*Record Scratch* *Freeze Frame*
Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation.
I often wonder that myself.
Born in 1981, I grew up on Atari consoles and Apple computers, then NES and beyond, and I never stopped loving the machines I’d used, even as others threw them away. Soon I realized that if everyone discarded these devices when they become obsolete, they would eventually be forgotten. So around age 12, I set out to preserve tech history, and I began to collect as many computers and video game consoles as I could.
With the help of supportive parents (and later, wife), I have amassed nearly 300 computers, 150 game consoles, and tons of accessories over the past 25 years. While today gathering a collection like this would require untold gobs of money, I acquired most of these items for free or cheap at times when no one else wanted them.
Earlier this year, I found myself finally reaching a limit to the amount of stuff I could practically store—a peak in my collecting career—so it got me reflecting, looking back on the depth and meaning of my collection. And that’s why we’re here today: to take a quick stroll through its history.
This collection has been my personal historical archive, a priceless reference that has guided my many written works on computer and video game history over the past 13 years. When I started writing, you typically couldn’t find these machines or literature about them in a local institution. Today, that is finally beginning to change thanks to universities and museums getting into the tech history business, so I feel like I can relax my collecting impulse a little.
But not before I give this grand collection a final send-off. Let’s take a look.
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