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    Default Any rare PC games?

    What PC games are especially rare or valuable?

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    The first 2 Elder Scrolls games come to mind, altho I don't know how "rare" they are now that they can both be downloaded.

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    There's no real measure of rarity, at least not in the same sense that console games have, when it comes to PC games.

    Unlike most post-Atari era console games, PC games came in media that could be very sensitive to weather, storage, magnetic forces... and so on. Sometimes a game is valuable only because there's not that many working copies anymore. Other times, a game can be very common (like Zork, which showed up in dozens of reprints in different game sets) but the original packaging and contents are worth a lot of money.

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    Thanks for the info. By the way, magnets don't affect disks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BetaWolf47 View Post
    Thanks for the info. By the way, magnets don't affect disks.
    Floppy disks?

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    Nuh! I forgot that not all WIN32 games are on CD!
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    There are lots of "rare" games. Unfortunately, they're not worth much. There are also "popular" games, which are typically worth more than simply "rare" games because they have name recognition. Sierra and LucasArts made many popular/collectible PC games, but they weren't "rare" by any stretch of the imagination.

    There are only a few examples of games that were both popular and rare. The first Akalabeth/Ultima release was rare and super valuable.

    EDIT: And of course magnets affect floppy disks ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flack View Post
    There are only a few examples of games that were both popular and rare. The first Akalabeth/Ultima release was rare and super valuable.
    Or Ultima XI Ascension: Dragon Edition, which was rare and super valuable to begin with (it had a ton of bonuses plus ALL the previous Ultima games!)
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    Lots of collectable PC games. Many are classic or vintage, complete in good shape. Worth a ton? Not usually, and locally I find the occasional game very cheap. I then sell it online starting at 99 cents and it usually goes for more than I paid. With that being said, some PC games have just been forgotten and think that collecting them would be fun, although tough.
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    The FF games are going for quite a bit sometimes on ebay, also: Man Enough, Afterlife, Alter Ego, Lula The Empire cums back, the Spellcasting series (any Legend title really), the Star Saga series, Tsunami games, Panik in the Park, and Atari Action Packs perhaps?
    and of course, this, super rare and expensive:



    these are getting kinda rare now:
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    I'd imagine there are lots of obscure PC games that only had a few thousand copies printed, if not much less.

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    Unlike almost all modern console games, PC games can still have a very limited distribution.
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    Keep in mind that there was a time where these games were made at home and sold in ziploc bags - and there's plenty of desirable stuff in that category including the aformentioned Akalebeth, the first Ultima (which I had, and - believe it or not - lost), Mystery House etc... (those are all Apple 2 games, not x86 -I lump them all together). These titles all command top dollar because they truly are insanely scarce.

    On the other hand, there are games that are unbelieveably rare on PC that you couldn't sell for $5. It all comes down to historical significance and desirbility in my opionion. Games that command both categories fetch the really big $$$. I have seen many games on my want list go for hundreds of dollars. I swear you can have a giant bidding war break out on the most random titles in the PC world just because you and some other guy in Cleveland are the only two that remember Datamost and you've both been waiting 3 years for that boxed copy of Zorro.

    AFAIK there's no NWC gold cart equivilant in the PC world, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of the ultra rare classics starts to get there eventually. There are only so many copies of the original Zork left... and it's a real piece of gaming history.

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    Quarterstaff always demands quite a penny on ebay, Mac only title

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    dunno how rare but... BLOOD for DOS.
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    MAC-only Sierra games.
    I got $90 for a sealed copy of one of the X-wing games; I knew it was a legit seal because it still had a coupon for a free offer of some kind on it.

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    That last Quest for Glory collection always seems to go for quite a bit as it was never re-released again after that print. I still kick myself in the ass for not keeping better tabs on that disc, and I remember throwing the box out thinking to myself, "this won't be worth anything." Jackass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    The FF games are going for quite a bit sometimes on ebay, also: Man Enough, Afterlife, Alter Ego, Lula The Empire cums back, the Spellcasting series (any Legend title really), the Star Saga series, Tsunami games, Panik in the Park, and Atari Action Packs perhaps?
    Wait, what? I couldn't sell a -sealed copy- of Panic In The Park for $10. Or Afterlife (though that was a sealed CD with manual) for $5.
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    Typically, when I was after Afterlife (boxed), a bidding frenzy occured

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    The PC collecting market is so silly weird. You know something is amiss when junk like Duke Nukem: Nuclear Winter moves for $50/disc only while gold like Duke Caribbean is lucky to hit that much complete.

    Lots of neat little odds and ends that cost a pretty penny, though. I'd love to get my dick beaters on a complete copy of One Unit Whole Blood sometime. That's like, the ultimate Blood pack.

    It's always kind of bummed me out that Looking Glass' best games get as ignored by collectors as they did by consumers back when they came out. You can pick up new/sealed copies of Terra Nova for as little as $10; it was easily their biggest flop (and a major reason why the studio died) and yet it's one of my favorite games from them. Incredibly innovative and the controls still work great.

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    PC games is almost the only given when I shop in thrift stores now. I have sold many PC games(C64 to present) to fund my console collection.
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    Not really rare but the strangest ones I've seen are MVP 2005 Baseball and NASCAR 2003. Who would think 5 year old sports games would sell for $75+?

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    Ahh one of my few areas of expertise.

    Most valuable pc games are valuable because they are well known but older. Sierra, Origin, Infocom all those go for large amount when complete boxed. Most cartridge games or booter disks from the 80s are rather "rare" but tend not to sell very high due to not being known.

    Some notable games in demand:

    FF
    Blood expansions
    Duke 3D boxes
    Id software games
    Sierra titles
    Infocom complete sets
    Old bethesda games

    Some very hard to find games are those that were simply not big sellers, obviously. Some particularly elusive ones:

    Boxed Commander Keen games full version
    Maxis game expansions (Simcity expansions, etc)
    SimHealth
    Boxed b&n Epic Megagames games
    Any handmade/ziplock bag games from the author/or mail order titles

    So very very many games from the shareware days are nearly impossible to find full versions of, since they were not sold in stores... Probably thousands with only hundreds of copies made officially (piracy made full games even more rare, quite common to find bootlegs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by phreakindee View Post
    Boxed b&n Epic Megagames games
    Hmmm. I have a ton of those, minus the catalogs. Didn't see a reason to keep 20+ back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roushimsx View Post
    I'd love to get my dick beaters on a complete copy of One Unit Whole Blood sometime. That's like, the ultimate Blood pack.
    I have this.

    The box is long gone but I still have the discs, including that silly "Game Secrets" cd that came with it.

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