Every once in awhile, Yahoo! will run a story about video games. Their main page does have a “Games” section, but it’s mostly dedicated to casual fare, free Yahoo! games, and traffic-garnering top ten lists. This morning, however, included an article on the home page about the sale of one of (if not the) rarest games in the world: Nintendo World Championships, gold cartridge. There were only 116 copies of this game made, 90 in the original gray case for semi-finalists at the championships, and only 26 (!) gold cartridges, reserved for winners and runners-up. According to Wikipedia, only 12 of these Holy Grails have ever surfaced. According to Yahoo!, one just sold for $17,500.
That’s a lot for a game. That’s really not a lot for a piece of history. The asking price was $25,000. What a deal.
It was sold to the guy that runs VideoGamePriceCharts.com, and you can read about his turbulent quest for the game here. Kind of interesting stuff.
However, for being Yahoo!, you’d think their turnaround time for stories would be pretty low. When Michael Jackson died, it was their main story within minutes. JJ Hendricks’s blog post about finally getting an elusive copy of the world’s most valuable game was posted on June 23. That’s two weeks before the “breaking” story finally appeared on Yahoo!. Maybe it’s just not that big of a story for Yahoo!‘s demographic of kids doing homework and moms checking email. Maybe Yahoo! is second place to Google because they just don’t have their finger on the pulse of today’s technological society. Maybe the enormity of Project Natal can appear on “real” game blogs within seconds, yet Yahoo!, with millions (billions?) of dollars to spare on getting scoops before their competitors, can’t manage a turnaround of less than a fortnight.
Sigh… this is why the world needs independent sites like Gamer Limit – by gamers, for gamers. Yahooligans don’t care or know about what gamers are and what they really want. Yahoo! has become the MTV of the Internet, forgetting their roots in an endless quest to make even more money. Don’t worry, Yahoo!, the “real” game sites will take care of the game news. You just worry about bringing me thousands upon thousands of adorable penguin pictures. Everyone has a purpose, even Yahoo!. I don’t think it’s games, though…