Everybody collects thingsâ€”mugs, coins, even PokĂ©mon (and not the digital kind)â€”and every gamer has his or her own video game collection, however small. It can be one, two, three, or a hundred games. The fact is, when gamers buy a title they like, they tend to hold on to it in case they want to play it again in the future, and before you know it, you have a closet full of cartridges and discs on your hands.
There are people, though, who collect video games for the sake of collecting themâ€”like Joel Hopkins, the Australian-born gamer who, as of October 2015, had managed to amass a collection of 18,000. It's impressive, to say the least, and recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest video game collection in the world.
It took Hopkins over 20 years to collect all the games, and he only began taking his hobby seriously in 2010, when he started actively searching for older releases around the world, even documented his journey on YouTube to his then-14,000 subscribers along the way. Of course, collecting that many games (as well as 200 consoles) cost a lot of moneyâ€”over $2 million, to be exact. Unless someone buys his collection, it's doubtful a record like this will ever be broken.