Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Taking Down the Basement: Video Games

The Game Center

Video game center in the basement.  NBA Jam title screen on display.  Video game consoles seen are NES, N64, Sega Genesis, SNES, and Playstation 2

Just wanted to share some of the glory that was the game area of the basement.  In the photo above, see if you can find the following things.  Laserdisc Player acting as a hookup hub, Citizen Kane laserdisc, Guitar Hero guitar controllers, Sega Genesis (currently running NBA JAM) Nintendo 64 with 2 controllers, PS2 (slim and difficult to see), NES with SNES games sitting on it, dartboard darts and fletchings, bass amp, DVD/VCR combo acting as a second hookup hub, NES games, classic orange-and-gray NES Zapper.

What you can't see in the photo is the futon, coffee table, and The Bike.  I used to play video games (again, mostly RPG or other slow-paced games) while on the bike.  The bike also functioned as a great video game chair, especially for guests coming over to play Goldeneye 007.

See below for a closer look at the other side of the TV and the absolute mess of cables and wires needed to have all those video game consoles hooked up at the same time.  I even noticed a distinct lack of video quality as the signal went through cable after 20-year-old cable.  Each RF adapter seemed to add just a little bit more visual static (snow) to the screen, but it was worth not having to unhook machines anytime one wanted to go from Ocarina of Time to Duck Hunt.

Different look at the video game center.  Sega Genesis and NES zapper are seen clearly.

I hope to have something just like this setup again one day.  Hopefully it will be in the same room as the beer signs, this, and all my other basement goodies.  Maybe even another homemade bar!

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