A retro game collector is accused of selling very convincing fakes for more than $100,000. The man has allegedly been selling these copies for absurdly high prices since at least 2015.
the world of retro game collecting has been left in shock after a new fraud scandal. a man has been selling counterfeits of these titles worth more than $100,000.
The scandal arose last week when this prominent member of the community and moderator of a large Facebook group he was accused of fraud with his copies.
Enrico Ricciardi has been an active member of the community as a buyer, seller and source of advice for many years; That is why this suit has been more serious in betraying the trust of the rest.
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But that is left behind because they have already expelled him from the Big Box PC Game Collectors group. Various members of this group gathered evidence which they say proves that many of his boxes, diskettes and works of art that he sold are not what people believe.
An example of a scammed user is the Twitter account Dominus of Exultwhere in a Tweet recounts: “These were the centerpieces of my collection. Rare and expensive vintage games.
Now it seems that I have been scammed and sold fakes by a well-known figure in the Ultima and tetrogames community. along with many others“.
The members of the group have collected all evidence and accusation in a public documentstating that this was all “thanks” to one of the members receiving a suspicious game.
This was a copy of Akalabeth: World of Doom from the year 1979, developed by Richard Garriott before his Ultima saga began and is one of the first RPGs to be developed.
After this they began to investigate among other games and copies sold by Ricciardi and found many other sales by him that also left much to be desired.
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as it counts Kotakucomparing Ricciardi’s games to other members’ originals, the group soon realized discrepancies between both game copies.
Like hand-cut instead of machine-cut game labels, markings on labels supposedly from decades ago but made with modern printers, and other differences like fonts and where the logo was placed.
The clearest of all was in many cases that the diskettes sold by Ricciardi were blank. This is something that many buyers have discovered now that they have been ‘forced’ to check.
If what you are thinking is “And why haven’t they done it before?” Let us tell you that they are boxes and diskettes that in some cases are more than 40 years old and how they explain members of Big Box PC Game Collectors doing this is not always the best idea.
“These floppies are 40 years old and the software is available online with emulators. The goal is to have the games for collection, not play them (like card collectors who don’t trade them) and keep them intact.
‘Testing’ a 40 year old floppy can damage it and yet many of these collectors don’t have access to the computers that were originally used to run these games.“.
Now that multiple members have compared the games Ricciardi sold to others to the originals, it’s clear that he’s been selling fake copies for years; since 2015 according to their calculations.
Their sales range from old Sierra games to Origin games and “multiple copies of Ultima: Escape from Mt. Drash, Akalabeth, and Mystery House“.
Although the majority of fake copies sold by Ricciardi are believed to have gone directly to users, the group says that “at least one copy of Ultima 1 is believed to be fake and could be priced by WATA“.
Ricciardi is estimated to have been involved in “at least €100,000 in allegedly fake gaming transactions“, which right now equates to $107,300 in total.
The group explained in a FAQ accompanying the post that it is not clear what legal proceedings are underway or if they will even be done because “affected individuals are choosing the best resource for them and do not want to make that public“.
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