I feel, at least for me, that some part of being a collector of things is the attached sentimental value. This isn’t true of all aspects of every type of collection I have, but I know it is a big part of the oldest pieces of my video game collection.
My first video game console (and home computer) was the Colecovision plus Adam. It was a family gift from my parents that arrived early in my most formative years. I have a lot to say about this system and its games, but I intend to keep that for a future YouTube video. This beast of a system served my family well for entertainment and light word processing well into the 90’s. But here is the issue. These systems are somewhat notorious for being finicky and delicate and mine no longer works. Worse, the Digital Data Packs that the Adam runs were slowly erased by years of under-shielded EMP’s from the system’s boot process.
As the earliest pieces of equipment that set me on my life path (a gift from my parents no less!), I can’t bear to think of discarding them. But what good does it do me to keep them? The ultimate purpose of my collection is play-ability. To be clear, the ColecoVision still works fine, it is only the Adam that won’t boot. Perhaps the system is repairable. Maybe, but the Data Packs aren’t.
Some collectors treat their items with a cold indifference. An almost surgical disregard for the physical item itself. Each item nothing more than a part of a whole, cog-like, replaceable. To be sure, I’ve done that too. But most of my collection started out as a purely personal luxury. I don’t collect to build a collection. I just love these games and can’t let go.
Do the items in any of your collections bring up thoughts such as these? I’d love to read your stories.