Do you have a video game collection that you wish looked…more impressive? More mature, maybe? Your games deserve to be housed and shown off properly. Rather than stacking them up and letting them gather dust, here’s how to clean up your collection and display it like a true pro.
Getting Rid of the Dust
The first step for any collection is cleaning it up and getting it out in the light so that you can see what you really have – you may need to clear some floor space for this one. Video games that have been storage or sitting on your shelves for a long time probably have at least a light coat of dust. For older cartridges and cases, dust has probably snuck into gaps and holes as well. It’s important to remove all this dust before it can damage your games or ruin the quality of your collection.
Fortunately, this is such a common enough problem that there’s information out there on how to do it correctly, especially when it comes to older cartridges. For supplies, you’ll need a soft toothbrush, some rags to wipe away the dust, and a basic cleaner like Windex. A blow dryer or can of air may also help a lot if you have one lying around. If you want to do a really good job, then you can get a 3.8mm game security bit and carefully open up cartridges to clean the inside (also a good way to restore function to older games that quit working).
If there’s a lot of stickers or even marker that you need to use, then increase your supplies by adding rubbing alcohol, some magic eraser products…look, you’ve played RPGs, you get the idea that there’s an item for every problem.
Selling Off What You Don’t Need
Part of your goal in cleaning up your collection is probably to create a bit more space, right? One of the best ways to do this is selling off the games you no longer want or need. Tear yourself away from the games that you’ll probably never glance at/remember again, and make some easy cash selling them. There are plenty of online sites, like The Old School Game Vault, that will give you current estimates on how much money you can get or help you sell your games quickly.
Also consider selling those other collectibles, the models and giant Master Chief helmets and whatever else you may have laying around: They tend to take up a lot of room compared to games, so if you can possibly part with these products, you’ll save a lot of room.
Buying the Right Displays
It’s time to think about how you display your video games. If your storage system has been haphazard in the past but you like the idea of displaying games out in the open or in areas that are easy to reach, we have a few ideas for you:
- Shelves: Revolutionary, we know! But hear us out: We suggest buying several different wall-mounted shelves of the same type, and installing them around your entertainment area. Use each shelving section for a different category or type of game (or your other collectibles). This is a great way to spread your collection out and make it look great.
- Go for a wall: Another good-looking option is buying full bookcase-like stands for your games and devoting a whole wall to them. When properly organized – and when you have enough games to fill it out – this can look very impressive, especially if you insert collectibles here and there as book ends. Choose standing cases that are uniform in shape and high in quality.
- Bins: Obviously bins make it hard to show off your games. But if you need to put games in storage, today’s plastic bins that can easily slide into a closet or under a bed are the ideal solution. They’ll also keep your games safe and organizing.
- Getting inventive: There are a lot of ideas on displaying your games out there, including customized covers, classy pullout drawers, and much more. Get inventive and you’ll love the results!