Pros of collecting: I love collecting, and I love having physical copies of games I enjoy. I also love the feeling of “the hunt”, and finding that crazy good deal. I also believe these games will hold or even increase in value.
Cons of collecting: I don’t like the cost. The price of games are skyrocketing, and I feel like I got into the hobby too late to amass a collection like I would want. Everdrives are relatively cheap, and they are also continuously evolving in their support.
Ultimately, for me, I think the most important aspect of game collecting is using a CRT and authentic controllers/hardware. That’s how I prefer to enjoy these games, and I’m not certain if having a physical cart is important to me or not. I’m a little on the fence about whether or not continuing to collect actively is worth the money.