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Musings on the state of the Sierra Collectors Scene

Postby DaveJustDave » Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:50 pm

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Re: Musings on the state of the Sierra Collectors Scene

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Re: Musings on the state of the Sierra Collectors Scene

Postby DaveJustDave » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:47 am

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Postby Grendel » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:01 am

I've been collecting Sierra games for almost two years, and comic books for more than 20 years. Both markets are primarily motivated by nostalgia, with one key difference: comics featuring Spider-man and Batman are still being made, so there exists the possibility that new fans will be exposed to them and thus want to read/collect/possess previous stories featuring those characters or creators or themes. With vintage software, that aspect is out of the picture. The current peak demographic of gamers know and care nothing for King Graham, Roger Wilco, etc, and there is no practical way for new gamers to be exposed to old titles even if they could be lured away from the infinitely more detailed visuals and fully interactive universes out there in other, newer games. The collector market for video games, comic books, toys, and the like are fueled by people who have fond memories of their childhood and now have the financial means to acquire the coveted items thay never had before, or to replace the treasured favorites that got lost along the way. So, correlate the heyday of Sierra gaming with the expected trends of most peoples lives, and it's likely that the collector's market will collapse within another 20 years or so, but prior to collapse will taper steadily as all those who actually want the software will already have it.

So, the point is, buy the stuff you like, and be happy with it for what it is rather than imagining what it could be. I still enjoy Quest for Glory, and the collector portion of my psyche wants me to accumulate all the variations Sierra put out. It makes me happy to have a full shelf of HQ, QfG1, QfG VGA, QfG2, QfG3, QfG4 CD, QfG4 disk, QfG5, QfG5 Sierra Originals, QfG Anthology, and QfG Collection, but I doubt that I will be able to recoup my expenditures on these.
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