51-year-old Linda Guillory, an electrical engineer from Richardson, Texas (USA), is the owner of a massive video game console collection that has earned her two record titles.
- Largest Collection of LCD Gaming Systems - 1,599
- Largest collection of playable gaming systems- 2,430
Linda’s collection spans a number of brands and decades. Her first-ever system, a Red Conic basketball game, was collected at the young age of eight.
A few of Linda’s favorite games in her collection include the Coleco Pacman, Tandy Cosmic 200 Fire Away, Actronics Grandprix Turbo, Epoch Galaxy II, Soopa Doopa by Toytronic.
Sadly, she lost this along with some other consoles in a family house fire a few years later.
Decades later in 2003, Linda’s passion for game collections was unexpectedly reignited after having a chat with her brother who was visiting her on vacation.
“I wanted to see if I still could beat my high score. As I searched, I saw dozens of games I always wanted as a child but never had. I thought I would be satisfied buying two or three. Then it seemed silly not to have the whole series.”
Eventually, this method of thinking required her to get curio cabinets to start storing her new games. Noticing how some of the shelves still had more room, she decided to buy enough to fill all the shelves in the display.
One excuse after another led Linda to purchase a second curio cabinet which she promptly filled with more games, and before she knew it, her collection was born.
“Initially I only purchased broken games to see if I could fix them. Taking them apart and working on them was just a fun pastime.”
Now, after 20 years, she has two wonderful record-breaking collections to boast about- but she’s still eager to find more gaming systems.
Linda has traveled the world looking for unique systems to add to her collection. She even took several memorable trips to Japan in search of vintage game sellers.
Linda credits her late husband as her biggest supporter in expanding her collection. He was the first person she shared her new status as a record-breaker with, shortly before his passing in May. Her ambition and hard work are officially recognized in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2022, which is being released later this year.
In the future, the gaming collector and engineer hopes to combine her favorite pastimes to design electronic gaming kits for kids, so they can build a gaming system from scratch in an electronics workshop or at home.
She also wants to use vintage gaming systems as a method to teach children about electronics and one day work with a museum to preserve her collection as part of an exhibit.