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Game Storage, Your Thoughts?

Eggplant WizardEggplant Wizard Little Rock, ARRegistered User regular
edited January 2007 in Games and Technology
For PC Games, I've always taken the discs and put them in a huge CD book, and then put the boxes on a shelf. For Gamecube games, I bought two of these cute little miniature CD wallets for storing the discs so I don't have to muck around with the cases.

I'm currently storing my PS1 and PS2 games in their original cases, debating whether I should move the discs into some other consolidated storage location. What is Penny Arcade's collective wisdom on this subject? How do you approach this?

Also, I know I can't be the only one who stores the receipt for the game in the little memory card holder in the game's case?

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    FreddyDFreddyD Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For PC Games, I've always taken the discs and put them in a huge CD book, and then put the boxes on a shelf. For Gamecube games, I bought two of these cute little miniature CD wallets for storing the discs so I don't have to muck around with the cases.

    I'm currently storing my PS1 and PS2 games in their original cases, debating whether I should move the discs into some other consolidated storage location. What is Penny Arcade's collective wisdom on this subject? How do you approach this?

    Also, I know I can't be the only one who stores the receipt for the game in the little memory card holder in the game's case?
    When they are in the cases you know that no one can just tuck a cd wallet under their arm and run off with a collection of media that took you years and hundreds of dollars to build.

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    etoychestetoychest Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I store all my console game boxes in a case and the games in a pair of 500 count case logic cases. Works pretty well for immediate accesibility.

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    Eggplant WizardEggplant Wizard Little Rock, ARRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    FreddyD wrote:
    When they are in the cases you know that no one can just tuck a cd wallet under their arm and run off with a collection of media that took you years and hundreds of dollars to build.

    That's a good point. I never thought of it that way. Insurance would cover the monetary value, but not the effort of rebuilding the collection.

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    Thoughtless MuseThoughtless Muse Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For PC Games, I've always taken the discs and put them in a huge CD book, and then put the boxes on a shelf. For Gamecube games, I bought two of these cute little miniature CD wallets for storing the discs so I don't have to muck around with the cases.

    I'm currently storing my PS1 and PS2 games in their original cases, debating whether I should move the discs into some other consolidated storage location. What is Penny Arcade's collective wisdom on this subject? How do you approach this?

    Also, I know I can't be the only one who stores the receipt for the game in the little memory card holder in the game's case?

    D:

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    AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I keep my games in their cases.

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I keep my PS2 games in their original cases since they are pretty durable. Since the PS1 games were just in jewel cases and pretty easily cracked I kept them in wallets and the original boxes in a box in storage. It was a bitch when I decided to sell a few games here and there though having to rummage in the storage area to get the boxes. It's how we store our CD's too.

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    DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I keep my Nintendo DS games in a ziplock bag. All 44 of them. Legacy, PoLaGo, Quasar and others can vouch for this.

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    FreddyDFreddyD Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Somewhat relevant:

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I've got two cabinets of Tupperware-like material and I line up all the games in there, in cases, spine up so I can see what game is where. There's enough room for the accessories not in use too.

    I go to houses of relatives who have consoles and I freak out when I see everything, everywhere. Cases all over the place, sans manuals (which are also all over the place), games laying on the ground for easy stomping, no concern even as to what side of the disk is in contact with the carpet. Or what else happens to be on the carpet. I do not leave that room before, at the very least, finding all the games and putting them in their proper cases. (BONUS: When I'm done, not all the cases have games in them. Why there are cases for games but no games is a mystery.)

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    mtvcdm wrote:
    I've got two cabinets of Tupperware-like material and I line up all the games in there, in cases, spine up so I can see what game is where. There's enough room for the accessories not in use too.

    I go to houses of relatives who have consoles and I freak out when I see everything, everywhere. Cases all over the place, sans manuals (which are also all over the place), games laying on the ground for easy stomping, no concern even as to what side of the disk is in contact with the carpet. Or what else happens to be on the carpet. I do not leave that room before, at the very least, finding all the games and putting them in their proper cases. (BONUS: When I'm done, not all the cases have games in them. Why there are cases for games but no games is a mystery.)

    I'm totally like that.


    You should come over for dinner some time.

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    Jon 118Jon 118 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Games that I own have one of two storage fates:

    1) they get put in a pile with the rest of my games, so I know where they are (one pile for shooters, one for RPGs, etc)
    2) my brother takes them out of disk drive but doesn't put them back in their case, so the disk gets lost and/or scratched

    I'd recommend option 1 as a good way to store your games, so long as you have enough space. And you practise not causing the pile to collapse.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    When I worked in record stores and people would come in with a list of CDs they'd had stolen, it was always because they'd kept them in those ridiculous Case Logic folders. All your eggs in one basket is retarded.

    P.S. They also scratch the CDs.

