You should of seen THE COLLECTION when it was at it's peak I had:ACE, Zero, Mean Machines, Edge, SFI-FI Now, Dreamwatch, Empire, Fortean Times, TGM,The One, Raze, C.U, Raze, Games-X, Games Zone, C+VG, GO!Gamesworld, Atari User, Official Playstation, Xbox, Dreamcast, DC-UK, Xbox Gamer, Playstation Plus, Official sega Magazine, Gamestm etc etc.
I was sat there thinking they had historical value in terms of the news stories, interviews etc so just stored them all in spare room. It was once i started getting involved with helping the Lost games sites like GTW, Unseen64, initally just passing over reports etc for them to follow up, i started to question what was being said, by supposed proffesional writers.....
Then once i started contacting people from the industry, putting magazine claims to them and finding out claims they were working on, were utter, utter fabrications, i started to see the REAL picture, but it was when a magazine had claimed they had said X,Y and Z on interviews or soundbites or had seen this, that and the other RUNNING at trade shows or passed off known mock-up shots as actual in-game, i realised the true value of UK reporting So the great purges begain, espically since i was moving from place to place.
Nobody wanted to buy them, you'd see Mags sell for pennies, postage a nightmare, people kept saying can you break your collection up, i need issue...# So i gave away individual issues, sent pages of interest to Unseen 64 over 2 huge parcels, so they could scan and archive them, everything else went to recycling over a period of months.
These scans? just been sat on a HDD for couple of years, had a lot of scans on DVD i loaned a certain person on RVG for benifit of the site, scans started going up alright, but as HIS findings....Had to correct that. Then we found he'd copied entire lot inc covers over for personal use (DVD's cost me £5 a shot) so Mort, guy who produces them wasn't happy so that was that. This is why i now freely share anything of even the slightest interest, asking certain others to do it, just didn't work out at all.
I now have very few PHYSICAL items be it games, mags, collectable figures etc, just not into material items in any way, shape or form, where as years ago, collecting bug hit me bad.