Games uncollection

I’ve amassed a fair games collection over the years.

I guess that I’d always hoped to curate a sort of video game museum, gallery, or library. However, it’s not something that I’m really that interested in now – at least not enough to pursue it anymore. I’m much more interested in just having less stuff.

I’ve previously trimmed my collection down, but now I just want to get rid of it.

It’s not that I don’t like all these old games. (Quite the opposite, I love them!). It’s just that keeping them doesn’t serve any purpose. It’s not likely that I’m going to play them again – and they just sit there in case I ever want to.

I’m not sure exactly how I’ll get rid of everything. There are heaps of options: eBay, GameTraders, setting up my own online store, etc.

Donating to a library seems like a good option because it will make the games available to a wider audience. I performed a few quick searches for video games on the State Library of Western Australia website, but all turned up nothing (aside from related books and movies). So I sent the following email:

Hello,

As an avid video game player, I was wondering if the State Library or public libraries in Western Australia, have any video games in their collections. Much like literature, film, and music – video games contribute to the cultural environment and background of a large portion of the population.

I am also head of “Let’s Make Games”, a local initiative to support the local video game development community which has a 20+ year history and is currently growing very quickly. I would love to see products of the Western Australian games industry collected as a means of recording this emerging culture and community.

Could you please let me know if video games (locally developed or international releases) are collected? If not, are there any plans to collect them in future?

Best Regards,

– Nick Lowe

I hope that I didn’t come off as too smarmy or directive.

Anyone out there have some other ideas for (or experience in) dissolving a games collection? Please comment!

2 thoughts on “Games uncollection”

  1. I’ll dig the Bangaioh! Be keen to see what the library says, but the problem is disc based games get trashed pretty fast… the public just doesn’t have the responsibility to look after it.

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