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A report from the Associated Press claims that a new world record has been set for the largest gaming collection in the world. Michael Thomasson from Buffalo, New York has amassed an incredible personal collection of 10,607 games, eclipsing the previous record set in 2010 by Richard Lecce of 8,616.
Featured in a two page spread in the newly released ‘Guinness World Records 2014 Gamers Edition’, Thomasson revealed that he has amassed his collection over a period of 31 years on a $3000 a year budget, from the Collecovision right up to the present day, and that remarkably he has already sold his collection twice to finance the purchase of a Sega Genesis in 1989 and to fund his wedding in 1998. He has estimated that his current collection is worth anywhere between seven and eight hundred thousand dollars.
Speaking on his playing habits however, Thomasson confirmed that he hasn’t played every game in the collection due to time constraints – working as a college teacher in Boston teaching 2D animation and the history of video games means that in his own words, “I probably get three hours of playing in a week…If I’m lucky.”
In Other News…
The immediate future of Spike VGX show stealer No Man’s Sky has been put in jeopardy after developer Hello Games’ office was hit by heavy flooding.
The independent studio, based in Guildford in the south of the United Kingdom, found their premises and equipment deluged on Christmas Eve after a nearby river burst its banks. Commenting on events via their Twitter feed, Hello Games confirmed that no-one was injured but that office equipment and personal affects had been lost. The small team has since resolved to bounce back from this unfortunate set of events:
Nintendo have pulled their eShop service offline this week after servers collapsed from demand for the new Pokemon Bank service.
Following the release of the application in Japan for owners of Pokemon X & Y (which allows users to store up to 3,000 monsters in cloud based storage for $4.99/£4.49/€4.99 a year), traffic through the Nintendo Network service was higher than anticipated and crushed servers. The application has since been removed from the Japanese storefront, and European & American players wanting the service now face an undetermined delay. Nintendo have apologized and asked for patience from the Pokemaniac army.
Nintendo weren’t the only company to have it rough online over the festive period – perhaps due to the spate of new hardware being unwrapped on Christmas morning, both PSN and Xbox Live had problems which have since been resolved, and a rush to download a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 left the Steam servers down for up to eight hours in parts of the world.
It’s time to announce the UK’s Christmas 2013 number one video game – congratulations to
Call Of Duty FIFA 14, which became not only the eighth game in the series to top the festive charts, but also gave EA their 14th Christmas Number One in 28 years.
Top Ten For Week Ending 21st December 2013 (from GFK/Chart-Track)
1 – FIFA 14 (EA Canada)
2 – Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward)
3 – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
4 – Battlefield 4 (DICE)
5 – Lego Marvel Superheroes (Traveller’s Tales)
6 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)
7 – Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
8 – Need For Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games)
9 – Killzone: Shadowfall (Guerrilla Games)
10 – Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Mojang)
The Internet Archive is one of the most fascinating and rapidly growing information resources in the world; providing digital access to millions of websites, texts and ebooks, videos and musical compositions in the public domain. In addition to its already extensive software collection full of shareware, DOS games and old demos, the organization has now begun the process of preserving video games for future generations.
The Console Living Room allows users to play through the games of the 70s and 80s in the comfort of your own web browser, via the power of game emulation software. Currently the project is a work in progress, but over 900 games for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Collecovision, Astrocade and Magnavox Odyssey are available for you to experience right now (albeit without sound at this moment in time, although this feature is incoming with more titles in the near future). That’s right – if you want to play the infamous E.T game that nearly destroyed the industry in 1983, it’s only a click away.
I for one am fully behind the project; with my keen historical interests I see video games (even the awful ones) as being as culturally important as film or radio, and therefore they deserve equal treatment from archivists. Just how far this particular emulation project will go is questionable – for example Nintendo won’t authorise NES games to be emulated until Hell freezes over – but in the meantime I wish them all the best in their efforts.