Monday, April 07, 2008

Today's must-read

MTV Multiplayer's Jason Cipriano has a good scoop: an interview with the owner of the world's only copy of an Atari 2600 game called Gamma Attack. The collector, identified only as "Phantom," posted the item on eBay for $500,000, and in the interview claims that he did so only to raise publicity for the item. He's holding onto it for now.

It's a fascinating read for several reasons. Not just because, if legitimate, Gamma Attack is a curio like few others in the retro scene. But I'm also interested in the look at the inner workings of the collectibles scene -- one I'm not familiar with. Like you'd find in any niche, it sounds like collectors are narcissistic and hyper-competitive. Someone could probably make a King of Kong-style documentary about these guys.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

Good God - even the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard has no known entry.