Since childhood, I’ve had the “collector’s bug”; as soon as I got access to a computer I’ve become a PC gamer; as I grew older I kept a warm place in my heart for old games (classic, retro, whatever). Put all of this together and what do you get? A guy who likes to buy physical bundles of PC games.
In modern day and age, more and more games go digital, but “collector’s editions” still pop up for the fans, and the “big box” copies of classic games often go for high prices on the second-hand market, depending on their condition and general availability. No, I don’t plan to sell mine any time soon, but here I will give a survey of those I have collected during the years, with pictures and descriptions, so that, should you ever start hunting for one, you know what to look for and what to expect. Also, just because I’m a retro-gaming nerd.
Before diving to the individual series, here are some ground rules:
- The target here is not “collector’s editions” (the ones with the extra merchandise and stuff), but “collections” – releases that include more than a single game, preferably a complete series of some sort.
- Only PC games in physical boxes are covered.
- The scores given to each release are my opinion of the quality of the release and its completeness in regards to the game series, not the quality of the games themselves.
- Topics like where to get the games or how to get them to run on this or that system are, generally, out of scope (but there may be a few exceptions).