Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie Floods

Over the past week, large areas of Australia's eastern seaboard have been ravaged by floods. Billions of dollars worth of damage has been done, and sitting quietly amidst that tally is this man's retro gaming hardware collection.

Aussie collector NFG's house in Queensland was among those affected, flood waters getting into his home and destroying many of his personal belongings. Among those belongings was an amazing collection of retro gaming hardware, once a glittering array of the medium's past, now a worthless pile of mud-soaked plastic and chipboards (and rare Nintendo hanafuda cards).

PC-Engines, old Sega consoles, Neo Geos, Spectrums, FM Town Martys, old Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds...all gone. You can check out the damage in the gallery below.

The floods so far have cost twenty lives, with grave fears for dozens more still reported missing. To give you an idea of the scale of the disaster, late last week the total area of the state of Queensland lying underwater was larger than that of Germany and France put together.

[Gallery @ NFG]

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Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS

Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS

Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS

Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS

Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS

Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS

Vintage Gaming Collection Washed Away In Aussie FloodsS