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11 percent of gamers have unopened games

11 percent of gamers have unopened games

Do you have a collection of rare computer games, or are you just too damn lazy to open them? Let us know in the forums.

You'll have to chalk this news story up under 'matter of mild interest' rather than 'exclusive and amazing news story', but what the hell. According to recent survey figures, around 11 percent of gamers have games that they still haven't opened after six months.

The news comes from Gamasutra, who have reported that according to figures from the NPD sales-tracking group, around 11 percent of gamers have games that they haven't opened after six months.

The survey was of 562 gamers and a game was counted as unopened if the player still hadn't taken the cellophane off within six months of buying it.

Personally, we tend to play our games as soon as we get them and there's nothing we love more than ripping off that shrink-wrapped plastic and cracking open a brand new DVD jewel case.

So, we have to admit that we're a little bit curious why someone would buy a game and then never even open it. Even if you didn't like the game then you'd have to open it, right?

Do you have a small collection of unopened games on your shelves, or do you like to collect rare and unusual games and keep them in pristine condition? Let us know in the forums.

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DarkLord7854 29th October 2008, 14:50 Quote
I thought everyone bought games, left em unopened, and torrrented them afterwards
Er-El 29th October 2008, 14:50 Quote
I sometimes buy a collection of games as part of a special offer, but just never get round to even taking the disc out to play them. I still have a pile of games I haven't even touched yet.
Xtrafresh 29th October 2008, 14:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I thought everyone bought games, left em unopened, and torrrented them afterwards
+1

DRM just pisses me off, but the really good ones i buy anyway.
crash32953295@msn. 29th October 2008, 14:53 Quote
ive got bf2142 unopened but that is because I have a signed poster from all the developers so wanted a copy of the game to go with it, (also it was a crap game)

</pimp>If any one wants to put in an offer for both they can :p <pimp>
kenco_uk 29th October 2008, 14:54 Quote
I've yet to look at Dawn of War, let alone install/play it. Company of Heroes took precedent over it, I'm afraid.
Gunsmith 29th October 2008, 14:57 Quote
farcry 2 sitting here next to me still celofane wrapped, just wish i warezed it before the piece of **** was dispatched.
Artanix 29th October 2008, 14:59 Quote
half my collection is unopened, i've got all the Dawn of war games, yet i've only ever played the first one for 2 hours, need for speed is another. Farcry 2 will probably have the same fate, as fallout 3 is going to be the big one this month lol :)
Teq 29th October 2008, 15:00 Quote
I've done that with special offer games, but nothing I have purchased individually. What would be more interesting would be the number of games you play once and then never again *cough* spore */uncough*
Whalemeister 29th October 2008, 15:00 Quote
I would like to point you to this thread;

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=159367

I feel the issue is with the plastic wrapping being too tricky to remove and they simply give up trying ;)
liratheal 29th October 2008, 15:01 Quote
I have an unopened copy of Saints Row 2 somewhere in the royal mail system (Or, more likely, an open copy in a royal mail employees house), same with Farcry 2. I've an unopened Assassins Creed limited edition (I snagged it from my local game for £20), and two or three other unopened things.
UrbanMarine 29th October 2008, 15:05 Quote
I have some unopened games but they were for collecting not playing. Duke3D shareware, Duke3D, FFI, Metal Gear, Resident Evil (original PS dvd case) and some other favorite series. I stopped collecting unopened games about when the 360 was first announced.
Delphium 29th October 2008, 15:08 Quote
None unopened games here... I cant afford to buy something to just sit on the shelf, I buy them to play them :|
Jordan Wise 29th October 2008, 15:09 Quote
I wish I'd have left the Witcher in its packaging
liratheal 29th October 2008, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I wish I'd have left the Witcher in its packaging

So does everyone else :p

The LE artbook was nice, though.
thEcat 29th October 2008, 15:24 Quote
I have a copy of Shivering Isles as yet unused. It is to me as Dwarf Bread is to Terry Pratchett.
The Infamous Mr D 29th October 2008, 15:36 Quote
I've made a rather ridiculous habit of buying up Dreamcast and Gamecube games and accessories just because they're Dreamcast and Gamecube games and accessories I don't own - I don't particularly want them, but their scarcity has frightened me into parting with the odd fiver to purchase them.

As it stands, I've about 30 Dreamcast games and 15 Gamecube games I've bought but never played...
proxess 29th October 2008, 15:43 Quote
Nothing unopened here. I just can't resist. I'm biting into my nails not to open up my laptop just because of the warranty.
Lepermessiah 29th October 2008, 15:45 Quote
what a waste of time for this study, I don't buy games i would never open.
yakyb 29th October 2008, 15:45 Quote
world in conflict sitting here unused
Lepermessiah 29th October 2008, 15:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I wish I'd have left the Witcher in its packaging

So does everyone else :p

The LE artbook was nice, though.


