If your parents/siblings/partner constantly have a dig at you about how much money you “waste” on video games, be sure to tell them the story of Michael Thomasson.
Thomasson spent 30 years amassing a collection of more than 11,000 games across pretty much every console ever made – enough to earn him an official citation by the Guinness World Records people.
Now Thomasson has collected a cool $750,250 after selling his collection at auction site GameGavel.com.
Thommason – who lives in Buffalo, New York – said he was forced to sell his life’s work because of family commitments.
“I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed,” he wrote in his auction listing. “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.”
The Guinness Book of World Records certified the collection at 10,607 games in 2012. Since then, Thomasson – a former game shop owner – added more than 400 to the pile.
Auction winner “peeps_10091970” will receive the actual Guinness certificate as well as all the games – more than 2,600 of which are still factory sealed.