I'm not sure how many people will be interested in this, but I've been wanting to throw this idea out there for a while, and so here it is.
There is almost no information available anywhere that defines what constitutes a "complete" 3DO game (or system, for that matter). A lot of 3DO games are sold as being "complete" because they have a box, jewel case, disk and instruction manual. While most people are more than happy with this (as they are more interested in just playing the game and having a nice box to display it in), it generally misses the mark of being complete as frequently 3DO games originally included various inserts, posters, mail-ins, stickers and other assorted items.
To this end, I would like to start documenting what each game came packaged with. This will be an extremely slow process that is highly likely to never approach its end.
The only way to be reasonably assured of what a 3DO game originally came packaged with is to open new old-stock (factory sealed) games. Even doing this does not ultimately define what a game was packaged with, as it is entirely possible (likely) that the contents of a given game were changed during different production runs. This is especially true for popular (long-lived) games that saw production runs spanning long periods of time.
So, while it does not always define what the contents of a given game were, it does at the very least present one of the possible configurations for a game.
I am no huge fan of opening factory sealed 3DO games. I usually much prefer to keep them sealed and in their original pristine/complete condition.
However, every once in a while I'll happen across a factory sealed game that is in poor condition, or is so commonly available in a factory sealed state, that I don't have a problem opening the game.
I've read on this forum a few times where people have stated that they like to open their factory sealed games. I'm hoping that maybe whenever a factory sealed game is opened by one of our members here, they might take pictures of the contents and upload to this thread, time permitting.
I'll start things off with a game I recently opened. The copy of Doom pictured below was in pretty rough shape so I grabbed my camera and took some pictures. I plan on doing the same thing for any factory sealed 3DO game I open from now on.
***Notes for Doom***
1) For some reason two Studio 3DO advertisement cards were included with this copy. Intentional, or accidental?
2) In addition to the long-box being sealed, the jewel case with the game and manual also come sealed in cellophane.