There’s nothing ladies love more than a man with a huge… collection of video games? I suppose that makes Michael Thommason — the Guinness world record holder with around 11,000 unique titles — a regular Casanova. Michael has spent the better part of 25 years amassing his impressive collection, which includes over 2600 “factory shrink-wrapped” games, 8600 complete with box and manual (because no respectable collector stores his treasured possessions in generic CD cases), and enough self-pride to justify a city-wide march.
The reason for parting with his massive collection? Short answer: responsibilities. The longer answer, which was posted at the bottom of Michael’s auction page, reads:
“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.”
If you’re in the market for 11,000 games, including complete sets for over 20 consoles and near complete sets for too-many-to-list-more, look no further. The current bid is $9,600, but we expect those numbers to rise as the darker side of the gaming community begin looting department stores and robbing banks for a shot at the set.
The collection also includes perks such as a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine and all the fan-girls you could fit in a Subaru Outback, but perhaps the most interesting inclusion is the actual Guinness certificate. That’s right, the lucky buyer will immediately become the world famous, crown-wearing, sponsorship deal swatting, king of video games.
For more information, check out the auction site, which includes dozens of photos of the collection, the certificate and the man himself.