World's Largest Video Game Collection Can Be Yours

Current high bid for certified world's most extensive video game collection is $50,000.

With more than 11,000 titles in all, Michael Thomasson has the world's largest video game collection, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, he's selling his trove of games, and the lot can be yours, assuming you have A) lots of space in your home and B) lots of money.

Thomasson's collection, which includes the 10,607 titles needed for the world record as well as an additional 400+ obtained since, is currently up for auction through Game Gavel (via Kotaku). After 12 bids, the best offer so far is $50,000--though that's below Thomasson's unspecified reserve price. He said previously that he thought his collection was worth between $700,000 and $800,000.

In addition to traditional consoles like Xboxes and PlayStations, Thomasson's collection includes rare systems like the Casio Loopy and Apple's Pippin console. Also included is the actual Guinness World Record certificate, and a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine, including all back issues.

The auction closes on June 15 at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

"Win this auction and you will have the largest recorded collection of games in the world--or Universe, even! I'm handing over the baton and the winner will instantly become the new crown holder, without three plus decades of meticulous hunting," Thomasson writes.

About a quarter of the entire collection, somewhere around 2,750 games, is factory-sealed. Plus, more than 8,300 are complete with their original box and manual.

Why, after thirty years of collecting, would Thomasson want to sell his collection now?

"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," Thomasson said. "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."

A December 2013 profile of Thomasson revealed that his trek to the world record featured two start-overs. He sold his collection first in 1989 to raise money for a Sega Genesis and again in 1998 to pay for his wedding. Thomasson teaches courses on 2D animation, game design, and video game history at Canisius College in Buffalo and has time to play games for around three hours per week.

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86 comments
JoInfo
JoInfo

He outbid my $20 offer.

Foppe
Foppe

I'll give you a dollar.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I can't believe that this guy is selling all his stuff. Seems like such a waste of time and money to spend virtually his whole life collecting this stuff to sell it now. I tell you, even though he stands to make a pretty penny unloading it all, I honestly don't think I could do it if I were him.


Edit: After reading the remainder of the article, I've got to respect his decision.

steelmouth
steelmouth

SMDFH and here I am always bragging about my unprecedented 60+ X360 games, and all my relations and friends are always super impressed by my huge game collections, some of them even bought X360 to tab into that impressive collection of 60+ games  

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

mhm a museum should just give him the money seriously !

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Man... 11,000+ games and only 3 hours a week to play?

Being a grown up is bull****

grenadehh
grenadehh

11,000 for only 50,000? My collection that I already sold is easily worth more than that and it's not even 1,000 games. Dude is seriously ripping himself off

jallen1991
jallen1991

How do you kill, that which has no life?

maitkarro
maitkarro

So he only collects games for some bigger reasons, or to be more precise for lots of money, no gamer would ever part of his games that he decided to keep, it's part of his life.

xcollector
xcollector

So are they ever going to do a world record for digital game collections? The damn servers will probably be shut down long before you have a chance to collect 30 years worth.

slayerizer
slayerizer

Question is, who's gonna pay for the shipping?!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Uuuhhh... no thanks! My backlog is already big enough as it is and I'm not much for collecting things just to have them.

jark888
jark888

The collection should be in gaming museum. I'm sure to enjoy hours of visiting.

gplayer5
gplayer5

Honestly, If he has some games and consoles that are actually that rare, why not sell it to some gaming museum so our younger generations can see them. Those do exist right? o.O

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

IMHO, the people that have the money to actually pay his reserve price AND would be even interested probably have a huge collection of their own, and wouldn't need all of the items. He might get lucky if some athlete or entertainer is interested, but I doubt he'll get the sale, unless it's from someone not from the US. I read a few articles about his collection, and in each one he mentioned the amount of space it took up.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Must not have been a big collection back then if he sold it to buy a Sega Genesis.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

If I win the lottery then I would buy this collection. But until that time. No

So I would guess that his collection includes every videogame made for every game system. Even if you could buy this there is no way that you could ever play all of these videogames 11 thousand games and only 365 days in a year.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

this auction is strictly for people who have too much money to spend

Necrotron
Necrotron

I can only really see the value for a rich collector who doesn't have time to collect retro games.  For many, the joy of hobby hunting 'is' the thrill of collecting old school systems and games. 

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Well, after looking at the comments, it looks like a lot of people have other priorities or responsibilities.

