I sat down in our gaming room this evening to think up ideas for blog content. I casually looked around the room and realized I was surrounded by inspiration. While growing up I had trouble throwing things away — I still hate throwing things away. If something looks neat, I have a natural desire to display it. One of my favorite things to collect when I was younger was video game boxes. We have hundreds of PC game boxes on display in this room. In our built-in wall unit we have these sections near the roof that go along the edge of the room with recessed lighting. What’s in them? Computer game boxes. Across the room from where I’m sitting now we have 2 very large book cases. Are there books in those shelves? I think there might be 12 books, 30 game boxes, and some action figures.
Here’s one my favorite shelves.
That shelf alone represents more than ten years of memories, and contains some of the greatest video games ever made. I can lean back in my chair, close my eyes, and transport myself to a world where the memories of these games are alive and well. I remember watching Graev play Final Fantasy 7 every day when he got home from school. Graev and I used to go online in Nox, coordinate our play, and just stomp other people. Age of Empires… my gosh, I got my Mom into that series and to this day even she has fond memories. Black & White consists of game mechanics which, to this day, are still untapped. Need I say anything at all about the original EverQuest or DAoC?
Collecting boxes has become a hobby. I can look around this room and see how video game boxes have evolved — how my hobby has evolved — over the years from enormous, cardboard works of art to the smaller boxes with those flaps on the front. Then came the plastic thicker boxes, and not long after that the thinner boxes shrink wrapped like console games. In a way, I feel like my collection validates my love for the older generation of gaming, and in a small way I know exactly how some of you must feel about your Atari and even older collections.
I feel almost sad about PC gaming shifting to almost being entirely digital. How will I keep the memories alive decades later?