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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Green Gecko » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:32 pm

I've always figured the black disks were worse as well because the laser isn't reflected back as well, I might be wrong.

There are a couple of problems with some disk drives reading Audio CDs with the same black layer. It might have contributed to the PS1's terrible disk read issues (I was one of many who had to tilt their console 45 degrees lol).

But hey, it looks cool. I think the only reason Sony did this was to make it easier to discriminate counterfeit disks as they are harder to come by.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Hyperion » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:31 pm

Need to get Gecko to make me some SNES/N64 repro boxes

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:14 pm

Yeah Gecko do you think you could produce copies as good as the originals?

Also I can't weigh the boxes on eBay.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Skarjo » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:53 am

Currently game hunting in Akihabara. Trying to see if I can justify dropping about three hundred quid on a Virtual Boy and a CIB copy of Innsmouth.

I already picked up Sin and Punishment for N64 CIB, also LttP and Super Paper Mario CIB for the SNES.

I was on the fence about getting a GBA Micro, and a Virtual Boy (mainly because the only game I cared about was Innsmouth which I'd never seen in the wild), but now they're both right there!

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Parksey » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:17 am

Isn't Akihabara ridiculously overpriced? I went to the kuch-vaunted Super Potato there, to pick up maybe the Japanese N64/GC I had my eye on buying since coming here, but the prices they charged were way higher than I expected. This was for run-of-the-mill commonplace titles too.

They were in good condition, granted, (as most second hand stuff is in Japan) but it was going to set me back a decent chunk for a console and games I already owned.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:23 am

Drumstick wrote:Yeah Gecko do you think you could produce copies as good as the originals?

Also I can't weigh the boxes on eBay.


I’m wondering if he could make an N64 cart sticker as a decal - bought a copy of NASCAR 99 without checking it properly and the sticker has a massive tear along the bottom half, which is incredibly annoying.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Skarjo » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:26 am

It is for run of the mill stuff, definitely. But it's also where the rarest stuff turns up, and it's still usually cheaper than buying online.

You wouldn't want to buy Mario 64 there, or common consoles, but most of the stuff I've only seen in the wild once or twice were in Akihabara/SP.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:58 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:
Drumstick wrote:Yeah Gecko do you think you could produce copies as good as the originals?

I’m wondering if he could make an N64 cart sticker as a decal - bought a copy of NASCAR 99 without checking it properly and the sticker has a massive tear along the bottom half, which is incredibly annoying.

The kuch-vaunted NASCAR 99.

Skarjo wrote:I already picked up Sin and Punishment for N64 CIB, also LttP and Super Paper Mario CIB for the SNES.

:datass:

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:55 am

Drumstick wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
Drumstick wrote:Yeah Gecko do you think you could produce copies as good as the originals?

I’m wondering if he could make an N64 cart sticker as a decal - bought a copy of NASCAR 99 without checking it properly and the sticker has a massive tear along the bottom half, which is incredibly annoying.

The kuch-vaunted NASCAR 99.

Skarjo wrote:I already picked up Sin and Punishment for N64 CIB, also LttP and Super Paper Mario CIB for the SNES.

:datass:

Pics?


:lol:

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:13 am

I've been toying with idea of trying to build a fledgling N64 collection, probably CIB in very good condition or better only. A browse on eBay to gauge the prices of decent quality version of the game on my want list:

1080° Snowboarding - £15
Banjo-Kazooie - £25
Diddy Kong Racing - £20
Donkey Kong 64 - £40
F-Zero X - £20
GoldenEye 007 - £25
Jet Force Gemini - £20
Lylat Wars - £25
Mario Golf - £30
Mario Tennis - £25
Perfect Dark - £25
Pokémon Stadium - £30
WWF No Mercy - £30

I also have Mario Kart 64, Mario Party 2 and Pokémon Snap on my list but I can just grab their respective Virtual Console releases.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Corazon de Leon » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:00 pm

Are you going for CIB on the 64, Drum?

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:49 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:Are you going for CIB on the 64, Drum?

Yeah, as I said. But not for a while.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Hyperion » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:00 am

Those are CIB prices??

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:43 am

Hyperion wrote:Those are CIB prices??

Yeah, I did some recon yesterday. Not as bad as I thought.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Mommy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:45 am

Anyone got a Pandora box?

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by Cheeky Devlin » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:30 am

Mommy wrote:Anyone got a Pandora box?

I've toyed with the idea of getting one before, but never pulled the trigger.

Probably going to get an Arcade 1up cab and stick a Pi and some quality controls in it at some point though.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by jawafour » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:23 pm

Drumstick wrote:
Hyperion wrote:Those are CIB prices??

Yeah, I did some recon yesterday. Not as bad as I thought.

I gotta admit, Drum, that I'd wondered if those prices were a little low. I took a look at "sold" prices on eBay and - exactly as you said! - you can find examples at those price points.

I'm always cautious about gaming quality descriptions on eBay. It seems that "good" often equates to - in my opinion! - "ropey" whilst "very good" often means "kinda acceptable". I don't mean to sound like an elitist ass by saying that (although I probably do!)... but, for me, I look at the condition of games with a fairly critical eye. Of course, you can find excellent quality examples at comparatively reasonable prices, but you need to have a keen eye and an element of fortune.

The overarching guidance for most collectors, though, is to buy games you desire and will cherish rather than considering any potential future profit. As with any form of collecting, there will be a peak time to sell and then the market pricing will drop as nostalgia / desire levels change. At present SNES and MD games are popular but, give it a decade or so, people will not have that same degree of familiarity with the games and so prices will drop. If you're a fan of that gaming era, though, rather than a dealer, price changes will be pretty immaterial and you won't be too worried about rise and falls :-) .

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:30 pm

jawafour wrote:I gotta admit, Drum, that I'd wondered if those prices were a little low. I took a look at "sold" prices on eBay and - exactly as you said! - you can find examples at those price points.

I'm always cautious about gaming quality descriptions on eBay. It seems that "good" often equates to - in my opinion! - "ropey" whilst "very good" often means "kinda acceptable". I don't mean to sound like an elitist ass by saying that (although I probably do!)... but, for me, I look at the condition of games with a fairly critical eye. Of course, you can find excellent quality examples at comparatively reasonable prices, but you need to have a keen eye and an element of fortune.

Jawa, I don't think that makes you elitist in the slightest. I personally would not invest in game which had a beaten up box/manual/cart because, whilst I am buying it for the game itself, ultimately I also take pride in having my collection in good condition. For some people that's a deal-breaker and some it isn't, both are fine.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by jawafour » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:37 pm

Drumstick wrote:...ultimately I also take pride in having my collection in good condition. For some people that's a deal-breaker and some it isn't, both are fine.

Yeah, absolutely, folk have different desires / expectations and buying whatever - for them - meets that level is cool. I held out on picking up a boxed copy of Resi Evil 2 on N64 for ages because of condition / price... I was lucky enough to get one that, for me, satisfied both criteria in the end :-) .

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by IAmTheSaladMan » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:48 pm

When I started collecting for OG XBOX a few months back I wasn’t that bothered about the games being CiB but made the decision a week or two in to only buy CiB.

A few early purchases had no manual such as Halo, Dead or Alive 3 and Blinx. I’ve managed to find replacement copies complete with manuals for all but one game (Mat Hoffman 2).

Frustratingly CeX only have one price for PS2/GC/XBOX and beyond whether there’s a manual or not. Which is why I won’t buy games from them online anymore and always check the box/disc in store now. I mean imagine paying the £70 asking price for XBOX Castlevania only for it to turn up sans manual.

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