I don't usually write journals on this sort of topic, but I kind of want to clarify as to 'why' I gave up retro-gaming collecting as I want to comment my friend about it and as well of (possibly) changing people's minds.
Retro gaming is such a fascinating side of gaming: It's aesthetic, behind-history, the art of its sound that is relation to synths, its replay-playability and of course its niche side of games from companies like Jaleco, Irem, Konami, Sunsoft, Sega, Namco, Data East - to name a few. I'm more fascinated with retro gaming than mainstream gaming, even Nintendo! (which I still admire them, but my interests based on their games are limited). So the logical thing is to be take retro-collecting as a hobby, right? Eh. It happened, for only 2 years. Why? Well here's why...
Companies on these Games - If you want to "morally" buy retro games as apart of a legal minority, then why bother do that? Most companies don't release these games due to their extinction or can't due to their 'financial reasons'. The most popular ones like Nintendo games are always the ones to get a port, so It's justifiable to emulate these games even if it's agaisnt the law; why exchange a game for a kidney transplant when you can just emulate it for FREE.
It's not a Good Investment - Games are usually too expensive to collect and it will continue to rise its prices, and the games won't last very long by the need of the console to play the games. They have their own lifespan to live, too, and making the valubility not worth-it as the console will eventually die, making the game worthless to play.
Ouside Aesthetic on the Games - This maybe a stupid excuse, but if game-carts and disk(c)s won't work with consoles anymore, they don't have a 'aesthetic' to them like that of art-pieces or action figures, at least - they're just pieces of material with a front sticker that it's just either a cropped cover of the game's cover or the title. I would recommend collecting CIBs or magazines of these games instead, as they include more and, of course don't need power.
As for Myself... - I need to focus myself on my future-self that I want to be, which being an artist of animation and a composer; I need some dough to invest on my talents like art with its supplies and since I got a Nintendo Switch, I haven't invested on high-priced games for awhile, so I want the new upcoming games that are coming to that system.
As for my hobbies, I'm going to collect for archives instead like CIBs, magazines, as I got plenty of these from my Nintendo magazines and Gameboy Advance CIBs to post them to my PolyStarsArchives account on DA (by the way, that account has been dead fo a while 'cause I need a higher-quallity printer).
By no means, I'm going to lose my interest into retro gaming, It'll always be in my heart. Just collecting as a whole.