What? One of the best RPG's of the last few years, everyone else does not agree, in fact, yuo are the minority in this one.
Dr. Strangelove 29th October 2008, 15:49 Quote
Does the games that sometimes come along with GFX cards count? if so I have plenty of games I have never opened...
s3v3n 29th October 2008, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove
Does the games that sometimes come along with GFX cards count? if so I have plenty of games I have never opened...

Same for me. I've got games like Guild Wars that came free with e6300, and I had AOE3 that came with some purchase unopened for quite awhile before I was bored enough to open it.
matee 29th October 2008, 16:21 Quote
I do have 2 or 3 unopened games. These were presents and they are not my kind of games.. I dont want to play them, but don't want to give them away either.
BigD79 29th October 2008, 16:27 Quote
I can't resist opening games to thumb through the manual, even if i don't play it straight away. Far Cry 2 is thumbed, loaded but not played properly, i'm infatuated with the awesome Bioshock at the mo (on PS3).
TreeDude 29th October 2008, 16:27 Quote
Unopened, no. Unplayed, yes. I've bought some older games just because they are dirt cheap and never got around to playing them. My biggest thing is rebuying games that I traded in way back and then never playing them. I just picked up the Xbox version of Shenmue 2 for $5 brand new because I recently got a 360. I don't know when I'll ever play it again though.
_DTM2000_ 29th October 2008, 16:41 Quote
I've still got an unopened copy of Unreal Tournament 2003.
I pre-ordered it from Play.com months before it came out but it didn't get delivered on the day of release. So I went out and bought it from a high street store later that day. The Play.com copy arrived a couple of days later and got stuffed in a draw. I was quite obsessed with UT back then.
Jokkocze 29th October 2008, 16:45 Quote
I've got loads of unopened games. Old and new. Classics and rubbish.

Kinda proud of it :P (Got opened versions of most of them tho)
johnnyboy700 29th October 2008, 16:46 Quote
Yep, I'll go with uplayed as opposed to unopened, I've got shed loads of games that I've simply not had the time to play or I bought them because they were in a bargin bin and I liked the look of them. I think the oldest one must be Mechwarrior 2 enhanced Pentium edition (shows its age here), CD RoM edition (as opposed to floppies) along with its expansion pack.

I've briefly played a few of them just to make sure they loaded ok and then put them aside or had them on an old PC and never loaded them on the next rig.
Blademrk 29th October 2008, 16:50 Quote
I've still got a copy of Splinter Cell 2 unopened which came with my 2nd Xbox (didn't like the first one after playing through a couple of levels and couldn't be bothered even attempting to see if the sequal had improved) and I never trade games in as I don't think you get anywhere near the value of them in exchange.

I've also got a few games on 3 for 2 offers which I haven't got around to opening (and a few games I've borrowed from my brother which I've been meaning to play but never got around to). and a few which I've started and always meant to go back to but got distracted with other games
mclean007 29th October 2008, 16:58 Quote
I've got a few - From memory - Doom 3, W40k DoW, Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, Sega Superstars Tennis (gift). Bought most of these relatively recently and relatively cheap off eBay so don't feel too bad about not having played them yet - I hope to bust some of them out over the winter.

More depressing is the number of DVDs I have that I have yet to watch - must be about 50 of them. I just can't help myself when they are <=£5, which is quite often these days! I'm including a stack of £3 HD DVDs from the HMV fire sale in that number. My view is if its as cheap or about the same price as a Blockbuster rental, why not snap it up and watch it later. That's the theory, but I can see me never watching some of these...
rjkoneill 29th October 2008, 17:01 Quote
i only open games when i finish what im playing
E.E.L. Ambiense 29th October 2008, 17:10 Quote
Hell, just this past friday I finally opened, installed and beat Crysis. On sunday, I installed Warhead. Last month I just started playing the original STALKER, and I have Clear Sky unopened as well. And I FC2 coming too.

I game when I have the time = not working or modding
13eightyfour 29th October 2008, 17:34 Quote
Ive got an unopened copy of the cheap reprint of fallout 2, bought it because i fancied going through it again and didnt want to risk breaking my original disk (the original big box version ;)) but somehow never got round to playing it :(
docodine 29th October 2008, 17:47 Quote
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret for PS2, and Battletoads for Genesis
pendragon 29th October 2008, 18:19 Quote
i've got a few unopened ones, yea
Cthippo 29th October 2008, 18:40 Quote
Bioshock and portal sitting here at the moment.

