A NY man is looking for a recount of his video game collection. After surpassing the previous Guinness World Record for his video game collection he actually found even more games since the last count.
How many games will land you in the Guinness Book? Try about 10,000 plus. That’s how many were counted in Michael Thomasson from Buffalo, NY. Starting at the age 12 his parents gave him the Colecovision console and he hasn’t looked back since. His official count was 10,607 in the 2013 Guinness Book but he claims for 2014 he is going to surpass that number with misplaced and stashed games from his collection found after the Guinness count.
You would assume the Thomasson is a heavy gamer with this huge collection of games. Actually “I probably get three hours of playing in a week,” he told Fox News. “If I’m lucky.”
The majority of his time is dedicated designing games, teaching 2D animation, game design and the history of video games at Canisius College in Buffalo. More importantly he spends his time raising his 5 year old daugther Anna.
The collection is safely located in Thomasson’s basement and he estimates that his collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000. He doesn’t go about spending recklessly for keep up with his odd hobby. He has a yearly budget of $3,000 for video games and averages about two games per day. He can’t pay full price for games because he wouldn’t stay within his budget guidelines.
Thumasson is featured on a two page spread in the recently released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition.”