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2013-12-25 08:08:15 AM
Seem fitting that this photo was taken in the basement

l2.yimg.com
 
2013-12-25 09:05:08 AM
I have a friend who has 29 game consoles and around the lines of 5000+ games.
 
2013-12-25 10:45:02 AM
This article isn't about Steve Wozniak.
 
2013-12-25 10:53:07 AM
Let's be honest here. If nerds are going to follow anyone into battle, it will be some cosplay girl.
 
2013-12-25 10:56:02 AM

Solty Dog: Let's be honest here. If nerds are going to follow anyone into battle, it will be some cosplay girl.


But only to call her a fake fan
 
2013-12-25 11:03:38 AM
...the Pippin, a dud released by Apple the same year.

"Every game on it is awful," Thomasson says of Apple's foray into the gaming world. "It's the least fun of anything in the house."


Heh
 
2013-12-25 11:11:14 AM
Hardly Emperor of Nerds material, I bet he can't even speak Klingon, recite the entire Silmarillion or even write a simple GPU driver for Linux.  What you're looking at is an OCD loser who found some glasses, nothing more.
 
2013-12-25 11:12:29 AM
That's 'KNEEL BEFORE NERD!' subby.
 
2013-12-25 11:19:03 AM

BumpInTheNight: Hardly Emperor of Nerds material, I bet he can't even speak Klingon, recite the entire Silmarillion or even write a simple GPU driver for Linux.  What you're looking at is an OCD loser who found some glasses, nothing more.


That would be a geek
 
2013-12-25 11:25:27 AM

libranoelrose: BumpInTheNight: Hardly Emperor of Nerds material, I bet he can't even speak Klingon, recite the entire Silmarillion or even write a simple GPU driver for Linux.  What you're looking at is an OCD loser who found some glasses, nothing more.

That would be a geek


I said nothing about finding Big Bang Theory funny or only liking the new Doctor Who seasons.
 
2013-12-25 11:35:19 AM
Can't be a real nerd - he's married.
 
2013-12-25 11:36:26 AM
Virginity protector
 
2013-12-25 11:39:05 AM
10,607 games.  At least 10,000 of them suck so hard that you can't stand more than 2 minutes.
 
2013-12-25 11:39:34 AM

BumpInTheNight: libranoelrose: BumpInTheNight: Hardly Emperor of Nerds material, I bet he can't even speak Klingon, recite the entire Silmarillion or even write a simple GPU driver for Linux.  What you're looking at is an OCD loser who found some glasses, nothing more.

That would be a geek

I said nothing about finding Big Bang Theory funny or only liking the new Doctor Who seasons.


And he didn't say anything about nerd-faced, modern day minstrel show performers either, he said geek.
 
2013-12-25 12:03:08 PM

Camus' Ghost: nerd-faced, modern day minstrel show performers


i was going to go with hipsterdork, but whatevs...
 
2013-12-25 12:04:26 PM
I guess that doesn't count his Warez.
 
2013-12-25 12:18:45 PM
Yet another idiot who doesn't understand the difference between "Worth", "cost" and "value".

No way he could actually get 700k for that crap. 20k tops!

Look at all those guys getting pennies on the dollar for Baseball cards, comic books and beanie babies. Video games are in the same boat.

In fact I bet if he wanted to unload them it would end up costing him more than he would get.
 
2013-12-25 12:26:57 PM
How many times has he been beat up?
 
2013-12-25 12:30:23 PM

texanjeff: Look at all those guys getting pennies on the dollar for Baseball cards, comic books and beanie babies. Video games are in the same boat.


