That was a very moving speech Schizophretard!
I personally agree with most of what you are saying.
But I do think the core of what was inititially being debated in this thread is about the loss of monetary value from dumping an unreleased bin. especially. when a lot of money has been paid for it. For some the loss maybe irrelevant. Like you, I'd like to say I'd get a lot more out of it by releasing the bin. to others who love atari, but I don't have stacks of cash to throw around and if i'd saved that amount of cash to buy it to begin with, I'd like to know that the economic value is retained. Because what if the engine blows in my car next year, and I rely on it to get to work, and I am strapped for cash? If I had to, I could sell that cartridge and recoup my money.
I would think that all of us that have participated in this argument value atari games well beyond their monetary value - otherwise we wouldn't be here debating so passionately about it. Most of us have at some stage spent $$ on cartridges that we know may be worth less, but we are more concerned with getting hold of them to fill that void, in our almost complete Spectravideo collection for example.
I often browse over my v-case collection and just admire them, inspect them, and appreciate them as objects also. Would I call them 'art'.... i don't know... I am a artist - a painter - and I work full time in an art gallery dealing with art everyday. I don't feel that they are the same thing. I see the art in them, but I wouldn't call them Art.
LOL! I wasn't trying to give a big speech. It's just when I can tell I'm being misunderstood I explain things different ways and give more details until they get it.
I can relate to the engine blowing scenario. I would have emergency money put away for emergency situations so I wouldn't have to sell things I worked hard to buy in the first place. But I'll give you that as a good reason to worry about economic value. I'm curious about how many people that can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a cart get into strapped for cash emergency situations though.
Another good reason that I just thought of is when you sold your Time Warp T-handle to me to donate the money to help Japan after the Tsunami. I hope that gave you enough good karma to keep your engine going.
There are good reasons to be concerned about the economic value but I don't think to be able to say,"My collection is worth more than yours!" is one of them. Sure we can have fun and bragging rights when we get something cool but not dumping a ROM so that one can take a treasure bath is too far. The only thing that could be worse is if someone bought doubles of their rare carts just to destroy them to increase their rarity and economic value. I hope no one does that.
When former Atari programmers left and formed Activision they started treating their programmers like artists by giving them credit just like movie directors or authors. Making cool looking carts is art. The pictures on the labels, boxes, and manuals are art. What appears on the screen is art. Video games are art. They might not be the same thing you would see in an art gallery but they are art.