I just don't have a lot of time to play games and I have some issues with hard drive space as well, so it takes me a long time to get around to playing a new game. The up side of that strategy is that by the time I'm ready to play something new, it's usually in the $5 bin ;)
Groovedude 29th October 2008, 18:47 Quote
if i buy a game im damn opening smelling it... and playing it :P !!!
DriftCarl 29th October 2008, 18:51 Quote
Does not installing HL2: EP2 count?
I preordered it long before the release date, and when it was released, I think I played portal and never even bothered to download episode 2
I have an unopened UT3 around here too(bought 2 copies from 2 places just to make sure I got it when it was released :p)
Singularity 29th October 2008, 19:04 Quote
I can only see one unopened game here: the WoW trial dvd. Got it about a year ago for the equivalent of 1£, but I can't seem to find a real reason to open it, let alone try the game :S

Off-topic: I've only just realised that croatian keyboards don't have the pound symbol. That just sucks...
Jordan Wise 29th October 2008, 20:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I wish I'd have left the Witcher in its packaging

So does everyone else :p

The LE artbook was nice, though.


What? One of the best RPG's of the last few years, everyone else does not agree, in fact, yuo are the minority in this one.

To quote yatzee- the combat consists of clicking on an enemy, and if your really good, clicking twice. I think I'll post it on the donations page when I go home again, I think others should do this with their games too
HourBeforeDawn 29th October 2008, 20:44 Quote
ya Im sure I have some unopened games somewhere that I have forgotten about lol.
Mentai 29th October 2008, 20:55 Quote
I got Prince of Persia 2 - the emo one with my 7600GT, but because I had recently got 75% of the way through sands of time didn't get it out of it's case. It was a surprise bonus and I heard it wasn't that great, I still have it lying around somewhere though.
I recently bought a 2nd hand PS2 with a heap of games which I won't touch for a while. I'm terrible at not finishing things so I'm dedicating myself to only 1 game at a time on that, but that'll be the only time in my life where I don't crack games I specifically buy open immediately.
[USRF]Obiwan 29th October 2008, 21:16 Quote
do pre orderded steam games count as well?
Red 5 29th October 2008, 22:20 Quote
Looking behind me I have a fresh copy of Final Fantasy VI still in it's shrink rap, plus FF Origins and Anthology open but still unplayed, all for the PlayStation. I also have The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii and Knights of the Old Republic for the PC still wrapped up, with Colin McRae Dirt open and awaiting install.

I think watching my brother play through chunks of GameCube Twilight Princess spoiled it for me, while KOTOR and Dirt are recent purchases.
Lepermessiah 29th October 2008, 22:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
To quote yatzee- the combat consists of clicking on an enemy, and if your really good, clicking twice. I think I'll post it on the donations page when I go home again, I think others should do this with their games too

RPGs are not about combat, you just sumed up the vast majority of RPG's on the market (Including some condiered the best ever), Story, Dialog, Atmosphere, the witcher rocks. Thanks for proving total ignorance. Yaztee, he is meant to be taken lightly. Obliviopn is the same, Click, Block, Click, at least the witcher you could do flpis and use combos, and potions, it was good enough for the amazing choices, consequences and actual role playing which many RPG's actually lack.
AltruiSisu 30th October 2008, 00:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I thought everyone bought games, left em unopened, and torrrented them afterwards

i clicked this news item (and registered, finally) just to make sure a comment like this was stated. kudos, the first comment is exactly what i was looking for.

duh?
Hugo 30th October 2008, 00:13 Quote
I have a load of unopened games. Oddly enough they all have "PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR RESALE" splashed across them.
LordPyrinc 30th October 2008, 00:23 Quote
I have from time to time at least 2 or 3 unopened games that sit there for 6 months or even over a year. Typically this happens when I buy more than one game at once, open the one and keep playing, forgetting about the other purchased title. Even worse though, I have probably 20+ games that I really liked, but have only played them for less than 8 hours or so, end up going back to some of the same old games I play the heck out of.

I should seek professional help.
DXR_13KE 30th October 2008, 01:36 Quote
there is nothing like that fresh game smell that you get when you open a new game....
Amon 30th October 2008, 03:45 Quote
Surely, this includes Steam-bundled Peggle Extreme.
naokaji 30th October 2008, 08:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Amon
Surely, this includes Steam-bundled Peggle Extreme.

+1

I could never even be bothered to google it to find out what kind of game it is...

Dunno if it counts as unopened since it was part of pack, but I had portal unopened for a long time, was too busy with Team Fortress 2.
Firehed 30th October 2008, 09:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
Bioshock and portal sitting here at the moment.

I just don't have a lot of time to play games and I have some issues with hard drive space as well, so it takes me a long time to get around to playing a new game. The up side of that strategy is that by the time I'm ready to play something new, it's usually in the $5 bin ;)
And a graphics card to play it is affordable :)

Not that it's a problem with Portal, which you must go play immediately.

I've got a couple though I think, none for a current system but some older stuff. PS1 games and such that looked like a good idea at the time, and were cheap.
Vittorio 30th October 2008, 13:33 Quote
I have a collection of unopened games including Neo-Geo Cd, Dreamcast, Xbox 360 (Complete Halo Series PAL and NTSC). There again I collect retro games and modern classic's.
Blademrk 30th October 2008, 14:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amon
Surely, this includes Steam-bundled Peggle Extreme.

