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Michael Thomasson

Wrong Michael Thomasson?
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
  • Adjunct Professor of Digital Media Arts
    Canisius College
  • Videogame History and Design Teacher
    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
  • Prime Minister
  • Head
46 Total References
Web References
Good Deal Games - Classic Videogame STAFF, 4 Sept 2014 [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.
Michael Thomasson's Video Game ... [cached]
Michael Thomasson's Video Game Collection And Identity
Michael Thomasson's video game collection gives us a fascinating window into his identity as a human being.
Michael Thomasson's video game collection gives us a fascinating window into his identity as a human being. In some ways, he can be easily compared to the likes of Jay Leno or Louis E. Eliasberg with his own massive collection of video games which recently sold on GameGavel for a total of $750,250. While Jay Leno's collection of cars and Eliasberg's coins are obviously worth more than Thomasson's collection, for the serious gaming collector there are few people can hold a candle to Michael Thomasson's video game collection.
Michael Thomasson is a 41 year old game historian who is a 3D animator by trade and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Digital Media Arts at Canisius College in Buffalo New York. When he is not teaching courses on graphics and "The History of Video Games," he is a collector of the medium. It is this collection that he recently sold on GameGavel. More impressive is this is actually his third collection of games to be sold. According to Yahoo! tech news his first collection was sold in 1989 to pay for a Sega Genesis, the second was for his wedding in 1998.
Thamasson's list of contributions to the documentation and preservation of the video game industry is equally impressive. One look at his staff page on the very unassuming Good Deal Games site lists his accomplishments and world records, one of which is the Guinness certified Largest Collection of Video Games in the World which is now the property of winning bidder, "peeps_10091970.
While most gamers probably do not have a collection large enough to pay off a mortgage, car note and student loans all in one fell swoop, Michael Thomasson did and it very well might be used for something not so different in purpose.
On the official page for the auction, he makes the the following statement:
It is heartening to see Thomasson understand the responsibility for his immediate and extended family. If his propensity in collecting video games stays with him, it may not be to long before we see him selling a 4th collection with another Guinness World Record attached to it. The question to ask is if Thomasson is basing his identity on his video game collection, or is this the first step in moving on?
Michael Thomasson sold ..., 1 June 2014 [cached]
Michael Thomasson sold his collection of video games and systems for $750,250. I have been playing video games for a long time and have owned lots of systems, but many of these I have never heard of. He sold more than 11,000 games!
This is made even more astonishing by the fact Michael has had to restart his collection from scratch-twice! Thomasson began collecting at age 12 when he received "Cosmic Avengers" for the Colecovision. He sold off his entire collection in 1989 in order to buy a Sega Genesis. He then rebuilt his stash, only to sell it off again in 1998 to pay for his wedding. He started collecting again shortly after marrying, on an average of buying two games per day, with a $3,000-a-year budget.
What does he do for a living? He teaches videogame history and design at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
Here's a video shot before he sold it all.
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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