Skip to comments.NY man's 10,607 video games secure Guinness title
Posted on 12/24/2013 6:36:20 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.
Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released "Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition."
"I have games on cartridge, laser disc. I have VHS-based games, cassette-based games," Thomasson said, standing among the collection that fills the basement of his suburban Buffalo home.
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I am sure this is a very useful hobby that attracts a lot of girls.
Also holds the title for having less of a life than anybody else on the planet
I know the senior set here has little appreciation for video games, but they are a fun past time. More fun than just watching tv or movies.
I play games occasionally, but my eyesight isn’t great and I have Linux right now, so not a lot of games
You sure did just step in it...
At $10 a pop, that’s $100K.
I don’t have a whole lot of time to play, but I do enjoy the opportunity even though I have been playing the same three games for the past ten years.
That number of games would take more than 29 years to accumulate if he bought 1 game per day.
Since he’s been playing games for 31 years, I reckon he hasn’t actually finished many of them.
A quality game will take 40 hours to finish (often longer than that if you don’t use any outside help).
Does the game in that picture right above Pinball have the title “Videocock?”
I don’t mind getting it. There is often some real wit on this site, which, in part is why I said it. :)
However, there is a lot of truth to the idea that there is a generational divide when it comes to computer gaming, with comparatively few people over 60 who are into computer gaming compared with the other demographics.
implied is he also has the largest porn collection in the world, for the reason you hypothesized.
Some computer games have great replay value, like Diablo II. It take far more than 60 hours to get through everything.
Casio Loopy? I hope those marketing folks got sacked over that one.
True....I find it an amazing waste of time...and I am 55...
I almost had to fire an young employee because he simply was not getting enough sleep from playing half the night some game called evercrack :)
Yes..I Know it is Everquest, but you have the same reaction as being on crack...
Depends on when/how he bought them. You can buy a large cache of NES games on eBay for not too much money. I got a decent library built up at a flea market sale. Great games for dirt cheap.
He says that he only has time to play about 3 hours a week, which if you include a wayward youth, probably averages out to be 5 hours a week, which would work out to be about 200 games completed, if each game only took 40 hours to do.
Keep working on it, Grasshopper...
The is more to life than video games OR watching TV or movies, OR cell phone texting OR moronic oxymoronic "anti-social" media.
That’s one reason why I didn’t buy Diablo III. I refuse to play games that you have to be constantly connected, in order to play them. Those type of games are never ending, because the moment you get somewhere and decide to call it a night, you end up so far behind when you resume playing the next day orvtwo.
The average gamer in 2010 spent 13 hours per week on gaming.
I find it very hard to believe this guy bought up a world record number of games and spends less time actually playing them than the average gamer.
That’s why I bumped up his average. He says he only plays about 3 hours a week, but would be his current average, not his average over the course of a lifetime.
It says he “estimates the collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000”.
I find that hard to believe as well. If he chooses to sell, are people going to spend an average of $70 per game for games from the 80s?
Usually old video games go dirt cheap - which is how he admits he bought them to begin with.
I had a ColecoVision back in the day. The games were pretty good. Ended up selling it and getting a Commodore 64 because that was what most of my buddies had...we would get together for C64 parties and game all night.
If the average game spends 13 hours per week he can probably finish 1 game every 3 weeks - 17 games per year.
Which comes out to just over 500 games in 30 years.
That would be assuming that he was still playing 13 hours a week. If he spent the first ten years playing 13 hours a week, but the next 20, as a grown up, playing about 3, as he said he was, that would be a lifetime average of about 6 hours per week which would allow him to finish about 250 games.
I have a garage and closet full of old games for those systems plus all the crap I bought on Steam and GOG sitting on harddrives, I could play for centuries. The only thing I don't do are mobile games because I can't see the darn things.
Oh yeah I have a couple of Mattel handhelds and Fidelity chess computers too, remember those?
I do remember those. :)
However, I started gaming on the NES when it first came out.
Speaking as an Alpha-geek who cut his teeth on TRS-80 text games, “Zork 1” and “Zork 2”, Dragon’s Lair and Tempest, I salute this man’s devotion.
I guess you can figure out why I went out with her.
“It says he estimates the collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000.”
You’d be amazed what some stuff is worth. There are a couple of Atari 2600 games worth north of $10k if they’re boxed. There are several 80s titles one could easily sell for $1k. There are also several one off competition titles and prototypes that fetch thousands. However, I think he’s as high as a kite thinking its worth that much :-).
Zork? Does he have MajorMud /GreaterMud on his BBS! Text based games rock!
Soon to be featured on one of those hoarder reality shows.