Stupidly Expensive Big Box PC Games – $800 Sealed?!?

– Hey, you guys, Metal Jesus here.
Now it’s expected most of
the viewers of my channel
are already familiar with some of the more
rare and collectible console games,
but I do get the question
a lot from people
who wanna know what are some of the more
rare and collectible big box PC games.
In this video, I’m gonna
show you a bunch of ’em,
tell you what makes them kinda special,
and rare, and also hard to find,
and I think it’s gonna
really surprise you.
Let’s take a look.
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Now I mentioned surprises
and this is definitely
a surprise for me because I had no idea
how much this game had gone up in value.
So this is the original
Gabriel Knight from Sierra,
and this is the Origami
Release, is what they call this.
This is basically a really weird box
that we put out back when
this game came out on CD-ROM,
and as you can see here,
this is still sealed.
This copy right here is
actually my buddy Joshua,
the Big JB’s, copy here, but I had no idea
that this thing had gone up in value.
One recently sold for $800 on eBay.
I’m shocked.
Here’s something pretty cool.
This is Doom, the registered
mail order version.
Now you’re probably wondering,
what’s the big deal?
I mean Doom came out on every system,
but if you notice, this
is actually a smaller box
and that’s because this
would be the version
that you would’ve got had you actually
mail ordered this
directly from id Software.
Now get this, this sells currently
for about $350 in great condition,
and I think it’s worth
mentioning at this point
that probably the reason why this is
so unusual and so rare is because
so few people would’ve bought it this way.
Most people would’ve bought the
big box version at their local store.
Here is the Duke Nukem
II registered version,
and this typically goes
for about $150 or so
if you can get the original box version,
which, if you are a gamer like me,
you know this is kind of unusual because
we would play the
Shareware version to death.
It was very unusual to actually
see a big box version like this,
and many of these early
2D platforming games
on the PC are somewhat collectible.
So here you see Jazz Jackrabbit 2
which goes for about
$100, but the thing is
is that if you were a PC
gamer like me at the time,
2D platformers that were
good were actually pretty
hard to find, and so we
have a lot of nostalgia
built up for some of
these really good ones.
It’s worth noting that this
release of Jazz Jackrabbit 2
is actually from Epic MegaGames,
but we know that as Epic Games today,
which, of course, went on to make Unreal,
and Gears of War, and so
many other great games.
I like how this game here comes
with a mini color comic book
built into the front
of the manual, so cool.
Here’s something you don’t see every day.
Now, obviously some of you
are familiar with Infocom.
They made great text adventures,
but this game here is special,
specifically this release.
So this of course is Suspended
but it’s the Mask Box,
and as you can see here
why it would be called that
because it has this really
weird plastic 3D mask in there,
and it’s very uncommon to find it
in such good condition like this.
That mask, over time, gets
brittle and will break.
As you can see, this one is obviously
in very good condition, and typically
these go for about $150 or so.
Speaking of the Infocom games,
their most popular series of games are,
of course, the Zork games.
Now, here is the Zork Trilogy,
and this is interesting
because this is one
of the more collectible
Infocom games out there
which is kind of unusual because
the Zork games would’ve sold very well,
but this trilogy has
something really cool.
It has all the feelies or
extras you would expect,
but in here is a very special metal coin,
and I believe it only came
in this version of it,
and it’s made of metal, it’s very heavy,
and technically it’s the currency
that you use in these games.
So a lot of people are
looking for this particular
version of the game, especially
if you’re a Zork fan.
The bummer is that there
are counterfeits out there.
People make counterfeits of this thing,
so you have to kinda be careful.
It’s just really hard to
find original complete copies
of this game, but if you do, well,
it’s gonna cost you $200 or more.
This is a version of
Ultima I that a lot of us
remember playing back in the day.
That cover is absolutely a classic.
However, not many people realize
that this is actually a remake of
the 1981 original that
was sold in baggies.
If you’re lucky enough to find
one of those baggy versions
from 1981, well, those
things go for $2000 or more.
They’re extremely hard to find.
This version right here is definitely
a little bit more reasonable.
It’ll cost you about $200 or
so depending on the version.
The PC version tends to, you know,
command the most amount of money.
I just like the fact that
it comes with these coins,
and normally, at least in
later releases of Ultima,
they would have a cloth map.
This one actually has the map broken out
into regions on cards, very cool.
Do you remember way back when EA was
a well-respected game publisher full
of all sorts of creative
ideas and, at that time,
they put out these really cool,
thin, album cover style games?
