Collecting Retro Video Games Is a Waste of My Money

I caught myself staring at my wall of video games recently. It’s a vast collection of over 1,300 video games spanning multiple generations: Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation 2, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, up to the current generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. They sit on shelves, displayed out like you’re inside a GameStop. After a few minutes I asked myself, Why the hell do I have all this?

Collecting old, antique items isn’t anything new, and in some cases it can be a beneficial financial investment. Tangible investments like toys, stamps, coins, and in this case video games can appreciate in value in many different ways. These particular investments have a connection with our childhood, and what we were raised around. I’ve mentioned in a previous editorial about how nostalgia has an effect on our psyche and latches on to memories in our past which can affect how we…

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