Alphabetically or Chronologically?

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Alphabetically or Chronologically?

Gamers and industry members discuss keeping their collections perpetually tidy - and why they do it.

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What is this 'box' you speak of?

Video games come from Steam, silly.

What next--milk comes from cows? HA.

I don't really collect cartidge games, so I usually just chuck the boxes and put all my games in a big cd case. That reminds me,all 120 sleeves of my case are almost full...

Also, I prefer to organize my games arbitrarily in terms of genre. I tried alphabetically and chronologically, but for some reason those didn't work for me. One time, when I still used the game cases, I organized my games by the color of the cases, because sometimes I'd skip over playing some games because the color of case was too similar to the adjacent cases.

I simply put my hardcopy games where i can see them. It has always served me well, until i ran out of shelf space, in which case i got another shelf or started stacking.

I wish I was as obsessed as you. I spend a good 10 minutes going through all my cases finding where I put a particular disc.

A person who shares my love for boxes! Sweet!
Everyone from my environment doesn't share my love for boxes though :(

I never had cartridges, I'm too young. But my PS1 CD's are in Alphabetical.

Sounds like my organization for books:

Alphabetically by the primary author of the series, then by in-universe chronology. It gets complicated sometimes...

I would absolutely love to have a gigantic collection of games. I plan on dedicating a room to gaming, once I own my own home. I am pretty obsessive about keeping my current collection organized... and also about keeping the cases in a good condition as possible. One of the worst things I ever did was get rid of all my PS1 cases.... WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING???????

*ahem*

Anyways, I also think I spotted a bit of a grammar error in the article...

Lin's comments home in on an important consideration...

Was that supposed to be "hone"? Because I'm pretty sure that "home" doesn't necessarily make sense.

Fleetfiend:

Anyways, I also think I spotted a bit of a grammar error in the article...

Lin's comments home in on an important consideration...

Was that supposed to be "hone"? Because I'm pretty sure that "home" doesn't necessarily make sense.

You don't see it written down very often but "home in on" is actually a real phrase, for more information see here:

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-hom1.htm

OT: I order my games (admittedly much fewer than these guys) by console and how good I thought they were, from best at the top to worse at the bottom. Can lead to some difficult decisions when comparing "apples and oranges".

alphabetically but each console has its own folder/storage space every where else gets organized by where ever i darn well left it

Alphabetically by series, chronologically within the series.

I had a longstanding argument with my brother recently about whether "2010 Fifa World Cup" should go under F for Fifa (obviously the correct choice) or at the end with the numbers.

I won.

Stacked up as I buy them, wherever they will fit.

:is least organised man in the world.

Alphabetically by console, oldest consoles first. So my shelf goes PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii. DS games are on the bottom and I have so many of them that they're stacked every which way. It's really quite embarrassing. I'm thinking of giving them their own dedicated storage area.

For my ps2,xbox games they are chronologically in the order I bought the games.
While for my 360 I group them same game franchise together and I also stack a few games that I know I'll play on top so I can get easy access to it.

Muahaha amateurs...

I have all(most, the ones I didn't steal from Blockbuster any way) games in their original box. They are separated in two main categories, PC and console. PCs' are ordered by genre,then alphabetically by series and finally chronologically.
The consoles games are divided by manufacturer, if its home or handheld and chronologically by console. Then, alphabetically by series and chronologically by title.

Its actually quit embarrassing, specially when the rest of my stuff is usually divided in "crap on the floor" and "crap on my desk". I also have a "if it does not smell its edible" and "if it has hair, through the window".

An article to warm the cockles of this librarian's heart! Back in library school, our Classification professor asked us how we organized our personal collections, and there was a similar variety of answers.

AnarchistFish:
Alphabetically by series, chronologically within the series.

I had a longstanding argument with my brother recently about whether "2010 Fifa World Cup" should go under F for Fifa (obviously the correct choice) or at the end with the numbers.

I won.

I do what AnarchistFish does, only titles starting with numbers go at the beginning at the alphabet. For the record, I think you are right but the cataloguers here at work claim the rules favour your brother in our catalogue.

I'm pretty much of a mind with the others here, with one more separation of Games I've done with go on a lower shelf. Eventually that pile goes into the storage with the rest of the archive. (a few hundred games and consoles going back nearly thirty years).

What does break the organisation in my mind is the PS3, which has one column for all games saved on the drive, arbitrarily organised by last played. I want to be able to sort it how I like. Bloody PS3.

By plataform then unordered but franchisees together, i'll order them alphabetically.

