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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, (+)...
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Good Deal Games - Classic Videogame STAFF
www.gooddealgames.com, 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.
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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!
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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!"
In 1978, Michael Thomasson and ...
artvoice.com, 5 Feb 2014 [cached]
In 1978, Michael Thomasson and his older brother rode their bicycles to a local Dairy Queen.
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"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.
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With boxes, drawers, piles, and shelves of games already pre-counted and labeled by Thomasson himself, the counters verify his numbers.
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Thomasson, with some concern, imagines "a possible scenario where Richard would also beef up his collection to try and retain the record.
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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 Collectorz.com's game collector software. He also dreams of publication in Retro Gamer and Game Informer magazines.
Good Deal Games: An Interview with Michael Thomasson | Armchair Arcade
armchairarcade.com, 9 June 2006 [cached]
Good Deal Games: An Interview with Michael Thomasson
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Special Thanks and Notes: Michael Thomasson for being the subject of the feature and providing use of the images
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Much of the site’s diversity can be directly attributed to GDG’s founder and president, Michael Thomasson, whose gaming involvement goes far beyond collecting.
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Caricature of Michael ThomassonSyndicated Knight-Ridder ResN8 newspaper videogame journalist
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At this point, we would like to welcome Michael Thomasson to Armchair Arcade…
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Michael Thomasson (MT): I taught this course for Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, for the first time last summer.
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A photo of the real Michael Thomasson
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Author’s final notes: I would like to thank Michael for taking the time to participate in such an in-depth and fascinating interview for us.
Good Deal Games - Classic Videogame Games INTERVIEWS
www.gooddealgames.com, 4 Dec 2013 [cached]
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Good Deal Games - Classic Videogame ARTICLES
www.gooddealgames.com, 4 Dec 2013 [cached]
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Of course, being married to Michael of Good Deal Games, my involvement in classic gaming has certainly increased.
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I have to admit I didn't know much about the Brown Box or Ralph's place in classic gaming history, but as soon as Michael mentioned that he was the creator of Simon, my interest was piqued...
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An absolute enourmous amount of Atari computer information here - I do not even know where to begin to start a description of the article - just forge on - you'll be entertained, especially if your a hardware guru like we are! - Michael Thomasson
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...as I tried to leave, he actually grabbed my shoulder, and swung me back to the display console. He then pushed a controller in my hand, and challenged me to compete with him.
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