Are You a Game Collector?

A post on Fanatical discusses a survey of over 6,000 users on how many games constitute a games "collection." In a technical sense this should probably be two or more, but they were looking for the threshold of considering yourself a "games collector," a hobby they call a "growing trend." You may be concerned (or perhaps relieved) by their conclusion that respondents who considered themselves collectors own an average of 931 games. This seems pretty extreme, but serves their agenda well. since their online games store sells the kind of game bundles that put such a lofty total within reach. Perhaps more surprising was that their survey reported the respondents owned an average of 770 games. Here's more of the data they report:
71% of the people asked considered themselves to be collectors, each owning a whopping 931 games on average. Considering that the average amount of games owned per person works out at 770 each, most gamers are only 161 games shy of earning the ‘Game Collector’ status.

Men are closer to earning the title than women, with men on average owning 179 more. However, that’s not to say that women aren’t serious about their gaming either, 70 of them said they own over 1,000 games with a few having up to 7,000 in their collection.

In fact, 23% of the overall audience claims to have more than 1,000 games, with some boasting an incredible 20,000 Steam and console games to choose from, which takes a portion of gamers past collector status and into the elite category!

Gaming is not just reserved for the young either. The age group which boasts some of the biggest collection sizes is the 35-44s who were kids when popular mainstream gaming found its way into many households in the 1970s and 1980s.

Teenagers own the least amount of games when compared with other age groups - under 18s have on average around 525 in their collection, compared with 907 in the 35-44 age group. Respondents were also asked for their views on the hobby and the industry itself.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 10:17
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Feb 18, 2020, 10:17
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Collecting isn't a number. It's a behavioral thing. The only question to ask is, "Do you buy games to collect them, or do you buy games when they go on sale?" If the answer to either or both is yes, then you are a video game collector. Fanatical is merely trying to define something that suits their ulterior business agenda.

I am a collector because I buy games when they go on sale even if I have no intention of playing them after purchase.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 10:28
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Feb 18, 2020, 10:28
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Considering games are nearly entirely digital now... I wouldn't call having access to downloading a game "collecting" it. That's why "collector's editions" of games come with actual, physical swag, of which I have a few (none of which are remotely recent purchases).
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 10:34
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Not a collector, but I do have an extensive library now. Buying games and playing them stacks up over time. Been a member of Steam since the start. So, yes after all these years, your library will build up.
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Feb 18, 2020, 10:52
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Where is Mr. Prez in all this I wonder?
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 11:03
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:03
 
I don't consider myself a collector either. Unless a game is exceptional it's rare that I ever go back and replay it. If I could sell off my used digital copies - as I should be allowed to - I'd have gotten rid of 95% of my library by now.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 11:08
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:08
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 10:28:
Considering games are nearly entirely digital now... I wouldn't call having access to downloading a game "collecting" it. That's why "collector's editions" of games come with actual, physical swag, of which I have a few (none of which are remotely recent purchases).

One of my most valuable possessions will be my Game Store creds when I pass. A grand kid is going to be very happy.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 11:23
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:23
 
Collectors are those people who buy multiple versions of game packaging because they "want" them both -- I've certainly never been that guy...
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 11:47
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:47
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 11:03:
I don't consider myself a collector either. Unless a game is exceptional it's rare that I ever go back and replay it. If I could sell off my used digital copies - as I should be allowed to - I'd have gotten rid of 95% of my library by now.

If you are interested, you know that Steam has an option built into the new client where you go to the support tab of the game and can have the game removed from your library permanently if you want to. once you do this, its gone forever though. so there is no going back, you would end up buying it again if you ever wanted to play it.

Its an option, I've done this to a few of my games that are utter trash and wanted them gone, plus some betas I've been in over the years that dont self clean up after the beta is over.
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:49
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:49
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 11:23:
Collectors are those people who buy multiple versions of game packaging because they "want" them both -- I've certainly never been that guy...
There are some rare games that I wish I would have bought. The Q3A tin box for example and another one that came with a t-shirt.
With the number of games I buy versus the amount I play I don’t think I’m a collector but I am going to make a concerted effort on buying less games this year. (There will always be a sale in the future)
I’m nowhere near the 700 count and will never get there.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 11:52
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Feb 18, 2020, 11:52
 
Yep, should be different categories for digital collector & physical collectors .....

