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The Man Who Owns 40,000 Video Games

Oct 23, 2014 | 415 videos
Video by Carlo Hofmann

Andranik Ghalustians is an Austrian gamer with an uncommon obsession. By his own estimate, he owns tens of thousands of video games—including at least 500 arcade boards—and unlike other collectors, he doesn't believe they should be kept shrink-wrapped and pristine. He wants to play the games he collects. "If you're on that level, you're something else," he says. "You're completely detached from the gaming experience."

Filmmaker Carlo Hofmann adds some nice flourishes to this short profile—I liked his clever use of a Commodore 64 to mimic title cards—and gladly, he does so without distracting from Ghalustians or his passion.

Author: Chris Heller

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