I heard that Gamestop was now trashing the boxes and manuals of used DS games, so I went to see for myself. Sure enough, the shelves of boxes are gone; it's now a locked case (or graveyard, if you will) of cartridge-only copies with price stickers affixed directly to the title labels. This disturbs me.
I wouldn't call myself an outright game collector
, since I only buy games that I actually want to play, but I have no interest in cartridge-only or disc-only copies. Of course, I can easily choose to buy used DS games from places like Amazon, Goozex, and eBay, but we all know that Gamestop is where most people sell their games.
As long as the policy of destruction is in effect, DS games will go there to die and complete copies are going to become about as common as complete NES games. They did this to GBA games, too, which are now hard to find complete from any market.
It breaks my heart to see this happen. I guess I'm a videogame conservationist. Am I overreacting, or do you find this troubling as well?