QOTW: Cheap as Chips

Argh! My eyes!

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

Don’t worry, there will be no more pictures of David Dickinson – naked or otherwise – throughout this post.

A while back, when I was England for a brief stay, my mum took me to a car boot sale. We were there mainly to find some jeans to tear up to repair one of the many pairs that I had destroyed on my travels. However, the mercenary in me scanned the stalls for anything that might be of interest, be it old comics, new books or of course video games.

One vendor had a collection of boxed PC games from the mid-to-late nineties. Amongst them were Sim City 2000, Thief and a few others I can’t remember, but there was one that immediately stuck out. It was an image of a dude all in blue set against an orange background. I had forgotten how bad that cover looked: it was a pristine, original copy of Planescape: Torment.

I had a quick look at it and inspected the inside. Manual? Check. CD sans scratches? Check. I picked it up and casually turned to the guy at the stall.

“How much for this?”

“1 pound mate.”

I don’t know if he noticed my face change; if he did he didn’t comment. I could feel the muscles in my jaw extend, I had to literally control my eyelids from opening wide. My hands clenched the box a little tighter than necessary. Did he know what he had at his stall? Had he bothered to check Amazon or eBay (please note that at the time this game was not available in any digital distribution form)?

I gave him his pound and hurried off. There was no way that he was going to be able to renege on this deal.

So, my question of the week: What hidden gem are you most proud of finding and being able to claim?

If you want to find out more about Planescape: Torment, it is now available on GOG so check it out for yourselves.