The Guinness Book of World Records recently awarded Michael Thomasson of Buffalo, N.Y. with the honor of having the world’s largest private video game collection after amassing 10,607 titles, consoles and other accessories for his massive stockpile. His achievement will appear in the Guinness World Records’ 2014 Gamer Edition, according to the Associated Press.
As you can see in the video, he’s got quite an impressive collection that not only includes almost every game for every popular console from the Colecovision to the last generation of the Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but he’s also got some real obscure babies in there like the Apple Pippin–a doomed console from the iPhone and iPad creator–and the Casio Loopy, a game system made exclusive for girl gamers. The collection is worth around $700,000 to $800,000 on the open market or around $100 if he tried to trade it all in at a local GameStop for store credit.
Generally speaking, video game aficionados might be amassing their collection of consoles and cartridges because they truly love playing them, but they also practice one of the oldest competitions in the history of mankind: the quest to get the most stuff.
It works like this: You get as much stuff as you can and the person with the most of it when they die wins. Sure the outcome isn’t as exciting but it makes for a hell of a horse race. So in terms of video games, there is a new current front runner and he’s got the documentation to prove it.