Do you consider unsealed games to be brand new?

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#1  Edited By Speeny
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Apparently Nintendo Australia doesn’t seal their games anymore. I received several Switch games from Amazon, only to find that they weren’t sealed. I returned one for a replacement...to my surprise, it came in unsealed again. So, it is unfortunate, but I’ve kind of accepted it at this point. As long as it works and is in good condition, right?

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#2 Black_Knight_00
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Considering it's Australia, I would be more worried that the unsealed game contains a giant spider.

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#3 warmblur
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No I don't once that seal is off I see it as used.

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#4 RSM-HQ
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Suppose if it's sealed the game is speculatively untampered.

Though I own a few games like Shadow of the Colossus Remake still sealed and bought around launch. To me, it's pretty old now.

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#5 Willy105
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I've never bought a "new" unsealed game; I consider a new game to be sealed.

Then again, the last physical game I bought was BotW for Wii U. Maybe the publisher cost-cutting has gotten so insane that they even skimp on basic packaging.

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#6 Archangel3371
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Yep. Once the seal has been removed I no longer consider the game to be new.

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#7 JustPlainLucas
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There's brand new, and there's new. To me, brand new is sealed. If it's opened and never used, it can still be considered new.

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#8 livingdeadman
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If someones dirty fingerprints are all over it, it ain't brand new.

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#9  Edited By UsedToGame
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You know, I've heard that having a seal means nothing... I was told that those who work in stores can just use a machine that seals the game like new... This was in GAME in the U.K... Now, I'm not sure if that's just GAME's own seal, and not necessarily some official seal from the publisher/manufacturer/whoever seals this crap...

If someone knows, please confirm...

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#10 npiet1
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Most places I've bought games unsealed them anyway to take the disc out.

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#11 DEVILinIRON
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Nope.

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#12 CVBelmont47
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@usedtogame: They can't factory seal the game. It's a different method that stores use to seal games... one I have used to reseal items of importance as well.

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#13 Suman99
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Good discussion found in this thread.

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#14 omegaMaster
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Once a game is unsealed it's no longer new. If it's left untouched, I would call it 'as new' :D

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#15  Edited By BassMan
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I used to work at EB Games many years ago and we would sell the gutted games (display copies) as new. The box would be opened on the shelf, but all the internals were still new and kept in a drawer. So, yes, an open box game can be considered new, but it is just not sealed new.

Personally, I don't care myself as a disk or cartridge is just a medium for data storage. As long as I can access the data, that is all that matters. That is why I am fine with 100% digital distribution.