How to display/browse handheld cartridge games

@“MDS-02”#p129073 at the very least, any clear enclosure does refract the UV. With any of the borderline pseudo-science methods of reversing yellowing, once you submerge the plastic and apply UV light, always in a clear plastic tote, if you put the clear tote lid on top , it will block most of the UV light from the plastic at that point. Only the rays that go straight through at a 90 degree angle make it through.

Here's how I would do it:
use normal PVC or glass or whatever. that's cheapest. Then **coat it yourself**, any way you want, but probably the easiest is window tint for glass or any adhesive film. But yeah the right way would be tint that ish! It would look pretty cool too.

Though even then, depending on the room you leave it in, over 50 years that could fade. Just put them in a room with no windows!

This is a solution for a limited number of systems and specifically takes up way more room than the carts themselves, but when access/display is a problem and space less so, I recommend customgamecases dot com. The quality is good and they look like they belong on the shelf with the DS games and such. It also solves the problem of where to store the manual, if you have it.


@“treefroggy”#p128879 yeah i'm sorry, the fact that these things are screwed into there just smacks me with the worst parts of collector syndrome

@“Neko”#p130482 That‘s definitely not where I’m coming from. I‘m coming from the sloppy hippie construction standpoint. I agree, and I would not actually buy one of these. But that’s not the point, just sharing ideas, thinking creatively here– you could do a similar thing and easily screw in a 25 cent hinge instead…. It's woodworking, you can follow your dreams… goes without saying that there are tons of collector syndrome people making & buying these displays. You can still apply some of their techniques if they are pragmatic. For example, Wood with holes in it… brilliant

If I were to create my own practical version, I'd do it like this:

  • - Any old piece of hardwood (or composite even, if it's thick enough you could use plywood 😆)
  • - Hand chisel each hole an approximate depth (the fun part lol)
  • - screw in a single hinge
  • - source the clear PVC from a cracked plastic tote or something found on the sidewalk
  • - maybe a latch on the other side
  • boom. Depending on how much lumber you buy or where you source it from, it could be anywhere from a five to fifty bucks project. If you hand chisel the holes instead of CNC it also becomes totally unpretentious, you'd have the hand made charm of imperfect cavities for each game.
    Heck you could also make a grid using slats of wood that are slightly taller than the cartridges. additive instead of subtractive. To do that you can find plywood that is slightly thicker than the cartridges and cut it thin and long.

    I came today to share this shelf that is precisely the height of game cases, showing off the dimensions of the object. Personally I like displaying my stuff pragmatically or like a japanese household of the 90's if anything, but this is also very visually appealing and minimal:

    @“treefroggy”#p131192 Ah, I definitely know that's not where you are coming from.

    Very cool to DIY your own case -- just something about the thought of those things containing every pokemon GB game sealed inside a plexiglass tomb makes me sad.

    again doesn‘t meet the exact requirements here, but sharing all the same because it’s sweet how this simply works:

    Everyone loves these tea boxes, I feel like I keep seeing similar/identical photos of these, but you still can‘t see them all at a glance! Like those GBA carts, what are you gonna do, take them all out and spread them around? To me this is not the ideal solution. I’ve gone with the binder method and I think it was the right move for me.

    Did you use sleeves that fit coins or cards?

    Just thinking about all the dumb tea boxes and Ferraro cartons in the landfill that could have been used to store games

    @“bwood”#p150552 I went with card sleeves. One card pocket fits:

  • - 1 gb/c game
  • - 2 gba games
  • - 1 wonderswan game
  • - 1 ngp/c game
  • - 1 PCE game
  • - 2 ngpc games (but I have one per slot)
  • - 1 lynx game
  • - 4 n-gage or gizmondo games
  • - 1 game (you'd think two, but something about how they're shaped, they just want to squeeze out when you have more then one in there)
  • - 0 game gear games, so those are still in a box until I can find a different sized pouch thing
  • Look up Dunwell archival photo sleeves for 3 ring binders.

    You can get pages that hold 3 4x6 photos, or 2 5x7 photos.

    Perhaps Game Gear games will fit in those.

    @“bwood”#p151684 thanks!!

    I updated the way I have my gamesboy displayed. I built this stepped riser with Legos. I like this method because I was able to make it the exact size I need to fit on my shelf and I made the top two levels taller to fit the Gameboy original/color games. I'm really satisfied with how it turned out.

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    Mine are all crammed into an entirely-too-full shoebox. I hope this helps.


    I‘m just going to keep dropping solutions in here, even if I wouldn’t use them myself

    @“hellomrkearns”#p159185 It's good to have options!

    I have a whole bunch of CIB DS and PSP games that I’d like to keep a bit more protected. They are in the basement of my new house and the temperature is great but the humidity is just a bit too high. Anybody have sealed plastic bins they like? I’d prefer to be able to place them spine up so I can see what game it is but if I need to settle for a big boy and just seal it all up then so be it.

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    Hmm, none of mine are really truly sealed, that sounds like a tall order? They’re closed and “locked” but I’m sure air can get in there. That said I generally like the hefty tubs with the grey top. There’s a half height one that would be good for spine-up games… The grey lid goes over a raised lip so it feels a bit more “sealed” than others, and you can get them at target.

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