The VideoGame DataBase (VGDB, or vgdb.ca) was first inspired by the Digital Press Collector’s Guide as a way not only for collectors to keep track of which games they owned, but to track the values of video games as well. Video game pricing is an ever-changing marketplace, so the intention of VGDB was to be an amalgamate of data from across the Internet in regards to game values. Collectors would be able to track which games they owned, and their respective ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ values.
This was accomplished by scraping various websites that provided pricing data. Digital Press was the source of the base video game lists.
VGDB was also used by a major retailer for tracking store inventory and buy/sell prices for games. This data was also blended with the data scraped from the web. This has since been discontinued, but in the three year span that this was in place, VGDB recorded 15,115 transactions for this retailer from 2011 through 2014.
During this period, the top ten games that saw the most trading activity include:
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
3. GoldenEye: 007 (N64)
4. Mario Kart 64 (N64)
5. The New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
6. Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
7. Super Mario All-Stars (SNES)
8. Super Mario 64 (N64)
9. Perfect Dark (N64)
10. (tied) Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
10. (tied) Super Mario Kart (SNES)
This data supports the idea of a ‘curve’ in video game collecting. The idea is that around the time people become older (their late 20’s or early 30’s), they want to re-purchase the games they remember from childhood. At the time period that this data was captured, that’s clearly the Super Nintendo on the downslope of the curve, and the Nintendo 64 rising above it.
Unfortunately, without someone to focus time and energy into improving the site, VGDB rapidly became outpaced by its competitors. In particular, Video Game Price Charts was registered a year before VGDB and became the de-facto source for video game pricing data on the Internet.
Given that there’s no point to maintain a site that is no longer in active use, and with out-of-date pricing data, the site has been retired. This blog entry remains as a memorial for the short experiment that it was – if you want current, relevant pricing data for your games, please visit Video Game Price Charts.