Some of us game collectors go nuts and spend a lot of money on rare games. I know guys who are far crazier than I am, but I know also many people who can't understand why I pay so much for games if I can just download them somewhere or copy from somebody else.
My most expensive game was Shadowrun for Sega CD, one of the rarest RPGs around. I paid 90 dollars for the game and about 12 for shipping.
Good one. I think I never spent more than 50 Euros on a single game. I collect games, but since I break every shrinkwrap and actually play the games, I don't care much for value. I usually go haywire a couple of time a year though and buy huge loads of games on Ebay for several hundred Euros. I get most new games for free anyway thanks to my job. It's THAT good.
Thanks, mate. You saved me some writing. :) Exactly the same goes for me too. Only I don't get my new games for free, but with a hefty discount instead. And that my buying frenzy almost always cost me that 1000 euros and yes, afterwards it hurts mentally in the brain. Buyer's remorse, anyone? :D
One exception though: I just ordered a Pop'n'Music controller and game for about 80 euros (from which the postages are ~20). Does that count as "most expensive game"?
This is a very good time to ask this now, because I'm almost done with entering purchase prices to my have list. :)
If you mean one single game, I can't answer, but probably ~40 Euro and no more then 45.
But for a game package, then The Forgotten Realms Archives, for 100 DM (51 Euro). At some point after I played Baldur's Gate, I saw this package standing lonely in a shelve among applications (and not games!) in a store where I was going once in three years or so. From the shape of the box, a hundred of peoples had this already in their hands and since this store does not understand the concept of reducing the price in order that people actually buy it, they let standing it around for years with the full price, so it literally looked like people had thrown it around in the store. So I grabbed it to take a look at older AD&D's. :)
At the moment, I only buy from the local bargain bin (up to 10 Euro) or from the budget shelve (up to 15 Euro). But sometimes, I wonder what's the actual purpose of a bargain bin? Last time I was there, I began looking in it (it's a 1 m³ bin full of games!) and one of a salesman saw me when I was building up towers of games (anyone familiar with the Leaning Game Tower of Pisa? ;)) and he really asked me why I not just take a game from the top and stop making chaos (note: all the games are in the bin crisscross anyway, so much for "making chaos"). But you probably know, the treasures for a bargain hunter are always at the bottom of the bin. And when this salesmen would knew that I went only with Unreal II to the till and payed 0.99 €, he would probably have kicked me out of the store personally. :D
Be warned: That's about how much it is actually worth.
Okay, it's not THAT bad, but there's only one good voice actor (actress) in the game and the rest are so cheezeball (or just boring) that it is quite distracting.
I'd never find such a cheap game here in Brazil.
I think my most expensive game was Gabriel Knight 3, for which I payed R$ 20,00 (US$ 9,50). I only buy budget games... but I'm sure any of my NES games were more expensive than that, but I don't remember how much I've payed (they were bought in the middle 80's).
I bought Duke Nukem land of the babes for £40 at dixons when it first came out and on my way home i popped into Blockbusters and they were selling it for a tenner new and dixons wouldnt give me a refund. The next week i went into dixons and they had it on sale for a tenner needless to say i never shop there anymore.
Rage Of The Dragons for the Neo-Geo, which cost me $258.
Wow! The record price, so far. I know some Neo-Geo games are very expensive.
Some NeoGeo games being sold at the 2004 Classic Gaming Expo were, I kid you not, $900. And this was from a retailer, not an auction.
You're telling me...that people are willing to cough up 900 bucks...for a game?....What the fudge kind of game is that???
My most expensive game would technically be Dance Dance Revolution. Why? Well because of it I went and purchase one of the first PS2's to come out (pre-ordered) sot aht's already a few hundred bucks...plus the game...plus the mat. All because of all the hype over DDR at the time.
I never did get the hang of the game...did help me lose weight tho...
