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

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. (hard rock music) 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 GOG.com, 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.

99 thoughts on “Stupidly Expensive Big Box PC Games – $800 Sealed?!?

  1. I have a good gauge on console prices but was interested (and amazed) to see how PC fares these days. Good insight mate.

  2. You know, I don't think it's super rare, but I've NEVER seen a copy of Final Fantasy 7 on PC in person even though I know it exists.

  3. I love seeing all the old PC games like this. I missed out since we didnt have a computer back then. I wish there was gameplay footage with these videos though.

  4. I liked that you quoted/cited going prices for these games so people know what to expect to pay from previous auctions. If anything that’s stabilizing the market and might bring it down as more people perhaps sell off their own sets as well.

  5. I bought that GK origami box back in the day and it quickly dismantled. No regrets. I had more enjoyment out of that game as a kid than 800 would bring me as an adult right now, however spent.

  6. Just played a game on Switch called Coffee Crisis and I almost crapped myself when I saw you in it! I didnt know this was a thing. I must have missed that episode! Lol

  7. Yes, do more of this. Though I don't collect big box pc exclusively, it is my favorite to collect for. Have a few of the ones mentioned here.

  8. I've been looking for a game I played (since approximately 1996), and nobody seems to know what I'm talking about. It was made by one of the major brands of the time, but maybe I can describe it:

    The game has three main characters, which one of them is a superhero-like character with blonde hair. His sidekick is the stereotypical nerdy character, and the third is a pre-teen girl. They are on a mission to help this girl with something I'm not 100% sure about. However, one of the challenges comprise of creating an insect that has to beat another in a boxing match, but not sure why. It's basically a point & click game, but has cut scenes and cartoony. Hopefully this may help discover the game! Thank you in advance!

  9. Thanks for always making my days better @MetalJesusRocks wish I knew someone half as radical as you.

  10. My heart stopped for a second when you showed the Apple package of Wasteland. I could care less about it's monetary value; it was like seeing an old friend I haven't seen in 30 years.

  11. Its mad to see all these, I remember a ton of them from seeing them in shops on the shelves, I didnt play or own PC games but I was always interested in them for the design, complete presentation and the fact that they were for adult gamers while consoles etc. were still kids stuff

  12. When he talks about Epic Games and some of the games they made he doesn't even mention Fortnite. I love that.

  13. The first Gabriel Knight was my favorite game Sierra ever released. I wish I still had it because I will not pay $800 for it. Also loved a lot of those EA games, especially Wasteland and Seven Cities of Gold.

  14. I totally forgot about shareware. I was still a kid and could only play a few levels! Such good memories. Also, the Gabriel Knight series is one of my favourite game series ever!

  15. Quest for Glory 4 was an excellent game. I was only able to pass the game only when I got the patch. I still have the boxes and floppies/CDs of my games in my closet.

  16. Jesus, if the market is correct (and according to those economists, it always is), then you are unable to have great influence to the price. Even if you could, the affect is not long-lasting.

    Those people are just communists, they hate facing more competitions in classic games hunting, so the only thing they can do is just bad-mouthing the information providers.

  17. I'm surprised anyone would be dumb enough to ask over $100 for Arena or Daggerfall when Bethesda themselves released both games on their site for free, and if you buy certain games on GOG you get both games for free pre-configured for modern PC's and ready to play, and Redguard and Battlespire are also available to purchase. Sure the box and physical copy is nice but its not THAT nice, its just 20 year old+ cardboard and a floppy disc / CD that will decay and become useless in the next 10 years, then it'll be worthless.

  18. Dude I like your gaming room can't afford a lot of the games & systems so I got a Retropie. but I do have retro Nes & a 360

  19. I wonder how much that unbeatable Turtles PC port is worth these days, where they made one of the jumps literally impossible (speaking of terrible ports of console games)

  20. Great video. Damn…I used to own a complete mail order copy of Doom 1…stupid me tossed out the box but I did sell the disks for about $80.00 online some years ago. I have a sealed copy of the one of the original Might and Magics around somewhere…I've found and sold many rare console games but not many big box PC titles. I need to get back into looking for them, it's a lot of fun. 🙂

  21. Hey Metal Jesus

    This is awesome it brought back so many memories when I first started pc gaming. I still remember getting up in the middle of the night to play the original Doom I was so obsessed with that game and the commander Keen series or jazz the jackrabbit

    Keep up the good work and your channel is awesome dude

    Steve

  22. Jeez, I might have that Neverwinter Nights box, I know I kept the other gold box games and I had all of them. I played that heavily on AoL and spent quite a pretty penny on online fees.

  23. Also make sure to join the MS-DOS Gaming group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2209352733/ Derek Smart is a member 😀

  24. Nice video, so much to learn i wanna start to collect my beloved franchises, anytime soon. Thanks for share MetalJesusRocks!

