I've been gaming for quite a long time, and have never had a game go bad on me, since I've always taken good care of my games.
However, one thing I've done differently over the years is the storage of my games. I've gone from storing the games with the system in a Rubbermaid container, to sitting them on a shelf, to storing them in boxes, and back to storing them on shelves.
Now I'm debating whether to go back to containers (separate, since my consoles no longer need to be put away). The ability to move the games around easily is the strongest selling point for me, but of all the setups I've seen I've never really seen anyone using any sort of container to store their games. Well, unless they're in college and their games are still in boxes.
Is there a reason, other than it looking cool, that most gamers seem to store their games on shelves of some sort? Is there any reason to, or not to, store video games inside closed containers?
By video games I mean disc based systems specifically, although cartridge games to some extent, if there's a difference.
You can also assume that all games are included in either their original packaging, or packaging similar to what they were released in.