After amassing a large number of media, whether it be books, CDs, or pornography, the age-old question arises: “Where do I put this crap?” The same goes for video games. It doesn’t matter if you can fill the Library of Congress with your Atari 2600 cartridges, or a cozy shoe box on top of the TV with your PlayStation 2 titles, just as long as you have adequate space to meet your needs.
When picking out the perfect way to store and possibly display your games, you need to ask yourself a few questions. These include how much space they are going to take, whether they’ll be stacked or placed in a row, how many games you’ll be getting in the near future, and where you plan on putting the games. Knowing the answer to most of these questions will help you make the best choice so you don’t leave yourself with crammed shelves or quickly filled CD racks (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). The best way to figure out most of this is just by laying out the games you plan to move on your bed and arranging them in different ways to see what best fits your needs.
After assessing what the most visually pleasing arrangement is, you then need to look for a space in the chosen room that meets your needs. If you have a decent amount of floor space, you can try a floor cabinet or even a TV stand. If not, try a bookcase. I would suggest the bookcase if you have a large amount of games to move (at least 50-100 games). You can either stack or place your games in a row with these units. Small floor space could easily be used as the home for a nice CD/DVD tower or even a thin bookcase.
Okay okay, let’s say you have no space at all but you have some lonely looking walls; let’s make them feel like they have a purpose by giving them a shelf. They come in all shapes and sizes and give you more room to move around. There are CD racks that also come in a variety of forms, usually horizontal or vertical. It’s all about the options.
Sometimes you just need to put away your games for the time being, or you just don’t have enough space to begin with; I have you covered on that. Plastic storage bins are the optimum way to go since they can keep your games safe from dust, humid air, and even possible flood damage. Make sure you use a lid and close it tightly just to be safe. Depending on what you use, you can place the bins in almost any convenient area like under the bed, in the closet, or even in the garage.
I know this article seemed like an excerpt from a nerd-based home design magazine, but it will be useful within the next few years, even if you’re a casual gamer. Eventually your collection, that you obviously invest some money into, will be safer and more orderly — remember that. In the meantime, game on, my brothas and sistas.