How’s your video game collection? Purchased a couple of Humble Bundles and took advantage of a few Steam sales in your day? Occasionally pick up a big triple-A release? What about your backlog? Do you write woe-is-me tweets lamenting how you just don’t have time to get through them all?
Frickin’. Please. Son, you ain’t even rollin’. Michael Thomasson is, however, as the Guinness World Record holder for the largest video game collection in the world, with over 10,607 unique game titles spread across 25 years of America’s video game history. And now he’s auctioning them off, all of them, with a current highest bid of US$5,678. Sadly, the reserve price has not yet been reached, but with ten days to go there’s still a lot of time.
Thomasson explains on his auction page: “Although I am selling this collection, please do not misunderstand and come to the conclusion that I am leaving the hobby. That is definitely not the case. I love games and they are pivotal part of my identity…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.”
You’ve got to respect a guy who puts that much effort into something he loves and is happy to set it free when circumstance demands.