32 years ago, a 12-year-old boy told his mother: "I want to collect all video games." After 32, the boy fulfilled his promise. More than 18,000 video games, as well as a large collection of consoles, consoles and arcades, won the world's largest record in most video game collections worldwide. The man with legendary experience is Australian player Joel Hopkins.
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Build your "royal video game"
"Nobody can think of an Australian who will have the largest collection of games in the world, which will make you feel unbelievable. The games here are too expensive. In the United States, many bolt stores sell games for $ 1-2. for us ". Joel describes the Australian gaming environment.
Joel's home is located on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 44, he devoted most of his life to his collection of games. Although there is no debt, there is no deposit at all – besides the house and the car, he puts all his income into his own collection of games.
He even built his home in the "Video Games Museum" for this purpose – Joel designed the structure of the entire house and participated in the whole process of selecting building materials and building houses. Setting up every room, and even placing on each shelf, was completed by him.
Joel shares his collections by category and vendor and stores them in different areas.
Old-fashioned toy computers are put together, and hosts and games that are familiar or unfamiliar with different players are stored in different regions according to different platforms such as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sega. In addition, he has a spacious arcade room where he retains his favorite arches, and he and his family are entertained here in their free time.
Joel and his "Last Gamer"
Recently, Joel only recorded a movie about 20 minutes and showed some of his collections in the film.
In an interview with foreign media, Joel talked about the reasons why he laid out the online collection. Much of this is to "compete" with other collectors, but this is not out of vanity, but from a sense of responsibility.
"I've never seen anyone else like me," said Joel. "I do not want to show anything, but I'm an ordinary person, but when I see collections of other people on YouTube, I sometimes think that" this is not much. "Besides, I realized that everyone wants to watch video games, some people do something, and some of the things they talk about are wrong, making me a little angry. "
This kind of resentment against the mouth of the letter made Joel decide to start building his own Youtube channel "Last Gamer" and to use his rich gaming knowledge and a collection of games to clean the source. That year, Joel was 41 years old.
So far, his number of Youtube channels is about 56,000. This number is not very much in the playing field. Despite this, Joel feels very satisfied.
"This is just the beginning, I will continue to do it."
Good memories of pure age
In the 1970s, Joel first contacted the console at Atari VCS and began his video game. While he was a teenager, he began to download games from the Internet – of course, pirated. Joel misses the past time. "Now I hate the pirate game, but it was really fine time, it was a wonderful time."
In the early 1990s, he opened his own video game store and imported video games from abroad. "The first shipment I made was 300 volumes of the" Fast Cyclone 2 ", it takes two weeks to sell, not to make money. Just to see that people from this country come to my store from different places. It's a wonderful time. "
Today Joel still keeps many games he played 30 years ago. The one that made him the most sophisticated was his first collection.Legend of Salda The triangular power of the gods and the sword of the four"," and "The Last Ninja" given by his mother.
"These games are priceless," he said.
Joel did not hide his love for the lost time. He used posters of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek", a variety of Japanese and American games and souvenirs for pop culture to decorate their room at the memorial hall in the 1990s.
"At that time, nobody knew what to do with the computer, when communicating with other people, no one could imagine how it would be like in the future. There were so many opportunities in the 1980s." Now there are no more urgent cases. and better, but I think it's not that amazing. "
Nevertheless, Joel is still submerged in the memory of the video game. He once invited friends to come to their home and together to play a "military machine". Such a happy feeling made him unable to bear tears.
"At that time, we started playing after dinner, almost always playing till the next morning. Now, when I go here, I often open the game just to listen to music." "Nothing is better than having a whole" Game Museum "is even more exciting. Now I can not do without them, and they are deeper and deeper."