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No, I always have to have a case for it, atleast with games that are in a disc format, I just cannot see how someone can buy a game that comes in opne of those generic gamestop cases.
But say if it's an old game for the NES, I just pick up the game, although if I buy stuff on ebay I would try to get a box depending on how much it costs.
I am collecting NES games right now, and all I want is the game. Personally I find the boxes kinda a waste of space.Full-Throttle
Man, how can you say that but you're a game collector?!?
If I buy a game on Amazon used and it doesn't have the original box or manual but does come in a dvd case, I don't mind if its cheap. Most games are casual in the sense that they have a baby first stage that you can't skip and the game actually pauses gameplay and shows you how to play it. If it was an old game where you were expected to have near mastered the core mechanics at the start of stage 1, you'd need a manual for that.
Like most others, for me it depends on the media format.
Cartridges = Don't care, don't need 'em. Instructions are easily found online, boxes are pretty much a waste. The game title / image is right on the front label for most carts.
Discs = Being a 'collector' as well as player of PSX / PS2 game, no way. Cases, instruction manuals, cover art = all must-haves for me. I once had to swap a 'generic' Gamestop Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana keepcase (Ugly as heck and with no instructions) with the original one at my local store (which included the instructions......thankfully the price was the same, so they gladly let me make the swap).
For both, if the covers are worn / plastic is cracked on the cases, I just swap out all the inserts and discs into replacement CD (PSX) / DVD (PS2) cases.
I need everything pretty much because i feel like its empty without everything. And i hate stickers on my cases lol.EmptySki
Omg stickers. It's alright when you can get them off really easily but then theres the occasional one that takes like an hour to come off or it leaves a sticky mark.
If it's a game that originally came in a cardboard box, I could care less about having the box.
If it's a game that originally came in a hard plastic case, I must have the case.
yep, me too. Like with gba games,I don't care much about the cardboard box. They are not very durable.
But with my ps2, I would like to have the box and manual in (almost) mint condition and non-platinum. I'm a ps2 collector :P
For me I will buy a game and yes, for me, it MUST have the box art. All my games now are disc format so I don't have to worry about cartridges. Every once and again I have to suffer and do not get the manual, but I quickly find myself 'on the hunt for it.'
However, when I trade the game back in or decide I like it and will get it later and trade it in; I keep the manual and case therefore I don't have to worry with if I have the case or not.
My garage has a bookshelf full! HA
Really depends on the case and system and game for me.
A ton of times, if there's a game I really want and don't have it I may buy a game w/o a case or instructions knowing full well I will upgrade to a copy that does later when I get a chance.
A ton of old carts like 2600 or Coleco or NES don't usually come with instructions or cases. I'll get those in a second because boxes and instructions are easy to get on EBay.
Some system games like say Master System or Genesis I really insist the games have the hard plastic cases on it. They're well built and shouldn't have fallen apart like most old boxes.
When I hit up EB and a used game doesn't even have a cover, I avoid. Obviously someone who's not interested in looking after their stuff owned it.
I would prefer to have the case, but if that is the only way to get the game I want, then I will get it case-less. If it is a GBA game or DS game, then I don't care as much, because the cartridge will end up going in my nice GBA or DS case anyway. I ended up getting Fire Emblem: Sacred stones without a case or manuel.
And as for the instruction manuel, I don't care about it, since I never need it. 8)
It depends really, because I tend to trade a lot of my games in. If it's cheap I don't mind if it doesn't come with a box or a manual, but I'm not really fussed. If it's a game I value highly (such as the Final Fantasy series) I'd only buy it with a box and a manual and preferably brand new.
Tbh, I don't mind at all. I got a copy of Age of Empires II from Game for £2 ages ago without the box and I was pretty happy.
If im buying a game thats on a disc (cdrom or dvd) it better have a case. but with Genesis games I make an exception IF the game is really good and/or cheap. with NES games, the paper boxes are really just a waste of $. I just stack those huge games up on my entertainment center.
but of all my games, a good percentage have the original case and instructions. and I never buy those ugly cases that say blockbuster or gamecrazy on them. those should be heavily discounted, but usually are not.
WIth cartridge games, I don't care about anything other than the cart.
For disc games, as long as it has the manual, artwork, and even it is in a jacked up case, like the ones from Gamestop, I'll buy it. I have extra cases for that purpose and I give the discs a buffing if needed.
Depends on two things...
1. Whether it is a cartridge game or a disc game. In the first case I don't care about the box, but for discs I prefer to have the original box.
2. Whether the game is easy/hard to find. In the case of a game like Final Fantasy VII (which a friend sold to me without box for $10) I didn't have any regrets at all...
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