Wow, didn't see this coming here. I'll bullet off some responses.
- No, I don't think the game is worth anywhere near $100k. It has a best offer for a reason, the high price is to stir up some interest in the game.
- Yes, the game has been dumped. I bought it for $1,500 then dumped and released it to the public, for free. I'm nearing 200 unique NES protos, all of which have been dumped, some public, some privately. Rest assured, they are all backed up safely.
- I specifically asked VGA to not give a numerical grade to the game. I don't want people 5 years from now comparing the value of an 85+ Arcadia VI to a 80 Hoppin' Mad. I asked instead to do what they have done in the past with prototype action figures; give it an NG designation with a certificate of authenticity.
- As forme being more qualified to authenticate this game, I'd like to agree with that. Problem is, that creates a conflict of interest. I can't authenticate my own games and then sell them. Besides, 99% of casual collectors don't know who I am and how many protos have come through my hands. With a third party putting their mark on it who have a history of grading collectibles (though not much with prototypes), it could give buyers who don't know me peace of mind.
- As for not offering a return if it didn't work, read the question as I posted it publicly. I won't give a refund to a buyer who smashes the case. Who the fuck knows what else they've done to it, that would be like asking to return an egg after you smash it.
It is what it is. I've released plenty of shit over the years and I'll continue to do so. If I decide after I dump and release something for free that it might be worth seeing if a buyer would make an offer that would make me part with it, I don't see the harm.