Big Box PC Game Collecting

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  1. Wizard2k

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    when your looking at the sierra and lucasarts/lucasfilm games then you will be mostly paying through the nose for a decent complete big box version discs only are cheap as but then whats the point
     
  2. Flamin Joe

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    I've found a few rarity guides, but they are mostly limited to fan sites for certain games. I'm yet to find anything which does just about everything, which is understandable. It would be quite an undertaking!

    If your interested in the Ultima games, the Ultima Collectors Guide has an availability scale under each listing for each game.

    http://www.ultimacollectors.info/news.htm

    The LucasArts Museum has a simliar thing for some of the games. But as already mentioned, your going to be paying through the nose for any adventure games regardless of availability!

    http://lucasarts.vintagegaming.org/index.php

    Personally if I could do it all over again, I'd watch Ebay for an extended period of time and make note of the prices. If it's not an auction, make note of how long it sits there as it will give you some idea of what other collectors think of the price. It sells quick, it was a good price, it ends up getting relisted, you were wise not to jump on it. :thumbup: Also, seeing what pops up and how often can be a good guide to availability.

    But overall, probably the best piece of advice I can give it try not to get caught up in the fun of collecting these games. Try to use your head when deciding if it's a good price, not your heart. Eaiser said then done I admit! :p
     
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    Hmmm.
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    Yes, I have two copies. The one on the left has the original receipt. The one of the right is never opened. :D

    And before I get swamped with PMs again, I'm still sorting through my collection and not looking to sell ATM.
     
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    so jelly :(

    i got dibs :p lol
     
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    $355 US:shock: DAMN!
     
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    You would pay > $300 for Monkey Island? Wow. You must be hardcore :p :lol:
     
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    The original would have been purchased from ID software directly, remember those phone numbers you'd see when exit the shareware the version? Doom was not sold at retail stores whereas Doom2 was, Ive still got my box of Doom2 although its in average shape.

    edit: From wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id_software
     
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  13. Flamin Joe

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    Haha yeah, when I get into things I do tend to go all out. :D But in this case, the original Monkey Island is just one of those games which stands out in all the my years of gaming as being the best games I've ever played. It had a big influence on me when I was younger.

    Besides, if you really want a new copy of Monkey Island thesedays, unfortunately that's what your going to be paying! They are very rare.

    Ah that's right. The good old shareware! I was just wondering if it would be worth grabbing since I've got some other games coming over in the next week or so, so I can get them all shipped over at once.

    Speaking of shareware and Doom, someone has a new copy of Doom Shareware Episode 1 on the Ebay US site. Not shipping overseas unfortunately.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Doom-Sharew...t=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f168824b1#shId
     
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    went to savers in dandenong and there are 8 boxed games there in very good condition for you collectors. 3 bucks each.
     
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    Heres a couple ive aquired
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    I bought Spear of Destiny about 5 years ago on ebay for $7 delivered, no other bidders, I would love an original boxed copy of wolfenstein 3d but after seeing what Doom sold for I doubt its feasible, heres a cd-rom version for that sold for $150 http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=160777918249&nma=true&rt=nc&si=ZrWEvBDxANR6kWMuRkdygdHJO38%253D&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc#ht_500wt_1287 Not sure if the original 3.5" version had a different box or not.

    I bought Air Combat Classics mainly for secret weapons of the luftwaffe and its expansions, this was one of the first games I heavily played and was always intrigued by those expansion packs but never saw them or played them, I dont have the 200 or so page booklet for swotl not sure if its only in the original stand alone game.

    Amazingly all the disks work, I reckon floppy disks dont get as much respect as they deserve as ive read many things on the net saying they have a short lifespan and all that, out of all the things ive bought I havent come across a bad disk yet! Spear of destiny would be close to 20 years old and Im using a floppy drive that would'nt have been cleaned for at 15 years (Although I am waiting on a floppy cleaning kit).

    You cant beat old box art, they really packaged the game as a whole experience.
     
  16. xsive

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    I know what you mean I but I still find it weird to pay so much for a game. Or any other collectible. Most of the fun I derive from collecting games is hunting them down for next-to-nothing prices and doing my best to restore them. Also, playing them :D :D :D

    Anyway, I know I can always fork out a huge amount and have anything I want. But it kind of defeats the purpose of having such a hobby :p
     
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    I love the Commander Keen advert in the box! Probably one of my all time favourite shareware series. Apogee made some awesome games.