I downloaded the demo of that a couple of months back and found it extremely addictive.
Redbeaver 30th October 2008, 15:34 Quote
i have GRID for a couple months now i've yet to install it..........
Aterius Gmork 30th October 2008, 15:57 Quote
Uhmm...

Settlers 3
Dungeon Siege II
Flatout 2
Morrowind (2nd copy, for security reasons - in case the first breaks I got a $10 copy)
Earth 2160

And a ton of games from magazines.
cjmUK 30th October 2008, 15:58 Quote
I open all my games and install them pretty sharp-ish. But I don't always get to play them immediately, and games I start often get put on the back-burner when something new comes along.

I still have Jericho (and another game?) to play, and STALKER:CS was usurped by FC2, which will definitely be bumped by FO3...
mikeuk2004 30th October 2008, 18:18 Quote
I dont have any unopened games but I have alot I have not played yet that I bought cheap and just not got round to playing them. I have about 7 on the xbox 360 that i have not played yet :)
Jordan Wise 30th October 2008, 22:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
To quote yatzee- the combat consists of clicking on an enemy, and if your really good, clicking twice. I think I'll post it on the donations page when I go home again, I think others should do this with their games too

RPGs are not about combat, you just sumed up the vast majority of RPG's on the market (Including some condiered the best ever), Story, Dialog, Atmosphere, the witcher rocks. Thanks for proving total ignorance. Yaztee, he is meant to be taken lightly. Obliviopn is the same, Click, Block, Click, at least the witcher you could do flpis and use combos, and potions, it was good enough for the amazing choices, consequences and actual role playing which many RPG's actually lack.

I'll admit, I'm not the greatest fan of RPGs, but I thought that particular combat system was stupid, as a second click timed stopped the attack, and while that shouldn't happen to often it's still a daft idea. I found it to be a particularly bad game as it failed entirely to get involved in the story and atmosphere, which as you point out is the main part of an RPG. The dialogue was poor, far too much cussing, the characters terrible, and the way the game handled adult themes was down right ridiculous. Collecting cards for notches on a bedpost? I don't have to say anything else.

And another thing, stop calling people ignorant. You know nothing of what I know, so you're being downright stupid by using the word. I don't like the way you address people in this forum at all, you seem arrogant and argumentative, so you're now on my block list.
Bladestorm 31st October 2008, 19:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
I'll admit, I'm not the greatest fan of RPGs, but I thought that particular combat system was stupid, as a second click timed stopped the attack, and while that shouldn't happen to often it's still a daft idea. I found it to be a particularly bad game as it failed entirely to get involved in the story and atmosphere, which as you point out is the main part of an RPG. The dialogue was poor, far too much cussing, the characters terrible, and the way the game handled adult themes was down right ridiculous. Collecting cards for notches on a bedpost? I don't have to say anything else.

And another thing, stop calling people ignorant. You know nothing of what I know, so you're being downright stupid by using the word. I don't like the way you address people in this forum at all, you seem arrogant and argumentative, so you're now on my block list.

I picked up a copy of this recently, after the availability of the enhanced edition was anounced and I have really mixed feelings about it, I've not found the characters and language quite as bad as it sounds like you did, but they've supposedly re-written and re-recorded most of the major conversations for the EE, it still comes out with confusing sayings now and then though.

The combat could have been much better and the difficulty curve is pretty spikey but somehow I still like something about it, though I seem to have stopped playing for a bit after hitting one of the aforementioned difficulty spikes (specifically the swamp with all its pop-up plants that kill in 5 shots or so from range and can't be blocked..)

Welcome to the "leppermessiah is on block" club by the way, I'd not even need the feature if it wasn't for how rude he seems to get with frequency :( .

Getting back to the to topic at hand I definitely have still wrapped games around, I have a tendency to pick things up whenever I see they've gotten cheap enough but don't find the time to play them all. Though I got to unwrap and start on Mass Effect this week, which had languished for a bit after picking it up when I spotted it had dropped to under £10.
Cthippo 31st October 2008, 21:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bladestorm
Welcome to the "leppermessiah is on block" club by the way, I'd not even need the feature if it wasn't for how rude he seems to get with frequency :( .

+1 ;)
knuck 1st November 2008, 00:06 Quote
I never played my Soul Caliber 2 on the GameCube :D

it is not wrapped however
Jordan Wise 1st November 2008, 03:18 Quote
Lol I knew cthippo would agree, I've read many arguements between the two of them, and predictably, cthippo ownd. I may patch the game up to the recent EE edition standard and try again, as it would be a total waste if all I had to show for £25 was two and a half wasted hours
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