Two terrible ways to store video games

My brother and I bond over video games like few other things in our lives. The first game I bought with my own money was Wizards and Warriors for the Nintendo Entertainment System. I bought it from the grocery store with cash I had gotten after a horrible job at the local Tran and Skeet club.

We rented a game almost every weekend, but there was nothing more fun than having our own games. The excitement of taking home a purchased game was offset by the lows of buying a game and then stopping. If you’ve ever owned one of the old Nintendo’s, you know exactly how frustrating it was to put in a cartridge, only to have the blue screen pop up and flicker.

So what would you do? You would take out the game and blow into the cartridge until your face turned blue. Sometimes that would fix it, sometimes it wouldn’t. As we progressed and ascended on Super Nintendo, and then on more advanced consoles that required discs, we continued to experience issues with functionality. Most of the time it was our fault.

Our games weren’t treated as well as they should be, particularly in what I’ll generously call our storage methods. Next, I am going to discuss the two worst things you can do for the longevity of your games, whether they are retro cartridges or blue ray discs.

1. Store them in a box

The boxes were the main culprits for the dust. If we were ever forced to blow into a game, it was usually because we put our games in a box and let them get moldy and stale. We usually used shoe boxes.

2. Stack them anywhere and everywhere

It is a miracle that any of our games survived. We would stack them on the desk, or on the side table, or on the corner of the bed, or on top of a stack of CDs, one stack on top of another stack! These inevitably ended up crashing to the ground. Sometimes we would notice them and move them (probably back to a shoe box). But just as often we didn’t see them and we ended up stepping on them and gnashing our teeth in pain.

Children will be children. There is probably no safer solution to the problem of gambling protection than simply buying some furniture designed for it.

These days, nothing gets me more nostalgic than the beeps and beeps from the old Mario Brothers Games. Mario, Luigi, we didn’t treat you as well as you deserved, but thanks for the memories.

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