>>4540082>frying your console
Doesn't happen unless you're using some shitty off brand chink shit, even then it's probably rare to the point of being statistically insignificant.>ethical concerns over illegally stealing games from the internet
Ethics are subjective. Original studios/devs/companies aren't making money from used cartridge sales anyway. If you feel guilty and they do have some kind of modern distribution method, buy the game.
Luckily I didn't get too far into the plastic collecting meme before I got flash carts. I just kept my childhood games and some that I really liked and traded the rest to friends for consoles I didn't have.
Even if the meme of frying consoles was true (it's not) it would mostly be fixable by anyone with repair skill and most consoles are cheaper than rare/expensive games. Genesis for example: I can buy a genesis locally for $30 and it has the original box. I didn't because I already have 4 from random pickups for a few bucks over the years. They are a $20 console, even if you had to replace them once a year you would still come out ahead.