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任天堂Play Station稀有原型机成为史上最贵电玩拍品

任天堂Play Station稀有原型机成为史上最贵电玩拍品

Chris Morris 2020年03月11日
此前,人们以为所有的任天堂Play Station原型机均已被销毁。

超过四分之一个世纪之前,任天堂曾经与索尼联手开发游戏主机,虽然双方的合作最后以失败告终,但其中一台即将拍卖的原型机仍然有望刷新经典电玩藏品拍卖价格的纪录。

这台名为任天堂 Play Station的原型机将由宏吉拍卖行在美国达拉斯举行的拍卖会上拍出。在预竞价环节,该原型机价格就被炒到280000美元。

就连宏吉拍卖行的工作人员也表示无法预估最终价格。该拍卖行负责电玩寄售业务的主管瓦莱里·麦克勒基告诉《财富》杂志:“我认为,可以肯定这台原型机已经超出了我们对它的预期,关于落槌之时拍卖价格会有多高,现在外面传言很多。”

任天堂Play Station诞生于20世纪90年代初期,由任天堂与索尼联手打造,是一款能够同时运行Super Famicon卡带和CD-ROM的游戏主机。

就在该款原型机临近投产之际,两家游戏巨头却陷入合同纠纷。最终,任天堂选择与飞利浦合作,为超级任天堂(Super Nintendo Entertainment System,SNES)添加CD驱动器。而索尼则开始自主研发游戏主机,并最终于1994年发布了日后风靡全球的PlayStation。

此前,人们以为所有的任天堂Play Station原型机均已被销毁。

这台即将拍卖的任天堂Play Station现在的所有者是特里·迪波德。作为Advanta集团曾经的设备维护经理,在该公司破产拍卖时,他以75美元的价格拍下了这台机器。Advanta由曾任索尼互娱总裁的奥拉夫·奥拉夫森经营管理,显然,是他留下了这台自己参与创造的原型机。

2015年,迪波德的儿子在家里的阁楼上发现了这台任天堂Play Station。过去五年,他们定期带着这台原型机参加展览和展会。但最近迪波德还是决定卖掉这件稀有藏品。

这台原型机的挂牌出售也吸引了许多知名竞买者的目光,其中就包括Oculus Rift的创造者——帕尔默·拉基。

拉基在推特中写道:“我希望能够实现实体版电子游戏历史的数字化保存。借由Perfect VR,我们可以确保游戏的原始体验,但与此同时,也要让实体版电子游戏继续保持其活力和功能。”

同样被这台Play Station所吸引的可能还有埃里克·内尔曼,内尔曼是一名牙医,同时也是全球最为狂热的电玩收藏家之一,去年,他豪掷100多万美元一次性购买了40张典藏游戏卡带,其中包括多张超稀有的原封游戏卡带。

由于采取线上拍卖方式,买家出价后便会立刻公之于众,而宏吉拍卖行也随即会对买家的资质进行审核。如果发现买家无力支付其给出的竞拍价款,拍卖行则会恢复竞拍价至先前最高出价。(也正因此,此前竞拍价格出现多次回调,其中有些被取消的叫价已超过40万美元。)

在拍卖成交后,买家除支付成交价款外,还需支付成交价的20%作为拍卖佣金,假设成交价为30万美元,则买家最终需要支付的金额为36万美元。

虽然此番亮相宏吉拍卖行的任天堂Play Station的价值毋庸置疑,但它并不是唯一让收藏者动心的拍卖品。一张极稀有的万代Stadium Events卡带也在拍卖之列,截至目前,其拍卖价已达45000美元。该款游戏于1987年上市,是最早的运动类电玩游戏之一,但在发行后不久便被召回,目前已知的存世量仅为200张。在所有被藏家拿出来拍卖的Stadium Event卡带中,这张保存状况最为完好,且获得了第三方专业电玩评分机构Wata 9.2的评分。据麦克勒基介绍,去年11月,一张评分6.0的Stadium Event卡带卖出了11700美元的价格。而在2019年2月,一张评分为4.5的已拆封Stadium Event卡带以10000美元的价格售出。