Video games were not bought on speculative matters and never could have been, because video games immediately lose their value in the months after they've gone to market, and even 30-40 years after their release, very few of them have gotten their value back.  From what I can see, video games tend to be a much more complicated "collectible" market in terms of what will appreciate in value, and there's really no rhyme or reason to it.  Stadium Events is considered the grail of the NES when it's just a repackage of another freely-available game for the system, for instance.  The games that got their value back tend to be entirely scattershot in how they've done it, and nothing which could have been speculated on.  The people who make money reselling old video games usually do it by scraping bare-minimum margins and selling the stuff in bulk right as they get it back.  They probably won't appreciate like early comics and baseball cards did, because social trends make it far less likely that people were going to throw out copies of Super Mario Bros. in droves than the original edition of Superman.  But they'll slowly gain value as everyone who isn't interested in the stuff dumps their collections and the only source of the games comes from people who are otherwise interested in the stuff.
 
2013-12-25 12:45:49 PM
Since [1998], Thomasson has methodically rebuilt the collection, averaging two games per day on a strict $3,000-a-year budget which means never paying full price.
He estimates the collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000.


Let me check the math here...15 years x $3000 = $45,000. Nice try, Thomasson, I'm sure your homeowners insurance company believed you in the past, but now you've admitted to what the replacement cost really is.
 
2013-12-25 12:54:08 PM
Video game nerds maybe. What about RPG anime sci-fi fantasy star trek electronics and music nerds?
 
2013-12-25 12:56:11 PM
Wake me when he approaches the same number of games in my Steam library game backlog.

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/Why yes, there is another Steam holiday sale going on right now.
//Should get around to finishing my backlog in the year 2168 A.D.
 
2013-12-25 01:14:14 PM

Mike_LowELL: texanjeff: Look at all those guys getting pennies on the dollar for Baseball cards, comic books and beanie babies. Video games are in the same boat.

Video games were not bought on speculative matters and never could have been, because video games immediately lose their value in the months after they've gone to market, and even 30-40 years after their release, very few of them have gotten their value back.  From what I can see, video games tend to be a much more complicated "collectible" market in terms of what will appreciate in value, and there's really no rhyme or reason to it.  Stadium Events is considered the grail of the NES when it's just a repackage of another freely-available game for the system, for instance.  The games that got their value back tend to be entirely scattershot in how they've done it, and nothing which could have been speculated on.  The people who make money reselling old video games usually do it by scraping bare-minimum margins and selling the stuff in bulk right as they get it back.  They probably won't appreciate like early comics and baseball cards did, because social trends make it far less likely that people were going to throw out copies of Super Mario Bros. in droves than the original edition of Superman.  But they'll slowly gain value as everyone who isn't interested in the stuff dumps their collections and the only source of the games comes from people who are otherwise interested in the stuff.


Heavenly Sword for PS3 worth 50 bucks all day. You cant explain it.
 
2013-12-25 01:22:18 PM
I'm digging that SEGA shirt.
 
2013-12-25 01:26:23 PM
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"This article isn't about us..."
 
2013-12-25 01:33:00 PM

Por que tan serioso: Heavenly Sword for PS3 worth 50 bucks all day. You cant explain it.


If you're referring to the Amazon listing, the game pricing on Amazon tends to be really, really screwy for newer stuff.  You have three pages of reasonably-priced used copies before it.  I dunno, I guess someone ends up setting a price point and then everyone follows it.
 
2013-12-25 01:38:08 PM

Gig103: Let me check the math here...15 years x $3000 = $45,000. Nice try, Thomasson, I'm sure your homeowners insurance company believed you in the past, but now you've admitted to what the replacement cost really is.


He likely has some extremely rare collectables in there... the 1990 Nintendo World Championships: Gold Edition can go upwards of $20k alone, along with other NES classics that can go into the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. If his stuff is in great or even mint condition, it can be pretty damn high, but not likely close to a mill.
 
2013-12-25 01:50:34 PM

LesserEvil: Wake me when he approaches the same number of games in my Steam library game backlog.

[img2u.info image 542x660]

/Why yes, there is another Steam holiday sale going on right now.
//Should get around to finishing my backlog in the year 2168 A.D.


Exactly.

The title of the article is largest game collection, but it should be largest VIDEO game collection.

If I counted my entire paper and pencil RPG game collection along with my board games, video games, PC game hard copies PLUS my Steam library, I would have over 10,000 pieces.

