“The Ability to Say Good-bye”

Our community is very hung up on acquiring new items.  There is always this air about that makes people feel that everything must be purchased now and if not they will disappear forever.

Here’s a little secret – this hobby is not only growing exponentially but there are more ways than ever to play these silly old games!  New systems, new flash carts, mod chips, repros, you name it and someone is trying to push the envelope somewhere.  These things are not going anywhere.

When you finish that game, it is ok to say goodbye to it.  Thank it for the enjoyment it gave you and send it on it’s way.  In fact this can work especially well for physical games, because afterwards you can sell it to another gamer and not only recoup some of your cost but it will also give another gamer the experience of playing that game.  Games want to be played, they do not want to be sitting on a shelf somewhere!

Everyone one is looking for poetry……

Ok Mr. MMG, what the shit does that mean?!

There was a time (or times!) in all of our lives when gaming experiences made quite an impression on us.  A particularly fond one of mine is playing through Secret of Mana with my brother.  We would wake up a half hour early during the week just to get a little time in before school.  The fact that the game was so good combined with the journey I got to experience with my brother really made it something special.

It is that feeling, and feelings like it that I feel ultimately drive the retro gaming hobby. At some point there was poetry being awakened in your soul.  Maybe it’s enduring the most difficult stages of the Mega Man games and finally beating it.  Maybe it’s that awesome RPG story that got you right in the feelings.  Maybe it’s a perfectly balanced fighting game that yells quality and screams PLAY ME UNTIL YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST!

These things sang to us.  They were poetry.  They still are.  As adults we are chasing those feelings.  Don’t be afraid to realize that those exact feelings might not be attainable anymore.  But this is not a bad thing!  It is those experiences that helped make you the gamer (and person) that you are now.

If you don’t like the same stuff you did as a kid it’s ok.  The most important thing is to not chase things you remember and are trying to recapture, it’s to focus on the present and just make sure you are genuinely having fun.

Prices you pay…..worth the bulk?

You are out shopping.  Maybe it’s a flea market or garage sale.  You discover an opportunity to make a purchase of item/s that you know can be had at a decent amount below their “street” value.  Your first thought is “Great!” and you go to pull the trigger.

Let’s put the brakes on for a second my friend.

There are two mentalities at work here.  The first is to buy everything in the hopes to sell it.  The second is to buy it for the sake of buying it due to the price and absorb it into your collection.

If you are like me you are borderline obsessed with not just having a nice collection, but also curating it.  I want each and every piece to be outstanding (to me) and give me joy whenever I glance at it or play it.  Having purchased lots before (first mentality) I have always been stuck with items that I did not want and had trouble getting rid of.

Having bought things because I couldn’t turn down a deal (second mentality) once again, I have been stuck with lots of crap that made my collection focused on quantity and not quality.

Each time the outcome was the same – I am stuck with loads of items that are essentially filler.  This filler clogs up what’s important – the good games!  It’s harder to find something magnificent to play whenever you have to wade through a river of digital feces to find it.  On the flip side, if you can close your eyes, pick a game and know you are in for something good no matter what….what a feeling!

Now I am not saying there are not times where you have to take advantage of a lucrative deal, let’s face it  – some things are too good to pass up.  However I feel that for the most part our community is increasingly interested and obsessed with just accumulating and obtaining things “at a good price” at the detriment of what this all (the love of old games) really means.

No one wants to pay any more than they have to…for anything!  But think to yourself, “Do I really want all of this stuff?  Or do I want to carefully build up my collection?”  I personally had a huge N64 collection, simply for the fact that I felt I had to.  It was a high profile Nintendo system and quintessential to the “retro gamer’s collection.”

Then I realized I kind of hate the Nintendo 64.

I won’t go into all of the reasons as they are not necessary to the current discussion but once I realized that I sold off almost the entire thing.  My thought process is that if I ever want to play a bunch of the games I can always purchase an Everdrive for a fraction of the money I got for the games.  In short, those games did not “sing to my heart.”

So next time you see that stack of PS1 commons, or that box of NES commons, just take a step back and take inventory of what exactly is going on in your head.  As people our first reaction is to act quick, accumulate, and sort the rest out later.  This might not be your wisest option and may take a little cognisance on your part to see it.


Welcome to the minimalist gamer.  This site was created to ask (and try to answer) the hard questions regarding minimalism as it pertains to video gaming as a hobby.

By it’s nature gaming (especially older systems which were not privy to digital releases) is “large.”  It takes up space.  It inspires people to “want want want.”  It can lead to a somewhat hoarding mentality if left to it’s own devices.

This is fine for most people, but for others who are trying to find the ever fleeting simplicity in a crowded and busy world it can lead to a lot of mental stress.  Not necessarily large mental anguish, but a general sense of unease.

These are just games after all.