Retro Gaming Treasure Found in Abandoned House Worth £ 74,000 | Games | Entertainment
You might not realize it, but the retro video game market has grown in value. This year again, records were broken for the most expensive video game sold at auction. So far, that record is held by a sealed copy of Super Mario 64, which sold in the United States for $ 2million (£ 1.49million).
Nowadays, auction houses are also used for the sale of extremely rare video games, while the services of grading houses are called upon to test and certify the condition of the object.
With the value of retro video games right now, you may be sitting on a small fortune without even realizing it.
And this has been brought out perfectly in a series of new videos posted by the YouTube channel Cheap Finds Gold Mines.
The chain is run by the dealer duo Aimee and Korbin, who scour the United States for items that can be returned for profit.
The couple were recently told by a viewer of a “slightly mean” house where they could find rough diamonds.
And the emphasis is heavily on the rough, as the house they hunted in included a room that hadn’t been opened for 20 years.
There, they found mounds of garbage and creepy critters everywhere.
But browsing the house was worth it, as they found a treasure trove of retro gaming goodies.
Items that Aimee and Korbin encountered included sealed copies of video games such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the Nintendo GameCube, Drakengard for the PS2 as well as the limited edition Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, with plenty of Xbox 360, PS2, and GameCube games being discovered as well.
While digging through this abandoned location, YouTubers were injured as Aimee was bitten by a brown recluse spider and Korbin thought he had scabies.
But it was worth it because, speaking to Kotaku, the YouTubers said the games they found were worth more than $ 100,000 (£ 74,443).
This ended up being split with eight other dealers, with Cheap Finds Gold Mines still winning the incredible $ 20,000 (£ 14,890).
In one of the videos, more context was provided as to why the house was so full of old games.
Aimee explained that in addition to the economic value of the game collection, it also has enormous emotional value.
This is because the previous owner suffered some sort of trauma after losing a loved one, which led him to start collecting items that were dear to him – in this case video games.
Aimee added, “We save these video games, we save part of history and we save part of this guy’s heart.”
If you are wondering if the video games you have around are worth anything, just know that not all retro video games are created equal.
The games that fetched high prices have all been factory sealed and kept in near pristine condition for many years.
So if you have any open-ended games lying around, chances are it won’t be worth thousands of pounds.
Yet some of the games you stumble upon may still be at good prices on eBay.
Even boxed – and used – editions of widely purchased consoles like the Nintendo Game Boy could sell for over £ 100 on eBay.
If you want to check the value of any games you come across, just go to pricecharting.com.
On this website, you can search for any game and see its current value, price history, and other key information.