她说:“过去,这款游戏的溢价相当可观。不过对电玩收藏者而言,最为关键的是藏品当前的保存状况。”(财富中文网)

译者:梁宇

审校:夏林

超过四分之一个世纪之前,任天堂曾经与索尼联手开发游戏主机,虽然双方的合作最后以失败告终,但其中一台即将拍卖的原型机仍然有望刷新经典电玩藏品拍卖价格的纪录。

这台名为任天堂 Play Station的原型机将由宏吉拍卖行在美国达拉斯举行的拍卖会上拍出。在预竞价环节,该原型机价格就被炒到280000美元。

就连宏吉拍卖行的工作人员也表示无法预估最终价格。该拍卖行负责电玩寄售业务的主管瓦莱里·麦克勒基告诉《财富》杂志:“我认为,可以肯定这台原型机已经超出了我们对它的预期,关于落槌之时拍卖价格会有多高,现在外面传言很多。”

任天堂Play Station诞生于20世纪90年代初期,由任天堂与索尼联手打造,是一款能够同时运行Super Famicon卡带和CD-ROM的游戏主机。

就在该款原型机临近投产之际,两家游戏巨头却陷入合同纠纷。最终,任天堂选择与飞利浦合作,为超级任天堂(Super Nintendo Entertainment System,SNES)添加CD驱动器。而索尼则开始自主研发游戏主机,并最终于1994年发布了日后风靡全球的PlayStation。

此前,人们以为所有的任天堂Play Station原型机均已被销毁。

这台即将拍卖的任天堂Play Station现在的所有者是特里·迪波德。作为Advanta集团曾经的设备维护经理,在该公司破产拍卖时,他以75美元的价格拍下了这台机器。Advanta由曾任索尼互娱总裁的奥拉夫·奥拉夫森经营管理,显然,是他留下了这台自己参与创造的原型机。

2015年,迪波德的儿子在家里的阁楼上发现了这台任天堂Play Station。过去五年,他们定期带着这台原型机参加展览和展会。但最近迪波德还是决定卖掉这件稀有藏品。

这台原型机的挂牌出售也吸引了许多知名竞买者的目光,其中就包括Oculus Rift的创造者——帕尔默·拉基。

拉基在推特中写道:“我希望能够实现实体版电子游戏历史的数字化保存。借由Perfect VR,我们可以确保游戏的原始体验,但与此同时,也要让实体版电子游戏继续保持其活力和功能。”

同样被这台Play Station所吸引的可能还有埃里克·内尔曼,内尔曼是一名牙医,同时也是全球最为狂热的电玩收藏家之一,去年,他豪掷100多万美元一次性购买了40张典藏游戏卡带,其中包括多张超稀有的原封游戏卡带。

由于采取线上拍卖方式,买家出价后便会立刻公之于众,而宏吉拍卖行也随即会对买家的资质进行审核。如果发现买家无力支付其给出的竞拍价款,拍卖行则会恢复竞拍价至先前最高出价。(也正因此,此前竞拍价格出现多次回调,其中有些被取消的叫价已超过40万美元。)

在拍卖成交后,买家除支付成交价款外,还需支付成交价的20%作为拍卖佣金,假设成交价为30万美元,则买家最终需要支付的金额为36万美元。

虽然此番亮相宏吉拍卖行的任天堂Play Station的价值毋庸置疑,但它并不是唯一让收藏者动心的拍卖品。一张极稀有的万代Stadium Events卡带也在拍卖之列,截至目前,其拍卖价已达45000美元。该款游戏于1987年上市,是最早的运动类电玩游戏之一,但在发行后不久便被召回,目前已知的存世量仅为200张。在所有被藏家拿出来拍卖的Stadium Event卡带中,这张保存状况最为完好,且获得了第三方专业电玩评分机构Wata 9.2的评分。据麦克勒基介绍,去年11月,一张评分6.0的Stadium Event卡带卖出了11700美元的价格。而在2019年2月,一张评分为4.5的已拆封Stadium Event卡带以10000美元的价格售出。

