How to Know You’re Buying an Authentic Classic Game

With most classic games going out of stock, many fake games have hit the market at an alarming rate. Whether it’s your local game store, online market, or anywhere, you will find an original classic game and some fake classic games on sale. This situation means, with time, there will be no authentic classic games in the market. The time to buy is now. Most classic games are still trendy, starting with the NES games, PlayStations, and others. So, how will you know you are buying an original game? Many individuals have fallen into the trap of buying fake games, thinking it’s an authentic one. Here are some things to check out.

      1. Learn About the Real Game

It would be challenging to buy a fake classic game if you know the real fun in and out. Most sellers read the client’s mind before selling the game. If you don’t know anything about the original game, they end up selling you the fake one, even if they have an original game in stock. You have to learn the real game features and understand how to differentiate them from the fakes—no need to learn the fakes since it would be easier to point out the differences. You have to know about the casing, the labeling, the copyright claims, licenses, the company logos, and more other genuine features. With fake games, most of the things go wrong, and they are easy to notice, only if you understand what the real game holds.

      2. Check on their Labeling

Original labels are hard to fake, and no pirate forgoes an extra cost to get a genuine label. While most people try to counterfeit labels, they can’t do it correctly. You won’t buy a fake game if you have touched and read the authentic label carefully. Original PlayStation Games have high-quality casings and are produced on expensive, not easy-to-fake printing machines. They and other genuine game companies have gone a notch higher to get crisp and clear images and illustrations detailing what the game comprises. Even you can read the smallest printed details and other information. With fake games, you only see blurred photos like photocopies, which are either too hard to read or you cannot read anything at all. Always check that the labels are machine cut and, if possible, stamped by the parent company. If they seem to be cut using scissors and not stamped out, forget buying the game. You also have to check on other details since fakers are also upgrading in creating exact labels.

    3. Check on Plastic


At least all games come on plastic components, but not the general plastic. However, you need to check out. There are lots of unofficial shells that resemble the original games shells and are not easy to differentiate. First, you need to check on the quality of the shell. If the quality convinces, it will help to check inscriptions to see if they are correctly done. Most fakes come with blank plastics, while the original classic games shells are molded with the company names, game ID, and manufacturing country. Anything fake will create suspicion, no matter what. Check if the logos are inscribed and have any wrong wordings, lettering, and the likes. If your sense tells you that something is not right, believe it. You can also search over the internet for genuine game casings and compare the details to what you found in stock.

     4. Check on the Board

After getting satisfied that the shell is right and the labeling is authentic, you should check the game board. Who knows the contents got exchanged? Check if it’s the right board and ensure it has the original game on it. Most buyers do not know how to check this. You don’t have to be a computer guru or a tech enthusiast to do this. A fake board will always look distinguishable from an authentic one. It is challenging to pirate a games board, and that’s why we began this article by asking you to understand all aspects of an original game. In checking the board, you need first to open the cartridge and check on the inside. Most authentic games use custom screws in locking their cartridges. If you see the normal screws, that’s a red alert. You might even not get a screwdriver for opening an original game. A game vendor will understand what you want to do, and they might offer you help in opening the cartridge. Any vendor that refuses such might be a potential fake game seller. After opening the cartridge, try to compare the board with what you found on your Google search about an authentic board. If they don’t match, avoid the purchase completely. Things to give you a clue include different chip shapes, circuit boards, and a glob top. You also need to check on their colors too.

     5. Boxes and Manuals

Besides going deep into searches and comparing the features, you should begin with the game box and manuals. Most fake games do not come with boxes, leave alone the manuals. If there are boxes, the carton is always weak with odd shapes and colors. Another red alert is checking on a box that looks too good to be genuine. Most classic games were produced many years back. Any package that seems new with modern features and printing should be a red alert. The majority of games done before came with boxes with grey interiors. If you find one on pure white, that can be fake unless otherwise. Things to check on the packages include the labeling, picture quality, incorrect fronts, blurriness, and much more. Any box that reads reproduction is as fake as the product in it.


You can also check the re-printable CDs for the games and how the game is sold. If the game isn’t on display and the seller takes time to find it, know it’s not genuine. You should also try as much to buy these games from reputable sellers verified to sell authentic games. Lastly, consider getting after-sales services from the seller, including having an exchange if the game malfunctions and a money-back guarantee. There are so many fakes outside there, which you need to recognize and avoid.