an overly large collection and hoarding. Even though I confined my collection to pretty much only one part of the house and I can't say it affected any aspect of my life negatively fortunately, I also don't know if I didn't cross that line in some ways. At least on the periphery, I certainly had a negative hoarding-like experience when a few of my shelving units collapsed. Fortunately, the damage was minimal, but it was yet another reminder along the way that this was too much stuff and I was no longer as responsible of a caretaker as I was when the collection was smaller.

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