I have a decent amount of physical game collections , before the digital age - which is now very hard to get anything good physically anymore.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 11:56
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Darks wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 11:47:
you know that Steam has an option built into the new client where you go to the support tab of the game and can have the game removed from your library permanently if you want to. once you do this, its gone forever though. so there is no going back, you would end up buying it again if you ever wanted to play it.

LOL, like it had to be that permanent.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 12:29
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Feb 18, 2020, 12:29
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 10:52:
Where is Mr. Prez in all this I wonder?

Haha I agree with PHJF - the thousands of games I own digitally make me a digital pack-rat, not a collector.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 12:37
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Feb 18, 2020, 12:37
 
I have around 500 games.. and 96% of them I actually played.

Technically it's more, but I don't count non-digital games.
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Feb 18, 2020, 13:27
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 12:37:
I have around 500 games.. and 96% of them I actually played.

Technically it's more, but I don't count non-digital games.

I'm guessing you don't finish many of them but that doesn't actually matter. If you enjoyed them for the first few hours and you feel you got your money worth then you are doing it right!
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Darks wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 11:47:
Cutter wrote on Feb 18, 2020, 11:03:
I don't consider myself a collector either. Unless a game is exceptional it's rare that I ever go back and replay it. If I could sell off my used digital copies - as I should be allowed to - I'd have gotten rid of 95% of my library by now.

If you are interested, you know that Steam has an option built into the new client where you go to the support tab of the game and can have the game removed from your library permanently if you want to. once you do this, its gone forever though. so there is no going back, you would end up buying it again if you ever wanted to play it.

Its an option, I've done this to a few of my games that are utter trash and wanted them gone, plus some betas I've been in over the years that dont self clean up after the beta is over.

Yeah I know. That's the same as throwing money away however. I'd prefer my consumer rights to resell my property as I see fit.
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Re: Are You a Game Collector?
Feb 18, 2020, 14:27
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Feb 18, 2020, 15:14
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IMO, game count isn't the end-all metric. There's a big difference between signing up for Humble Monthly and not making extensive use of the pause-a-month feature vs actively seeking out games.
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Feb 18, 2020, 15:32
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Feb 18, 2020, 15:32
 
Collecting is one aspect of my behavior.....and some of it is just buying a game to support a good dev or for convenience. I've bought some games multiple times on different platforms or in different forms just to make it easier to play or more accessible.

....but buying a box to get a cloth map or figure def falls in that category. I miss the days of getting a manual and a map....but not the damned code wheels.
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Feb 18, 2020, 15:46
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Darks said

"Steam has an option built into the new client where you go to the support tab of the game and can have the game removed from your library permanently"

This is the stuff of nightmares.

Imagine a bug or malicious exploit that went inadvertently erasing your library, and you none the wiser, till too late my friend, too late ...

Anyway, hope to play everything, very selective and get what interest me (prospectively).

I will replay some games every few years, also incredible mods (Nehrim, Enderal, etc), emulated games.

Have a lot of boxes with DVDs from 1995 to 2000s, etc.

Taken much from sites for old, strange, goofy or unusual games like,
The hunt aka "cernaja metka" 2008 east european FPS horror, half-life like game but unique.
They're Alive
Revolution - loved this, so strange
Pariah
Breed
Powerslave-exhumed DOS game, used DOSBOX-X, a **dosbox 3D Accelerated version with savegame anywhere**, some ten slots using the function keys, not documented but it is there and works ok.
etc.

- - www.oldpcgaming.net (many "unknown" but good games, provides a virtual winxp, etc)

- - https://archive.org/ community software game
Have doom, heretic, duke nukem 3D fan maps collections to play with new engines and 3D models.
Oddities like Raven´s Shadowcaster, etc.

- - https://www.myabandonware.com/ (beware, don´t think it´s safe anymore)

- - etc.

Yep, crazy all-out but selective collector.

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