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New Guinness World Record for the largest video game collection

26 Dec

Michael Thomasson video game collection

With more than 11000 video games in his collection, Michael Thomasson is the new Guinness World Record holder for the largest video game collection, beating the crap out from the previous holder, Richard Lecce, that has only 8616.

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The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time movie is finally out

19 Apr

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

Do you remember when a couple of month ago we told you about a very interesting documentary about collecting arcade cabinets called The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time? Good, because the movie is finally out and you can grab it on Amazon Video on Demand.

We are not here to talk about moral or something, but those guys really put a lot of effort on making this movie, so if you want to watch it, please avoid torrents.

Just in case, here’s the trailer.

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time, a feature-length documentary about arcade game collectors from The Space Invaders on Vimeo.

There is a ridiculously huge (and expensive) games collection for sale on ebay

7 Feb

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“After a life spent collecting video games I decide to sell off my entire collection”

This is how the italian seller opened his listing on ebay. He continued saying that he just has too much things and the space to store them is finished long ago…realizing that if he wants to play at least half of his games, he should lives two or three entire human life…

This games collection is incredibly huge, and just to give an idea, he spent the last two months of his life taking pictures and making lists, working about eight hours a day just in order to make an inventory and to figure out what he has, and this is INSANE!

It counts something like 6850 games, 330 consoles, 220 controllers and 185 various accessories and peripherals from which we can recognize basically everything is worthwhile in video games history! From ultra-rare and ultra-limited edition Biohazard Dreamcasts to impossibly expensive NEO GEO AES games, from the incredibly hard-to-find Hotel FamicomBox to never-seen 80s Game & Watches.

biohazard dreamcast

neo geo aes metal slug

nintendo hotel famicombox

game & watch

Enough nostalgia and collector rage? Good, let’s talk about money…do you have some savings? Or are you planning to sell your house or your 1st born? Because this collection will cost you $550.000 (yes, fivehundredfiftythousand freaking dollars), plus some unknown-but-for-sure-hugely-expensive delivery cost if you don’t live in Italy (yup, hard times in Italy right now).

If you’re interested (or just curious) you can check the complete game list here, the image library of all the items here and the actual ebay listing here.

At the time of writing the collection has received no bids.

**UPDATE (8 Feb 2013)**

Bidding has ended on this listing. The seller has relisted the items here.

**UPDATE (9 Feb 2013)**

We finally got a bidder for $550k! (but maybe it’s just a joke)

bidder

**UPDATE (12 Feb 2013)**

The listing has been removed from ebay. Some private buyer? We’ll never know…

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

6 Feb

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

No, it’s not a new Space Invaders game coming to your iPad or something, The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time is a feature-length documentary film about classic arcade game collecting. It is the story of classic obsession, the second life of games in basements and garages across the US.

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time will take you inside America’s hidden game rooms and into the hearts and minds of those who have made it their mission to enthusiastically preserve these important cultural touchstones.

Why? Because by 1985, video arcades revenue had fallen 97%, so they began to disappear worldwide (apart from Japan, as we said here) and most of the old games were converted or destroyed. A few, packed into warehouses, largely forgotten for another decade.

Luna City Arcade, one of the home game rooms featured in the film.

Luna City Arcade, one of the home game rooms featured in the film.

This documentary seems to be a very good chance to undust some masterpieces from the golden age of arcades, and meet the most hardcore coin-op experts and collectors out there.

The full-lenght film, directed by Jeff Von Ward and featuring lots of die-hard collectors (take a look at them here), should be out around next April and we’re really looking forward to watch it. But for now just enjoy the trailer and check out its website.