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2012-08-10 07:53:25 AM  

Recoil Therapy: This may be a good place to ask. I recently got (as part of a gaming collection) 3 copy paper sized boxes filled with Win 95 era games (just the disks, no packaging or other inserts). Does anyone have any idea if there is a market for those games anywhere? I had a great trip down memory lane browsing through those boxes (lots of Microprose - X-Com, Master of Orion, Colonization, etc, lots of early D&D/RPG games, great stuff really) but as most run/ran in a DOS environment my current machine just acts confused when loaded (even into a DOS emulator).

So if anyone has any ideas of what to do with these, I'd certainly appreciate them (yes, even the typical snarky Fark ones....).


Cherish them. Cause anyone who wants to play those games just downloaded them from GOG.com or somesuch.
 
2012-08-10 08:06:26 AM  

Recoil Therapy: This may be a good place to ask. I recently got (as part of a gaming collection) 3 copy paper sized boxes filled with Win 95 era games (just the disks, no packaging or other inserts). Does anyone have any idea if there is a market for those games anywhere? I had a great trip down memory lane browsing through those boxes (lots of Microprose - X-Com, Master of Orion, Colonization, etc, lots of early D&D/RPG games, great stuff really) but as most run/ran in a DOS environment my current machine just acts confused when loaded (even into a DOS emulator).

So if anyone has any ideas of what to do with these, I'd certainly appreciate them (yes, even the typical snarky Fark ones....).


It can be fun to have an old gaming machine. I have a couple of old Dell Dimensions (circa 1999 or so) that I have running Win 98 to play old DOS games on. I have them loaded with Duke Nukem 3D, Redneck rampage, DoomII, Tombraiders 1, all games that play best natively in DOS. It's a trip to play Diablo 1 or Tombraiders on a 27" widescreen.
 
2012-08-10 08:17:41 AM  

Minus 1 Charisma: So I had this idea a while back to buy an old sealed copy of my all-time favorite NES game on ebay and like frame it and hang it in my game room. I figured it would be like $100. I was way off...


I'll sell you mine for half that.
 
2012-08-10 08:33:36 AM  

Recoil Therapy: This may be a good place to ask. I recently got (as part of a gaming collection) 3 copy paper sized boxes filled with Win 95 era games (just the disks, no packaging or other inserts). Does anyone have any idea if there is a market for those games anywhere? I had a great trip down memory lane browsing through those boxes (lots of Microprose - X-Com, Master of Orion, Colonization, etc, lots of early D&D/RPG games, great stuff really) but as most run/ran in a DOS environment my current machine just acts confused when loaded (even into a DOS emulator).


PC games tend to go for far less than equivalent console games. I'm going to presume this has to do with the number of people who nostalgia over crappy Mario games. When a perfect-condition boxed copy of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness can be had for 50 to 100 bucks, that's saying something. (The only game I've seen which really premiums into absurd territory is System Shock 2, which is probably worth a couple hundred bucks at this point, but it's hard to know, because the chances of a copy popping up on eBay is about zero.) If all you have is the CD, I would recommend holding on to them, probably not worth giving up.
 
2012-08-10 08:36:50 AM  

Mike_LowELL: (The only game I've seen which really premiums into absurd territory is System Shock 2, which is probably worth a couple hundred bucks at this point, but it's hard to know, because the chances of a copy popping up on eBay is about zero.)


And also, I would note that this kind of stuff seems to fluctuate wildly, since there are so few people in the market for those games. I suppose that if somebody really wants to drop good money on a game, they'll do it.
 
2012-08-10 09:21:17 AM  

Mike_LowELL: Recoil Therapy: This may be a good place to ask. I recently got (as part of a gaming collection) 3 copy paper sized boxes filled with Win 95 era games (just the disks, no packaging or other inserts). Does anyone have any idea if there is a market for those games anywhere? I had a great trip down memory lane browsing through those boxes (lots of Microprose - X-Com, Master of Orion, Colonization, etc, lots of early D&D/RPG games, great stuff really) but as most run/ran in a DOS environment my current machine just acts confused when loaded (even into a DOS emulator).

PC games tend to go for far less than equivalent console games. I'm going to presume this has to do with the number of people who nostalgia over crappy Mario games. When a perfect-condition boxed copy of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness can be had for 50 to 100 bucks, that's saying something. (The only game I've seen which really premiums into absurd territory is System Shock 2, which is probably worth a couple hundred bucks at this point, but it's hard to know, because the chances of a copy popping up on eBay is about zero.) If all you have is the CD, I would recommend holding on to them, probably not worth giving up.


System Shock 2 goes for $20-$40 on ebay, depending on if it has the manuals and/or how hyper a particular buyer was. Go check completed listings.

Nothing that you can download/pirate has real value on ebay.
 
2012-08-10 09:36:55 AM  

JamesBenjamin: System Shock 2 goes for $20-$40 on ebay, depending on if it has the manuals and/or how hyper a particular buyer was. Go check completed listings.