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    ShimShamShimSham Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For PS1 games I bought a ton of blank DVD cases and made or downloaded PS1 boxart specially sized for DVD sized cases and put them in the blank DVD cases and made them look like PS2 cases.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    it's all about alphabetical

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    Eggplant WizardEggplant Wizard Little Rock, ARRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For Gamecube games, I bought two of these cute little miniature CD wallets for storing the discs so I don't have to muck around with the cases.

    D:

    Care to explain why this is Dee Colon worthy? Is there a technical problem with this solution, or do you object to cute things, or what?

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For Gamecube games, I bought two of these cute little miniature CD wallets for storing the discs so I don't have to muck around with the cases.

    D:

    Care to explain why this is Dee Colon worthy? Is there a technical problem with this solution, or do you object to cute things, or what?

    The idea of throwing out dozens of Gamecube game cases to keep all the games in a wallet. At least, I assume that's what it was.

    Anyway.

    I keep all my games in their DVD-ish cases, in a drawer or two in my dormroom. Most of my Dreamcast games are still in old shitty broken jewel cases, but I'm working on moving them to DVD cases with custom-printed covers. Same with my PC games.

    The thing holding up this project is I can't figure out where to get glossy, legal-size (8.5" x 14") paper from. Anywhere online charges something ridiculous like $20 for 100 sheets or something, and nowhere local has legal-size paper at all, ever since the OfficeMax near here went out of business.

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    Eggplant WizardEggplant Wizard Little Rock, ARRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    The idea of throwing out dozens of Gamecube game cases to keep all the games in a wallet. At least, I assume that's what it was.

    Oh, heavens no. A thousand times no, I don't throw away the cases. I just keep the cases up on a shelf where I don't have to mess with them. Maybe I should edit the OP to make this clear.

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    bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For disc based games, I put them in their cases, then sort them by console, then alphabetically on a shelf. I also have the console sections sorted by when they launched.

    DS/GBA games I keep in those neat plastic things that hold three games, then put all those in an old disc man case with my DS and accessories.

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    rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I put all of my games in cd wallets. I dont really care what happens to the case...I usually put them all in a closet but I am sure there are plenty missing. I dont take particular care of them. I dont really see a reason to, games are my hobby, not collecting games. And if somebody made off with one of my cd wallets, that would suck but they are mostly filled with games I rarely to never play.

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    SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint. Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Drez wrote:
    I keep my Nintendo DS games in a ziplock bag. All 44 of them. Legacy, PoLaGo, Quasar and others can vouch for this.

    I have one for DS games and one for GBA games. It's really useful because I can bring my entire collection with me anywhere I go and can play any game I want at any time.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    My games at the moment are sitting piled up on my shelves/drawers and they're totally messy.
    However, after upcoming renovations, I'm going to totally deck my room out with nice dvd shelves/book shelves etc. It's gunna look dope.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    FreddyD wrote:
    Somewhat relevant:

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    I love the idea of storing my games like trhis. It's so... frivolous.

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    How are they stuck onto the wall? Do you rub them on your head daily to keep them charged?

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    VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    ben0207 wrote:
    FreddyD wrote:
    Somewhat relevant:

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    I love the idea of storing my games like trhis. It's so... frivolous.

    I showed the wife this, and now she wants to do this.

    I love her so.

    For the games I have, I just line them up, spine out for easy readability. Like games together, followed by alphabetical.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Sudden thought though: Most recent game systems have that annoying bar at the top or bottom that say Xbox or whatever, so since I'd be using it to display my Xbox 1 games it might look silly,


    I suppose when I complete my colection of all UK DC games it would look fantastic to have an entire wall covered in them.

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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    LewieP wrote:
    it's all about dewey decimal

    fixed.

    I actually use a small Case-Logic case for my disc-inscribed media, and some hard-shell cases for my UMDs. Altoids mini case FTW for memory sticks.

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    BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I use my sisters dresser that she left behind and I store all of my games in there, so that they are hidden.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    shit, this thread just reminded me.

    what do I do when I go to college?

    I might have to borrow some sort of small bin, and bring the big titles. I could always commute back home and grab something if it's really important, though I doubt I'll get much gaming done. I mean.....college.

    Unless I've heard wrong. You guys could share your experiences about gaming/college/gaming in college

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    NeenerNeenerNeenerNeener Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    shit, this thread just reminded me.

    what do I do when I go to college?

    I might have to borrow some sort of small bin, and bring the big titles. I could always commute back home and grab something if it's really important, though I doubt I'll get much gaming done. I mean.....college.

    Unless I've heard wrong. You guys could share your experiences about gaming/college/gaming in college

    I'm going to have this exact same problem come next school year.

    I've been considering investing in a large chest. For bonus points I could rig it up to emit the Zelda "Doo-doo-doo-dooo!" every time I open it.

