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PGen98
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Post Do You Collect "Collectors Editions"?
on: October 29, 2012, 19:46
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Pretty simple question -- do you collect the Collectors' Edition games?

I've always been somewhat on the edge about collecting them over standard editions, since the benefits of Collectors Editions are usually pretty slim. I do collect for titles that interest me (Mass Effect 3, Forza 4, Halo 3 [Collectors and Legendary {sealed}], Halo 4, Halo Wars, Halo Reach [Same as Halo 3], and Fable 3 being prime examples), but if there's a game that I want to play, but am not necessarily interested in it beyond curiosity, I usually go for the Standard versions (Gears of War, for instance).

I know in time to come there's a chance they MAY be collectible and/or valuable; however, I've often wondered how many people actively collect them. I bit on games like Halo 2 for the original Xbox, and while it's still one of my favourite original Xbox games, its status as a collectors item is somewhat laughable. Obviously I would expect that to change 10 or 15 years into the future, but is that overly ambitious? Am I alone in collecting these items, or should be more actively pursuing them?

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on: October 29, 2012, 19:53
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For my experience, anything that is created with the intention of being a collectors item and marketed as such doesn't end up being very collectible, adding only a few dollars if any and sometimes even detracting value. The only time I go for the collectors addition is if it has some fun extras like plushies or posters or actual changes to the game.

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on: October 29, 2012, 20:43
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LuzZelenia is right, except for games that are ALREADY rare. Those collector's editions, especially if very few are made, become extremely rare. I never collect them unless I either get them for a great deal, or they have some special to offer, like a new character or some cool physical content like maps or whatnot. I've never seen collector's edition detracting from the price, but I have seen "Greatest Hits" or something similar detracting from it. Mostly because nobody cares that it's a greatest hit and mostly want the original art work on the box.

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on: October 29, 2012, 21:34
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I purchased 3 collector's editions in my life. One was for Star Wars Galaxies. Not because it was supposed to be a collector's item, but because of the perks I got in game.

The second was the Fallout 3 Collector's Edition. It included a Vault Boy bobblehead and came in a Fallout 3 lunch pale. The same lunch pale you see scattered throughout the game. lol

Third was Grand Theft Auto 4. It included a really cool art book, sound track CD (unfortunately the game had lousy music) and came in a safe deposit box style case. I still use the case to hold my video game accessories.

All said and done, I'm glad I bought these collector's editions. It's cool to have the extra swag. All said and done though, I would only buy collector's editions of games I'm really looking forward to playing and have a pretty clear idea the games are going to be good.

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Post Re: Do You Collect "Collectors Editions"?
on: October 29, 2012, 22:48
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Since I mostly buy RPGs yeah. They almost always retain their value and in many cases go up quite a bit. I use to buy other collector's editions, but after seeing how much the prices dropped on these things I stopped. I may still buy the CE, but will be for a fraction of the price.

I am not interested in anything that revolves around a plastic statue anymore. Art books and books in general interest me a lot. I love art books and collect them, so that is a big incentive for me.

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on: October 29, 2012, 23:04
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I've never heard of a collectors item that detracts from the value, but I do agree that they hardly ever add much, if any, value. I pick up the Collectors Editions when they're titles that really interest me (as listed above) and when they have great incentives to do so. The only one I really regret buying the CE for is Fable 3, since it came with nothing more than a pack of cards (haven't opened them, so no idea if they're just standard cards or something else) and a little good/evil coin. I love the case ("book") it came in, but I do feel a bit stupid for having gone for it. Other than that, my CE's are typically ones that had good extras packaged with them.

I also agree that it's mostly the art books that interest me. Mass Effect 3 has a great one, and I can't deny that I love the Top Gear commentary in Forza 4.

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on: October 29, 2012, 23:49
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Not for the newer xbox 360 sadly besides a Halo 3, but for the older Xbox I have the Doom 3, Mech Assault 2 : Lonewolf, and Halo 2 Collector titles. They look cool and most have a "making of" or DLC disc included.

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Post Re: Do You Collect "Collectors Editions"?
on: October 30, 2012, 03:12
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I buy CEs only when it comes with something but an exclusive DLC content. I love when they throw a figure inside, a good art book, a soundtrack. For example I have a Dissidia Final Fantasy Limited Collector's Edition, it comes with a soundtrack, artwork book and a small guide, very good WC reading. I have a Castlevania Lords of Shadow Limited Collector's Edition, it comes with a soundtrack and a brass mask. Macross Triangle Frontier comes with a Sheryl Nome statue, some good detail I must say. I have more, but I can't really remember what was inside.

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Post Re: Do You Collect "Collectors Editions"?
on: October 30, 2012, 08:14
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I've never felt the urge to get into them. But that Bioshock Infinite one does look interesting...

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on: October 30, 2012, 14:14
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Quote from starseed1981 on October 30, 2012, 08:14
I've never felt the urge to get into them. But that Bioshock Infinite one does look interesting...

Agreed. Definitely going to pick it up as I am a huge Bioshock fan. Not sure if I have a favorite collector's edition, but Hyrule Historia, the Legend of Zelda art book, is definitely one of my all time favorite art books.

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