For the better part of two decades, from the 90s through the 2000s, I collected nearly every video game and console I could get my hands on in a time where understanding the value of games was much more difficult than it is today.
Collecting video games in the non-digital age
The obsession was born, obviously, from my love of playing video games, but grew over the years into a small household enterprise. My dad seized on an opportunity around the mid-90s as the cost of video games (and the number I begged to play) began to spike. Every weekend we would go to countless yard sales and make one or more trips to the local flea market to wheel and deal with a sleazy local gaming merchant (who we affectionately nicknamed Long Hair), and browse the local wanted ads – all this in search of more games. What games we netted in these endeavors we mostly turned around to resell and profit from, but those we held on to went into my personal collection.
So long before the digital age to come, when the only way to play a new or favorite game was to own or rent a physical edition, my video game collection began to grow in earnest. And not only did my collection grow, but so did my pockets. The profits I pocketed in those years I put away to fund more than half of my four years (or five – who’s counting?) in college.
What’s in the collection?
As for my collection, at one point I owned nearly every console (obscure or not) imaginable at the time: The Panasonic 3DO, Sega Nomad, Virtual Boy, Sega CD, multiple Ataris, several different Nintendo 64s from the Funtastic Color Series, and many more.
I had racks upon racks of complete games as well: NES, SNES, N64, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and beyond. And by complete I mean the only way my still developing OCD-controlled brain would allow me to have any video game: with original box, manual, and assorted inserts.
One of the greatest challenges we faced in those couple of decades was in knowing what games were valuable, and which were just for fun. And it certainly would have helped fuel our efforts further if we’d had a reliable source by which to check the value of each of our new acquisitions.
Luckily for you, that source exists today at gamevaluenow.com.
What is GameValueNow?
GameValueNow is a clean and clear website that provides a streamlined path to the value of your favorite or most sought-after video games without any fuss.
You can browse by console, search for your favorite game directly, and keep track of the value of your overall collection all in one spot. You’ll even be able to track down the value of such rare gems as unlicensed titles.
GameValueNow delivers individual and average values and lets you see how those values have trended from years past to modern-day. And you can see what the same console or title would go for whether it’s complete or loose from its original packaging.
So if you’re in the midst of growing your own collection, building your own game reselling enterprise, or both, like me, head on over to gamevaluenow.com and get the reliable data you need from trusted video game sources and experts.