    I just did a quick look on Amazon for Wolfenstein 3D and yes it's not cheap. I hate it when sellers actually know the value of the game! :D $199.99 for the 3.5" disk version used or $228.43 for a new copy. :eek:

    On a side note, $50 picks you up a new copy (CD-ROM edition) of Spear of Destiny. You did well!

    http://www.amazon.com/Wolfenstein-3...C4/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1335841658&sr=8-11

    Hmm, that's interesting. I don't have that one yet, but from what I've seen the only manual it should come with is a "Air Combat Classics" manual which I assume covers all three games plus expansions (see the Ebay listing below). You've got what looks to be the original game manuals for BH1942 and TFH but no Air Combat Classics manual. Hmmmmm...

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LucasArt...1406?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item3f165b722e

    FYI with the SWOTL manual, there was two different prints done. The early releases had a proper bound manual just like TFH, but later releases (including the CD-ROM edition released by Software Toolworks) included a cheap stapled copy.

    This. :thumbup: It's amazing looking back now how much value for money you got from a game. Thick bound manuals, additional booklets, trinkets, cloth maps, audio CD's/Cassette Tape's, they had the lot standard. These days you have to buy a "Collector's Edition" for twice the price before you get anything like that, and sometimes the quality of the items leave a lot to be desired.
     
  18. Flamin Joe

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    Here's one for the Wing Commander fans. Wing Commander 3 Premier Edition factory sealed. :D

    I'm quite stoked I managed to pick this one up. Apparently this edition is fairly rare and from what I've seen out there, this is the first I've seen in new condition. Others I've seen for sale are either missing the big box or missing the included Tshirt which I assume would of been worn to death by the original owner! And when I say big box, I literally mean big box! This thing almost gives the Skyrim Collector's Edition a run for it's money coming in at 34x34x8cm.

    Saw it listed on Amazon for cheaper then what it was when released so I knew I had to grab it!

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    From what I've read, apparently there were only 2,000 of these produced however Origin/EA never gave official numbers so I don't know how close to the truth that is. Regardless, the numbers would of been somewhat limited as it wasn't available in store as you had to order it direct from EA.

    This is one game were I really wished I didn't get into collecting sealed games, as it's packed with heaps of extra's which I would love to check out. For a game released in 1994, this "Premier Edition" puts a lot of Collector's Editions we see today to shame as it includes (so I've been told):

    35mm Film Canister
    WC3 TShirt
    "Behind the Scenes" CD
    "Behind the Scenes" VHS :leet:
    Soundtrack CD
    1995 Origin Calendar
    WC3 Poster
    Wing Commander: "Fleet Action" novel by William R. Forstchen
    "Warbirds" fold out poster with diagrams of all the Terran and Kilrathi fighters in full colour (standard editions had a black and white copy).
    And of course the game. ;)

    Like I said I'm stoked to have this one in my collection. :thumbup: *Must resist temptation to open* :lol:
     
  19. xsive

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    Damn; nice find!! Why do you want to keep it sealed? Do you view it as an investment?
     
  20. Flamin Joe

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    Thanks! No not really. First and foremost I just enjoy collecting these old games from my early gaming years. In a way, getting a vintage game still factory sealed is like taking it straight out of the past. The box, the contents (to a degree) is just like as it was 20 years ago.

    Also it's about the rarity. You can go just about anywhere, Ebay, Amazon, web forums, game trading sites, flea markets, op shops, cash convertors etc and pick up used games by the box load. Sure not every title, but you know what I mean. :) Still sealed games of this era are harder to find, and when you do find them getting them for a bargain can be even harder! So I enjoy the hunt of picking up these rare games and getting them "cheap".

    But lastly (and this may sound a little corny) I hope that in some small way I'm helping to contribute to the preservation of these vintage games. They really just don't make games like they use to, and I'm not just talking about the game itself. The packaging, the artwork, the contents. It's all sadly missing in this digital download age. All the better for it's preservation if it's still sealed. :thumbup:
     

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