How do you archive your DVD/BD?
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Posted 7/3/14
Just looking on some ideas to archive the DVDs I bought and will be buying. How do you do it?

Right now, for games I buy two copies (standard edition and limited/collectors edition, if available). I only use the standard edition and preserve limited/collectors edition factory sealed.

For anime, I plan to buy two copies; one for watching and the other preserve the factory seal. if there is a downloaded version, then I will buy that and watch it first; leave the physical media sealed.

I have the following anime DVD and I hope a new edition gets released especially the BEI titles.

Fushigi Yugi
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Posted 7/3/14
in a big pile on my desk, i'll find the right one eventually....or do you mean digitally? ain't nobody got time for that
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Posted 7/3/14
Are you collecting with the hope of making money off of these things in the future, or are you just being a weird hoarder? It sort of sounds like the latter to me. I really can't imagine spending 3 times more money on the already expensive video games that I buy.

If you're careful with discs they will pretty much last forever.
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Posted 7/4/14

Balzack wrote: If you're careful with discs they will pretty much last forever.


The media may last forever, but the devices to play the media will not.

For one thing, as technology changes the devices for playing DvD's will fade away and become almost impossible to find - refurbished and usable. For example: Eight Track Tape decks? Gone, but some people still have Eight track tapes. VHS players, almost gone. Ther're very hard to find, and yet there are folks with VHS cassettes that they can't watch. Record players were just about to go extinct, but because of the demands from audiophiles, vinyl discs and the record players that play them are making a big comeback. And because of this comeback, people with huge vinyl disc collections can play their favorites again, and digitize them, if they want.

DvD's are being phased out and replaced by BD (BlueRay Disc). A time will come when we will not be able to play DvDs anymore, because the devices will no longer be around to play them.

As far as your game collection, as computers advance, and versions of Windows progress, older versions of games will not be supported in the future. In the end, how will you be able to cash in on something that can't be installed and played?

It's the same dilemma that affected me a long time ago. I had a huge collection of my favorite NEC and SEGA Genesis games, but they stopped making the consoles, and mine broke down and stopped working. So, my game collection became trash. That was the last time I bought a game console or console game.

If you buy the device that plays the media, to store away, you will also need to buy and store away the TV to view them with, because in the future, the connections between devices and TVs will change. RCA cables are gone. Replaced by another kind of connection (forgot which), and that in turn has been replaced by another, and now it's HDMI connections. In the future, TV's will not support DvD or even BlueRay players nor their cable connections.

What about the computer games? You'll need to store away a copy of Windows 7, XP, Win2K, etc, and a computer that can support Win2K, and XP, and another machine that will support Win7. Otherwise, how will you be able to sell a perspective collector on the value of your obsolete media collection?
Posted 7/4/14
Archive? HA! I either have discs or torrents.
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Posted 7/4/14

thomascgty wrote:

Just looking on some ideas to archive the DVDs I bought and will be buying. How do you do it?

Right now, for games I buy two copies (standard edition and limited/collectors edition, if available). I only use the standard edition and preserve limited/collectors edition factory sealed.

For anime, I plan to buy two copies; one for watching and the other preserve the factory seal. if there is a downloaded version, then I will buy that and watch it first; leave the physical media sealed.

I have the following anime DVD and I hope a new edition gets released especially the BEI titles.

Fushigi Yugi
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Hi. Hope some of the answers you got helped. I'm closing this now because individual help/advice threads aren't allowed. If you are still looking for answers please ask in The General Help/Advice Thread (it's "stickied" near the top of the General Discussion forum.
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