Glossary and Explanation of Terms – Video Games

This post should clear up any confusion as to what I mean when I reference something on a post about video games.

Abbreviations & Acronyms

GOAT

Greatest of All Time. GOATs are the best of the best, legendary in their own right. It can take a lot to gain GOAT status, and it can take a lot to take it away.

PSS

PSS stands for Proxy Shipping Service. These companies allow you to buy items from sellers or online stores in foreign countries who currently do not ship internationally. One of the most popular countries that PSS’s exist is Japan.

My current recommendation for a PSS is FromJapan.

Information Tables

Information tables are small tables of well information about a video game release. I try to provide information that is useful to people who might be trying to identify or otherwise research a particular game.

Purchase Location

Purchase Location refers to the store, shop, car boot or even country where the item was purchased.

Purchase Price

Purchase Price is the price that I paid for the item (excluding P&P for mail-order items). For items purchased internationally I will provide the local currency price first with an exchange rate price second. This exchange rate is calculated at the time of publish.

Media Condition

Media Condition refers to the condition of the disc or cartridge (the media).

With each condition grade given to a release, a comment will provide an explanation of why it has received that grade.

There are currently 5 different condition grades:

For discs:

  • Mint
    • The disc is completely clean, like-new, has no scratches or scuffs on the read side.
    • The disc has no pressing imperfections on the read side or label side.
    • There are no cracks around the disc hub.
    • There are no indications of disc rot.
    • The disc has not been resurfaced while in my collection
  • Very Good
    • The disc may have some very minor marks on the read side (less than 5% of disc surface)
    • The disc can be read by the system without any issues
    • The disc may have a minor scratch on the label side
    • The disc does not have any stickers, residue, pen marking or other marring on the label side
    • There are no cracks around the disc hub
    • There are no indications of disc rot
  • OK
    • The disc has multiple marks (scratches or scuffs) on the read side (more than 5% of disc surface)
    • The disc has a high success rate for being read by the system, however may require multiple attempts in some areas
    • The disc may have scratches, stickers, residue or pen marking on the label side.
    • There may be some small cracks around the disc hub that do not enter the data area of the disc
    • There are no indications of disc rot
  • Poor
    • The disc has heavy marks on the read side
    • The disc has a low or 0% success rate of being read by the system. Game may stall (crash) during gameplay because of this.
    • The disc may be cracked in the data portion area of the disc
    • The disc may have no label or heavy marring on the label side
    • The disc may be warped
    • The disc is an obvious fake, bootleg or pirate copy (e.g. DVD-r, CD-r)
    • There are indications of disc rot
  • Missing
    • The disc is missing
    • The wrong disc is in the packaging

For cartridges:

  • Mint
    • The cartridge is clean and has no discolouration or sticker residue
    • The cartridge label is clean with no sticker residue, pen marking
    • The cartridge label is firmly affixed and is not peeling
    • The cartridge contacts are clean from corrosion/oxidation
    • The cartridge is complete and is held together by all original fasteners (where applicable)
    • The cartridge battery holds a charge (where applicable)
  • Very Good
    • The cartridge has some slight discolouration or small sticker residue
    • The cartridge label may have some sticker residue, or pen marking (covering no more than 50% of the label)
    • The cartridge label is firmly affixed, but may be slightly peeling on one side only
    • The cartridge contacts are clean from corrosion/oxidation
    • The cartridge is complete and is held together by all original fasteners (where applicable)
    • The cartridge battery holds a charge (where applicable)
  • OK
    • The cartridge has some discolouration or sticker residue
    • The cartridge label has some sticker residue, or pen marking (covering no more than 50% of the label)
    • The cartridge label may be coming off, but is still complete and could be re-affixed
    • The cartridge contacts require some minor cleaning to ensure good contact is made with the system
    • The cartridge is complete and is held together by fasteners but these may not be original in the case of repairs being undertaken on the cartridge (where applicable)
    • The cartridge battery does not hold a charge (where applicable)
  • Poor
    • The cartridge has discolouration, or sticker residue
    • The cartridge has cracks or holes in the plastic
    • The label is missing or is torn
    • The cartridge label has sticker residue or pen marking that covers more than 50% of the label
    • The cartridge contacts are seriously corroded and the cartridge is unlikely to make a good connection with the system
    • The cartridge is not held together by fasteners, but instead something else like tape, elastic bands, glue (where applicable)
    • The cartridge battery does not hold a charge or is missing (where applicable)
  • Missing
    • The cartridge is missing
    • The wrong cartridge is in the packaging

Sleeve Condition

Sleeve Condition refers to the condition of the paper sleeve, casing and/or box for the video game.

For platforms/regions that use unique cases a list of these platforms/regions is below:

  • Nintendo 3DS – All Regions
  • Nintendo DS – All Regions
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo Wii-U
  • Microsoft Xbox – PAL Region
  • PlayStation – PAL Region
  • PlayStation 2 – PAL Region
  • Sega MegaDrive – PAL Region
  • Sega DreamCast – PAL Region

Platforms that release using a box for packaging (instead of a plastic case and paper sleeve combination):

  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo Famicom
  • Nintendo GameBoy
  • Nintendo GameBoy Advance
  • Nintendo GameBoy Color
  • Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Any other platform not listed above the condition only refers to the paper sleeve, and not the condition of the keepcase as these are usually a standard size that can be replaced cheaply (e.g. PlayStation Japan and US region titles are often shipped in standard issue CD jewel cases).

