All I'm saying is it's kind of a dick move to buy up a game of a series that people love and they don't make anymore, just for the cases and to toss the games, I dont care if it goes for 25¢ or $250.
And you even said yourself, hundreds if not thousands will get destroyed anyway. So why add to that, knowing they aren't making anymore and were losing more every day?
I dont care if you guys disagree, I know you guys are collectors here, part of me is, but first and foremost I'm a preservationist.
I'm still not 100% sure that you're not trolling us. If you are serious, there probably would have only been half a dozen or so posts about buying cheap cases. Now this debate has dragged on for pages and I'd bet more and more people are buying up cheap cases. The topic is getting more and more exposure on this thread.
If you care so much about preservation you're perfectly free to start up your own repository of old sports games for posterity.
I don't know anyone that even plays-- much less collects-- old versions of these yearly updates. Sports titles are as close to consumable as games get. I think both the market and the gaming community agree, or we wouldn't be buying them for pennies on the dollar. They simply would not sell if they weren't available for these fire sale prices; they'd get junked anyway.
It just seems like a silly stand to take. You might have a point if we were talking about, say, arcade games, which are prone to failure and abandoned or scrapped when not cost effective to repair.
In our own way, those of us who buy these for the cases are preserving the games these cases are to be used for, for future players. We're not gonna live forever, and I think someone 20, 40, 60 years from now would appreciate a nice looking Yakuza, Rogue Galaxy, or even Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter more than a couple extra copies of a widely available, mass-produced roster update.
I don't toss the games anyway. I donate them to Goodwill in inferior cases... which will more than likely toss them when they don't sell after months on shelves.
I like the idea of donating them to Goodwill in inferior cases. I'll do that at some point. I trade with other collectors I've met on xbox live. I've asked if they want me to throw in these old sports games in the box of trades. Usually they already have them, but sometimes they take them off my hands.
I agree with everything you said including nice looking Yakuza, Rogue Galaxy, or even Mace Griffin. I would just also like to add that 20, 40, or 60 years from now, there won't be a problem still finding NCAA 2004. I can't claim to know the future. I believe they will be somewhat similar to the countless Atari 2600 games that can be bought for under five dollars. But because CAG's threw out less than 50 copies, the prices will be something like $5.25 instead of $5.00.