Gamer Sets Unbelievable World Record
For any and every gamer out there, collecting games is fun, but one man’s collection acquired him a world record.
43 year-old father Michael Thomasson, from Buffalo, NY never thought video games would earn him any recognition or fame whatsoever, until he realized the worth of his collection of over 10,000 games.
Thomasson started gaming when he was around 12 when he received his very first game Cosmic Avenger, but had to wait an entire year to get the ColecoVision necessary to play it, thus beginning his dedication to hunt down every gaming console possible.
“I have games on cartridge, laser disc. I have VHS-based games, cassette-based games,” Thomasson said.
Most gamers would give almost anything for this kind of recognition and fame, but Thomasson made heavy sacrifices on two separate occasions, including paying for his wedding. Thomasson said he bided his time and methodically rebuilt his collection on a yearly budget of $3,000, while never having to pay full price for anything, which by any means, is an impressive feat, especially these days where vintage video games go for a costly penny on e-Bay and vintage video game stores.
Thomasson’s 10,000+ game collection shatters former record holder Richard Leece’s collection of 8,616 games.
“My congratulations to a fellow collector,” Lecce, 39, said by phone from his Florida home upon hearing his record had fallen. “It’s very impressive and I’m very happy for him.”
To this day, Leece still casually collects games from time to time, but currently has no intention of chasing down his record from Thomasson, but is also proud of the benchmark he set, and is even further astonished that someone was able to break it.
“It’s something I did for my own enjoyment. I applied for the Guinness book for my kids so that years from now they can look back and say, wow, my father was in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records,’” Lecce, a father of two and numismatist, a rare coin dealer, said.
The collection totals somewhere between $700,000 and $800,000, according to the Associated Press.
Source: Associated Press (Photo Source; Brianna Blank/AP Photo)