With each condition grade given to a release, a comment will provide an explanation of why it has received that grade.

There are currently 5 different condition grades:

  • Mint
    • The paper sleeve or box is clean with no tears, bends or marks.
    • The paper sleeve or box has no discolouration.
    • The paper sleeve or box has no stickers, residue or pen marking at any point on the surface
    • The paper sleeve or box has sharp defined edges with no signs of wear.
    • The unique case is fully operational and has no cracks or missing parts
  • Very Good
    • The paper sleeve or box may have some minor signs of wear around the edges
    • The paper sleeve or box may have some discolouration that affects a small portion of the total surface area (such as the spine)
    • The paper sleeve or box may have a small sticker, residue or pen marking that affects only a small portion of the total surface area.
    • The unique case may have a small crack or scuff, but is still fully operational (i.e. the case opens in a whole unit, the door doesn’t detach)
  • OK
    • The paper sleeve or box has signs of wear around the edges or may have been folded or cut (including hole punch)
    • The paper sleeve or box may have discolouration that affects a large portion of the total surface area
    • The paper sleeve or box may have a large sticker, residue or pen marking that covers a noticeable portion of the total surface area
    • The unique case is present and has all parts but may not be fully operational (i.e. the case front falls apart)
  • Poor
    • The paper sleeve or box has considerable signs of wear such to the point that the sleeve is unreadable or unpresentable
    • The paper sleeve has been replaced for an inferior copy (e.g. photocopy)
    • The paper sleeve or box has suffered water damage at some point
    • The paper sleeve or box is badly torn
    • The box does not hold its form
    • The paper sleeve or box has harsh discolouration (such as bleaching)
    • The unique case has been replaced with an inferior replica
    • The unique case is missing parts or does not hold its form
  • Missing
    • The sleeve is missing
    • The box or unique case is missing
  • Not Applicable
    • In rare cases (such as promotional items) only the media is sold, it comes with no packaging

Manual/Inserts Condition

Manual/Inserts Condition refers to the condition of the game manual, user guide, game guide and any additional inserts (catalogues, mail order postcards, flyers).

This condition also concerns any promotional items included for special edition releases.

With each condition grade given to a release, a comment will provide an explanation of why it has received that grade.

There are currently 5 different condition grades:

  • Mint
    • All manuals and inserts are present (to my knowledge)
    • The manual and inserts are in great condition with no marks, stickers, pen marks, folds, tears, water damage etc.
    • Obi-strip is present (for Japanese import releases ONLY)
  • Very Good
    • All manuals and inserts are present (to my knowledge)
    • The manual and inserts have signs they have been read (ear marked, slight wear to the edges) but there are no stickers, large pen marks, considerable tears or water damage present
  • OK
    • Only the manual may be present, no inserts (or vice-versa)
    • The manual or inserts may have stickers present or pen marks (or writing in notes sections)
    • The manual or inserts do not have any considerable tears or water damage present
  • Poor
    • The manual or insert has considerable tears or water damage
    • There are pages missing from the manual
    • The manual is otherwise destroyed.
  • Missing
    • There are no manuals or inserts present
    • For modern games with online activation, the activation code is missing or has been redeemed (doesn’t apply to DLC content!)
  • Not Applicable
    • For some budget releases they are not sold with any manuals or inserts. (e.g. budget PC re-issues will often include a digital copy on the disc, comments will confirm this statement)

Restored

Restored refers to a question of has the media been restored by myself in anyway.

Restoration usually only applies to releases on disc where the read side has been resurfaced by using a disc resurfacing machine (such as my JFJ Easy Pro).

The possible values here are:

  • Yes
    • The disc has been resurfaced by myself
    • Following a disc resurface the media condition will be re-evaluated and changed if necessary.
    • A disc that has been resurfaced CANNOT hold a media condition value higher than Very Good
  • No
    • The disc does not require a resurface
  • Required
    • The disc will at some point require or benefit from a resurface

For cartridges I understand there are ways of restoring them including the re-printing and re-affixing of labels, along with things like the retrobrite process to remove any discolouration however I am currently not in a position to undertake these kinds of restoration.

Played

Pretty simple Yes/No question – have I actually played the game yet?

Completed

Similar to Played, have I completed the game yet.

Completed in my mind refers to the completion of the main story or objective, and doesn’t reflect a 100% (or more) of the video game (which usually includes all collectables, achievements and completion of side-stories/quests)

Possible values:

  • Yes
    • I have completed the main story line or objective of the game
  • No
    • I have not completed any part of the game, usually in tandem with a No value for Played
  • Partial
    • I have partially completed the game

Rating

A scale from 1 to 5 for how good I think the video game is. Ratings can be given to games that I have not completed.