So good luck to you in getting those $700,000, Thomasson! :-)

sammoth
sammoth

Nobody is buying you crap. Bottom line it's only worth that to a collector. And a collector dumb enough to pay for it. W/T/F is this Gamespot a plug for his Ebay page ?

Bugermeister
Bugermeister

@VenkmanPHD I generally have less than 3 hours to play games each week. Yup, it's a bummer. But being an adult can have other perks. Having a loving wife is wonderful. Having a little boy who loves you and wants to be like you brings joy you can't understand until you experience it yourself. And you could work/study hard and land a great job like making games instead of just playing them. Knowing that the code I write will be enjoyed by MILLIONS of people is a great feeling too. Being an adult isn't all bad. Aim high, kids.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@VenkmanPHD tell me about it now that I can afford games I don't have time to play them, I badly ever finish games, I get stack and move on to the next

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@VenkmanPHD yes I know what you mean and its sad :( same happened to me as well, I have a huge backlog of games I still need to play but I just dont have time anymore :( in my schooldays it was such a joy coming home and playing some Super Metroid on the SNES or Final Fantasy 7 on the Playstation. Today I just dont care anymore :/

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@jallen1991 It blows me away when people on a gaming website say stuff like this. The vast majority of people frequenting this site would kill to have a collection like this, especially if one stands to make close to $1,000,000 by selling it, although I don't think that's this man's motive here. This man obviously has a life, and that is why he is selling his collection. He also holds a stable job, obviously cares about his family, and the man can barely find three hours a week to play video games. No life, huh? You want to criticize this man for doing something he loves, but will obviously give that up for something he loves more? Sounds to me like this guy has his priorities straight. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

@maitkarro They would if they had to.I had to make a choice between being evicted and homeless, or selling all my games. Life sucks.

xcollector
xcollector

@maitkarro One day you will come to the realization that nothing last forever and life goes on.

Apastron
Apastron

@jark888 If you want to go somewhere to look at sealed game boxes on shelves, you can do that in a shop.

Vodoo
Vodoo

They're not all meant to be played. A lot are factory sealed and it's more important for a collector to keep them that way, in mint condition.

I think the obscure systems he has are more interesting than the games.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@vladric i guess you didnt read the part where he sold his entire collection once to pay for his wedding. next time, read before you post.

danusty
danusty

@Necrotron I consider myself a collector but if I could get everything I want at once I would

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Bugermeister @VenkmanPHD 

Ugh, I can't imagine a worse sentence in life than having to raise a whiney, crap-all over itself, baby. Having to pay for EVERYTHING it does/wants, having to skip out on experiences in your OWN life because you have to take care of some little thing because it isn't even remotely self sufficient.

Yeah, having a wife sounds cool and all, but having girlfriends is way better.

Furthermore... the idea of making games sounds cool on paper to me, but 1 I hear the industry is not steady as far as a job market goes, and 2 I could care less about other people enjoying my creations. Every peice of art, story, or code that I've ever written has been for my own entertainment.

Nah man, being a grown up sucks. The Bills, the Loans, the tedious paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, the car problems, the responsibilities...

Being a teenager was where it was at. Not responsibilites, just girls, video games, and drugs.

1 of which you don't have time for, another you can't do because of the job which is taking up all your time,and the 3rd one your constantly hoping to god you don't end up with a child on the way.

Life's a **** the older you get.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@xcollector @maitkarro True, including your own life, therefore I'm happy that my games were part of my life as long my life lasted, but the games might live longer than myself, it's my legacy and who I am and what I believe in and mostly what entertained me in many ways in my life.

markoswan
markoswan

@Apastron @jark888 Point me to any shop in existence that has stock that is comparable to this guy's collection. 

robertoenrique
robertoenrique

LMAO I almost choked when I read this. hahahahahaha

brxricano
brxricano

@freedomzealot @vladric *everyone gathers around*

DAAAAMN SONNNN!!

OOOOOHH SNAAAAAAP!

YOOOOOOO!!!

WHAAAAAAAAT!!

thats the best i can do since we CANT HAVE GIFS, GAMESPOT!!!! >:|

danusty
danusty

@Heinpienaar123 @deth420 @KimCheeWarriorX or to keep yet that does not change the fact that most people will try to buy for cheap. I for one will not pay more than $60 for an old school game or a current game even though I consider myself a collector as well