I'm a 1981-born videogame enthusiast from Finland. I've played games since 1984, and I've actively collected new and old games since the turn of the millennium.
In 2008 a bit of a dream came true for me when I started working for H-Town, a company that publishes the finnish gaming magazine Pelaaja. It's a great feeling when something that you love actually turns out to be a career for you.
Where do you buy your games?
For the old stuff, eBay mostly. But I also like to scavenge game stores for bargains, and I frequent fleamarkets as well. Luckily I get some of the newer games for free from the office.
Would you sell me some of your games?
No, I wouldn't. It's funny how many people ask this. I buy games for my collection because I want them included in it, practically no game is dispensaple.
What do you do at your job?
The area of work at our company might be video games, but actually I'm running things behind the scenes, like schedules, budgets and other daily stuff. Sadly my job ISN'T about playing video games.
How much is your collection worth? Are you rich?
No, I'm not rich, as you can see I've spent all the fruits of my hard work on games. :) I don't like to name a price on my collection, but let's say it's high five figures.
How come some your games are still sealed?
Of course I open all the games that I want to play, but sealed games are nice collectibles. Videogames are great to collect because you actually do something with them, as opposed to most other collectors of objects. Collecting sealed games simply "lowers" game collecting to this level, but it's still nice. I usually buy sealed games when they are dirt cheap, and it's nice to see what's their value in 10 or 20 year.
What's your favourite game?
Deep down I'm a Nintendo fan, always been. My favourite games are Legend of Zeldas, namely A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
What's your favourite console?
Old Nintendo consoles are your best bet here, but if I had to name one it'd have to be the Nintendo 64. Some of the best games of the generation here, and a legacy left on modern gaming unrivaled by other consoles of its time.
What else do you like in addition to videogames?
Movies and TV of course, among my favourites are Star Trek and Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the Matrix-trilogy, Indiana Jones, stuff like that. I also love the collectable card game Magic: The Gathering.
Can I send you games?
Sure, I'm always amazed at the generosity of some of my viewers. I'd be happy to give a new home to any game, as long as it has it's manual and box included, and it's not a Platinum/Greatest Hits etc. reprint. I know it might seem stupid to set standards like this for free stuff, but that is the condition all my other games are in, and as such I wouldn't want anyone to donate a game if I'm the "wrong" person to receive it. You can drop me a line to finngamer (at) gmail (dot) com.