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Can anyone verify if this game is real or a fake? I didn’t think the orginal King’s Quest 2 and 3 were wrapped in celophane because of the flip-door box.
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They look real to me.
You don’t often see actual fake items on eBay. What you often get are inaccurate descriptions and things like that, however. I do not know all the box variations in this early era. It’s possible that as these are the EA distributed versions, the boxes don’t have the flap covers. I think that is the likliest explanation. A second possibility is that the boxes were “re-sealed”. You can always ask the seller for more detailed photos and check out the seller’s feedback comments / rating.
Did you distribute King’s Quest 2,3 through Electronic Arts? I own the original King’s Quest 2 and 3 with the fliplid and I don’t remember them coming in a cellophane wrapping or with an “Electronic Arts” sticker on them. Any information would be great!
Yes, various Sierra titles were distributed by EA.
My recollection is that only the Amiga versions were distributed through EA. EA made a major commitment to the Amiga, whereas we really didn’t focus there, and our the Amiga version of our products generally weren’t that great. We did some great product for the Amiga, like Frogger, but overall, we didn’t make the same level of investment as EA did — so, it made more sense to use their distribution than our own.
No one at Sierra liked the idea of distributing ANYTHING through a competitor. I saw it as EA’s fair reward for having done a great job on the Amiga. Our relationship with EA didn’t last long.
I’ve seen those EA-stickers in some Sierra-games before (might have been King’s Quests too).
>It’s possible that as these are the EA distributed versions,
>the boxes don’t have the flap covers
I encounter new Sierra variations (mainly old stuff, which I research
the most) almost every other week but even so I find that very unlikely.
(There have been some very odd discoveries though, so you never should
say anything with 100% certainity.)
Those King’s Quests just happen to be in shrinkwrap; either
in original by Sierra, or wrap by: EA/shop that had these/someone else.
I don’t know whether they shrinkwrapped only some games at Sierra’s factory in ~ 1982-1986.
I have some sealed SierraVision (1982-83), Sierra On-Line Inc. (1982-84) -games
and f.ex. a sealed KQ3 (1986) too (not EA-releases).
The game boxes themselves look totally new. Some shrinks look original quality wrappings,
but some on the other hand are obvious rewraps.
So there’s still the possibility even the better wraps were done in
the shop they were first delivered to, and they did a fine job.
(That’d be almost the same as a factory seal, as the
wear from delivery from factory to shop would be minimal.)
Some were shrinked later, maybe even recently, and the boxes
were very lucky to catch virtually no shelf wear.
On-Line Systems and some other early stuff were obviously shrinked,
as the contents would’ve fallen off otherwise :).
Nice hat, by the way and Go Gators.