And yes, I do have a Youtube channel where I showcase my collection  http://www.youtube.com/user/Greyhawk4x4 ..... thanks for asking.
 
2013-12-25 02:00:26 PM

Mike_LowELL: Por que tan serioso: Heavenly Sword for PS3 worth 50 bucks all day. You cant explain it.

If you're referring to the Amazon listing, the game pricing on Amazon tends to be really, really screwy for newer stuff.  You have three pages of reasonably-priced used copies before it.  I dunno, I guess someone ends up setting a price point and then everyone follows it.


Well I am more pointing out that a game like heavenly sword has a lot of value still for some reason. I purchased one new in 07 and have never opened or played it. It doesn't seem very interesting but it has a pretty high value compared to like mod nation racers which is super fun (not mario cart fun) but super cheap. And six years newer.
 
2013-12-25 02:01:00 PM
Kneel before a console peasant?

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2013-12-25 02:02:55 PM

Camus' Ghost: BumpInTheNight: libranoelrose: BumpInTheNight: Hardly Emperor of Nerds material, I bet he can't even speak Klingon, recite the entire Silmarillion or even write a simple GPU driver for Linux.  What you're looking at is an OCD loser who found some glasses, nothing more.

That would be a geek

I said nothing about finding Big Bang Theory funny or only liking the new Doctor Who seasons.

And he didn't say anything about nerd-faced, modern day minstrel show performers either, he said geek.


...did you really just use a 'blackface' analogy?

Dear god your sense of importance and entitlement is staggering. I'm embarassed for you.

And I'm a nerd/geek/etc. None of Lorres shows are orgasmic, but you're just mad someone brought anything to do with 'nerd culture' out and is treating it with some normalcy? The cast have jobs and friends and girlfriends. They are normal-ish. They are not being depicted as anti social losers who never do anything but X (except the one who is autistic or whatever, but he's autistic...)
 
2013-12-25 02:05:38 PM

Por que tan serioso: Well I am more pointing out that a game like heavenly sword has a lot of value still for some reason. I purchased one new in 07 and have never opened or played it. It doesn't seem very interesting but it has a pretty high value compared to like mod nation racers which is super fun (not mario cart fun) but super cheap. And six years newer.


http://videogames.pricecharting.com/game/playstation-3/heavenly-swor d

Used price is fairly cheap, and in the past, the appeal of "New" is that you were guaranteed of getting the thing in the box in perfect condition.  Whereas today, I can get a game used from GameStop or Best Buy for a couple of bucks and be assured it's pretty much in the condition I want it.  I wouldn't read too much into it.  Unless it's something like a low-print Collector's Edition--and only the ones which actually have some desirable value, such as the Demon's Souls or Mass Effect ones--I'd be hard-pressed to think the significant difference between the price threshold for a new and used copy are anything less than the market figuring itself out.

And yes, you are correct that the game isn't very interesting.  It's never a good thing when the most appealing part of your 3D brawler is the narrative.  Game is otherwise really not that interesting.
 
2013-12-25 03:33:56 PM
Show me your copy of Stadium Events and I'll consider it.
 
2013-12-25 03:43:56 PM

LesserEvil: Wake me when he approaches the same number of games in my Steam library game backlog.

[img2u.info image 542x660]

/Why yes, there is another Steam holiday sale going on right now.
//Should get around to finishing my backlog in the year 2168 A.D.


The worst part about the holiday sale this year is that I don't have much to spend so I'm worried about committing to buying a game and then something better goes on sale soon afterward. The only one's I'm positive that I am buying is the Bioshock series at only 20 bucks for all three.
 
2013-12-25 04:14:18 PM

Bane of Broone: LesserEvil: Wake me when he approaches the same number of games in my Steam library game backlog.

[img2u.info image 542x660]

/Why yes, there is another Steam holiday sale going on right now.
//Should get around to finishing my backlog in the year 2168 A.D.

The worst part about the holiday sale this year is that I don't have much to spend so I'm worried about committing to buying a game and then something better goes on sale soon afterward. The only one's I'm positive that I am buying is the Bioshock series at only 20 bucks for all three.