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    BigJoeMBigJoeM Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I wouldn't recommend a lot of games for your first semester until you get used to college.

    After that it depends largely on your major, number of hours, and job if you have one.

    It wasn't until i was working a lot and taking lots of hours that i had less time for games.

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    japanjapan Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Bookshelves.

    Grouped by system, ordered alphabetically by title. I make exceptions for games in a series that don't order correctly alphabetically, for example, GTA San Andreas comes after GTA Vice City.

    I only ever have trouble finding something if it's multiplatform and I can't remember which system I own it for.

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    zero_bitzero_bit Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I am running out of space in my 600sq ft. apartment for my games/systems. My wife and I are collectors and there are old systems and games practically hanging from the ceiling.

    I'd drill holes and hang shelves if I had any carpentry skills at all, but my last adventure in hanging curtains ended in 8 rather large holes, no hanging curtains, and disaster.

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    Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I might have to borrow some sort of small bin, and bring the big titles. I could always commute back home and grab something if it's really important, though I doubt I'll get much studying, work, or sobriety done. I mean.....college.

    Fixed.

    If you think moving your games to college is annoying, try doing that AND having to move your home stuff to a new house at roughly the same time like I did. I've still yet to fully settle into my new home after all these years so my game stuff is kind of a mess no matter where you go.

    I basically have one of those CD wallets for the purpose of transporting games. Originally it was meant to just hold onto all the CDs I burned, but then part of me thought "Self, I'm getting tired of having to go out and buy packs of jewel cases since so many PC software companies are using shitty paper or cardboard sleeves instead of actual cases. And borrowing DVDs from my collection at home is kind of cumbersome too. And I have all these empty sleeves . . ." I don't like how it's kind of become a permanent home for some of my PC CD-ROMs, but I hate dinky cardboard/paper holders even more.

    Console games are kept with cases and manuals, except for GBA games since cardboard boxes just aren't durable and DS games since the cases are ridiculously large for a cartridge. I keep the portable games I want with me at the dorm in a small box. DS cases and manuals are in a small stack in my bedroom at home. GBA cases wind up in the trash and unfortunately the manuals are scattered all over. The same with PC game manuals actually. I do keep ALL of that stuff though, it just gets scattered in one of four places in the house.

    At some point when I'm at home long enough to think about organizing stuff (ie, after graduation), I need to invest in a lot of shelving for games and DVDs. Before that though, I need tubberware to store GBA games I'm not taking with me and their (and PC game) manuals.

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    darkgruedarkgrue Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I use Ikea LYCKLIG cases for my DVD games, and

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    Ikea's got basically similiar items for CD's as well.

    I bought some Odyssey Krom cases for my older Dreamcast and PS1 games and such. They're armored, and very heavy.

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    Not much use for displaying them, but pretty good for storing and protecting them. So, those and about 24 Contico crates from Cosco for systems and accesories...

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    Golden LegGolden Leg Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I used to do the CD-books, but now I just tend to stack the jewel/DVD cases of the games I buy.

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    skaceskace Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I used to use cd cases. But years down the road I have these stupid 200 CD cases and I barely ever remember what is in them without flipping through them. So I moved onto bookcases. Bookcases take up more room, but your whole collection is there, to survey on a whim. Plus, I've turned into a bit of a collector and no longer like throwing awaying the boxing / etc. Because years down the road I fucking kick myself.

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    bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    edited January 2007
    - bookshelf for my console games I currently play alphabetical by system
    - drawers for older games and jewel cases of PC games just by system
    - a huge CD binder for PC games alphabetical
    - a spreadsheet file of all my games with system info, disc count, and optional serial codes
    - and my closet for boxes

    Console games I like to keep with cases/sleeves because they get handled and swapped more. The huge CD binder is more convenient for flipping through PC games. I just keep the current CDs I'm playing with on/around my desk in sleeves.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I have to reorganize my collection a bit, and then I'll post pictures.

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    SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint. Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    For all of my console games I sotre them on a bookshelf by system, then organized by purchase order (but series games go in order). Older console games I store on an old shelf and jewel case games I store in the CD holder on my shelf. Multi disc cases too big for the CD holders are stacke don top of the shelf. PC games are stored atop my TV stand between my stereo and one of it's speakers. In the original boxes/cases where applicable, otherwise in jewel cases. The exception is Mediavl II, which sits beside me on my computer desk since it is played often.

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    linkswordlinksword Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I used to keep my games in this big wooden bookshelf with glass doors. Organized by system, and then the games just in whatever order, though games in the same series usually were kept together. I also keep my GBA and all of the games in a small box, think the size of about 4 DVD cases. I usually dont take more than one with me, and since I got a DS I haven't brought the GBA anyway. The DS is in it's own protective sleeve thing, with usually only 2 games, one in the unit itself and one in the ridiculously small pocket in the case itself.

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