Our last site of the week was Gematsu, a site that 'exists to provide readers with the latest news, previews, reviews, screenshots, videos, and articles in the current-generation gaming world'.
This week we've selected We Collect Games, a site edited by two brothers that, as you can guess from the name, collects games. Not just any games though, they collect limited and collector's editions of games, and provide information and high-quality photos of them.
We chatted with site founders Kristian and Gabriel about the conception of their site, their most loved collector's editions and their plans for the future. The duo had the following to say:
How did We collect games come into existence?
We collect games was launched in December 2009. Both of us are big fans of limited and special edition games, but there wasn't a good information source which was specialized on different CE releases. We decided to start a site around July 2009. It took us half a year to build a blog with clean design, where the main emphasis is on the high-quality images.
What sets We collect games apart from other sites?
As mentioned above, our speciality is to take high-quality pictures, which are prepared with attention to every detail. Our photos are taken in well-equipped environment; we are using a DSLR camera and 2 strobes with reflective umbrellas to achieve the stock photo look. In addition to illustrative images, we write a summary about the package contents and describe the quality of the used materials as well.
It must be expensive running a site focused around buying special editions, how do you manage that?
When we started our website collector's editions weren't as expensive as nowadays. Back in 2009 you could get a special release for an extra £5 or £10 compared to the standard edition. At the beginning we reviewed and photographed our own games, later on as we started to build a collector's community, we met lots of individuals like us who helped in creating the content. Currently there are more than 100 different editions in our collection.
Collecting video games is a very expensive hobby, but throughout the years we established partnership with video game stores, print and online magazines and addicted collectors in Budapest (Hungary), they supported us in getting all the new releases. In the past we have bought lots of games just to create the content, but nowadays we are purchasing only the decent ones.
What do you think makes a good collectors package?
There are many special editions released these days, but only a few of them represent quality. We think the package contents have to be closely connected to the game's theme and not just to squeeze bunch of items inside the box, which publishers can sell for a premium price. We like digipak releases and statues the most.
What are some of the best limited/collector's/special editions you've had seen?
Sony used to send out press kits to tease medias and we can say that those packages are stunning.
Among the games, which you could find in stores our favourites are: Halo 3 Legendary Edition with Master Chief's helmet, Fallout 3 Collector's Edition with the unique lunch box, Assassin's Creed 2 Black Edition with beautiful display box and GTA 4 Special Edition with all its extras.
Which do you not have in your collection that you desperately want?
Kristian: I was hoping for a sealed copy of Segagaga Dreamcast Direct Limited Edition for a long time, but after owning it, my only wish was to get a signature from Hideo Kojima for one of my MGS Premium Packages. I was taking the Snake Eater package (my favourite) with myself to Games Convention and GamesCom three times in a row, but getting that signature was always unsuccessful. I was carrying around the game in a backpack full of bubble-wrap to protect it from damages during the expo.
Gabriel: I always wanted to buy DJ MAX Portable 2 Orpheus Package (Metallic Silver), because it was my favorite game for the PSP; I have spent more than 100 hours playing through my favorite songs. Other than that I wish I could own an Uncharted 2 Fortune Hunter Edition with the life-sized ancient dagger.
What do you have planned for the future?
We collect games is a hobby project and the contents are created in our spare-time. Both of us have a full-time job, but we are brainstorming a lot about the new features to be implemented in the future. Our vision is to create a place for serious video game collectors, and for that reason we will highly rely on social features and make developments according to this idea. Realisation is planned for the upcoming months. Hopefully our readers will like the new tools; for now we can say it is worthy to wait for.