900 US dollars... that's about 8000 Chinese yuan. Let's see... average salary in People's Republic of China is about 1000 yuan per month. So an average Chinese could live EIGHT MONTHS for the price of ONE GAME :)
Talking about currency rates, when I was in the states, bought a game for a standard 49.50. Exchanged to my country's currently, that's 500.000 Rupiah. A meal in Indonesia costs 5,000-10,000 rupiah. Change that back to US Dollars, that would mean for an Indonesian, a single game to them (er, us) costs 500 Dollars! Stupid exchange rate.
I don't remember spending more than the full price of the game, so the most expensive is probably Age of Empires. Most of the games I've bought in the past years are probably worth than what I've spent with them, 'to.
The most expensive game that I remember has to be Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (or just Castlevania as it was known here) at the GBA's launch. It was incredibly hard to find, and I ended up paying AU$110 (!!!) for it at EB.
God, I hate EB.
YID YANG Has Left In Protest Wrote:
If there was any a SegaCD game worth paying that much for, Shadowrun and also Snatcher are two of them.
The most I ever paid for a single game was $120 for a complete Wing Commander III filmcan. T-shirt, videotape, the works.
Would the money I spent to upgrade my PC to play Doom count? :)
$34 for a stick of 1 meg memory... Sigh...
Scott Monster Wrote:
This is completely unrelated, but Doom actually had pretty low system reqs for its time compared with many contemporary 3D games. Magic Carpet for instance, which required a 486 minimum and a Pentium recommended. That was in early 1994. Small wonder it didn't sell. XD
I'm kind of cheap, so I rarely buy new releases. Although I did pay 78$ AU for a copy of Cossacks 2 last year.
This is also unrelated, but your Avatar is cute to the extreme :))
Agreed; I ran Doom very very comfortably on my 386-40 in "low-res" mode (hit F5 to toggle. Doom II took away the low-res mode so I couldn't play it :-/
In the first 15 years of the PC's life, technical superiority usually "won". This is why Access games did so well; most of them were technically amazing (RealSound, the rendering in Links, fast 3D and extensive sound and CDROM support in UAKM, etc.). It was a balancing act as to how much you could achieve and still get the game to run on the majority of hardware.
Biggest example of this that I can think of is Strike Commander. When it was developed, it was done so for the very topmost high-end of hardware at the time (486-33), and even on this it was sluggish. It had features that other flightsims didn't have, like texture-mapping and Gouraud shading. It was a 1994 game developed in 1992, and nothing ran it well until it was long too late.
...I'm still hung up on the $900 game thing...
well maybe if there's only ONE copy in existence and the game is GURRANTEED to be mind-bogglingly fantastic...
...or if it like cures cancer or something...
Anyway...I agree w/Oleg...that avatar is undeniably cute =)
but PS: Oleg: No one says "to the extreme" anymore jeez! lol
I think a most expensive DVD thread would also blow your mind.
I daresay I am old-fashioned, fair maiden, if thou knowst what I mean :)~
Or you have a Neo Geo collection and are only missing a couple of titles.... or it's exceptionally rare... or it represents some license that you really want to be a part of. Never underestimate "collectors". I'm not one, because I enjoy playing with my toys too much, but I've known lots of people who were... if there's a perceived value somewhere... well, then it just depends how important it is to get it.
Remember, what something is worth has absolutely nothing to do with what someone else is willing to sell or buy it for... though some people can be manipulated by seeing a price tag :)
That's not even the worst of it. A copy of the Euro vesion of Kizuna Encounter (NG AES) goes for $12,500 US! There's only 4 known copies of the game floating around.
Most expensive game I bought was Secret of Mana when it first came out: $95.99 CDN (marked down from 99.99!) Most ridiculously priced game I saw had to be Shadow Man for the N64 at the local Microplay (CDN videogame chain). Priced at the low, low cost of $114.99. What makes it even funnier is that I had just bought the game for 9.99 new (including a memory card) the week before. =)
The most I paid for a game so far was 100U$ for the original Tomb Raider. It hurt like hell, but I knew the game was da shit, and it was the price to pay in order to catch he wave early on.
I bought a PS2 the morning of its launch for about $700. Does that count? Because more often then not I buy any games either on sale or I trade for them at a local store near me. The last time I payed full price for a game was The Sims 2, and that was AUS$89.95.