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This profile was last updated on 6/7/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Michael Thomasson

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Local Address: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Good Deal Games
5508 George Drive
Hamburg, New York 14075
United States

Company Description: THE Place for VIDEO GAME Hobbyists & Collectors! ONLINE ARCADE! Classic Game Crossword Puzzles, Humor, Chat, Articles, Interviews, Postcards, News, Polls, (+)...

Employment History

  • Teacher In the Digital Media Arts Department
    Canisius College
  • Digital Media Arts Professor
    Canisius College
  • Concept Artist, Rigger, Animator
    Apartment 8 Studios
  • Server
    Isaacs Deli
  • Research
  • Member, Videogame Related Program Video MODS
  • Owner
    Online shop Good Deal Games
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Michael Thomasson, owner of ..., 7 June 2014 [cached]
Michael Thomasson, owner of the world's largest unique video game collection, is putting his beloved library on the market. In 2012, Thomasson received the Guinness World Record for this collection of 10,607 unique games, and since then, has added to it. It's now about 11,000 games. The Guinness Certificate will be sold alongside the collection. 
Thomasson built up his massive collection through serious hunting - but managing seven gaming stores helps too. Thomasson also manages Good Deal Games' online market, and has since 1998. This allows him to snag the best games for himself and has resulted in him owning about 2,600 games in their original packaging. 
Family obligations pushed him to sell the collection all at once, but he plans to keep collecting after it's sold. In 1998, he sold his collection to pay for his wedding and then built it all up again. He said, "I love games and they are pivotal part of my identity.
Michael Thomasson, owner of the world's largest unique video game collection according the Guinness Book of Records, is putting his beloved library on the market.
Good Deal Games - Classic Videogame STAFF, 4 Dec 2013 [cached]
MICHAEL THOMASSON Meet the man that makes this mess!
Michael Thomasson is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the videogame field today. He currently teaches college level videogame history, design, and graphics courses. For television, Michael conducted research for MTV's videogame related program Video MODS. With much fanfare, Michael contributed to the Inventor of Home Videogames' publication, Videogames in the Beginning by Ralph Baer, as well as several other historical videogame texts.
Michael has written several business plans for several videogame vendors and managed almost a dozen game-related retail stores spanning two decades. His historical columns have been distributed worldwide in newspapers and magazines. He has also contributed towards or published dozens of games for several consoles, such as the Atari VCS, Sega CD, Colecovision, Atari Jaguar, 3DO, CD-i and Vectrex. Furthermore, Michael has the World's Largest Video Game Collection certified by the Guinness Book of World Records!
Michael Thomasson
Michael Thomasson is an All-Around-Good-Guy! He started programming games when he began to read at the young age of 5 on the Commodore PET -- later branching into the TRS-80, Vic-20, TI-99, and eventually the Atari line of computers. Michael was previously a full-time 3D Animator, so videogames are as much a form of research, as they are entertainment. Dissecting the newer 3D games through their technology, and examining the classic games he thinks such things as, "How did they do THAT w/ only 2K of memory!"
Michael Thomasson's video game ..., 6 June 2014 [cached]
Michael Thomasson's video game collection is headed to auction. (file photo)
The largest video game collection in the world, owned Hamburg resident Michael Thomasson, is now for sale.
Thomasson teaches in the Digital Media Arts department at Canisius College and is a noted video game historian, having written everything from textbooks to magazine columns. He's done research for television shows about video games and even written business plans for video game vendors.
He also runs his own business - Homebrew Heaven, which sells new games that have been manufactured for old systems.
Guinness officially annointed Thomasson's collection a few months ago, and the auction is timed to capitalize on the swell of press it generated. He's continued to collect video games since that time and says he now has more than 11,000 titles.
In 1978, Michael Thomasson and ..., 5 Feb 2014 [cached]
In 1978, Michael Thomasson and his older brother rode their bicycles to a local Dairy Queen.
"I saw a huge, hulking box in the middle of the restaurant," recalls Thomasson. "It was a Space Invaders that ended up taking the quarters I had saved for my slushy."
Flash-forward to December 3, 2012. Michael Thomasson, 43, has become a Digital Media Arts professor at Canisius College, a husband, a father, and, potentially, a Guinness World Record holder. He stands beside me in his basement, adjusting the angle of his camcorder, giddy and excited. He is about to prove, officially, that he owns the largest private collection of videogames featuring non-repeating titles on the entire planet.
"When I purchased a copy of the 2011 Gamer's Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records and saw the entry, I knew that I was close if not already over the standing record," says Thomasson. Prepared to show the world just what his passion for gaming has amounted to, his decades of collecting is about to receive wide recognition.
Going for the gold
Obtaining a Guinness World Record is a lengthy process. Thomasson first contacted Guinness in April 2012, when he was given permission to make an official count in October of that year.
With boxes, drawers, piles, and shelves of games already pre-counted and labeled by Thomasson himself, the counters verify his numbers.
Thomasson, with some concern, imagines "a possible scenario where Richard would also beef up his collection to try and retain the record.
Eventually in 1989, Thomasson sold his then-collection to buy a Sega Genesis. From then on, he purchased video games at a rate of roughly 1.25 titles per day. He once again sold many of them in 1998 to help pay for his wedding.
Titles in Thomasson's collection include demos for unreleased games and, in one case, a full game made for the Halcyon Interactive, a gaming system prototype that never made it to market. Though he possesses most of the major titles ever created, a game ironically titled Magical Chase remains elusive for him. Fortunately he owns many favorites, including Nintendo GameCube's Resident Evil 4, X-Box 360's Alan Wake, and Intellivision's Beauty & the Beast.
Making gaming history
On August 8, 2013, Thomasson receives an official certificate from Guinness's United Kingdom office. Without ceremony or celebration, the professor has quietly achieved his goal. After writing and teaching classes on videogames for years, he has become a part of gaming history.
As the Guinness Book of World Records 2014, a popular Christmas present, finds its way into shelves across the country, Thomasson now relates more fully to the entire Guinness enterprise. Appearing in a special Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition, Thomasson's name will now be read by thousands, many envious of his towering collection.
The new record holder, however, is already looking forward to future endeavors. "I hope to continue building my brand," he says. He has recently received an endorsement agreement with's game collector software. He also dreams of publication in Retro Gamer and Game Informer magazines.
Online shop Good Deal Games ..., 7 June 2014 [cached]
Online shop Good Deal Games owner Michael Thomasson is auctioning off this huge collection on online site GameGavel.
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