32 years ago, a 12-year-old boy told his mother: "I want to collect all the video games." After 32 years, the boy kept his promise. More than 18,000 video games, as well as a large collection of consoles, consoles and arcades, earned him the world's largest recording in a variety of video games in the world. The man with the legendary experience is Australian player Joel Hopkins.
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Create your own "video game kingdom"
“No one can think of an Australian who will have the world's largest collection of games that will make you feel incredible. The games here are too expensive. In the United States, many flea stores sell games for 1-2 dollars. That doesn't exist for us. ” Joel describes the Australian game collection environment.
Joel's house is located on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 44, he devoted most of his life to his game collection. Although he has no debts, there is no deposit at all – except for the house and the car, he invested all his income in his own collection of games.
He even built his house in the "video game museum" for this purpose – Joel developed the structure of the house itself and participated in the whole process of selecting building materials and building a house. The installation of each room and even the placement of each shelf was completed by him.
Joel divides his collections into categories and suppliers and stores them in different areas.
Old-fashioned gaming computers are combined, and hosts and games, familiar or unfamiliar to 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 stores his favorite arcades, and he and his family are having fun here in their free time.
Joel and his "Last Gamer"
Recently, Joel just made a movie for about 20 minutes, and he showed some of his gaming collections in the movie.
In an interview with foreign media, Joel spoke about the reasons why he showed his collection on the Internet. Much of this is “competition” with other collectors, but it’s not from the hustle and bustle, but from a sense of responsibility.
“I have never seen anyone like me,” said Joel. “I do not want to show anything. In the end, I am also an ordinary person. But when I see other people's collections on Youtube, I sometimes feel that "this is not so much." In addition, I found that everyone likes to watch video games. But some people do something, and some of the things they talk about are wrong, which makes me angry. ”
Such resentment against the mouth of the letter made Joel start creating his own Youtube channel “Last Gamer” and use his rich game knowledge and collection of games to clear the source. This year, Joule was 41 years old.
Until now, its number of Youtube channels was about 56,000. This number is not so much in the playing field. Despite this, Joel still feels very pleased.
"This is just the beginning, I will continue to do that."
Good memories of pure age
In the 1970s, Joel first came into contact with the Atari VCS game console and started his video game. By the time he was a teenager, he began to download games from the Internet – of course, pirated. Joel misses the past time: “I hate the pirate game now, but it was a really clean 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 batch I entered was 300 volumes of Quick Cyclone 2, it took two weeks to sell. Do not make money. Just for people from this country to come to my store from different places. Buying games. Great time.
Today, Joel still keeps a lot of games that he played 30 years ago. What made him the most expensive was his earliest collection.The Legend of Salda Triangular Strength of the Gods and the Sword of Four"," And "Last Ninja," which his mother gave him.
“These games are priceless,” he said.
Joel did not hide his love for a lost age. He used Star Wars and Star Trek posters, a variety of Japanese and American games and souvenirs for pop culture to decorate his room in a memorial hall in the 1990s.
“At that time, no one knew what to do with the computer. When you communicated with other people, no one could imagine what it would look like in the future. In the 1980s there were so many opportunities. There has always been a big event. Now there are no more emergencies. The world is getting better and better, but I think it's not so amazing. ”
Despite this, Joel is still immersed in the memories of the video game. One day he invited friends to come to his house and play a “war machine” together. Such a happy feeling made him carry tears.
“At that time, we started playing in the afternoon, almost always playing until the next morning. Now that I'm here, I often open the game to listen to music. ” “Nothing is better than the whole“ Game Museum ”even more fascinating. Now I can not do without them, and they are deeper and deeper. "