Almost any gamer on the planet will likely have one of the numerous The Elder Scrolls games in their libraries and for good reason. They are an excellent collection of RPGs, but how much would you be willing to pay for a copy of Skyrim?
I think I bought Skyrim for about a tenner a few years after it came out, which is what it's going for on Xbox, PC, and PlayStation. For the zillions of hours it offers gallivanting from corner to corner in this gorgeous fantasy world, that's not too bad. Of course, Skyrim on Switch is a little pricier, yet for the privilege of ransacking Bleak Falls Barrow and enrolling in the College of Winterhold wherever you are, a price tag of £30 checks out. If you've got an eye for a diamond amongst the rough, you could even purchase one of the coveted Collector's Editions that are still knocking about on second hand sites, more than a decade after the game was released.
A cursory Google search shows that these copies of Skyrim, along with the bells, whistles and statues of Alduin, range from £60 to £200. Cor. Well, this is chump change to the person who bought a sealed Xbox 360 copy of the game for $600 at an online auction.
On the Xbox 360?
While we digest that little nugget of what might be a textbook instance of the critical condition of "more money than sense," check out our tour of the wonderful realm of Skyrim right here.
It's true. This game was part of the lot that had the copy of Super Mario 64 that sold for $1.5 million, making it the most expensive video game ever. I mean, all the power to the person that purchased Skyrim for $600. I don't think we should tell them that another unsealed copy of the game for Xbox 360 is listed for £16 on eBay right now. With free postage and packing. We should definitely keep that fact under our hats.
I suppose it's not the strangest thing to spend that much money on in one swift transaction. If you aren't into Pokémon, then the staggering values of some of the rarest trading cards will go straight over your head. They are, at the end of the day, rectangular colourful cards. Yet, the meaning that we bring to these games and these experiences elevate them beyond being a material good. Adventures, tall tales, victory from the jaws of defeat - that's why Skyrim has endured for so long and for so many gamers, new and old.
Featured Image Credit: Bethesda, Paramount Pictures
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