Collecting Video Games

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BitWraith
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Collecting games has become a hobby of mine over the years - especially older PC games. Years ago, I threw out a lot of my old game boxes when we moved into our new house. I've been kicking myself every day since. Some of my games lived on, and any games I buy (usually collector's editions) are on lock-down from here on out.

Anyway, I have a humble little collection and figured I would create a thread to share with other collectors.

Zork 1-3 for the TRS-80 Color Computer (Complete):
3

2

1

Kings Quest 5 (Complete): Interesting tid-bit about this piece - my parents bought me the 16 color version. There was a card in it to send off for 10 bucks or so and get the 256 color version. Pictured here is the 16 and 256 color versions. I think I ordered 5.25" disks because I did not have a 3.25" drive to even play the 16 color version. The 16 color version is much more rare.
4, Kings Quest V, complete. The 3.5" discs are the 16 color version which was purchased. The 5 1/4 discs are the 256 color version, which I had to order with a voucher included in the box.

Kings Quest 6 (Complete): On disk no less, which is rarer than the cd version. There is also a white box edition.
5, Kings Quest VI, Complete.

Mechwarrior 2 Trilogy (Complete): Some of my favorite boxes. I also have the Titanium Edition, and the 3dFX version. Titanium box got tossed. 3DFX version had no box.
6

Red Baron (Complete):
11

Space Quest 1 VGA Remake (Complete):
10

Quest for Glory 1 VGA Remake (Complete):
9

Tie Fighter (Complete):
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I played Ultima Online at

I played Ultima Online at launch. That game really blew me away at the time (nothing else like it, that I know of). I played it for a couple of years, then abandoned it for EQ1. UO was way ahead of its time.

EQ1 also blew me away. I think like most folks, its probably my favorite memories of playing an MMO. I still listen to the Kelethin music at work sometimes - really takes me back.

Post EQ1, my favorite MMO was probably Asheron's Call 2. Me and my wife had a great time on there. The lack of cities really hurt that game, though. I also tried DAOC (we never got into that game, not big pvp'ers), Warhammer Online, Rift, Star Wars Galaxies and Old Republic, Lineage and Lineage 2, City of Heroes, Planetside, Vanguard, Guild Wars 1, Aion, etc etc (the list goes on and on).

I REALLY enjoyed Tabula Rasa. I was a subscriber to that game when it was shut down, and so I received a free copy of Aion.

We both loved EQ2 - played it for a week or so, then WoW came out and just destroyed it. We never went back, although I still have stints on there from time to time. There's something about the aesthetic on EQ2 that has always appealed to me, though it seems like I always have performance issues no mater how good my PC is.

I am a lifetime subscriber to Lord of the Rings Online. I rarely play it.

WoW we have played since Beta. If I had all the money I have spent on WoW I would be a richer man than I am today. For 2 years we did the hardcore raider thing. Then we got married, got careers, etc and play very, very casually.

I also played the Secret World, and loved it. The thing with SW and all the other MMO's I've mentioned is I could never justify the cost per month (except for WoW). The amount I was playing never really equalled 15 bucks worth a month, so I would cancel games I still enjoyed. The subscription model is a doomed model - because when I cancel a game, their income potential with me is $0. With free-to-play, they at least let me "in the store", and have income "potential". GW2 has the model of the future - buy to play, charge for content updates.

So, that's my MMO journey. GW2 and WoW are where I am at now. WoW may get canceled in favor of GW2 - as it is just as good a game and doesn't cost anything a month.

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Yep I played EQ1 for about 4 years or so. At the moment I am playing WoW and Guild Wars 2. I've tried just about every MMO out there - I always find that I like the concept but the execution of these games is always lacking. GW2 is the best one yet I think.

yes, play the beta or head start on most and enjoy.. whats not to like, most level quickly (to start) and if they are smart really vary the first 20 levels.. Warhammer with its Public Quests really hooked me and its realm combat ( done by DAoC long before).. but its lightning fast battlegrounds.. it was quite good.. to bad it got so dull later. Rifts did a good job of copying Public Quests with the Rifts... and they also made them vary so it kept them exciting too, but again.. end game was lacking.. Terra looked good, really good and the combat was new so it held on for a short bit..

Yes i agree, they all seem to follow that same old system to close that eventually they just seem the same. I did enjoy SECRET WORLD just because of the modern setting and Horror.. it did tread pretty close to "standard" MMORPG systems.. but it felt a bit more fresh then others.. MY main problem with it was polish.. it felt like it was a bit unfinished. and the Skill system was very cool, but also very very confusing to start. I see its free now and I think i might buy it (you just pay for the box) and play it awhile.

