That is the question. So, I like having my games as physical copies as previously discussed here, so when I am finished with a game what do I do with it?
Well I keep them. I guess you could say I have a collection, although it is not solely mine. There is just something about being able to go back to play that game from whatever year that came into your head that I love. Or if I fancy playing a game on my Game Boy I can because I still have the Game Boy and some games. What I don’t love about keeping games is that I have to find a suitable place for them and if you move you have to try to lift boxes of games… that is not so much fun. Moving a few times in the last few years with an increasing amount of games to be boxed up, lifted and moved grows old very fast. However, maybe I have gained some strength carrying them all! There might be a positive in there somewhere.
For me, the amount of time it takes me to actually play and finish a game means that I probably wouldn’t be able to get much for a game if I did sell them on. It isn’t always a monetary concern for me though, as I am lucky enough to be able to afford new games within my budget as long as I can pay my bills and all the adult considerations attached with growing up.
Then there is the sentimentality of it. I know I am sentimental about games, some have come from gifts or I have memories attached to them and having them physically gives me something tangible. Like Pokémon Blue, my first Pokémon game and the Game Boy that I love and loved, a present. A game that I wouldn’t want to get rid of regardless. My grandparents may have not understood games completely, although to be fair my parents aren’t necessarily clued up on games either, but I have received games as presents from them over the years. Now my grandparents are no longer with us, these games have an extra sentimental quality to them.
Trading in games does allow for more people to enjoy games that may be difficult to find now, or even if the game traded in isn’t hard to find it expands the audience. It allows people to get a game that they wanted. I lend friends my games, I share them with Player 2 and enjoy when someone lends me a game to try. Trading in or giving to a friend is a wonderful way to share the joy of games. I may not trade in games, at least not at the moment, but I do try to share them one way or another.
I realise how lucky I am to be in a position where I can keep (most of) my games as some people don’t have this option. I guess I play games and collect games too. This is likely to be what I continue to do, at least until my circumstances change. Of course with the increased prevalence of people downloading their games the trade in option may not be as viable, but whilst physical copies of games exist there is the option to trade in games. I do still prefer my physical copies of games, and with the increasing prevalence of digital downloads the trade in option may soon change form as well.
So that works for me, but what do you do with your games once you have completed them? Let me know in the comments.