Show Us Yours: An Arcade In The Basement

This is the post where you get to show off your gaming setup and collection to the entire world. Let's take a look now!

The idea of Show Us Yours is you take some photos of your games collection or your gaming room or your gaming cupboard or whatever else you have in your house that is about you playing games. You then send us your photos along with a few comments about what makes yours so special. Then we publish it here on a Thursday afternoon.

Today it's the turn of Daniel M and his extremely eclectic collection. (Click to enlarge each pic.)

We'll start in contemporary times.

Cool. Oversized TV? Check. PlayStation 3? Check. Nintendo Wii? Check. Bookcase full of PS3, PS2, Wii games and DVDs? Check, check, check, and check. A predictable beginning, all told.

But wait, what's this...?

An utterly magnificent retro console collection, that's what. And not just a collection, either, but a working collection all still hooked up to an assortment of standard-def screens. And - oh yes - they're displayed, from left to right, in chronological order from the NES and Master System all the way to the Gamecube, Xbox and Dreamcast.

Sure, there's nothing out of the ordinary when you consider what other consoles have been released over that period of time - there's no Virtual Boy, for instance, or PC Engine - but that doesn't diminish the dedication evident in this setup. The man still plays all these consoles. That is what counts.

Also, he has Hulk hands.

But what's this? Is there something else in the room?

Not one, nor two, nor three... but four arcade cabinets! The first one, the big black one, is actually a dedicated MAME unit. Daniel doesn't say what games he has for it, but I expect the answer is: all of them. I can't quite make out what games are housed in the other three cabinets. Can you guess?

And, yeah, when it gets dark, this happens...



      ^^Well said, good sir.

    Ho-ly god. Where does he live so I can steal all of this?

    Holy crap - this man is my new hero!

    Daniel, that is amazing - and so well presented too. No clutter - no disorganization.. you can tell he loves ALL of his games and units...

    My collection will someday resemble that also...

    Well done...

    Very, very well done

    *thinly veils intense jealousy*

    I am so very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very jealous. That is one awesome collection. Nice job!

    Also note: beer fridge.

      Immediately next to the couch. Not sure I would survive that.

    Wow, the arcade room transforms into a Mass Effect nightclub :O

    All I can think of is....

    very impressive

    Holy crap... Now this is one guy who is really into gaming.

    I count myself as a hard-core gamer... but now I look like a casual compared to this guy.

    One question I do want to ask Daniel is, how do you find time/interest to play all of them? I have a ps2 sitting next to my ps3, and sadly I've only touched ps2 once ever since I got my PS3.

    I completely endorse this kind of setup!

    Well played!

    Love the dedication to the classic consoles and having them hooked up to older TV's as well, GOLD!

    *sigh* so much space for games, I think that basement is almost as big as my whole apartment!!!

    update your tv! 4chan would be disgusted with your battlestation

    whats on the PlayStation? looks like its been on fire.

    Hey folks, "Daniel M" here. :)

    Thanks for all the kind words. The setup was indeed designed to play games easily. I don't have a lot of dedicated gaming time with three kids these days, so everything needed to be accessible easily. The shelves for the retro collection were hand-built by me to maximise quick use of the consoles and the TVs/monitors connected.

    To answer some questions:

    * Yes, that's a beer fridge. Mandatory.

    * The Playstation has floor varnish on it. An unfortunate victim of a hole in the floor while redoing the polished timber floors upstairs. Still playable, however.

    * The other wooden cabinets are also MAME. The cocktail is for vertical games. The "candy" cabinet has a Japanese PS2 hacked into it to play arcade fighters (mostly Street Fighter III: Third Strike, but also others like Guilty Gear, Hokuto no Ken, etc).

    * How do I find the time? Well, these days I honestly don't have much time, sadly. However occasionally I'll have a big get together of friends or workmates, and lots of things get used at the same time. Also, as my kids get older, they start to enjoy gaming too. Retro gaming is great for young kids. Old consoles only have a few buttons, and game mechanics are simple, so they enjoy it quite a bit.

    * So much space: I'm lucky there, I guess. I have a wonderful wife who supports my gaming habit, and contributes to not only our mortgage but also my hobby. The "man cave" is wife-approved, which makes it a whole lot easier. :)

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