Buy the world’s largest video game collection (Wired UK)


Michael Thommason in front of a tiny fraction of his record-holding collection


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The owner of the world’s largest video game collection is
auctioning it all away to help his family in their time of
need.

New York resident Michael Thomasson was awarded the Guinness
World Record for his cornucopia of retro classics in December 2012,
clocking up 10,607 games. Since then, Thomasson says that he’s
added around 400 new ones since, bringing the total up to more than
11,000 games. At the time of writing, the highest
bid sits at
$50,000 (£30,000), still short of the reserve price
set for the haul.

For the right price, the discerning collector can walk away with
more than 2,600 factory-sealed mint-condition games and a further
5,700 boxed with manual. As if that’s not enough, Thomasson is
throwing in a lifetime subscription to RETRO magazine and
the crown itself, his Guinness World Record.

Win this auction and you will have the largest recorded
collection of games in the world — or Universe, even,” Thomasson
says in the listing. “I’m handing over the baton and the winner
will instantly become the new crown holder, without three plus
decades of meticulous hunting.”

The World’s Largest Video Game Collection – Michael Thomasson’s Guinness Book of World Records EventMichael Thomasson

Thomasson has amassed this treasure trove of gaming
history from his many years working in independent games shops
throughout the 90s — seven in fact. From his lofty positions as
manager of many of the stores, he would pick out the most pristine
copies from every distributor’s shipment and put it aside for
himself.  As a result, he has complete US sets for 21
consoles, ranging from the Atari 5200 to the Nintendo Virtual Boy
and the Sega Dreamcast, as well as mostly complete sets of every
other console that has ever been produced before the current
generation.

The decision to part with the collection must have been a
difficult one for Thomasson, who has been in the games industry for
more then 25 years — and will continue to do so. But as he stated
in the listing on his auction: “I simply have an immediate
family and extended family that have needs that need to be
addressed. While I do not wish to part with these games, I have
responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how
I will help meet them. No worries, I’ve sold my collection many
times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness’ attention,
and it is entirely possible that I may again.”

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Those other times in the past when Thomasson has had to sell
part of his collection have included his wedding, in 1998, where he
sold many games he’s not been able to reacquire since. So if
anything, it’s good to see he’s got some well-placed
priorities.

6 June 2014 | 4:35 pm – Source: wired.co.uk
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