(Thanks for Jonathan Leung for the tip)
There is a strong community of collectors in the amusement industry – people who collect arcade games, pinball machines, EM game machines, redemption, etc. But among the crowd you might find someone classified as a “hoarder” were the collecting is obsessive as the hoarder will fill up room after room with stuff whether it is still useful or not. Apparently there around 3 million people out there that fit the bill to be called a hoarder and that’s enough to warrant a reality TV series by A&E. It’s not the only series I’ve heard of that focuses on helping people get rid of their junk but from what I’ve watched, they seem to take on some bigger cases than other shows. They bring in a therapist to talk with the person, along with a clean-up crew to try and help them move on from the hoarding. In a recent episode which I’ll link to here, they visit Randy of Wildwood, NJ and look over his massive collection of amusement equipment which includes a large number of arcade and pinball machines, with his Randyland museum being just a part of it. He has some pretty rare games but also a strange collection of mannequins of himself. They also assist him in moving his equipment into a location that will allow him to open up an arcade on the boardwalk there but that’s certainly easier said than done when they get around to moving some absolutely massive games (ones that might not really be played by people in the first place). In fact if you’ve ever been involved in moving arcade games, I’m sure you will feel the pain of what they have to go through here. It also takes a look at a family being torn apart by a mother who hordes all sorts of assorted junk.
I’m unable to embed the video but you can watch the full episode here. Randy just opened his arcade in NJ a couple of months ago, hopefully for him it has improved since that time. With a primary focus being on classic gaming it can be quite a challenge, not just in terms of what people want to play but also in maintenance.