One antique videogame spanning five 3.5in floppy disks. Mint condition, no box. Autographed at the buyer's discretion.
As the co-creator of seminal first-person action franchises Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, John Romero is both industry veteran and industry legend.
Now operating Romero Games out of Galway, Ireland, the long-haired US-born designer and programmer frequently auctions off items from his personal collection.
Among them, several copies of Romero's infamous Daikatana have gone for up to US$356 (RM1,529) apiece, a Taiwanese edition of Wolfenstein 3D attracted a US$260 (RM1,116) winning bid, and signed copies of the widely available Id Software studio biography, focusing on Romero and one of three fellow co-founders, John Carmack, were bought for up to US$430 (RM1,847).
The US$3,150 (RM13,530) June 28 auction of Doom II (ebay.com/itm/-/272734734257) bests those and others by a considerable margin.
The 1991 game Commander Keen in Aliens Ate My Babysitter on a 5.25in floppy disk, which fetched US$1,025 (RM4,402); Heretic, a medieval-themed derivation of the Doom approach, had Romero as its producer, and was more recently auctioned off for US$1,325 (RM5,691).
Perhaps more impressively, where Daikatana, Wolf 3D and Heretic were all sold in sealed, mint condition retail boxes, Doom II was offered without packaging or manual.
"I will sign these disks if you like," Romero offered. — AFP Relaxnews