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Herp derp derp Game Cases: Another colourful, picture-packed post by Spesh

SO. Over the past week, I’ve been a busy little bee getting all my retro games into shape (and managing to finally pull myself away from Skyrim).

“Into shape?”,  you might be asking, and yes. I’ve made a recent discovery that has transformed my collection of loose cartridges in old shoe boxes, into something that not only looks professional, but protects your old games from that plastic-yellowing bastard: The Sun. I am, infact, talking about this little gem: The Universal Game Case.

Able to hold an array of SNES, N64, disc and Megdrive games (including those oversized EA mothers), the case is a life-saver to any aspiring retro game collector. With some minor modifications, it can even hold NES games.

But “Oh no!”, I hear you cry. “They look so exposed to sunlight!”. Well, my good sir, I have an app for that. If you care to pop over to thecoverproject.net, you’ll find a bunch of fellow nerds dedicating their lives to finding the best preserved original boxes, and transferring them to digital form. With the option to either download the original box art, or custom covers, you’ll be amazed at the detail these folk have managed to put in to these covers.

These ones pictured are obviously custom, as I feel they’re more suited to “book” style of the cases, but whatever floats your boat. The quality of the covers is second to none, but is dependent on the decency of your printer. Fortunately, I’m one of the few people with access to an industrial-sized laserjet printer, but hey-ho.

Once printed, simply pop the covers into the plastic sleeve on the case, and hey-presto, you have a sexy looking case for that cart that’s been nude for twenty years.

Cost wise, these aren’t very expensive. The only place I can seem to get them are over at gameseek.co.uk, and their ebay shop, where you can buy them in the tens to hundreds, and average just little over a pound per case. The biggest cost, however, is space. I’m up to over thirty cases now, and starting to feel the strain of having a “library”.

All in all, if you’re not a fan of collecting games in their original cardboard-boxed glory, or generally just can’t be arsed (such as myself), this method is definitely worth a shout. Just make sure you have several warehouses spare to store them.