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The world's most rare, and valuable video games

By Justin Kahn
Jun 30, 2014
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  1. As some of you know, the buying and selling of rare video games has become more popular over the years with hard-to-come-by titles fetching upwards of $20,000. While there are highly valuable and sought after games from many of the vintage...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +598

    I don't get how only one or two copies can exist. Does that mean that's all that were made, or all the rest have been lost, thrown-away, destroyed?
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,155   +1,429

    This is pure sickness. Apple's iTunes is full of games far better and more unique, ones that nobody really wants because the market is overflowing.

    Some people are like cockroaches, building up their own disposal yard, stuffing it with crap they find online.
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556   +2,362

    More are probably out there but unknown. In rare cases there will be a few limited run items, but most of the price run up comes from the scarcity created by the destruction and disposal of previous stock. In essence, they're no different from any other collectible.
     
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556   +2,362

    Which is why I only support the collection of Ferraris, Mediterranean condos, yachts, fine wine, Rolex watches, cigars, and women*.

    *between the ages of 20 and 25 only
     
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  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,660   +309

    My Dutch friends in the flower and bulb business assure me that the values are certain to keep growing.
     
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  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,556   +2,900

    And all of them are as worthless as any other game of that era. Only a few select idi.ots would place great value on such trash.
     
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  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    It can mean a multitude of things, as a game collector myself it sometimes runs as one of the following:
    1: Only Test Cartridges exist (Which can either have just basic labels or full on labels)
    2: Recall before sales and only a few missed destruction or what not
    3: Not many were made and only a few surfaced which happens with games over 30+ years old. This happened recently with the famous Stadium events where it was viewed as being almost non-existent and then someone found one. After that more started appearing because people started searching once they saw its value.
    4: Company went broke and only some test versions exist (Or company had Insert Financial Trouble here and the game never got far out).


    There are many other ways as well but that's a normal set of ideas that happens in cases of rare games.
     
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    You've gotta be joking... Never in my wildest dreams would I ever consider spending so much money on an old title, even if it's as rare as rocking horse faeces that nobody's ever heard of when I'm already extremely allergic to paying RRP for a newly released AAA title that a lot of people have convinced themselves is a bargain.
     
  10. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 161   +26

    I would love to have an original Neo-Geo system with most of the games. I mean the cartridge based system and not the Neo-Geo CD system that ended up replacing eventually (they did this to lower the price of the games, which were astronomically high at the time). The CD based system is plagued by insanely long load times and wasn't well regarded at all, not to mention that it's far more common and not worth nearly as much as the original system.

    I'm not a game collector and I would never pay those kinds of prices for antique games. The Neo-Geo system holds a special place in my heart though. I can remember how great it was compared to Nintendo and Sega's systems at the time. It was the first time gamers could experience true arcade quality games at home. But at $650 USD for the system and $200 per game cartridge, very few people could afford this luxury back then.
     

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