她说:“过去,这款游戏的溢价相当可观。不过对电玩收藏者而言,最为关键的是藏品当前的保存状况。”(财富中文网)

译者:梁宇

审校:夏林

More than a quarter century after Nintendo and Sony’s efforts to team up to create a joint video game console collapsed, one of the prototypes of that failed partnership is going up for auction. And it may set an all-time high score for classic video game memorabilia.

Heritage Auctions has included the Nintendo Play Station Super NES CD-ROM Prototype (Nintendo Play Station for short) as part of an upcoming auction in Dallas. Pre-bidding for the system has already hit $280,000, with more than a week left before collectors will have a chance to escalate the price in a live auction on March 6.

And even Heritage Auctions officials say they’re unable to guess how high bids will eventually go. “I think it’s safe to say this prototype has already exceeded our expectations,” Valarie McLeckie, the auction house's consignment director of video games tells Fortune. “There are a lot of rumors circulating about where the price will end up once the hammer falls."

The Nintendo Play Station came about in the early 90s. The two companies collaborated to create a machine that would play games on both Super Famicon cartridges as well as CD-ROM.

As the prototype got close to production, the gaming giants got into a contract dispute. Nintendo opted instead to partner with Philips for a CD drive for the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System). Sony proceeded on its own, eventually releasing the PlayStation (one word) that went on to be a sensation(but didn’t play cartridge games) in 1994.

All of the prototypes for the Nintendo Play Station were thought to be destroyed.

The Nintendo Play Station is currently owned by Terry Diebold, who bought the prototype for $75, as part of a lot during a bankruptcy auction of Advanta Corp., where he worked as the company's facilities maintenance manager. Advanta was run by Olaf Olafsson, a former president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who apparently kept one of the prototypes of the system he helped create.

Diebold’s son found the device in the family attic in 2015, and they have regularly taken it to exhibits and conventions over the past five years. Recently, though, Diebold decided to sell the rare item.

Now that the prototype is becoming available for sale, it’s attracting some high profile bidders, including Palmer Luckey, creator of the Oculus Rift.

“I am on a quest to digitize and preserve the history of physical videogames,” Luckey said on Twitter. “Perfect VR will ensure the original experience lives on forever, but we need to keep these things alive and functional in the meanwhile.”

The Play Station is also likely on the radar of Eric Naierman, a dentist and one of the world’s most avid video game collectors, who last year spent more than $1 million on a 40 title collection that includes ultra-rare, sticker-sealed games.

Heritage Auctions' online bids are posted immediately, but the buyers are promptly vetted by the company. If they’re found incapable of backing up their bids, the previous high bid is reinstated. (That’s why the auction’s price has fallen from higher bids, some of which have exceeded $400,000.)

Bidders are responsible not only for their bid price, but also a 20% sellers fee on all lots, which bumps the $300,000 bid up to a $336,000 price.

While the Nintendo Play Station is certainly the marquis item in the Heritage auction, it’s not the only thing that has collectors salivating. An extraordinarily rare copy of Bandai’s Stadium Events is also up for bids, which so far, have hit $45,000. The title that was one of the video game industry’s first exercise games, but was recalled soon after its 1987 release, and there are only 200 known copies of the game are in existence. This copy of Stadium Events is in the best condition of any to ever go up for auction, and has an 9.2 rating from Wata, an independent assessment service that specializes in video games. McLeckie says another copy of the game, with a 6.0 rating, sold for $11,700 last November. And an unboxed version of the game, with a 4.5 rating, sold for $10,000 in February 2019.

“The game has commanded a pretty significant premium in the past,” she says. “When it comes to video game collectors, condition is pretty much everything at this point.”

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