The Guinness World Records-verified largest collection of video games is up for sale. Do you really need to buy a house?
Michael Thommason was certified as the owner of the largest collection of video games in the world in late 2013, and has the Guinness World Record certificate to prove it.
His collection of 13,607 games - not including duplicates - has since grown to over 11,000, but due to unspecified needs arising in his immediate and extended family, Thommason has elected to part with the enormous trove.
"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," he said.
The collection is being offered for sale through GameGavel and at time of writing had attracted a maximum bid of over $90,000.
That might sound like a lot, but it's the price of about 1,500 new triple-A releases in the US. By game, it's about $8.18 each for the full 11,000+ collection.
The winner will receive the Guinness Certificate verifying the collection's position as largest inthe world; a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine, and three decades worth of games collecting including over 2,600 factory-sealed titles and more than 8,300 complete packages with original packaging and manual.
Over the course of his career owning and managing game stores, Thommason has managed to amass a complete collecton of all US releases for the 3DO, Action Max, AGP X-System, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari Jaguar, Atari Jaguar CD, Atari Lynx, Buzztime, Captain Power, Game Boy Advance e-Reader, Neo-Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo Virtual Boy, NUON, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Tapwave Zodiac, Tiger Game.Com, Turbo-Grafx-16 CD and Turbo-Grafx-16 Super CD - as well as import titles.
He has near-complete collections for the Bally Videocade, CougarBoy, Fairchild VES Channel F, Game Wave, Gizmondo, Halcyon Interactive, LaserActive, Magnavox Odyssey2, NEC PC-FX, N*Gage, Sega 32-X, SuperVision, Vectrex and XaviX.
As for everything else, his collection includes games for the Amiga CD-32, Amstrad CPC, APF MP1000, Arcadia 2001, Atari 2600, Atari XE/XL, Bandai / Apple Pippin, Bandai Playdia, BBC Micro, Casio Loopy, Colecovision, Commodore 64, Commodore 64/128, Commodore Vic-20, Dragon 32, DVD Interactive, Epoch Cassette Vision, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, FM Towns, FM Towns Marty, Hyperscan, LaserDisc Interactive, Leap Frog Leapster, Leap Frog Didj, Mattel Intellivision, Mattel Aquarius, Microsoft X-Box, Microsoft X-Box 360, Microvision, MSX, NEC TurboGrafx-16, Neo-Geo AES, Neo-Geo CD, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Family Computer Disk System, Nintendo GameBoy, Nintendo GameBoy Color, Nintendo GameBoy Advance, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo 64 DD, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Philips CD-I, Radio Shack TRS-80, RCA Studio II, Sega SG-1000, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega 32x CD, Sega Pico, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Sony Playstation, Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation 3, Sony PSP, Sony Vita, TI-99/4a, Tiger R-Zone, Timex Sinclair, Tomy Tutor ,V.Flash, V.Smile, Wonderswan and Wonderswan Color.
If you want to know more about the collection, you can find photos and further details on Thommason's Good Deal Games site, or watch the video below covering the Guinness World Records verification event.