Game Collector reviews
Thanks to Alwin for reminding me about something I haven’t considered as a story worth telling, which is how I’ve kept track of this ever growing collection of games. CLZ Games has become the definitive answer in what I’ve been searching for throughout the collecting... a simple visual way to keep track and show off the collection. Previous iterations have been my own feeble attempts through spreadsheets and photos, which never was either easy to understand or beautiful. Other early attempts were using a Palm 505 (my first electronic attempt at a workable database), and my favorite, a sandwich bag containing index cards. And, when I would forget to bring any of these items to a store, I would succumb to plain old memory, which in many cases resulted in trips back to the store to exchange the item that I already had in my collection.
Of course, those were pre smart phone days, and you did what you had available to you. Technology and innovation go hand in hand, and I thank Alwin for his efforts in creating a stellar product at the right time, and the right time for me as a collector. I remember reading that the Guinness world record holder for a video game collection used this product, and well... if it’s good enough for him, it would definitely be great for me. And, regardless of your collection size, it sure is.
Then, a couple of years ago I was made aware of your software by a fellow collector, and I was immediately smitten by CLZ. I am still in the middle of archiving all my games (especially since I can't get rid of the habit of having them with the exact cover as in my physical collection), I have started to utilize it for keeping track of digital purchases as well, and I love to have it on both my computer (for the actual work) and my mobile (for browsing whenever and wherever I might need it).
So for now I have a subscription well into 2020, and I will surely extend as long as you are around (please promise me to be!)
After working as a personal trainer for quite some time here in Norway I began to realize that many students and young people couldn't afford training with me but they really wanted to. Being a person who likes to barter I one day asked a guy if he had any old game systems to trade since he couldn't afford to train with me. He ended up giving me a N64 with Diddy Kong Racing and Banjo-Tooie and I gave him lessons in proper kettlebell techniques.
I made these trades for a while until I decided to switch careers making these kinds of deals no longer possible. I continued buying and trading for things from used items websites up until about 1 year ago when I seriously pissed off my wife.
I ended up contacting a guy that was selling games from his house(like a regular GameStop or something) for really cheap. He told me he was looking to get out of the business and everything had to go. He told me he had a storage unit filled with things he needed to trash. Seeing an opportunity here I filled up my car with 27 Slim/Phat PS2's, 9 original Xbox's, 3 Xbox 360's, 3 Gamecube's, 4 PS1's, 15 Guitar Hero guitars, 10 or so various handhelds, and boxes and boxes of games and accessories. I think I ended up counting 133 PS2 controllers alone for example. This filled up my wife's Audi A3 to where I couldn't see out the back or the passenger side window as Playstation was my passenger now.
The plan was simple. Get home, unload the car, and get everything to the game room before my wife got back from picking up the kid.
I failed miserably.
She arrived just as I opened the trunk of my car. The look on her face peering from inside her Nissan Leaf told me that I was in for some serious pain. After she yelled at me and asked me "What the hell I was thinking?!" the only thing I could think of was to tell her "Well, I won't buy anything for awhile at least". Obvoiusly not a great answer, but the only answer I could use to help diffuse the situation.
I brought box after box of stuff down into the basement while my wife glared at me from the living room.
Excitedly I sorted everything out and felt like I had hit the jackpot. Took me hours into the night to sort everything and I realized that I would one day need to catalogue all this stuff so I didn't buy games I already had. I ended up trashing a lot of things I deemed unusable or uninteresting to me but still kept a big chunk of what I had picked up from the dealer.
Flash forward about a year and I discovered the CLZ app.
I have around 450 games and over 40 consoles. I really wanted to take my collection to the next step and that's where CLZ stepped in. I've tried other apps but they didn't come close to finding all my PAL games. Well worth the money.
I'm not really that close to turning my game room into the sanctuary that I want it to be, but it's really the journey that counts.