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EDIT: People tend to only call games rare so they can try to charge more for it, which is the case with Earthbound, just insanely out of control. It kinda irks me, really, because this sort of thing f***s the market up and makes it harder for people that want to collect older games.
Tell me about it, game collecting has been hell in the last 2-3 years because of the massive increase in prices. Games that used to be in the 20$ range have recently been going up to 60+ like Demon's Crest (actually, I just looked on eBay, it's ~90$ now >_>). There's quite a few games I want that I'll probably never get because I'm reasonable with my game purchases and paying over 100$ for a game is senseless.
Can't wait for this particular bubble to burst.
The bubble MIGHT burst, but I predicted this year was the year the real trade value of games will either go up higher, and/or level off. For the first time in nearly four years, the economy as a whole is just NOW starting to get a boost. More gamers than ever doesn't help. And with games like FFVII at least keeping value despite the DL version.... DL copies of games does not always lower game values the way some may wish.
Plus, China MIGHT make console gaming officially legal. That's a billion people potential market. So then the question will be, will they prefer PAL, US, or Japanese releases for older games.
So, perhaps foolishly, I spent mostly last year nearly putting myself bankrupt buying games I either really wanted or thought may never go down in value again... spent a good 600-700 dollars within a three month period.
Culdcept Saga Radiant Historia Xenoblade Chronicles Powerstone 2 Metroid Prime Trilogy Tales of Symphonia Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Dokapon Kingdom Jump Ultimate Stars Xenogears (original copy) Skies of Arcadia Legends Legend of Zelda Windwaker Super Smash Bros Melee
I would have many more but alas, all my games previous to PS2&GC were either stolen or taken away from me as a child and given to other family members. I used to have games like Rival Schools Project Justice, SNK vs Capcom 2 (DC), Marvel vs Capcom 2 (DC), Panzer Dragoon Saga, Legend of Mana, and many other uber rare games but unfortunately my NES, SNES, and Genesis were given away to other family members and my Saturn, DC, and PS1 were stolen.
I forgot to add, I also have PSO ep1&2 Plus on GC with the keyboard controller.