Do you remember those?
I certainly do, and one RPG
that came out on that format
this is well-remembered,
especially on the Apple II,
is the original Wasteland.
Wasteland is now considered a classic RPG,
and it’s an early example of a
role-playing game with a persistent world.
Now it also is the inspiration
for the later Fallout games.
What’s interesting, from
a collecting standpoint,
is that they radically
changed the packaging
when they brought it over to the PC.
This obviously looks much more like
every other PC release at the time,
and it’s hard to say which one
is actually more collectible.
Me, personally, I like the
original Apple II version,
but both will cost you
about 100 to, say, 120 bucks
depending on what box you prefer.
You can’t talk about big box PC collecting
without at least mentioning
some of the amazing releases
that LucasArts/Lucasfilm
Games made back then
because so many of them are beloved,
and here’s something
you don’t see every day.
This is the Day of the Tentacle.
This is, of course, the Triangle Box.
Very hard to find, highly sought after,
and this is gonna set you back, well,
it’s gonna hurt, but it’s gonna
cost you about $300 or more,
and some gamers may not
realize that Lucasfilm’s
very first adventure game is
Labyrinth, based on the movie,
and so collectors going
for a complete collection,
well, they’re gonna drop
about $150 for this.
Here’s an adventure game that
most of us are familiar with.
This, of course, is The
Secret of Monkey Island.
However, you may not realize that there
are multiple versions of this.
This one right here you see
is the 16 Color Version.
This is the very first
release of this game,
and therefore it’s actually harder to find
than the 256 Color Version
that came out later.
I like how these games
are packed full of stuff
including the Adventurer newspaper,
and here is Dial-A-Pirate which
was used for the copy protection.
If you want the original 16 Color Version,
well, it’s gonna cost you
anywhere from $150 to $200.
Maniac Mansion is another adventure game
that a lot of gamers like me grew up with,
loved it, and now we wanna
put it into our collection,
but because they’re getting
a little bit harder to find,
especially complete,
they’re gettin’ pricey.
Now, this one’s not crazy.
This one’s, you know, gonna cost you about
100 to $150 with all the stuff in there.
I do wanna mention though
that there are times
when gamers like me, collectors like me,
we don’t even really care
if the floppy disks work.
I know that’s what I
think because, you know,
I can get the game somewhere else.
I can go to, or
maybe get it off Steam,
or get it in a more modern compilation,
but it’s all this extra stuff here,
all this really cool copy protection,
the maps, the merchandising, the catalogs,
that’s the stuff that you’re paying for,
that original stuff that
came with these games.
Continuing on with a
classic Lucasfilm/LucasArts
adventure games, of course you have
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders,
another game that a
lotta people like to own,
and depending on the
version, this might cost you
anywhere from like $120 to up to 200.
Loom is another Lucas game that
can take a long time to find,
especially if you want a complete copy.
What’s cool about this
release is that buried
at the bottom of the box
underneath all the floppies,
and the hint books, and manuals
and stuff is a cassette,
and this is actually
kinda like a radio play.
It can be tough to get a
complete copy of this game
with that cassette because I
think most people at the time
took that cassette and put it
with their other cassettes,
you know, next to their stereo
and forgot to put it back in the box.
So getting the complete is
gonna cost you about $100 or so.
Here is the version of the
Prince of Persia that I remember.
This is called the Trapezoid Release,
and as you can see, the
cardboard bottom pulls out there
and you can get access to the manual,
and the floppies, stuff like that,
and here’s the second game of the series.
It has a similar style but,
of course, it’s reversed,
but the original version was released
in 1989 on the Apple II and
imported to other platforms.
I’m showing the Tandy Version right here.
The original games only cost anywhere
from $70 to $120 depending on the version.
I get a lot of questions from
people who find these SSI
Gold Box games out in the wild
and they’re wondering what they’re worth,
and the truth is most
of ’em are fairly common
and not really worth more
than, say, 30 to $50 a piece,
but there’s one game in
the series that’s worth
and awful lot, and that is the
AOL Version of Neverwinter Nights.
What makes this game special is that it is
technically the world’s
very first graphical
massively multiplayer
online role-playing game.
To get a complete copy of this
game with its original box
and everything inside can set you back
anywhere from $300, $500, maybe even more.
Here’s a series of RPGs that many
of us are very familiar with.
That is, of course, the
Elder Scrolls series,
and the first game is Arena.