I just dabble in GW2 and LInage II now days.. and I really hate Lineage II (so why do i play?) well any MMORPG is better with friends.. and i have 4 that are hooked on lineage II.. hate the grindfest, no item drop game.. but like the friends . If i could just get them to one of the better F2P.. Runes of Magic, Allods, Forsaken Worlds, heck 10 -20 others.. but they wont leave Lineage II.. their first MMORPG.. and they just wont dip into others.

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Yep I played EQ1 for about 4

Yep I played EQ1 for about 4 years or so. At the moment I am playing WoW and Guild Wars 2. I've tried just about every MMO out there - I always find that I like the concept but the execution of these games is always lacking. GW2 is the best one yet I think.

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I hear some love when talking

I hear some love when talking Everquest.. I see a MMORPG addict like myself. Still play any? I have pretty much resigned myself to F2P now and only if i can play and not pay. Everquest (one) was my favorite.. with WoW coming in close behind.. EQ just because it was the first to do it "basically" all right.. I was never a HUGE fan of Ultima Online.. just to harsh for us peace loving people (can i get a witness, gank, gank gank when you left safety).. I did My PvP in competitive games where you where on even ground (quake, etc) but i was a Knight Commander in WoW for awhile. I think Terra was the last Pay to play i bought.. Guildwars 2 is pretty fun.. but .. i haven't played in a few months now.. WoW's Pandas.. well actually GNOME MONKS is calling me .. I have almost slipped.. been about a year on the wagon, but the gnome monk is tempting.

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Ultima 9 Ascension Dragon

Ultima 9 Ascension Dragon Edition:
Ultima nine dragon edition

Baldur's Gate 2 Collector's Edition (A prize of mine - love this one):
Baulder's Gate II
Baulder's Gate II material
Baulder's Gate II map

Diablo 2 Collector's Edition: Also pictured in the back there is the expansion set. I have the Soundtrack CD for the expansion set that was only included in the preorder box.
Diablo II

World of Warcraft Set (I have Pandaria CE, but this pic was taken before I got that(:
World of Warcraft

Everquest 2 Collector's Edition: Included in this pic are Deserts of Flame, and all the Direct Mail marketing pieces that SOE sent me. Also the Preorder Box stuff from Best Buy (Character Creator CD)
Everquest II

Ultima Online: Lord Blackthorns Revenge:
Ultma Online
Ultma Online figure

Final Fantasy Collection: Yes, that's a FF XIV Collector's Edition back there.. sigh
Final Fantasy

Morrowind Collector's Edition: I LOVE THIS ONE
Morrowind

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I saw the newer boxes and

I saw the newer boxes and thought "those are too new" but .. wow its been awhile since Arena and Return, even SWG The SWG box reminds me of the last Hay days of PC stores and all the "deluxe" editions that where popping up at that time. I can still remember Ultima Ascension (that was the 3'd one right?) it came in a HUGE box (and yes I did buy it) like 2 feet by foot and half.. box and goodies are long gone. I too had every gamebox.. but when i moved about 4-5 years ago i got rid of all but he oldest ones.

I bought rift (but digital) they actually packed in a few goodies on that..

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Quake 3 (Complete): With

Quake 3 (Complete): With bonus Linux Version!
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Return to Castle Wolfenstein: I really loved these metal boxes...
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Star Wars Galaxies Collector's Edition:
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Warcraft 3 Collector's Edition:
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Myst 4 Limited Edition DVD (Surprisingly rare one):
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Witcher 2 Collector's Edition:
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Star Craft 2 Collector's Edition:
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Rift Collector's Edition:
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Ah, I forgot one other common

Ah, I forgot one other common one... Shrinkwrapped games compressing/crushing the interior boxes. Another one I hate with otherwise pristine games in my collection.

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Yes on the glue seepage. I

Yes on the glue seepage. I cleverly hid it on my copy of Tie Fighter up there, but all the disks except for the top one have labels that are mucky looking due to glue.

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BitWraith wrote:

Thanks! They are a little worse for wear, unfortunately. The books that were attached to the box are in there, but the staples rusted a little and they have become disconnected. Also the sticker on Zork I front of box came off somehow.

I've actually had several Infocom items rust, so I've gotten a few duplicates to be safe (I also sequester anything rusty in a zip loc bag). For instance, the pin in Hitchhiker's Guide was rusty in one of the boxes. Funny about that. Rust, water damage and glue seepage/drying out (particularly for disk labels) are some of the biggest collecting landmines...

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