PC game collector community rocked by counterfeit game scandal

The box PC game collecting community is in an uproar over the discovery that a prominent retailer has allegedly been selling fake copies of rare, expensive video games, some purchased for thousands of dollars.

According to a timeline published on Big Box PC Game Collectors (opens in new tab), a Facebook group with around 6,100 members (which I am a part of), the problem came to light when group administrator Kevin Ng released copies of Akalabeth, Ultima creator Richard Garriott’s first game, the 1979 dungeon crawler Temple of Apshai and the Japanese edition of Mystery House received from another well-known collector and now former group host, Enrico Ricciardi. A close examination of the games revealed that they were likely fakes. When confronted with this, Ricciardi reportedly “hinted” that Akalabeth was actually fake and suggested destroying it.

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