Possible values:

  • 5
    • The game is fantastic and I really enjoyed playing it
    • Would play the game in its entirety again
    • Highly recommended
  • 4
    • The game was really enjoyable however there were parts that I didn’t enjoy so much
    • Would consider a replay of the game in the future if I want to
    • Recommended
  • 3
    • The game was OK, but there were many parts of the game that I didn’t enjoy
    • Probably wouldn’t consider a replay of the game
    • May recommend to someone who enjoys the genre/franchise, otherwise miss
  • 2
    • The game was barely enjoyable, but playable
    • The game was a game
    • Wouldn’t consider a replay of the game unless demonstrating its weaknesses to others
    • Wouldn’t recommend
  • 1
    • The game wasn’t enjoyable in any context
    • The game might have lacked any features that make a game a game
    • Avoid at all costs

Research Tables

I have added these as they might be of some use to people like myself who like to flip video games. These tables contain information that is widely and freely available and gives an indication of how likely you are going to sell a game, and how much you are probably going to make.

Active eBay Listings Count

This is the number of current listings active on eBay.

Excludes listings for bundles or for parts such as instruction manuals or boxes.

Includes listings for media only listings (just disc or just cartridge).

Completed eBay Listings Count

This is the number of completed listings on eBay.

This is NOT a value of how many completed listings sold, that is the next value.

Excludes listings for bundles or for parts such as instruction manuals or boxes.

Includes listings for media only listings (just disc or just cartridge).

Completed eBay Listings Sold Count

This is the number of completed listings that SOLD on eBay. It is listed as an out of value so for example 4 / 11 is to be read that 4 listings SOLD out of 11 listings TOTAL.

Excludes listings for bundles or for parts such as instruction manuals or boxes.

Includes listings for media only listings (just disc or just cartridge).

Completed eBay Listings Price Upper

This is the highest price on the completed items list. If the listing sold for this amount then SOLD will appear next to it.

Completed eBay Listings Price Lower

This is the lowest price on the completed items list.

Completed eBay Listings Price Mean Average

This average takes all the prices of all completed listings and then divides it by the amount of listings. This then gives us the mean average of a completed listing. This price is likely what you can expect to sell your item for assuming it is in above average condition.

Active Amazon UK Listings Count

This is the amount of active listings on the Amazon UK product page.

Active Amazon UK Listings Price Upper

This is the highest price listing on the Amazon UK product page.

Active Amazon UK Listings Price Lower

This is the lowest price listing on the Amazon UK product page.

Active Amazon UK Listings Price Mean Average

This average takes all the prices of all completed listings and then divides it by the amount of listings. This then gives us the mean average of a completed listing. This price is likely what you can expect to sell your item for assuming it is in above average condition.

CeX Buy/Trade In Price

If they are accepting the item, how much would nationwide cash exchange CeX give you for the item. The buy price is on the left, the trade price is on the right.

Rarity

Using the count information above along with my own personal gauge on how many times I come across this item in stores, charity shops, yard sales, car boots etc.

Values are:

  • Common
    • The item is not very rare. I probably encounter this release often when searching for games. The game is probably well known to video game collectors and enthusiasts (see Scene Demand below). However just because a game isn’t rare it doesn’t mean it cannot sell for a high price (see games like Crash Bandicoot or Super Mario 64). That being said unless there is a change in Scene Demand the prices are probably stagnant.
  • Average
    • The item isn’t really neither rare nor common. There are enough listings online and a decent chance you’ll find the item in the wild.
  • Rare
    • The item is well rare. Hard to find online or in the wild in the UK. Most imports will fall into the rare category as they are given that status just by being an import, however they may be Average or Common in their home country. Keep in mind that again, just because a game is rare if it has no demand it will not sell for much or will be a slow sell.

Scene Demand

An odd one. This is a bit hard to explain but pretty much is a gauge to work out how much demand there is for a game. Demand can come from being featured on a popular YouTube channel, if the game gains popularity through streaming services such as Twitch, if the game somehow gains meme status. Also some games are considered GOATs which means that they have a steady demand. An example of GOAT demand would be games such as Super Mario 64, Crash Bandicoot 3, Tomb Raider, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Silent Hill etc.

Likelihood To Sell

Taking the listing counts, the sold counts, the rarity and the demand values I work out how likely you are going to sell an item if you list at the average price.

  • Low
    • The item will eventually sell. Everything does, which is why there isn’t a none value here. However this may take days, weeks, months or even years before it will sell. Of course this will change depending on your price. A game that is rare but has no demand and you list for the average price of say £22.50 will probably take longer to sell than if you undercut and sell it for £12.
  • Medium
    • The item will probably sell well and easily. However if you are selling multiple copies the sales may come in waves (two in one week, none in another for example). You probably will be able to sell easily at the average price, however you may find that you can charge more than the average and still make a sale.
  • High
    • The item is guaranteed to sell quickly and easily. This status is usually given to games which are in high demand. You may also find you can charge potentially 1.5x to 2x the average price given and still make a quick sale.

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