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  1. When Sam & Max Save the World was released on Steam I read some reviews and couple negative reviews said that the dev team marketed the script as unchanged up until launch and then came up with that excuse of a statement. Like Tabonga said, if it's not a big deal, why change it? They made it a point to say it's unchanged but somehow forgot that they did change it - right.
  2. Well gravity can bend vinyl albums when stored sideways, so it could technically bend game discs over long time but probably depends on how much the disc is elevated on the spindle in any specific case. I checked some PS1 game that's been stored sideways in its case for years and didn't see any curve on it but those cases don't really have free space to bend into. I'm not too worried on the smaller size discs like CD/DVD/Blu-ray but my goal is to store them upright in any case.
  3. The prices in real auction houses are real of course but it's more interesting to think about who the current buyers/sellers are and why. Who is to say whether it's genuine interest, cluelessness, money laundering, market manipulation, racket or whatever else - at least to me it seems like it didn't rise from organic demand but Wata/HA marketing quickly turning into twisted perception + all areas of collecting being hot due to American circumstances. The market prices aren't nearly settled and the generated hype of HA or even Pokémon cards has affected CL and eBay anyway, so it's no surprise i
  4. With the Wata turnaround times, even if you knew you could make money right now, could you be so sure about one year from now? Either people are only being hype about Wata grade numbers and not understanding VGA scale in comparison or sealed specialists are expecting a market correction for the item before they could get their submission back to profit on. I guess people wanting to add a sealed Sonic 2 into their collection don't see that kind of value in it, neither do I but I'm no sealed collector either.
  5. My mistake, 19 American Keio CIBs in 2020 on GVN. Yeah being ahead of the curve is the best way to put it, you can't be ahead of the curve if you buy what EVERYONE buys and don't buy the future spikers instead - I get a feeling you're very similar to me in what kind of games you collect and how widely you collect, so many games that we have bought are the kinds that tend to spike, mix of rare-, highly rated-, in demand-, hidden gem- and revered series- games and lot of that is just from having a wide taste and wanting the games that are weird and interesting instead of just some flavor of
  6. Depends on your scale but Shantae and Keio could be called rares, on my scale they fit around R6 (semirare) and R7 (rare) - GVN (not that you can trust it) shows American Little Samson CIB at 8 sales in 2020, Shantae CIB 8 sales in 2020 and Keio CIB 19 sales in 2020. In some circles the term rare means that only handful exists globally, so there's that. I bought mint CIB Shantae for AU$600 and PAL CIB (no spine card) Keio for £69.99, so I had my eyes on those early too even though they weren't as supply rare back then and were expensive enough already. I probably should've said the kind of ite
  7. I thought more about what makes collecting hard and I think "choosing your battles" is a big one. When you have a ton of games you want, if you buy the most common and modern games first it'll bite you in the ass. I always had rares in mind first, so they don't become problematic at the end of a set. Obviously you still can't buy every rare for every system right away and you want to keep your eyes open for the good deals on commons and good games too. So it's goals, opportunity costs and order of operations that combine into this choosing your battles idea. Also gaining knowledge could be cal
  8. Your list already had Golf Classic but remove the extra yeah. Quarth and Crystal Quest are -USA coded except the manuals I think, so it's debatable if one wants to count those but they were at least sold in Germany in the olden days. Klax I'm not 100% if it exists or not but it was never on my radar, it was not on RetroCollect full set list when the site was still online and I didn't find any online proof of a round seal version with a quick search. GameFAQs does list Klax having European release but that info doesn't always hold true either, like the site having Jimmy Connors code same on Yan
  9. Both are UKV coded box, manual and cart with extra Italian black and white manual, but they were sold by GiG Electronics in Italy as imports and maybe never in UK. Also I was comparing your list to mine and noticed some discrepancies, left is unique to yours and right is unique to mine: Klax (I don't think there's a PAL release?) Agro Soar -AUS / We're Back A Dinosaur's Story -ITA (Baby T-Rex / Bamse sprite variants) Sports Illustrated: Golf Classic (Golf Classic USA Version) *Crystal Quest (weird USA/NOE mix import) Tom & Jerry Fr
  10. Depends on the definition of decent and also I would have to not own it already. I've already accepted that most NES games are like medium price at minimum and I can see myself needing to spend the $100+ prices on most good NES games I would want going forward but that's not the line where I draw decent anyway. There are plenty of great games, maybe not always super collectable, that are in the very lows and lows for some systems. When speaking of Nintendo cardboard, yeah, things won't really get cheaper but the price scale is not just about Nintendo cardboard or American versions. Fai
  11. I hope none of this comes across as hostile to you and it's quite rambly, it's just a different viewpoint. I can respect that even "non investors" can enjoy graded games and I definitely assume too much about the graded collectors in general but I personally like my CIB games because I can read the paperwork and actually interact with the game, even if my collecting is often shelf collecting at least the option to peruse the whole thing is there and it isn't just an art piece that takes extra space. For sealed games kept sealed there isn't really lost functionality and what is lost as extra sp
  12. Top end NES games are definitely doozies nowadays. They're not the rarest things ever but the demand pushes the prices far more than on many other platforms. Nice, I like to collect JP Saturn games with Obis. Some have gone up in price for sure. Yeah $100 for "good-yet-obscure" game rings quite true to me. The current market can be a double-edged sword, some people are more interested to enter a hot hobby and some will be turned off by prices, still if we look at overall game collecting, it's quite affordable medium to collect on many platforms. I imagine the number of
  13. Hehe, well that's how I set it up when I started collecting and I have no plans changing my ideals even if the market has shifted, still quite a bit of playroom between my €500+ "insane" classification and my €5000 cap. I just feel that the insane level is costly enough barrier to cross for me to call it that. Sub $500 for something you really want is not too bad indeed. There are items that I own that could sell for less than €100 or €1000+ depending on where it's sold and who sees it, so I fully get that. Sometimes there is no real sales data for x years, if at all, and you h
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