Lennart Sas, co-founder of the Dutch game company Triumph Studios recently approached me: “Hi Anne, saw news about your collection. Do you still need some Triumph games for your collection?”
I have been collecting for over 10 years and the greatness of my collection is almost beyond comprehension. My collection is slowly taking the form of an archive. Yet this has been different for a long time…
In the beginning I just thought it was great to see those old boxes again (nostalgia). This developed into some kind of search for the treasures of my childhood. When my collection consisted of “only” 150 games, I organized my first boxed PC game expo. Apparently I thought it was important to share with the world that there is at least someone out there who hasn’t forgotten these beautiful pieces of history.
My first PC games expo (17 June 2010)
After the death of Pieter Bliek (then known as the owner of the largest big box PC game collection in the Netherlands), my world was upside down for a moment. Pieter and I regularly met to talk about our “out of hand” hobby, but suddenly this was no longer possible. After a conversation / consultation with one of Pieter’s sons, I was allowed to buy the entire collection (without the doubles) and in one fell swoop my collection tripled to a total of around 850 games (this was about 5 years ago). My perspective on the collection and collecting them changed enormously. The word “hobby” actually did no justice to my form of collecting. Gradually the collecting hobby started to change into a kind of mission: “Capturing and preserving game history”.
Of course you cannot archive everything. Unlike console games (Atari 2600, NES, PlayStation, Sega Mega Drive, etc …), there is no list for PC games where you can see all the PC game titles that exist. There are way too many of them and that makes it impossible to ever complete my collection. Still it’s important for me not to lose sight of the unknown and rare games. After all, it is part of my passion to map game history.
Fortunately there are a lot of people who share this passion and also a lot of people who see the importance of it. Which also leads to a lot of wonderful donations like the one from Lennart Sas!
Almost 20 years of games from Triumph Studios (sealed)!
Not only a great honor to be able to receive games and thus be able to expand my collection, but also super cool as a Dutch game collector to be able to immortalize a bit of Dutch game pride for the rest of the world!
Thank you very much for this wonderful donation Lennart! I will make sure it gets the place it deserves! 🙂