You might like video games, but probably not as much as Joel Hopkins. Also known as "The Last Gamer," he holds the world record for the largest collection in the world with well above 18,000 games at his disposal.
Hopkins' passion for gaming began at an early age, but he got into collecting seriously around 19 years old. Since then he has slowly accumulated multiple titles to his collection. They span from retro games to modern, arcade coin-ops to the newest simulators, domestic to international.
His house is custom-built to accommodate all of the games that he has acquired over the years. Everything in the home is arranged with a very specific organizational purpose via genre, company, gaming era and so on. The games are not only meant to be displayed. Joel's love for gaming comes from experiencing these hands-on, and so most, if not all of the titles are playable. Hopkins set up various monitors, LCDs and CRTs around the house and are hooked up to numerous consoles so that each game can be picked up and played conveniently.
In addition to collecting games, Hopkins posts consistently to his YouTube channel, where content like gaming reviews can be viewed by those interested in his experience. He hopes to bring regular updates regarding his collection to others in the future.
For Joel, collecting these games is not for any financial venture or gain. He accumulates these solely because he loves the industry and being able to enjoy these at any point. Though already larger than any collection in the world, he is far from finished, as Hopkins aims to continue to grow in years to come. To find out more about Joel, visit his website, Last Gamer.
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