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Now that you have a growing video game collection, maybe it is time to start keeping track of everything! Welcome back to the journey of retro game collecting! In my last post, I shared my experience, tips, and resources for hunting down the games you want the most. Not just in terms of where you keep them in your home, but what you paid for them, their current going price, condition, quantity, and oh so much more!
I recently dove into this pool and have found seeing what my collection is worth is equally as fun. Call me weird, but seeing it all laid out in an organized spreheet is almost as satisfying as finding a rare gem for a fair price.
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It can be a useful tool too! It can also be sobering to see just how much you have spent over the years or super exciting to see how valuable your 30 th Anniversary Twilight Princess Link amiibo is worth these days.
For this article, I want to focus on the tools I came across in my research and what I ended up using. I figure that the best place to start is with the tools I actually use. When it comes to keeping track of your own collection, you should pick the method that has the feature set you want. When I researched websites, apps, and spreheets, I landed on an option I liked the most with the control and customization I desired. HumanMan42 provides a whole walkthrough with features and instructions for the spreheet.
Some of my favorite features are the header images on eachthe automatic tally, the color coding, and organization, just to name a few. Check out the link above to make your own copy or you can see my personal collection here.
The process really showed me what I have and its value; I even was able to go through my box of gaming receipts since and input the price I paid for the games I still own. It was an eye-opening and sobering experience to see what I paid for and no longer possess.
How to keep track of your ever-growing video game collection
Before deciding to pour time and energy into manually filling out a spreheet, I did research about various options. It will automatically scour Price Charting, eBay, Amazon, YouTube, and more for relevant price information, game details, and such.
It has notes for personalizing your collecting and an extensive encyclopedia of games, which can be useful for the hunt. It allows you to track game completion via percentage and you can easily log digital games too. This was definitely my favorite app out of the two I mention here.
The app feels very divided with more button presses than necessary to get where you want to go. Thankfully adding games can be done in batches, so you can search for or scan multiple games in one go.
It also does not show master totals for everything. It can show how many games per system and its estimated value, but not what you paid for it. Its loose cartridge scanner is limited to a few select systems too. For advertising a feature as cool sounding as that, I wish it worked.
Created by Collectorz. Primarily, the app has more customization to tailor the visual experience to my liking.
I can change the color layout of the app dark mode FTW. You can add tags, personal details, descriptions, locations, and more to make each entry your own. Then you can filter and organize everything down by these various parameters, predetermined or user added. Some areas where CLZ Games falls short is with various editions or versions of games. This matters mostly to pulling accurate price information from Price Charting.
Clicking the drop down menu on the N64 version reveals seven different versions, mostly denoted by s. Also, adding consoles seems like it has to be done manually based on my experience, and there is also no direct option for peripherals.
I came across three different websites that offer some sort of video game logging service. VGCollect is a site for purely logging your collection and showing it off virtually to others. It appears to have an extensive database with super detailed s for games. Others can then message the seller and see if the item is still available.
Completionator is pretty darn upfront about its feature sets and main purpose. Right on the home are six key features that the site provides users, ranging from Price Charting integration to the ability to import your Steam library. There are website specific achievements, progress tracking for games, and logging how much time you spend playing and beating games.
The Backloggery may not track the value, condition, or other stats of your collection, but it does keep track of what you play and appears to do so very well. So there you have it! Hopefully, this look at what I use and other options have encouraged you to keep track of your own video game collection. I seriously have found logging everything I own to be a fun and enriching experience. If you missed the first entry in this series, I talked about how to find and buy the games you actually want: you can check it out here.
How do you all keep track of your collection? Do you use your own spreheet or a different app?
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