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Video Game Collection World Record – 11,000 Games. Achievement Unlocked

A New York man has been officially named as having the largest video game collection world record, the Associated Press reports.

Michael Thomasson, 43, lives in Buffalo and has had a passion for video games since he was 12 years old.  One Christmas present that year was the game Cosmic Avenger for the Colecovision console.  Unfortunately, since the Colecovision was so tough to find at the time, he had to wait almost a year before being able to play it.

Absence, it seems, truly does make the heart grow fonder.  Ever since then Thomasson has been collecting games, though there were a couple of hiccups along the way.  He sold off his collection twice – once in 1989 to help pay for a Sega Genesis console, and once in 1998 to help finance his wedding.

“[JoAnn] knew what she was getting into,” Thomasson says about his wife.

Computer games might not seem like they would fetch much of a price, but Thomasson estimates his current collection is worth between $700,000 and $800,000.  The Guinness World Records count listed 10,607 games, but Thomasson says he now has more than 11,000.

When Thomasson set out to build his collection for the third time, he was a married man and knew that he couldn’t allow his hobby to get out of hand.  Thomasson laid out a strict yearly budget of $3,000.  That worked out to about two games a day, never at full price.

The former record was held by Floridian collector Richard Lecce, who Guinness recognized in 2010 with a count of 8,616 games.

“My congratulations to a fellow collector,” said Lecce.  “It’s very impressive and I’m very happy for him.”


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