St. Joe's signature video game collector [St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.]
(St. Joseph News-Press (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 08--While he doesn't like to brag, Garner Quillon doesn't know anyone who has a more expansive set of video games and video game systems in the area.
"If there's somebody out there that has more stuff than me, I haven't met them," he says.
Sure, Mr. Quillon, an employee of Fox 26 KNPN, which is owned by the News-Press' parent company, NPG, has all of the usual systems, from XBox 360 to Playstation 3 to the Sega Genesis to the Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800.
Further back in his arsenal of about 40 console systems and about 1,500 games is the fun stuff. He has loads of obscure finds like a Coleco Telstar Arcade, a Sega CDX, accessories like the Intellivision Voice, which used voices in games long before they were popularized on the Sega Genesis, and games like "Atari Cube" for the 2600, which was only available through a mail-in order.
"I have video games in every room except the bathroom," he says.
A walk through Mr. Quillon's home proves this to be true. When you walk through the door, you're greeted with video games.
Entering his bedroom, outside of the movie posters and "Star Trek" action figures, games and consoles cover the room, from his decks of Atari games to the Playstation games hanging high up on the wall to the boxes of obscure video game controllers.
In his attic, there's more boxes and shelves of video games and systems, along with various speakers and instruments, as the space doubles as a practice area for his wife's and his band, Two Piece Animator.
"This used to be wall-to-wall video games until we had to move our practice space here," he says.
Mr. Quillon digs through boxes, pointing out each video game accessory or system and commenting on each, such as a European Atari 7800 controller in the style of a Nintendo controller ("It's like the best Atari controller they ever made and they usually made (bad) controllers") to the Sega 32X ("It is a piece of (junk), basically.").
Many of the games Mr. Quillon buys he doesn't play. The same applies to the many consoles he has. For him, since he first started collecting consoles and video games in 2000, it's more about the discovery, like when he digs through crates and boxes at Goodwill or garage sales.
"People like collect this ... We're hunters and gatherers. That's why I don't like to buy ... on eBay. I just like to go to stores or flea markets and find it," he says. "I know everyone is not like that. Just us crazy people."
Some of them are just pieces for his figurative mantle, like the failed Atari 2600 Keyboard controller that was compatible with a few games and, even then, was pretty terrible. Others he still messes around with, like his wife's Atari 2600 system that she has owned since she was a kid.
While he loves playing his Playstation 3 and collecting Atari games, he has no particular favorite console or game. There's too many to choose from.
"I couldn't answer that ... It's like asking your favorite song. There's just so many," he says.
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