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World’s largest video game collection sold for $750,250

World’s largest video game collection sold for $750,250

The collection was confirmed as the largest in the world in December 2012 and has seen approximately 400 additions since then.

A collection of more than 11,000 video games has been sold at auction for $750,250.

The collection, verified by the Guinness Book of World Records in December 2012 as the largest in the world, went up for auction earlier this month and bidding started at $1. In total, 56 bids were placed during the course of the auction.

Of the 11,000 games in the collection, none are duplicates and approximately a quarter of them are still factory sealed.

The collection’s former owner Michael Thomasson was able to bolster his collection through working at seven independent gaming stores during the 90s and operating Good Deal Games online since 1998. This not only gave him access to a wide range of games but also allowed him to pick the copies that were in the best condition. As a result, more than 8,300 of the games have their original box and manual.

Thomasson made the decision to sell his hoard to better meet other commitments in his life, although he does say that the sale does not mean that he is leaving the hobby behind.

’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 wrote at Game Gavel. ’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.’

Included in the collection are several complete and nearly complete sets for well known and more obscure consoles alike. The winning bid was also given a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine.

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Waynio 18th June 2014, 12:34 Quote
Keen gamer & the healthiest hoarding I've seen since it pulled back a nice sum. :D
suragh 18th June 2014, 12:36 Quote
Yup and he even went to great lengths to retrieve games he got rid of. Quite a cool achievement.

Hats off to this gentleman.
[USRF]Obiwan 18th June 2014, 13:40 Quote
That's nothing, with MAME you could potentially have 20.000+ games!

All jokes aside, back in the early PC days I had around 50 of them (most adventure games) on the shelf and that was, according to my friends, a huge collection! Games where something like 30 pounds. So for me it was pretty expensive collection.

Difference is I actually played the games. Just looking at a sealed box is ridiculous but seeing how much he got for it I makes me wonder where my collection went. I just can't remember anymore where they are. Bummer, could at least got 300 pounds for it I guess, but then again who on earth want to play those games from early PC days...
LordPyrinc 18th June 2014, 14:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Just looking at a sealed box is ridiculous but seeing how much he got for it I makes me wonder where my collection went. I just can't remember anymore where they are. Bummer, could at least got 300 pounds for it I guess, but then again who on earth want to play those games from early PC days...

I have to agree with you on the whole sealed box thing, really with respect to all collectibles. Games, toys, comic books are all meant to be played/read, not sealed up... but to each his own I guess.

As for the old games, I still like playing a lot of the classic Nintendo and SNES games, though my NES console gave up the ghost years ago so now I have to use an emulator. I don't play too many of the really old PC games, though I do fire up Sierra's Lords of the Realm II every so often. It was one of the first games I ever owned on the PC and I still enjoy playing it. I had to track down a recompiled executable though in order to work on Windows 7.
pbryanw 18th June 2014, 16:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
...though I do fire up Sierra's Lords of the Realm II every so often. It was one of the first games I ever owned on the PC and I still enjoy playing it.
Interesting, I looked on GOG.com and Lords of the Realm I is available, as is LotR III (which has terrible reviews) but no LotR II. I wonder why this is?
Darkwisdom 18th June 2014, 18:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]That's nothing, with MAME you could potentially have 20.000+ games!

All jokes aside, back in the early PC days I had around 50 of them (most adventure games) on the shelf and that was, according to my friends, a huge collection! Games where something like 30 pounds. So for me it was pretty expensive collection.

Difference is I actually played the games. Just looking at a sealed box is ridiculous but seeing how much he got for it I makes me wonder where my collection went. I just can't remember anymore where they are. Bummer, could at least got 300 pounds for it I guess, but then again who on earth want to play those games from early PC days...

Difference is that MAME, Emulators and roms are still pretty foggy when it comes to legality. Some companies have no problem but some companies will go to great lengths to prevent it. Doesn't stop anyone and rarely does anybody get caught or even charged. Most people just loved having games; it's more hoarding than collecting. Most 'collectors' are compelled to complete their collection, which makes it OCD, which hoarding is apparently associated with.
LordPyrinc 18th June 2014, 18:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by pbryanw
Interesting, I looked on GOG.com and Lords of the Realm I is available, as is LotR III (which has terrible reviews) but no LotR II. I wonder why this is?

That is rather odd. I never played the first one. I've got an original LotR III disc, but just didn't like it and probably played it no more than a few hours total. I have somehow lost my original LotR II disc, but fortunately had burned a duplicate many years ago and though that disc was acting up, I was able to re-burn the copy and thankfully the copy of the copy works fine. I still had to jump through a couple of additional hoops, minor stuff like *.ini edits and such along with tracking down the recompiled executable because Windows 7 doesn't support 16bit installers. It's a bit easier to get running on Vista and XP machines since you don't need the other executables.
NetSphere 18th June 2014, 19:13 Quote
These are not all PC games. So... is he also selling the consoles along with the games? Doesn't seem like it. And besides the well known consoles, there are some pretty obscure ones in there too.

Side note, I'd love to know how long you'd have to spend to actually finish playing all these games.
XXAOSICXX 18th June 2014, 19:13 Quote
Wowz0rs! I've got hundreds of games in pristine condition in my Steam library......when I'm old I'll be able to sell them all on and retire! Oh no, wait... :/
Gunsmith 18th June 2014, 19:26 Quote
yeah but did he have Battletoads?
Blogins 18th June 2014, 22:11 Quote
I met this guy years ago, bloody nice chap!

Surprised he's sold his collection, it was something he took great pride in. From the money I saw change hands in the short day I spent with him I doubt $750K recoups the money plunged into this collection. Am curious if this sale includes his fanny pack, the yanks do love their fanny packs! :D
pbryanw 18th June 2014, 23:20 Quote
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I have somehow lost my original LotR II disc, but fortunately had burned a duplicate many years ago and though that disc was acting up, I was able to re-burn the copy and thankfully the copy of the copy works fine.
I was going to say hang onto it as it may be rare but, looking again, the LotR: Royal Edition on GOG.com comes with LotR II and the LoTR II Siege Pack expansion. It's only $2.39 in the sale at the moment, and guaranteed to work on Windows 7 & 8, so might be worth the small outlay for fans of LoTR.
mi1ez 18th June 2014, 23:35 Quote
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yeah but did he have Battletoads?

I loved Battlemaniacs!
mi1ez 18th June 2014, 23:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by pbryanw
I was going to say hang onto it as it may be rare but, looking again, the LotR: Royal Edition on GOG.com comes with LotR II and the LoTR II Siege Pack expansion. It's only $2.39 in the sale at the moment, and guaranteed to work on Windows 7 & 8, so might be worth the small outlay for fans of LoTR.

Don't get me started on the current GOG sale!
pbryanw 18th June 2014, 23:43 Quote
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Don't get me started on the current GOG sale!
And to think the Steam sale starts tomorrow - my poor wallet! :)
LordPyrinc 19th June 2014, 13:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by pbryanw
I was going to say hang onto it as it may be rare but, looking again, the LotR: Royal Edition on GOG.com comes with LotR II and the LoTR II Siege Pack expansion. It's only $2.39 in the sale at the moment, and guaranteed to work on Windows 7 & 8, so might be worth the small outlay for fans of LoTR.

Sweet... thanks for the heads up. I'll have to take a look at this especially since I don't have the Siege Pack expansion.
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