Bioshock is a great series. Shame you missed the Bioshock Infinite "Season Pass" @ $4.99... they had that price for only a few minutes at the start of the sale, and I managed to get one for myself and my son.

One way to "bulk up" on decent games for your Steam library is to pay attention to all the charity "pay what you want bundle" sales. There have been a couple legendary bundles at HumbleBundle, like the Origin bundle, or the Warner Brothers bundle, and the money mostly goes to charities.
 
2013-12-25 04:34:43 PM
Subby doesn't seem to understand what a nerd is. >.> A guy with lots of video games is not a nerd. He's just some guy, with a hobby. At best he's a geek. Also, there are different kinds of nerds. So I'm not sure if you could have one emperor of nerdhood if you would. I mean, if you were an engineering/rocket/space nerd would you want a chess nerd as your emperor?! I think not! Or lordy, a mathematician?! Or a Tolkien nerd who will no doubt spoil your enjoyment of the movies?
 
2013-12-25 05:01:34 PM
I used to think of myself as a nerd. Love3 of sci fi, reading and gaming as hobbies as far back as I can remember and didn't touch a woman until my senior year in HS.

But all this talk about different types of nerds and posers and whatnot makes me think I need a different label. It used to be enough to not be popular, now we have nerd versions of jocks flexing thier nerdliness.

Im running out of tables to not sit at in this metaphorical cafeteria.
 
2013-12-25 05:18:54 PM
Left 4 Dead 2 is free on Steam today. The bad news is the servers got raped when they announced it and it has been down for a while now.
 
2013-12-25 05:39:45 PM

skinink: Kneel before a console peasant?

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i.imgur.com

 
2013-12-25 05:42:01 PM

Hand Banana: Left 4 Dead 2 is free on Steam today. The bad news is the servers got raped when they announced it and it has been down for a while now.


Thank god I happened upon it early via the updates.  All I planned to do was befuddle with my new controller with some platformers.  It's been 12 years since I last used one and all these analog sticks confuse me.
 
2013-12-25 05:42:06 PM

texanjeff: Yet another idiot who doesn't understand the difference between "Worth", "cost" and "value".

No way he could actually get 700k for that crap. 20k tops!

Look at all those guys getting pennies on the dollar for Baseball cards, comic books and beanie babies. Video games are in the same boat.

In fact I bet if he wanted to unload them it would end up costing him more than he would get.


You haven't seen what entire Libraries of the original NES system of games have gone for, have you?

Some guy sold his for almost $35,000.  Collectors want the hard to find rare games and 1 offs.  You're either trolling, and I bit hard; or you're a bitter SoS that's never had a hobby in their meaningless life.
 
2013-12-25 05:42:19 PM

LeroyBourne: I'm digging that SEGA shirt.


I prefer the Commodore sponsored strips that Bayern Munich and the English huns had in the 1980s.

cache.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-12-25 05:49:38 PM

Por que tan serioso: Mike_LowELL: texanjeff: Look at all those guys getting pennies on the dollar for Baseball cards, comic books and beanie babies. Video games are in the same boat.

Video games were not bought on speculative matters and never could have been, because video games immediately lose their value in the months after they've gone to market, and even 30-40 years after their release, very few of them have gotten their value back.  From what I can see, video games tend to be a much more complicated "collectible" market in terms of what will appreciate in value, and there's really no rhyme or reason to it.  Stadium Events is considered the grail of the NES when it's just a repackage of another freely-available game for the system, for instance.  The games that got their value back tend to be entirely scattershot in how they've done it, and nothing which could have been speculated on.  The people who make money reselling old video games usually do it by scraping bare-minimum margins and selling the stuff in bulk right as they get it back.  They probably won't appreciate like early comics and baseball cards did, because social trends make it far less likely that people were going to throw out copies of Super Mario Bros. in droves than the original edition of Superman.  But they'll slowly gain value as everyone who isn't interested in the stuff dumps their collections and the only source of the games comes from people who are otherwise interested in the stuff.

