Interview With Ebay Seller of $1.2 Million Game Collection
Everyone has heard about the ebay listing that contained 1000s of games on over 20 different consoles. The collection even had every game on each console ever released. While the whole concept of the collection and the sheer size and scope of it was very cool; I wanted to dig deeper. I wanted to find out a little more about the seller and see what type of person they are. I did not ask for there name because I wanted to respect their privacy. Here is a short interview I conducted with them (My questions are in bold and his answers are below not in bold):
When did the collection first begin?
Around 15 years ago,when I was 16-17.
Why did you start collecting all of those games?
I started collecting games I love on all those systems (the ones mentioned in the sale/ebay listing), and then managed to get “fullsets” of the respective companies I’d love. And slowly, but surely, I wanted to get a real fullset of every game on each system.
Why did you decide to sell off the collection as opposed to keeping it? Why now?
Because I achieved my goal of getting a fullset of games from each company I loved and system. I also decided that maybe it’s time to move on.
What will you do with the money you made from the sale?
I still don’t know. I’ll see when I actually get it (the money), which is not the case right now.
Knowing that the gaming community is now aware of the sale, you are somewhat of an internet celeb, does that change things for you in your life?
In my personal life, not so much. However, people on retrogaming forums have known about this collection for the last 10 years. Those pictures, from the auction, were online for years.
Do you plan on amassing another collection filled with games that are more recent or are you secretly on work with it already?
No I don’t. I only collected fullsets on the systems I loved and that was the 1985-2000 era.
If you play games, what recent games do you play?
CAVE shooting games on the XBOX 360, classics like Super Mario 3D Land ( basically, all old school based games) but I do play popular games like Uncharted 3 as well. And I am really waiting for Ys Celceta on Vita which is releasing in September.
What are your favorite game genres? Do you prefer RPGs over FPSs and so on.
For a long time it was J-RPG, Action-RPG, or Tactics RPG. But since I don’t have much time to play those games, and those genres are quite time-consuming, I now play shoot’em ups, beat’em alls or action platform games.
What are your favorite games of all times?
Can’t say exactly, there are too many. I would say the Ys Series, Far East of Eden 2, Super Mario World, Thunder Force 3, Phantasy Star 2. These are all some of my favorite games of all time and they are not in any specific order.
Any reason for these games being your favorite? Nostalgia or it had all the right ingredients for you that just connected to you?
Because I loved the stories. Japanese RPGS were fantastic back in the day when I was 10-13 years old. I was always excited and anxious for the next one to come out. Besides, music from the Famicom is just fantastic; it is the best.
Any consoles you prefer?
I’d say Super Famicom first, followed by PC Engine and Megadrive.
I hope you enjoyed the interview and if you have any follow up questions just let me know in the comments below and I will try forwarding them to Collectors_King.