Technology has created a whole range of collectibles — videos, CDs, DVDs and more. But while most collectibles become more valuable with age, technological collectibles become obsolete.
I remember in high school I had a huge collection of audio tapes. Because of this, I fought the transition to CD for a long time. Now I find myself looking at my video collection and contemplating a new DVD player and having the same debate all over again.
Even without transitioning to DVD, videos make a difficult collection sometimes. Sure, everyone has a copy of "Star Wars" somewhere in their video library, but then the deluxe edition comes out. And the director's cut. And then the deluxe trilogy boxed set.
It's bad enough having to replace old favorites when a new medium takes over, but having to buy copy after copy of essentially the same thing, with just enough of a difference to make you want the new one, is a difficult pursuit. I find myself wondering if television game consoles will ever reach a universal standard like personal computers. Computing it is pretty much just a choice between PC or Macintosh and people rarely cross the line. Game consoles, however, are still very much in competition and are either non-compatible or only compatible with adapters and additions.