As you can have heard, earlier this week the elusive Nintendo PlayStation was sold for $360,000 USD. A tad underwhelming after the proprietor beforehand knocked back a $1.2 million offer. Who ended up buying it, although? While it was believed to be Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, it seems it actually wasn’t him.
According to Forbes (via Kotaku), the machine has been acquired by Greg McLemore. If the name would not ring a bell, he’s the founder of Pets.com – a site dating back to the ’90s. Half of this space was sold by Amazon and from there McLemore made quite a lot of cash thru various dot-com ventures that’s allowed him to slip on a “20-year crawl” collecting all sorts of video game memorabilia. He also runs an online gaming encyclopedia.
Here is what the winner had to say to Forbes:
I am looking to not have this machine appropriate buried in a closet somewhere
I’m interested in sharing my passion for gaming. One in all my areas of point of interest is the evolution of gaming, including how earlier arcade games inspired video games and how early video games influenced later innovation. I imagine the Nintendo PlayStation suits in neatly with this point of interest.
The idea is to make the collection he’s developed over the years (including over 800 coin-op machines and endless various games, trade magazines and original artwork) and beget a video game museum.
Interestingly, this wasn’t the first time McLemore has attempted to retract the machine. A few years ago, he supposedly offered the proprietor $100,000 for it.