My newly started NES collection is not really big enough to sort, neither is my Xbox 360 or NDS collections, so I currently don't have a system. My CD's on the other hand, is alphabetical by artist, and then by year of release. I'm pretty sure I would sort games Alphabetically. I'll probably be sorting my NES games alphabetically when the collection grows large enough, which it definitely will. Eventually.

I organize my books, movies and games (when I have enough to organize) alphabetically starting with numbered titles ( 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, 300) and ending the Z titles. Books I have organized alphabetically by author's last name and title.

Falseprophet:
An article to warm the cockles of this librarian's heart! Back in library school, our Classification professor asked us how we organized our personal collections, and there was a similar variety of answers.

AnarchistFish:
Alphabetically by series, chronologically within the series.

I had a longstanding argument with my brother recently about whether "2010 Fifa World Cup" should go under F for Fifa (obviously the correct choice) or at the end with the numbers.

I won.

I do what AnarchistFish does, only titles starting with numbers go at the beginning at the alphabet. For the record, I think you are right but the cataloguers here at work claim the rules favour your brother in our catalogue.

I will fight the cataloguers in court.

Captcha: never give up
tis an omen

I have them organized by console, then alphabetically by franchise, then chronologically within franchise

For example, in the PS2 I have Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 2 in that order, even though they were released, KH, KH2, KH:Re:CoM

Newer console games (360, PS3) are just stacked in vertical piles (until they become structural unstable and then another pile begins). Then they just rotate as I play them. Keeps played games near the top of the pile and lets me see which games haven't been touched in awhile. If I notice certain games are near the bottom for too long I look into trading them for other games I never got around to buying. I like how fluid this system is for newer games and helps remind me when I need to go back and play an older game. Although I really should invest in some shelves I think...

Older console games are all in labelled boxes by console and then organized alphabetically. I'm sure if they were on display I'd try to organize them so similar games were stacked closer together but as it stands I think my system serves its purpose.

I shudder at the thought of not keeping things in their original boxes. Shudder, I tell you.

My DVD's are organized by standard video store genre. (Comedy, Action/Adventure, Animation, Television, Sch-Fi/Horror etc.)
My Games are organized by platform.

After that I start to break it down into a mutant halfbreed organizational method. It's pretty simple to understand but it always throws people off.

It goes like this.

Alphabetically by the first title in a series.

So for example my PS2 collection has a cross section that looks like this.

Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Front Mission 4
Frequency
Amplitude
God of War

Strictly alphabetical until you get to Amplitude, which is placed where it is because it's the sequel to Frequency.

AnarchistFish:
Alphabetically by series, chronologically within the series.

This is the way to do it. My CDs(Yes. I still buy CDs) and graphic novels are sorted the same way. I can tell what I'm missing at a glance.

I don't really have enough games to organize (other than in a rudimentary way), but my DVDs are alphabetical by title, then by series season for the series I watch (CSI, CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, Mission Impossible and so on). For my games, I don't alphabetize, but the games and expansions are by order released. So, Sims2, the University, Nightlife and so on, up to Pets. My Baldur's Gate CDs are in number order in the plastic sleeve they originally came in, followed by Tales of the Sword Coast, and then Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, followed by Throne of Bhaal...

Mine are in a "what I play most" order, and chronological order after that, unless the series spans multiple generations. Then they're in their generation group in chronological order.

What's wrong with just having a big pile on the floor?

I organize by platform, then alphabetically (grouping series). For example, 3D Dot Game Heroes is at the front of my collection of PS3 games, but Resistance 2 is immediately after Resistance: Fall of Man. If a collection gets crazy, I then sort by genre (that's how my steam list is organized).
Books and movies however, are a different matter. I should probably fix them, but I know EXACTLY where the Special edition DVD of Empire Strikes Back and my Lord of the Rings books are.

Yeah, PC only and thus: Parallel Universe stuff right here. I own about twenty games as "hardware", three of those I actually play, one of those requires the inserted disc. I hide the boxes in whatever order in IKEA's "PS", under the tv-set.

i keep all my games in a big cd case, and the cases on a shelf. i organize them both the same way: alphabetically by series, then chronologically by each game's place in the series.

I order my collection from my worst game to my favourite game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is on the far left (worst)
Mass Effect 3 is on the far right (best), followed by Skyrim then Mass Effect 2.

Right now it's kind of a mess really 'cause i've been playing through games i didn't think i'd ever dust off again, but normally i keep things organized in a backwards fashion (Z-A and 3-1) and that's really only to fuck with people who look through my collection, but after a few years of that it's really become as familiar and easy to understand as the common model.

Franchises are kept together chronologically, but that too goes from right to left.

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