Now this game goes for about $150 to $200
depending on the condition.
I think Daggerfall’s
a little bit more easy
to find these days, but it’s still
can set you back about 100 bucks to 150.
I absolutely love that
foil cover right there,
the way the light plays upon it, so sexy,
and then there are two offshoot games
that can be relatively hard to find,
although they’re not super expensive.
The first one is Redguard and then
the second one is Battlespire.
Now, Battlespire is really interesting
because that’s technically a
survival horror style game,
and both of those can
cost about 100 bucks or so
if they’re open, obviously
more if they’re sealed.
Ultima VII The Black Gate is a
relatively easy game to find,
not super collectible
but what is collectible
are the two expansion packs.
You can pay anywhere
from $120 to $200 a piece
for these expansion packs because
they’re relatively hard to
find now in good condition.
Here’s something I first
heard about from Chris Kohler
and that is the original
version of King’s Quest.
This was released on the IBM PCjr,
and notice it’s a clamshell release.
It looks like business software,
and frankly the reason why it does
look like business
software is because Sierra
made a deal with IBM to develop the game
and showcase the computer,
but it ultimately flopped.
If you can find a copy of
this with the keyboard overlay
it’ll set you back about $150.
Many modern gamers got
introduced to the Fallout series
in the third game, but
many retro gamers like me
look fondly back to
the original first two,
and because of that reason,
they’re somewhat sought after.
So depending on how complete
they are and the condition,
well, you can pay anywhere
from say $150 to maybe $200
and definitely more if they’re sealed.
What’s interesting though
is that Fallout Tactics
doesn’t exactly command a high price
even though I think getting
the big box version like this
is way more difficult
than the previous two,
and I think it’s simply because
the game is not as, you
know, well-regarded,
people aren’t quite as nostalgic for it.
Here’s another Sierra
game that I had no idea
was so sought after and
so collectible these days.
This, of course, is Quest for
Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness.
This is nicknamed the Purple Box.
Now depending on
condition, this can go for,
say, $100 up to $200 or more.
Now, the reason why this
surprises me so much
is because while we’re at
Sierra these were everywhere.
We had them, you know, you
would have like 10 boxes
stacked high, so it’s kinda funny to me
that this is the one that
a lot of collectors want,
but the fourth game is
considered the best in the series
so obviously a lot of
fans are nostalgic for it
and this is the original release.
So this is the one that they want.
Some collectors may
forget that console games
and arcade games occasionally
made their way to the PC.
You see Super C here which,
of course, is a Contra game,
and it is very collectible on PC
as well as the original
Metal Gear, also on PC.
People don’t realize this,
and what’s funny is that
both of these versions are considered
to be pretty much terrible,
but they are some of the more
rare and difficult Contra
and Metal Gear games to find.
So if you’re going for
a complete collection
you can spend anywhere from 200 to $300
depending on the condition and
whether it’s sealed or not.
So that’s a quick look
at some of the more rare
and collectible big box PC games,
but I do need to do a
huge shout out to Kevin Ng
who’s a collector here
in the Seattle area.
Most of these games are actually his.
His collection is epic.
I’m so jealous, and he helped
me out greatly with this video.
As a matter of fact, if
you are looking for help
if you go out to a thrift
store or to a pawn shop
and you find something that
you don’t know what it is
or maybe you just wanna
learn more about this type
of collecting, he’s an admin and part of
an amazing Facebook group called
the Big Box PC Game collecting group.
I’ll put a link down in the
video description below.
If you’re remotely
interested in learning about
big box PC games, some of
the more special titles
to look out for, I highly
recommend that you join it.
It’s amazing.
Also, I’d love to know what
you thought about this video
because we have just touched
the tip of the iceberg
when it comes to big
box PC game collecting
because literally there are
10s of thousands of them,
and while I think we covered
more kind of known titles
in this video we can go
really obscure, really rare,
and it’d be fun to do that.
So let me know down in the comments below
if you liked this video
and would like to see more.
All right, guys, thank you
very much for watching.
Thank you for subscribing and take care.
At the end here I do
wanna bring something up
and that is occasionally people accuse me
of trying to raise the
prices of video games,
and that is absolutely not my
intention with a video like this.
It really isn’t.
I mean, I’m not a reseller myself,
and honestly, the pool of
people that are looking
for PC games like this is really small.
Most of these games
were already expensive.
My goal with this is
simply just to educate
and also celebrate how cool and
collectible these games are.
All right, guys, have a great, great day.


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