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Offline Thomm

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What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« on: April 22, 2021, 04:01:00 PM »
Hello,

can you point me to any sensible use of old game DVDs, other than throwing them away?

By that, I mean, e.g.:

Original Close Combat series
Brothers in Arms series
Eurofighter Typhoon
CMx1: Barbarossa to Berlin
CMx1: Afrika Korps
Battlefield Vietnam
Syndicate Wars(!!)
Eric Young's Squad Assault  :bd:
...

Would these games still run on Windows 10?

Is there a market for such games?

Would a library take them?

Best regards,
Thomm

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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2021, 06:01:33 PM »
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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2021, 07:16:35 PM »
Keep them in boxes and store them in the back of a closet and then deal with your wife's dirty looks every time they follow you when you move and she can't use the unreasonable amount of space that the boxes take up for something useful.
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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2021, 07:29:58 PM »
Keep them in boxes and store them in the back of a closet and then deal with your wife's dirty looks every time they follow you when you move and she can't use the unreasonable amount of space that the boxes take up for something useful.
You have that too then...? :2funny:
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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2021, 07:49:38 PM »
Sell them on eBay where old games and 'vintage' computers and accessories are going for stupid money nowadays.
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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2021, 08:22:30 PM »
I had the same problem and this is what I did.

1] checked ebay to see if they had any value.
2] checked to be sure they would not currently run on my machines.
3] checked to see if they were available on gog.com & steam and saw what the price was.

A couple I saved  because they have real value on the secondary market - if you kept your box, documents and whatnot for collectors.

Everything that was on gog I either bought if it was less than $5 and I still wanted to play it, or wishlisted it for a future sale.

This eliminated the vast majority of my unplayable games, got what I wanted into playable form, and discarding almost all if the value on the market was low.

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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2021, 05:48:19 AM »
Keep them in boxes and store them in the back of a closet and then deal with your wife's dirty looks every time they follow you when you move and she can't use the unreasonable amount of space that the boxes take up for something useful.

Same for me, but I keep them in a footlocker along with way too many old Dragon and Dungeon magazines.

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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2021, 06:37:17 AM »
Keep them in boxes and store them in the back of a closet and then deal with your wife's dirty looks every time they follow you when you move and she can't use the unreasonable amount of space that the boxes take up for something useful.
Same here. Fortunately, i don't think we'll be moving again any time soon  :-"

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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2021, 09:08:04 AM »
I had the same problem and this is what I did.

1] checked ebay to see if they had any value.
2] checked to be sure they would not currently run on my machines.
3] checked to see if they were available on gog.com & steam and saw what the price was.

A couple I saved  because they have real value on the secondary market - if you kept your box, documents and whatnot for collectors.

Everything that was on gog I either bought if it was less than $5 and I still wanted to play it, or wishlisted it for a future sale.

This eliminated the vast majority of my unplayable games, got what I wanted into playable form, and discarding almost all if the value on the market was low.

Thank you for your advice. Your list looks comprehensive!

I do not think I will ever play any of these games again.

Perhaps I shall try to sell them. Perhaps just throw them away and move on.

Recently, I came across a guy who had over 1800 offers (DVDs, CDs) on a local sales platform. I wonder how many he can actually sell.

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Thomm




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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2021, 11:27:07 AM »
Definitely offer them up for sale before tossing them. Even if you give them away for postage only you might make someone happy who has been looking to replace their long lost or badly damaged copy. You might even want to see if you can swap the games for something else.
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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2021, 06:48:33 AM »
So far I am keeping my old optical disks.

But it is a bit silly since most of those games are available in some form of cheap reissue that doesn't require an optical disk with copy protection. Cheap enough to just buy the game again if needed.

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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2021, 07:13:37 AM »
I've been on a website for 20+ years where old/unloved/unwanted games are traded or sold.  Its a site based on trust; newer users are expected to sell/trade only with older established traders and new users usually will have to send first.  Newer users can (but shouldn't) trade with other new users, but are more likely to get burned...and some have been burned.  Bad traders are flagged and either make restitution or get site banned.

Its a free website, so any costs (i.e. who pays shipping) are decided between the two traders.  You can get a subscription for the site ($5/2 months, $12/6 months, $20/year) that'll provide a few extra features, but its not required to make trades.

Website is https://gametz.com/

If anyone has any ?s about the site, post'em here.

And you might even trade/sell'em on the Grogheads Trading Post.   O0
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Re: What to do with 'old' game DVDs ...
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2021, 08:33:21 AM »
I've been on a website for 20+ years where old/unloved/unwanted games are traded or sold.  Its a site based on trust; newer users are expected to sell/trade only with older established traders and new users usually will have to send first.  Newer users can (but shouldn't) trade with other new users, but are more likely to get burned...and some have been burned.  Bad traders are flagged and either make restitution or get site banned.

Its a free website, so any costs (i.e. who pays shipping) are decided between the two traders.  You can get a subscription for the site ($5/2 months, $12/6 months, $20/year) that'll provide a few extra features, but its not required to make trades.

Website is https://gametz.com/

If anyone has any ?s about the site, post'em here.

And you might even trade/sell'em on the Grogheads Trading Post.   O0

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