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The Importance of Video Game Cases

The Importance of Video Game Cases

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I like the convenience of cartridges. The cartridges for my Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch are small and easy to carry around. Yet cartridges can be hard to keep track of. The small compact size can lead to us misplacing or possibly losing said cartridge. However, losing cartridges should not be a problem because we have cases. This is assuming you get the case with the cartridge…

One of the first games I bought for my Nintendo DS that included a case was Rhythm Heaven.

Looking and staring at the display case in Walmart. Thinking on what game I want to get. I really wanted Pokémon Platinum. A coworker, my father, my sisters, just standing and waiting. Waiting for me to pick a damn game. I wanted Pokémon Platinum. Only to get rudely halted by my sisters who exclaimed, “No, not another Pokémon game.”

Punching my sisters in the mouth would have been a smart idea. I worked hard for the forty dollars sitting in my cheap Velcro wallet.

“I really love Rhythm Heaven and I am not even a serious gamer.” Damn it. It’s me against a Walmart employee and my two sisters. Pressuring me into getting a different game. Thanks. At least I saved ten bucks. Ten bucks just sitting alone in my Velcro wallet. Game in hand. Complete and sealed. Case and everything. Completed with a case like it should be. It should always be complete.

My room is a mess.

Video games and technology litter and bury my room. Drawers stored with parts that play hide and seek with me.

I love my room because it is a safe haven. The blankets shelter me from my personal and internal issues. My room festers with video games and technology. Yet I also hate my room. It is about as disorganized as my personality. A few of my game cartridges do not have cases. These cartridges sit in my drawer or out in the open, naked and exposed. Vulnerable and not indestructible cartridges. Cartridges exposed to nature’s law and undoing. Cartridges that deserve to be sheltered within a case.

My room can also be hard to navigate through (like any college student’s room). Whenever I am looking for something specific I can never seem to find it.

It’s extremely hard to come across Gameboy Advance games with the original box, manuals, and additional inserts included. The price for certain games have also increased in price due to collectability. I personally believe that if you pay for a game you are entitled to receive the cases and the additional inserts that were included. With older cartridge-based games it’s hard to find the original boxes. Thus, I am a little more forgiving with the cases and additional inserts.

However, with Nintendo DS and 3DS cartridges, cases should come with the cartridge. This should be a standard.

Some companies, like Gamestop, throw the cases and manuals out. Space is important. My room never has space, so I understand the importance. However, games should be discounted if they do not include the case. Gamestop tends to be slightly overpriced or at the general market value. If they (or any other company) charge you the general market value then the case should be included.

It makes no sense to not include the case. Especially when several competitors either include the case or reduce the price because the case was not included.

Collecting. I love to collect. I have started to collect older video games.

Having the case and all the additional inserts is a major selling for collectors. Super Gamers Anonymous and Gamers Anonymous have always been great with pricing and including the cases.

Mega Man Zero has now been shelved away. Complete in box with the manual. Fifty bucks. A very fair price. Fair pricing is the name of the game at Gamers Anonymous and Super Gamers Anonymous. Mega Man Zero is generally twenty bucks for a loose cartridge. However, I paid thirty extra bucks for a case. The case and game complete were major selling points. I would have never bought it for the cartridge due to the existence of emulators.

It’s the game including the original case, manuals, and additional inserts that draw collectors like myself.

Discs should always include a case. No exceptions.

I never buy disc-based video games unless they include the case. Discs that do not include the case should be a cardinal sin. Discs without a case are exposed and vulnerable to receiving additional scratches and mounds and pounds of dust. They are also harder to store and keep in a safer spot. Cartridges can take and endure much more than discs. Simply storing discs inside of your drawer can lead to much more destructive effects.

A scratch is still a scratch. While discs have become much more durable, they can still receive scratches. Deep scratches are still bad. Deep scratches destroy and ruin the life of video game discs. Cases shelter and protect these discs. Additionally they have far more durability than a silly paper sleeve that some companies use to shelter discs.

Finally, case art is just great.

The box art/case art for some games are beautiful. This beauty draws and attracts collectors. The beauty of box art/case art is the reason why some collectors, like myself, are extremely picky when buying video games that do not include the original case.

Cases are a beauty and foreshadows what to expect within the game. This can attract people towards a game and can occasionally make choosing a game far easier.

So why do you think video game cases are important?

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Andrew Marcus

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Andrew Marcus is working on getting his bachelors in English/Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. When he is not doing homework or at work, he games on his PC. He also likes Nintendo’s systems and there first party games. He also likes to write poetry and non-fiction.

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