In an effort to offer feature stories of a personal nature the “Gamer Profile” will become a regular installment in this blog to give locals the opportunity to share their stories as they relate to the video game industry. This week’s profile is 34 year old, Christopher Liristis who graciously opened up his home in order to share his impressive collection of video games.
The interest to collect things began as a young child for Liristis (La-ris-tis) who explains, “I’ve always been an outrageous collector.” As he tried to think back he remembers, “I guess it all started when I was a little kid. I used to love that movie Clash of the Titans when Zeus has all those people on his shelves.”
Zeus’s collection of mortals lined across the walls of Olympus sparked a passion inside Liristis that persisted throughout his life. Mimicking Zeus, a young Liristis lined his walls with Star Wars figures, one of the first of many collections and gradually moved on to video games as he grew older.
It is amazing Liristis can find the time to collect anything at all as a full time home repairman, computer technician, floor installer, husband, and father of six children. Somehow he still manages to seek out rare games…in his spare time! Driven by the “hunt” Liristis would rather comb through shelves at Bookmans or search for misspelled titles on Craigslist, refusing to use Ebay or Amazon adding, “There is no sport in that.”
While he tests each game Liristis admits, “I buy plenty of games I never intend to play.” It’s easy to see why when his collection consists of nearly 1500 games, 50 console systems, and an original Neo Geo arcade console in his back room, all this after only three years of starting his collection. Some of his more noteworthy pieces include the original Sega Saturn Panzer Dragoon Saga, an unopened Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Limited Edition, and numerous valuable titles from the Working Designs studio including Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete.
Liristis also helped create and maintains a Facebook group known as the 688’s Guild of Elite Gamers. The group began as a forum to give Liristis and friends a place to talk video games and share pictures to their hearts content without bothering other Facebook friends with the constant and often annoying notifications. The group is comprised of other local collectors who discuss great deals they’ve come across, compare collections, and “nerd out” about their favorite games. With nearly 400 members, Liristis hopes to encourage others to join saying, “I don’t care, if you have one video game in your collection, I want to see a picture of it.”
Liristis hopes to one day start a virtual museum with his fellow collectors, and offers this advice to anyone who wants to start a collection of their own, “Be patient, games will come to you.”
Supported by his loved ones, this busy family man has made it a priority to preserve the games of his youth so they can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
Make sure to check out the slideshow to see some pictures Christopher has taken of his collection!