How to get Sierra DVD "Best Seller" games shipped

I want the Sierra DVD case “Best Seller Series” budget version of a game I like, because it comes bundled with an out-of-print and difficult-to-find expansion pack. However, this series is only sold outside the US, in Europe and Asia (don’t know about Canada). Amazon UK has 'em, but refuses to ship software to the US.

Anyone know a reputable and reliable retailer that would sell such games to a customer in the US?

Need more info-- provide exact product name and SKU.

Well, I’m a bit reluctant to name the game because after I posted I found a single one of the overseas versions available on eBay and I don’t want someone else to jump on there and start a bidding war with me. Paranoid and selfish, I know.

Was just wondering if anyone knew of any good retailers that would sell such items to US customers. That said, about an hour after I posted, I actually found one place: http://shop.gameplay.co.uk/ that has the game I want and will ship to the US. It’s just that the eBay listing is a lot cheaper, postage- and price-wise. So, if I win that auction I’ll come back here and name the game, revealing the great mystery that no one probably cares about.

Sorry to be so silly about this, and thanks for trying to help.

The only game I could really think of was Ground Control & Dark Conspiracy. Not really rare, but I didn’t see any on Ebay and I saw it at Gameplay and Amazon.co.uk.

Anyway dude, I’m always trying to track down “rare”(rare to me at least) games. Pretty often I find that they’re not all that rare afterall.

Or some of the games I have that I don’t exactly value turn out to be worth a pretty penny. Like the Kilrathi Saga set. The thing was everwhere when it came out and it’s actually not even that cool, but it’s always going for crazy prices on Ebay.

Yeah, I think I snuck in at the tail end of Kilrathi Saga’s availability. I think I got it at http://www.cdaccess.com (or something like cdshareware.com - but if that’s the right URL it’s not the same business anymore).

Another game that’s surprised me with how quickly it’s become rare is Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII (PS2). I’ve been thinking of it as an underdog that nobody (but me and maybe Robert Sharp) bought. While looking for something else I stumbed across it, only available used, from Amazon.com and selling for over $55 in all cases. It’s already out of print and collectable. Didn’t it just come out less than a year ago?

Well while i’m lurking here, anyone know a place to get Alien Crossfire? for Alpha Centauri, saw it on ebay yesterday with a day left for 60.00 so far. thats crazy, it really burns me that they make a MAC version you can buy but don’t bother to make the PC anymore.

Wow, that place has some great deals! Check this out:

ftp.winsite.com for Windows 95 - Accurate Research - $8.95 - The entire Windows 95 software archive taken from WinSite, Fall of 1996

and

InfoMac VI - Pacific HiTech - $14.95 - Over 600 MB of programs from the Info-Mac Internet archive. Dated August 1995.

Gotta get me some o dat!

cdaccess is great. I’ve picked up all sorts of almost-out-of-print stuff there, including the X-Com Collector’s Edition, etc. You can sometimes find obscure stuff at sunnylandsoftware, but their selection is very hit or miss. Chips and Bits sometimes has some oldies as well.

  • Alan

It’s strange. I dominate when playing AC, but every time I’ve tried to get into Alien Crossfire I get completely hosed. Anyway, I see it at EB and Fry’s every time I go there, usually it’s in a DVD pack in with the original game. If you’re really dying to get it shoot me an email and I’ll pick it up and ship it out.

I’m still confused why it’s worth so much. They didn’t exactly include a bunch of extras, and the first three games play WAY too fast. Yeah, it works on '95 without many problems but I wouldnt call them playable.

Yeah, it came out in late June if I remember correctly. This guy from work is a walking RotTK encyclopedia and he was saying that it was released in relatively small numbers and the main people who bought it are hard-core fans who aren’t about to sell them. Who knows though. Sometimes there are games you would think would be huge collectors items but turn out to be relatively common. Then there are games you would never think of as being collectors items(Isle of the Dead, zombie cover) but turn out to be so rare that even “abandonware” guys beg for it in IRC.

One game that is surprisingly high on Ebay is Project Justice by Capcom for Dreamcast. It’s the second of the Rival Schools games. It’s already going for $40 or more and it sold for $20 new when it was released.

This will certainly become a more interesting phenomenon as time passes. Some games simply miss their audience and all of a sudden the price is high and there’s no real explanation for it other than people finding out about it too late.

–Dave

This will certainly become a more interesting phenomenon as time passes. Some games simply miss their audience and all of a sudden the price is high and there’s no real explanation for it other than people finding out about it too late.

And then there’s the uncontrollable crying.

I think the trick here is that people don’t know that. They see the auction listings and online descriptions which list Kilrathi Saga as '95 “and up” compatible. Those descriptions almost always say that the speed issues have been fixed.

I was considering buying one myself, as I never owned WC I-III, and wanted to get in on “The Legend,” until I did some reading on the Wing Commander CIC forum and found out what you just mentioned, that the speed problems and other compatibility issues were still there. Part of the thing about being rare is that its harder for the word to get out that it isn’t as good as some are claiming it to be.

So, I went the cheapo route and bought a Pentium 133 DOS box for $9 (!) and will be buying the non-Kilrathi Saga versions for cheap, and playing 'em on the machine they were intended for. Definitely a better way to go if space isn’t a concern, as it opens up all those other old games for play as well.

I’m still confused why it’s worth so much. They didn’t exactly include a bunch of extras, and the first three games play WAY too fast. Yeah, it works on '95 without many problems but I wouldnt call them playable.[/quote]

I’d never played the originals but I had thought those games were pretty tough! Maybe this is why. Damn, I must be good through to have beaten 'em anyhow. Or not. :)

Semi-related Wing Commander question:

Since I’m not buying the Kilrathi Saga version, does anyone know if there is any difference between Wing Commander I on diskette and any of the Wing Commander I CD versions for PC (besides the Super Wing Commander for 3D0 or Mac).

I was doing some research on this, and found this amusing post from 1992 on Google:

Hi everyone. I just saw the Wing Commnader CD’s at the local Electronics Boutique. What I want to know is what are the differences between the CD version and the regular disk version? […] The CD’s are $85 each. There are 2 different discs. One has Wing Commander I and Secret Missions I & II on one CD. The other one is Wing Commander I and Ultima VI.

HOLY CRAP! $85 was the original price for a new Wing Commander CD-ROM! And I’ve been complaining about $50 games…

I’ve really only played the first couple, and the secret mission addons, and I do remember them being extremely difficult. Those were the games that taught me to hate escort and protect missions. The fact that you could fail missions without getting a “Your mission was a failure! Reload?” message was great. I started playing WC3 one time but quickly lost interest, the original is still the best.

I’m pretty sure the main difference is that the CD version has the secret mission and voice pack addons.

That’s why it’s funny to see people complain about game prices nowdays. I remember Microprose games in particular being extremely expensive($79.99 in some cases, before they had CD versions). THe most expensive game I ever saw was The 7th Guest. The MSRP was like $99, and the street price was about $80 or so.

I vaguely remember some wargame pricing out at $120 back in the late 80s or early 90s - maybe something from SSG? I know a number of the Avalon Hill titles were $85 and $90.

Have the prices gone down mainly due to reductions in the prices of CD production, or are there other factors at work?

From an old thread somewhere in here.

Anybody have an idea where I might be able to find this? I have the Tie-Fighter Collector’s Edition, but that is just the old DOS game fixed up to be more compatible with Win9x. It’s still the old graphics engine IIRC.

Edit: Looks like this was the version that was being talked about. Now if I can just find it somwhere.

So Jared, can you tell us the mystery title you were looking for?