  25. I watched someone in Goodwill open the plastic wrap and seal off of a big box Duke Nukem 3D and Mortal Kombat 2. I couldn't tell him to stop in time… it was a sad day. At least I still picked them up in great condition for $2.99 a piece

  26. Good lord, man. You had me running all over the house checking my conditions and completeness, since I've managed to collect about half of what you showed here since I started collecting in 1993. Fun video! Do more of these please!

  27. You are the reason I got into collecting Big Box PC Games and just retail PC games in general. I have plenty of consoles but vintage PC gaming is more fun than consoles for me because it's a bit of a struggle. I recently picked up Warcraft II Big Box from a friend for cheap! You can find my collection on Instagram at YallGotFloppies

  28. you missed wolfenstein 3d first GT release big box or other the apogee mail order big boxes – those are priceless

  29. I have the registered mail version of Doom, mint condition, bought it off ebay a couple years ago for half that price. I got it signed by John Romero, last year if my memory doesn't fail me.
    I think you are falling for shady auctions and speculators, Jesus. Don't blindly trust ebay prices, they are often inflated.

  30. I wish I took my dad's game collection before he gave them away over 20 years ago. He had a pretty decent PC collection and I imagine that some of the games he had would have been of value. These days I don't sell anything and it would have been nice to have my dad's collection incorporated into my collection.

  31. Big box pc games are my favorite to collect. Finding anything decent in the wild seems more challenging than console games.

  32. Great video. What is your favourite Sierra adventure game? Mine is probably Gabriel Knight(the new one is terrible without tim curry), Police Quest 3 was amazing too.

  33. I never heard anyone say id software like you do. I'm pretty sure its I.D. software but who knows maybe I'm wrong.

  34. Riven PC Big Box. I know, what? My copy has all the signatures of the Cyan Team on the back. It was a special pre-order back in 1997. I never see them on eBay and have yet to find a picture of one on the internet. Does anyone else have this copy or has seen one? Would be interesting to know how many copies of this version were printed.

  35. Damn I had those copies of Fallout. Sold them on eBay for like 50 dollars with a bunch of others in a large game lot back in the mid 2000's

  36. Why spend so much money on rare box copies, when there exists other ways of buying some of these games at a reasonable price? Jazz Jackrabbit and 2D Duke Nukem games can be bought at GOG at a good price. Classic Duke Nukem, as well as many other Apogee games can also be bought on 3D Realms website. They even created an anthology collection of these games as an anniversary special. The Secret of Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle have remasters that also can be played in their original form. If there exists a reasonable alternative, go with that instead of an overpriced box set, unless of course you're a collector and you really want to own the box.

  37. In crying because I had dozens of mint condition big box games, and they were thrown out by my parents about 10 years ago. I didn't care much at the time, but now that I see these prices… I'm weeping. I had just about every major title from 1993+.

  38. It is not even close to being your fault that the games prices go higher when people like a YouTube channel and they hear the price they go crazy and the price gets higher and higher because more people find out about it and sometimes there are people who don't know what they have and sell it for less than it's worth like on that group a copy of commander keen sold for 20 dollars don't ever take the blame to yourself

  39. grew up with maniac mansion, but the first few hundred times I played it, it was at a friend's place, and it was on a disk with a few other games like summer games, ghostbusters ahem probably had an EAGLESOFT cracktro

  40. In all fairness when people say you value these games too high it’s because they are poor. And living in poor areas. Yes an original copy of “space monster etc” may go for 200$ in West Virginia but this guy lives in Seattle. One for the most expensive cities in the world. Things cost more there than in a shitty landlocked state. Sorry 🙂

  41. I’ve been watching these videos for two weeks and I didn’t know Metal Jesus’ name is Jason until today.

  42. DOTT… I LOVE THE BOX!!! Ok, i know they re-released it on current gen consoles… I used to play this on my 386/dx40 with 4 megs ram… The intro cartoon, I could watch that over and over and over…. I want this box! lol

  43. Infocom had some pretty cool packaging back in the day. I'm surprised Starcross isn't worth more than Suspended.

  44. I stil lhave Heroes Quest 1 in its box with every thing. Sierra games was so cool in the mid to late 1980s ( as you know since you worked for them for a bit). HQ was pivotal as an rpg game, and introduced me to it at a time when nobody I knew except a cousin was sorta into j rpgs like final fantasy. Eventually I got into Wild Arms and FF 7, but so did many. HEROES QUEST the tandy game FOR LIFE!!!! ^~^

  45. Ahhh Secret Of Monkey Island. My Grandad was an old school IBM/PC gamer and in his stuff was this odd sample of the game on a single 3.5" disk. Can't find any info about it.

  46. Got a charter monopoly size big box of ultima online. Would never sale it. I also have a sealed copy of Quake 2. I loved gaming back then.

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