New York man wins title for world's largest collection of video games

Michael Thomasson, a former 3-D animation worker and video game industry worker, owns 10,607 games

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 6:10pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 6:11pm

An American is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games.

Michael Thomasson of suburban Buffalo, New York, says he began collecting soon after receiving his first game, Cosmic Avenger, as a Christmas present from his grandparents when he was 12.

Thomasson had to wait until the next Christmas to play it, though, until his parents could get their hands on the hot-selling Colecovision system to play it on.

Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is featured in the just-released Guinness World Records next year Gamer’s Edition.

The official number of 10,607 games bests the previous record holder and fellow American, Richard Lecce (pronounced less-eeh) of Florida, who had 8,616 games in 2010.

According to an interview he gave to, Thomasson, a former 3-D animation and video game professional, taught a “history of videogames” course at a college in Buffalo. He also runs a website that sells console video games, which he prefers to computer games.

"This is perhaps because I prefer a joystick to a keyboard, or sitting on the couch instead of on a chair in front of a computer. Playing with a friend was always enjoyable side-by-side instead of fighting for space behind a computer desk. Simple as that, really," he said in the interview.

Asked about his personal collection, said: ”I do not have [it] listed anywhere, as I do not have a full and comprehensive list for myself.

“I certainly need to accomplish this, as often I come across a game or item that I’m not sure that I already own or not. Fortunately, I always make it a point to grab such items.”

With additional reporting from Staff Reporter

Watch: Thomasson grabs a Guinness record

Source: YouTube video by Michael Thomasson