Top 10 TIPS for GAME COLLECTING from Metal Jesus

I share 30+ years of game collecting SECRETS that will help YOU achieve your collecting goals. However these tips & tricks are not just for game collecting but they will be useful for other hobbies as well!

1 Network – Let People Know you are Collecting. Get on social media.
2 Be Knowledgeable – Learn to spot fakes!
3 Know how to Advance Search Online
4 Everybody going Right? Go LEFT!
5 Buy in Bulk – Sell off the Excess
6 Go to Expos – They can often be worth the flight & hotel
7 Buy in Parts – loose carts + manuals + boxes = CIB
8 Collect Imports when possible
9 Get to know store owners – They can be your allies
10 Be Patient have fun – You don’t have to be rich to build a collection


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49 Comments on “Top 10 TIPS for GAME COLLECTING from Metal Jesus”

  1. Why does anyone still collect games when we have Steam, PSN and Xbox store? Almost all old PC games can be emulated while the modern consoles all seem to have made a plan to accommodate their older gen games.

  2. Metal Jesus. You make great videos. I constantly use your videos as a reference when collecting. Thank you to you and all your friends for the help. Greatly appreciate it.

  3. I'm a collector, although I'm not looking for all of the games, it would be nice, but I'm only focusing on 5th generation-present.And the collecting has been rather slow…but progressing…but slow…and expensive at times…but so far I've collected over 300–350 PS3 games with over 100 360 games…and my goal is to get every game that was released physical in North America…mostly because imports would be too much time consuming to hunt for and expensive. I mean I have three imports that I did, one from Japan and two from Europe, but that cost a lot for me and I'm not familiar with importing games, but it is a dream of mine to do so. And of course I do intend to play these games…all of them…so it I don't care if it's opened or not, or if it has the manual or original case…hell I even opened up one of those Limited Run games that I got once. I didn't give a fuck. All I want is is to collect and play these games…But some of these tips are good and stuff I can use like going to an expo…I never been an expo before but it's something to look into. But some of the tips won't work for me, like networking. Yeah…that certainly won't work for me because I was an only child, my relatives are too poor to get games, my parents do not like the idea of me collecting games as they see it as a waste of time and money and overall see no value in it unlike me where I see value in it, and everyone else that I know are again…too poor to get games and are looking for games themselves, granted though not as a collector, but you get the idea…but thanks for the tips MetalJesusRocks…

  4. I have nearly 200 games over PlayStation consoles, but never said i games to my family they know I have lots of games but saying "I'm a collector" feels weird. I check my local stores at least once a week (they all know me), usually ps2 ps3 and PSP is really cheap so there's no more popular/less popular stuff going on, just price.
    I set up an instagram to try network a little, even got some followers from my city.
    Not many cons in Ireland so that's not really for me.
    Patience is key. Get what you can when you can, and keep an eye out for stuff you want. It took weeks in and out of multiple store to find a copy of wolfenstein the new order that wasnt €30-60.

  5. I hate sealed games. Yeah, it’s cool to have a game from years past that’s still sealed, but then I’ll never want to play it. And I hate having more than one copy of a game.

  6. I collect games, vinyl, and coins. My best advice is to keep it put up and be careful of the company you, and even your friends keep. I've had people rip off huge chunks of my collection on a few occasions and it sucks. The last time I got hit, they stole almost all of my son's games, and I had no way of proving it. Take pictures, video log your collection, mark them if you don't intend to sell them, and definitely keep serial numbers written down in a safe place.

  7. The hardest thing is seeing if a game is fake when buying online. The hard to find games are obvious, but even looking at some cheaper games, I need to question if a label is fake or the lighting is off. Don't even get me started on stock photos! -Matt

  8. Great tips, ive got back into gaming for the last 3yrs now, im mostly playing and collecting snes or N64, i love the snes, its probaly my fav console, ive been patient and been very picky, but there are alot of games i never knew about of never played thats quite intresting.

  9. Networking tip: I join facebook groups for things I don't collect: toys, sports cards etc. that way I see what people are looking for and I can grab em when I see em cheap. Then I let them know I collect games and that Im willing to trade for those… it has paid so far

  10. most of my games i got in parts because i only got seriously into collecting this year and up until recently i always got rid of the boxes and paperwork of games because i dont have much space so i just put the discs in folders so i have sourced down all the cases and paperwork for those games and i now only buy complete in box

  11. Hi metal Jesus I Just Subscribe To your Channel and also dig your videos buddy I'm a Collector but just started to bring back my past and was wondering if I can be more tips on thoso and also can you check Some of my reviews on my videos that I been doing that would be great

  12. Something big here in Belgium are garage sales and flea markets. I got some amazing titles for mindblowing prices this way. Just to list a few:

    Outlaws (PC) CIB – 1€
    GTA 1 (PS1) CIB – 0.5€ (yes, 50 cents I paid for that)
    Lufia II (SNES) CIB – 2€ (And even the rare Dutch version!)

    amongst a lot of others. Other tips I would give are:

    I tend to look out for collection packs. Like I was able to buy all the Broken Sword games on one disc. Sure, you don't have each game in a separate box, but I'm the type of collector that likes having a means to play a given game instead of having each game in a separate box.

    I also tend to emulate older systems so I know if a game is good or not is a worth a buy when I come across it on a garage sale.

    Something that is a great idea to do imo is cataloguing your collection. This way you can easily check while you are in thrift stores and stores like that if you have the game or not.

    Also, if you have a photographic memory, use it while you are on the hunt for games. I have a pretty good photographic memory and I actually know if I already own a game or not with just looking at it. Pretty useful skill.

    And great tips for collecting is sharing knowlegde and watching great vids like this 😉

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