Show Us Yours: A Real Gamer’s Den

Show Us Yours: A Real Gamer’s Den

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The semi-regular but now hopefully weekly Show Us Yours returns with reader Hayden D’s amazingly varied collection of retro game gear.

Hayden actually sent in a bunch of photos illustrating how his current collection has grown over time, from humble beginnings (pictured left) to the remarkable digital – and occasionally analogue – junkyard it is now.

“I started my collection after I bought a Wii, my first console since 1995 when I bought my SNES,” he explains. “Dad had an N64, and the PS2 is my brother’s (which I have permanently borrowed now). Unfortunately I sold all my SNES games when I was in grade 6 to help fund my purchase of a Tamagotchi.

“After I while I bought a NES and some Game Cube games. The NES was a bargain at $1 (no leads or controllers), but on the same day I picked up a controller for $3 and Super Mario Bros for $2, so I had the full NES experience for $6.”

Then his collecting started to really pick up. Describing the two pics below, Hayden says: “As you can see I have now got a lot of extra consoles… I have no idea where they all came from. I’ve also managed to start filling a shelf with games. I think the biggest purchase out of this lot was a CD-i with a few games, one of note being Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (at this point in time I thought it would be cool to try and complete every series for a Nintendo character, which I now think is impossible).

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I’m pretty sure that’s the first CD-i we’ve had featured in Show Us Yours to date.

Next, came some Sega consoles.

“This is pretty much my last photo before a big change in where everything rests. I still have space for DVDs, which will soon disappear as the video games take over. I’ve never really had a lot of love for Sega, but the Dreamcast soon turned this around. It’s a terrific console and it definitely is a shame that they died out because of the mistakes before this console’s release. The Saturn really is quite horrible, but I always remember that when I was a kid I wanted one based purely on it having Daytona USA.”

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Check out some more detailed close-ups of the rest of Hayden’s awesome collection below. Just click on each pic to enlarge it.

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If you’d like to Show Us Yours, you can do so by emailing us some (hi-res) snaps of your collection of gaming paraphernalia. Oh, and please include a brief description. Look out for more Show Us Yours every Thursday.

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