Yeah, you're correct, I retract my comments. I had trouble finding listings the last time I looked. Busier than I thought it was. The fact that you can get a boxed copy of System Shock 2 for fifty dollars while NES collectors fight over some nonsense like Bubble Bath Babes...yeah, I will be taking advantage of that sometime.

JamesBenjamin: Nothing that you can download/pirate has real value on ebay.


Eh, I'd still be inclined to believe it has more to do with demand (fewer people fighting over the golden era of boxed PC games) than distribution. You can't download the box, after all. Although I will temper my comments by saying I don't have much to back that up.
 
2012-08-10 09:37:14 AM  
I have some Applied Engineering gear for my Apple 2e that is still under warranty. Oh wait...

I can sell you a genuine Compaq 1855 server with 18 GB Raid hard drives, 512 MB of memory, running Windows 2000 Server.
 
2012-08-10 09:57:26 AM  
The Intel 4040 going for 800k is awfully fishy. I sold a 4004 with the white ceramic package some years ago for about 90 bucks on ebay and that included some 2707 EPROMs too.

I also sold STD buss based CPU card with a 4004 and peripheral ICs for about 300.
 
2012-08-10 10:17:45 AM  

Mike_LowELL: JamesBenjamin: System Shock 2 goes for $20-$40 on ebay, depending on if it has the manuals and/or how hyper a particular buyer was. Go check completed listings.

Yeah, you're correct, I retract my comments. I had trouble finding listings the last time I looked. Busier than I thought it was. The fact that you can get a boxed copy of System Shock 2 for fifty dollars while NES collectors fight over some nonsense like Bubble Bath Babes...yeah, I will be taking advantage of that sometime.

JamesBenjamin: Nothing that you can download/pirate has real value on ebay.

Eh, I'd still be inclined to believe it has more to do with demand (fewer people fighting over the golden era of boxed PC games) than distribution. You can't download the box, after all. Although I will temper my comments by saying I don't have much to back that up.


you most certainly can download the boxes. if you have access to a high quality printer you can make your own boxes that look damn near identical to the originals in most cases.

and I had no idea that there was a market for slabbed console games (a farking NES game slabbed like a rare comic book? WTF), like in that link up there for that Castlevania game.

If you pay much more than a few bucks for any NES game I seriously have to question your sanity.
 
2012-08-10 10:21:31 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Minus 1 Charisma: So I had this idea a while back to buy an old sealed copy of my all-time favorite NES game on ebay and like frame it and hang it in my game room. I figured it would be like $100. I was way off...

wtf they have a game package rating agency like they do for comics and baseball cards? wow that's crazy.


Yeah, there's a HUGE bubble in the console video game market right now. The kids over at the gamecollecting subreddit have been engaging in a collective circle jerk for the past year, bragging about their cluttered rooms and reveling in their psychotic hoarding problems.
 
2012-08-10 10:28:16 AM  

frepnog: you most certainly can download the boxes. if you have access to a high quality printer you can make your own boxes that look damn near identical to the originals in most cases.


Well, that much is just the nature of counterfeited goods.

frepnog: and I had no idea that there was a market for slabbed console games (a farking NES game slabbed like a rare comic book? WTF), like in that link up there for that Castlevania game.

If you pay much more than a few bucks for any NES game I seriously have to question your sanity.


Yeah, the game collecting community (particularly the Nintendo and Neo-Geo communities) are absolutely insane, and as dr.zaeus points out, it's a bubble waiting to burst. They seem to be missing the general point in the first place, in that the game code packaged on the cart is what makes the game valuable, and to encase the work in plastic completely defeats the point of the purchase. It's not like a baseball card, where you can still view all of the artwork when it's been placed behind three inches of glass. Compound that with the fact that these collectors tend to prize forgettable works for their rarity and obscurity over the actual legacy and quality of the game (where the most valuable games for the Nintendo are some combination of Stadium Events and Panesian's adult video games), yeah, it's dumb.
 
2012-08-10 10:41:28 AM  
I wonder how much I could get for this bad boy.

i406.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-10 10:46:59 AM  

AbbeySomeone: scam


Apparently Kickstarter is getting like that too:
Cheetahmen 2 - Lost levels (Area 52) NES
 
2012-08-10 10:52:46 AM  
Came here expecting to find this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFCuE5rHbPA

/Son, I am disappoint.
 
2012-08-10 11:02:16 AM  
Casio Game Calculator CA-503, $1,000

I remember the rich snob kid in my elementary school classes had one of these. I didn't know it at the time, but I thinks that's part of the reason I wanted to punch him in the face whenever I saw him.
 
2012-08-10 11:38:47 AM  

Mike_LowELL: frepnog: you most certainly can download the boxes. if you have access to a high quality printer you can make your own boxes that look damn near identical to the originals in most cases.

