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For Oamaru man Ben Hyslop, collecting old consoles and games is worth more in memories than it is in money.

In his house you will find a collection of retro game consoles, cartridges and other merchandise that dates back to the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Growing up, his family had a Sega Master System, which he would often play – and which sparked his interest in video games.

“I just always remember playing Alex Kidd on that,” he said.

However, he gradually lost touch with the games he once played as a child.

That was until four years ago, when he picked up the same type of console at a garage sale in Oamaru.

“I went up and I think the guy wanted $5 for it. It had a whole heap of games for it as well,” he said.

After his first purchase, Mr Hyslop started shopping at garage sales and second hand shops, hopeful he could add to his collection.

“It started getting worse,” he joked.

“I started going to garage sales every weekend.”

His partner, Zhana Poni, who also loved retro games, had helped build the collection, he said.

On many occasions, he would have to pull apart and fix consoles to get them in working order.

One console he was fond of was an old Atari game computer that was believed to have been made between the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Mr Hyslop said the biggest change he had noticed in gaming was the increased amount of violence.

“It’s a lot more violent – it’s insanely more violent,” he said.

“Trying to find a nice, non-violent kids’ game is really difficult.”

Mr Hyslop said he enjoyed collecting old consoles and games, mainly because it took him back to his childhood.

“It’s nostalgia, mainly,” he said.

“It’s worth more in nostalgia and memories than it is in actual money most of the time.”

The hardest part of having such a variety of games was trying to pick a game to play.

“You walk in here and quite often you’ll just spend 20 minutes at [the games],” he said.

Despite having about 40 consoles and “hundreds” of games to choose from, the best game by far was Alex Kidd in Miracle World – the same game he played all those years ago as a child.

Mr Hyslop did not know what he would do with his collection in the future, but said he would be “stuffed” if he had to move into a smaller house.