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As recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition, Michael Thommason is the owner of the world's largest collection of video games, though not for long. Thomasson's record collection of 11,000 games is up for auction and will change hands to the winning bidder, provided the reserve price is met. That hasn't happened yet with the high bid sitting at $50,000.
Included in the auction are all 10,607 games that were verified by Guinness plus over 400 more that were amassed since then. On top of that, Guinness didn't count duplicates, so that figure represents unique titles, many of which are in pristine condition. About a quarter of them are still sealed.
"I operated seven independent gaming stores during the nineties and have worked for another chain for the last decade. I also operated Good Deal Games online since 1998, having thousands of games cross my path. Whenever I purchased a game that did not directly come from the distributor I was able to look through all our inventory and pick out the nicest copy of a game, including grabbing the nicest box and manual," Thomasson explains on Game Gavel, the website where he's auctioning off his collection.
The games in his collection span many different systems -- 3DO, Atarti 2600, AGP X-System, Sega Dreamcast, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, and so forth. Despite getting rid of them all, Thomasson says he isn't leaving the hobby and will continue to write about them, teach college gaming classes, help with trade shows, and more.