The Mysterious World Of Oriental Gaming: Chinese Collectibiles & Limited Edition Releases

Collectibles-and-Limited-EditionsJust like everywhere else, Chinese games often come in fancy limited editions or accompanied by a slew of merchandise. This article is going to give you a little taste of what’s out there and show you what Chinese gamers can expect to find when they open up a new game.

The range of merchandise available spans everything from the usual limited edition sets and preorder bonus items to novelisations, t-shirts, figures (the fancy “statue” type, not the cheap barely-resembles-the-character type), artbooks, soundtracks and wall hangings. Sound familiar? Well that’s kinda the point – the games may be unknown, but gamers are pretty much the same wherever you go.

Having said that Chinese games have just as much visual flair in their packaging as the games themselves, so even standard editions still look rather special and often come with some fantastic extras such as badges, small figures and bookmarks/cards – take a look at these!

Chinese-Standard-Editions

Limited editions take it one step further (OK, probably a bit more than one step), often coming in bespoke boxes with fancy inner artwork or shiny print effects and stuffed to the gills with all sorts of unique bits and bobs – soundtracks and guidebooks are just for starters, you can expect anything from USB sticks disguised as swords to plush toys and metre long scrolls inside these sets!

Chinese-Limited-Editions

Those who like to preorder or get their purchases in early aren’t left out either, the bonuses are obviously smaller as they’re only meant to incentivise launch day buying but there’s still some nice things to be had – most recently Ao no Kiseki came with a bag, cloth, poster and a small keychain. It’s not going to set anyone’s world on fire but finding your parcel’s a little fuller than expected is never a bad thing!

Ao-no-Kiseki

Not content with simply draining people dry on launch publishers sensibly extend the life and money-taking abilities of their games through re-releases and additional merchandise. You thought that special edition you bought at launch looked good? It’s nothing before the mighty special special anniversary edition – it only costs twice the price too!

That’s only the games though, what about separately sold merchandise? There’s plenty there too – and surprisingly it’s not thrown together at the last minute either. Several RPGs have full-blown novels available, and the close involvement of the original writers means that they sell and review well. “Making of” documents come in traditional bindings and are accompanied by a complete annotated script – y’know, just in case an image-rich and text-heavy book written in-house going over every last detail of the game’s development wasn’t already enough. Not wanting to be outdone by young upstarts Aurogon, rival company (and arguably the originator of the Chinese RPG) Softstar has recently released an artbook for their latest game that’s so comprehensive it’s actually two hardback books kept within together a clear sleeve – and weighs well over 4 kilograms (just for comparison – a boxed set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books weigh about 0.8 kilograms)!

Chinese-Guidebooks--Boxsets

There’s been a lot of looking forward at newer games in this article, but Chinese gamers do plenty of looking back too – rare games that go out of print or pristine condition Chinese DOS games can fetch money that’d make anyone’s eyes water! It all comes together to show a gaming community that’s passionate about its hobby and keen to support it, whether that means looking forward to the next big release or chasing after that elusive game from yesteryear.


Last Updated ( 18 July 2013 )  

Comments 

(Link to this comment) DemonicNinja 2013-07-19 11:43
Wow,these items are gorgeous !!great article again Kimimi,thank you. :D
(Link to this comment) Kimimi 2013-07-19 12:18
Thank you very much! Got another new fancy set (or two) due next month ;)
(Link to this comment) BritishSandvich 2013-07-19 19:18
These items are beautiful and I wish to have them all in my collection! :D
(Link to this comment) Kimimi 2013-07-19 19:36
Yep they really are wonderful, I'm glad you enjoyed looking at them! :D
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