Well, that much is just the nature of counterfeited goods.

frepnog: and I had no idea that there was a market for slabbed console games (a farking NES game slabbed like a rare comic book? WTF), like in that link up there for that Castlevania game.

If you pay much more than a few bucks for any NES game I seriously have to question your sanity.

Yeah, the game collecting community (particularly the Nintendo and Neo-Geo communities) are absolutely insane, and as dr.zaeus points out, it's a bubble waiting to burst. They seem to be missing the general point in the first place, in that the game code packaged on the cart is what makes the game valuable, and to encase the work in plastic completely defeats the point of the purchase. It's not like a baseball card, where you can still view all of the artwork when it's been placed behind three inches of glass. Compound that with the fact that these collectors tend to prize forgettable works for their rarity and obscurity over the actual legacy and quality of the game (where the most valuable games for the Nintendo are some combination of Stadium Events and Panesian's adult video games), yeah, it's dumb.


this is the point i don't get. just because a turd is a bit rare doesn't make it LESS a turd. For every Superman or Batman number 1 out there that IS valuable, there are tons of crap comics that might be just as rare but that don't have any real significance and so are basically worthless. That Stadium Events fiasco reminds me of that - a digital plastic turd.
 
2012-08-10 04:37:29 PM  
A 3" floppy for only $29.95? (pops) Sounds like I could make a mint off of the compact floppy drive and two 3" floppies I have.
 
2012-08-10 04:45:53 PM  

Farker Soze:
Wait, Apple didn't make those Ipods? Sony or Atari did? I guess my psychic powers are bogus. You sure schooled me.


Well, going by Fark threads, no they didn't. Nor in fact did Sony or indeed Atari. That'd be Foxconn and the legion of 13 yr old slaves. So... yeah.
 
2012-08-10 05:23:16 PM  

dr.zaeus: Yeah, there's a HUGE bubble in the console video game market right now. The kids over at the gamecollecting subreddit have been engaging in a collective circle jerk for the past year, bragging about their cluttered rooms and reveling in their psychotic hoarding problems.


I've been running into the bad effects of this a lot lately, and as someone who is perfectly happy with a game in bad cosmetic shape that runs great it annoys me. I like having people over to play my old consoles with me, or maybe throwing a NES or 2600 and a bunch of games in a basket and trucking them somewhere. I don't want everything packed away in pristine shape never to be touched by human hands. Someone broke a NES controller at the last party dropping it, but oh well. A good time was had by all.

But all this means that everyone wants stupid prices for their old games. I actually found a guy at an antique shop with a dozen or so NES games that wanted prices from $15 for Metal Gear and Contra and a couple of the first gen sports-name games, on up to $55 for SMB3. Boxed and sealed copies of SMB3 don't go for that much on eBay, I'm sure as hell not going to pay that for a bare one. But he actually got angry at me when I offered him $5 for Contra (I don't have it yet and wouldn't mind a copy) and told me that it was rare and hard to find and worth twice that. Old Nintendo stuff is definitely falling into the "it's old so it must be rare and valuable" camp these days.
 
2012-08-10 06:51:49 PM  

burninbeaver: [koti.mbnet.fi image 850x537]
I wonder if this is worth any inflated prices? I am pretty sure my dad still has this in storage... not sure why.


There are still lots of KayPro's out there. I still have mine. There are many for sale on eBay, but most their prices are not inflated.
 
2012-08-10 06:55:52 PM  

WalterSobchak: Man that takes me down memory lane, I actually had one of those Interact computers when I was a kid. With plenty of knockoff games for it too, like Pac-Rat, some shooter game, and man oh man did I write the BASIC programs back in the day.

/still not worth $8,000...


I had one too. Paid about $200 for it around 1981, which was cheap for a personal computer back then. I gave it to my cousin many years ago when I got an IBM PC-XT. I assume it has been thrown out by now.
 
2012-08-10 11:41:32 PM  
Vintage Tech??

www.jimbodetools.com

acriacao.com
 
2012-08-11 11:02:25 AM  

dr.zaeus: TheGhostofFarkPast: Minus 1 Charisma: So I had this idea a while back to buy an old sealed copy of my all-time favorite NES game on ebay and like frame it and hang it in my game room. I figured it would be like $100. I was way off...

wtf they have a game package rating agency like they do for comics and baseball cards? wow that's crazy.

Yeah, there's a HUGE bubble in the console video game market right now. The kids over at the gamecollecting subreddit have been engaging in a collective circle jerk for the past year, bragging about their cluttered rooms and reveling in their psychotic hoarding problems.


most of reddit is a collective circlejerk of loners who all think their stuff/ideas/ideology is the best and everyone else on the internet is a moron. It's like dealing with a little kid who just screams "lalalala i can't hear you" when you are trying to tell them they are wrong.
 
2012-08-11 06:47:29 PM  
Hmmm, I've got an Adam Computer on the shelf, in great shape.

*checks eBay*

meh.
 
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