The first step to keeping your games (or at least the cases) in good condition is to store them properly. Finding a good shelf isnt too hard, so take a look at PriceGrabbers listings and find one that suits you. My personal recommendation is this little number at Wal-Mart. It holds around 128 DVD size cases, it looks nice, and it is fairly cheap. You can put two or three together along the same wall if you need the extra storage and they look great. When using shelves like this, dont try to cram as many cases in as possible because youll scuff and damage the case. Leave a little wiggle room on each shelf to save yourself some trouble later on.
Some people like to put the game discs into a CD holder notebook and then put the cases away in the closet or the attic. If space is a serious issue, then this can be a good solution.
If you do buy a used game from EB and it is covered in price stickers and other gunk, dont fret. There is a magical product out there that will solve all of your problems. Just apply a little Goo Gone and watch the glue and other stuff dissolve. Now your game case is as good as new.
Game Disc Maintenance
This area is pretty straightforward. If you need to clean a game disc, start from the middle and wipe outwards with a soft cloth. If the disc is in bad shape, we do not recommend the Game DR/Skip DR or other home resurfacing devices. Theyll do the job and your disc will work, but they leave a series of their own scratches on discs and if you ever want to sell your games on Half.com or eBay, you wont make a lot of friends selling discs that have obviously been Skip DRd. Do yourself a favor and take it to a shop with a professional resurfacing machine. Itll cost a couple of bucks per disc, but it is worth it.
When you are done using a disc, do not just set it down somewhere. This leads to dirty, scratched discs and no one wants that. Put it back into its case or into your CD notebook.
- Buy a good DVD storage shelf and dont try to pack it too tightly. Give the cases some wiggle room to avoid scuffing and other damage.
- If space is a problem, use a CD holder notebook to store the game discs and put the cases in a box somewhere safe.
- Goo Gone is your friend. Use it to clean up those grubby cases from EB/GameStop.
- Dont use a Game DR/ Skip DR. They leave easily recognizable concentric circle scratches on discs, and many buyers wont want a disc like that.
- Never, ever, ever throw away the case or instructions for a game. Theyll be worth more later if they are complete.
- The main idea here is to treat your cases and discs the way you expect other people to treat theirs. If everyone takes good care of their stuff, everyone will be a lot happier with the end product when they go to buy, sell, or trade.