Heavenly Sword for PS3 worth 50 bucks all day. You cant explain it.


 Yes, there are some titles that are worth a fortune because they are rare. However, many, many, NES games are worth a lot simply because they were good and many games sit in basements unused. For Example, if you try and find Megaman 1-6, you are probably going to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $100-$150 for all of them, for JUST the carts. Complete sets with instructions and boxes will cost several hundred. SMB2 runs from $10 or more, SMB3 from $15 or more, Contra is around $20 - $50 or more, but TMNT will be less than $5. 

Game collectors buy lots because they can get the more pricey games (sometimes) in them and then turn around duplicates to keep their collections going forward. Sega is an interesting case, the games are much cheaper than SNES counterparts but I'm not quite sure why that is, maybe people just hold onto Nintendo longer. On top of that many games ARE in the trash from parents that tossed old game collections after kids moved out.

The other thing that affects prices is that cartridges essentially rot, and if they aren't taken care of they become worth less. I have a copy of Zelda I that just...won't work. No matter what I try. The battery died and that's the end of that cart. I think that popular games will continue to rise in value faster than unpopular ones, as games like Xenophobe will never be worth more than a couple bucks, but a working copy of SMB3 will always appreciate.
 
2013-12-25 05:59:10 PM

phimuskapsi: I have a copy of Zelda I that just...won't work. No matter what I try. The battery died and that's the end of that cart.


It's actually pretty easy to put a new battery in them, it is just a standard CR2032 coin cell. The hardest part is finding a gamebit to open the cartridges.
 
2013-12-25 06:12:44 PM

Hand Banana: phimuskapsi: I have a copy of Zelda I that just...won't work. No matter what I try. The battery died and that's the end of that cart.

It's actually pretty easy to put a new battery in them, it is just a standard CR2032 coin cell. The hardest part is finding a gamebit to open the cartridges.


I haven't gotten rid of it yet, I'll look into that, thanks!
 
2013-12-25 06:26:06 PM

phimuskapsi: Hand Banana: phimuskapsi: I have a copy of Zelda I that just...won't work. No matter what I try. The battery died and that's the end of that cart.

It's actually pretty easy to put a new battery in them, it is just a standard CR2032 coin cell. The hardest part is finding a gamebit to open the cartridges.

I haven't gotten rid of it yet, I'll look into that, thanks!


No problem. I forgot to mention there is a bit of soldering involved but it's really simple, just two pins. Here is the type of bit you'll need to open the cartridge. It works on Sega Genesis carts also.

http://www.nintendorepairshop.com/products/82-38mm-Gamebit-Nintendo- Ca rtridge-Opening-Security-Tool/

For the battery look for these:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/161122675598?lpid=82

That said I think the game should still work even with a dead battery, you just won't be able to save your game. If it's not working at all it the contacts may need cleaning. I've found a pencil eraser works really well if you can open the cartridge up, otherwise a q-tip and some alcohol may work well enough.
 
2013-12-25 09:45:00 PM

texanjeff: Look at all those guys getting pennies on the dollar for Baseball cards, comic books and beanie babies. Video games are in the same boat.


You can't download a beanie baby rom onto a micro SD and carry all the models in you phone.
 
2013-12-25 11:50:46 PM
I thought the Emperor of the Nerds was George RR Martin.
 
2013-12-26 03:04:03 AM

Gig103: Since [1998], Thomasson has methodically rebuilt the collection, averaging two games per day on a strict $3,000-a-year budget which means never paying full price.
He estimates the collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000.

Let me check the math here...15 years x $3000 = $45,000. Nice try, Thomasson, I'm sure your homeowners insurance company believed you in the past, but now you've admitted to what the replacement cost really is.


On the other hand, the estimate is probably not far off as a unit price. If I wanted to start a video game museum, buying this Guy's entire stash at once would be cost-effective.
 
2013-12-26 08:47:34 AM
Well I didn't vote for him.
 
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