Video games are wonderful for a number of reasons, and chief among these is the ability videogames have to transcend the boundaries of age and maturity, often being enjoyed well into adulthood by those who loved them as children. A predisposition to the electronic arts is by no means a requirement for an adulthood in which video games are held in high esteem, and your collection of video games can be one of the proudest items you’ve got in your home (or apartment). Storing all these cartridges and disks can be quite the chore, however, especially if you’ve been collecting for a long time, are any kind of a completist, or are a collector of vintage or old-school video games. So long as you’ve got a working console that can play them, the fact of the matter is that video games don’t really have much in the way of a shelf life. Accumulating a huge video game collection can be a pretty easy thing to do, and this is doubly true for those of us who had help from our parents when we were younger. When you’re an adult, however, you need a way to keep your digital library nice and organized, because nobody likes to have their video games strewn about the room, right?
Modern video games have been delivered to us by way of compact disc for about the last couple of decades at this point, so your more recent games are relatively easy to store using things that are probably already available, and maybe even already in your possession. Current generations of gaming consoles like the XBOX 360 and the Nintendo Wii use standard DVD-sized jewel cases that you can easily store or display in any kind of rack or case that you might be able to buy at your local retailer. You might even have an old DVD rack that you can simply use to hold your video games if you don’t have much in the way of a music library. PlayStation 3 game packaging is slightly shorter than a standard DVD case, but you can usually use CD or DVD racks to store them just as you could any other game.
More classic consoles use older plastic cartridges, and there are a ton of ways to keep these safe and stored when you’re not using them. Whatever you do, it’s best to make sure that your storage solution for your old cartridge video games involves a way prevent too much dust buildup. Allowing the games to get dusty will seriously impede playback, and nobody wants that. Your unit for storage can be anything from the tried-and-true shoebox to a specially-made custom rack. Finding something to fit these older games might be something of a challenge, but products with this function in mind are relatively easy to locate using the Internet. You can always look online for a custom solution that’ll help you put away your older cartridges, and looking on any self storage blog or “lifehacking” website will help you find ways to do this cheaply.