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Ultimate Gaming center Woes, Pics, post yours.

EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
edited October 2007 in Games and Technology
I have a dream that one day I will be able to have all of my gaming consoles plugged in and ready to go at any time but I have many problems while trying to achieve this like many of you probably have too. First off I suppose I need to tell you how many game consoles I have, lets see, I have Sega Genny, Sega CD, SNES, NES, Dreamcast, PS2, Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, Atari 5xxx something, X-box and Wii.

The first problem is power, I have 3 power strips and all of them are full, I have power strips plugged into power strips.

The second is I don't have enough holes for all of my cables for just about every type of cable. My reciever only has one optical port but I have 3 devices that need to go in that hole.

Space is clearly an issue, the pics you see don't include my Wii or virtual boy. Some of the console in the lower part of the center I have no way to get cables too.

Another one is my bed is right up there too the tv and my back hurts sitting there. My back hurts really bad from Halo 3.

Now for the pics...

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Crossposted from the computer space thread -

    Big Ass TV, Wii, PS2 and Dreamcast all in harmoney with my surround sound system. But wait, where is Xbox?!?!?
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    Xbox is hanging out with the router, trying to hook up some mad XBMC!
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    And here is where the games live - in the corner, alphabetically
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    Then artwork up on the wall, provided by my mum, she is an awesome artist, these were a moving in present -
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    in closer detail
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    http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/7053/photo0064hs8.jpg

    My Mum is awesome.

    that's right, I forgot they are huge images. I'll scale them down and edit in the new ones now.

    Edit: cba, just linked them

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    LewieP wrote: »
    My Mum is awesome.

    If only she'd brought you up a little better, she might have taught you to resize pics before posting them on a forum.

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    Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Ack! Mein h-scroll!

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    a Ferreta Ferret 360 Dunk from Half Court Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I like how you have a carebear on one end and a bottle of Captain on the other end. That's style.

    About chaining power strips: This is baaad. I know you probably have no other way to plug it all in but that's a real nice electrical fire waiting to happen. Maybe consider only using one strip and only plugging in what you play the most?

    And the no place to sit issue: can't you just lay on your bed and play? I have far less space than you do and this is how I have to do it. If you can't, try buying a couple of pillows and making a chair o pillows.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    a Ferret wrote: »
    I like how you have a carebear on one end and a bottle of Captain on the other end. That's style.

    About chaining power strips: This is baaad. I know you probably have no other way to plug it all in but that's a real nice electrical fire waiting to happen. Maybe consider only using one strip and only plugging in what you play the most?

    And the no place to sit issue: can't you just lay on your bed and play? I have far less space than you do and this is how I have to do it. If you can't, try buying a couple of pillows and making a chair o pillows.

    But I want to have everything ready to go :D my biggest problem is the damn power bricks. I do have enough outlets in my room to not chain them but they are so far away from my gaming center. I have 4 outlets in my room.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    LewieP wrote: »
    Crossposted from the computer space thread -

    Big Ass TV, Wii, PS2 and Dreamcast all in harmoney with my surround sound system. But wait, where is Xbox?!?!?
    photo0059fb5.jpg

    Xbox is hanging out with the router, trying to hook up some mad XBMC!
    photo0060sh5.jpg

    And here is where the games live - in the corner, alphabetically
    photo0065ks9.jpg

    Then artwork up on the wall, provided by my mum, she is an awesome artist, these were a moving in present -
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    in closer detail
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    My Mum is awesome.

    that's right, I forgot they are huge images. I'll scale them down and edit in the new ones now.


    You need to buy an av switch. I need av switches chained into each other lol.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Ok I dug up my sega genny and cd but I think I am missing something for the sega cd to work.

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    tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    EliteLamer wrote: »
    a Ferret wrote: »
    I like how you have a carebear on one end and a bottle of Captain on the other end. That's style.

    About chaining power strips: This is baaad. I know you probably have no other way to plug it all in but that's a real nice electrical fire waiting to happen. Maybe consider only using one strip and only plugging in what you play the most?

    And the no place to sit issue: can't you just lay on your bed and play? I have far less space than you do and this is how I have to do it. If you can't, try buying a couple of pillows and making a chair o pillows.

    But I want to have everything ready to go :D my biggest problem is the damn power bricks. I do have enough outlets in my room to not chain them but they are so far away from my gaming center. I have 4 outlets in my room.

    OK then, buy some extension cords and get some of these or these if you want to go stylish. Then you won't be overtaxing one outlet.

    For getting all the consoles hooked up, if you have anything using an RF adapter just chain all those together (you can do this right?) Then for your other systems get an S-Video/Composite selector and a component selector, and attach the consoles to those and then plug them into the correct inputs on your TV (do you use component?)

    As for not being able to get cables in there - get a power drill and put some holes in the thing. Once you hook it up you'll never be able to easily undo it anyway.

    The bottom line is, if you want to plug all 10 consoles in it's going to be a mess no matter how you cut it.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    EliteLamer wrote: »
    You need to buy an av switch. I need av switches chained into each other lol.

    I plan to get a VGA cable for my DC and shift it upstairs, leaving me just enough spaces.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    What games do you have for your DC. Dreamcast and Genny were the only two systems that I bought a ton of games for instead of just 3 or 4 like all my other systems.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2007
    I just rearranged the living room, so everything looks nice and clean for once, instead of controllers lying everywhere.
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    The spot next to the 360 is where the PS3 will eventually go.

    Edit: And yes, every single one is plugged in and ready to play at a moment's notice.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Anyone ever look at hooking up a VC before? A computer hooked up to the tv to run old games?

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    syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited September 2007
    Any REAL reason for the PS1 in your setup, Monkey?

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    syndalis wrote: »
    Any REAL reason for the PS1 in your setup, Monkey?

    Thats what I was going to ask too, along with why have a gamecube hooked up when you have a wii.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2007
    syndalis wrote: »
    Any REAL reason for the PS1 in your setup, Monkey?

    Not really, other than for the sake of completeness. I got it (mods, please don't kill me for this) so I could mod it and play Vib Ribbon and other imports, which sadly, I haven't gotten around to yet.

    The GCN is still hooked up for the Game Boy Player. And the completeness.

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    TxdoHawkTxdoHawk Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Generally I just keep consoles in my closets, and randomly rotate them in and out. I find that I have enough inputs/plugs to keep a decent variety of consoles "active". But I have a very, very small room, so this is kind of a necessity.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Why do I even keep my Sega Saturn netlink. Nothing from Sega pissed me off more than Netlink because I remember when I got it I was so excited to get online but once I got up and running there was no one to fucking play with. I was so pissed off fucking shit hell damn. I think I was 13 when I got it.

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    FoodFood Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    You guys are lucky. I have 4 siblings who care nothing for the preservation of my video games. I've come to accept that any game I buy will only last a year before being lost, stepped on, scratched, or, in one very very very maddening case, used as a frisbee. You don't want to know about the beat-down that happened after that.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Anyone have a receiver that does dumb things. Like hooking the dvd player up, I can't hook the cables into the dvd area because the sound goes through video two slot. So I would have my dvd hooked up to video two while I have my video game consoles run through dvd...

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    powersurgepowersurge Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Food wrote: »
    You guys are lucky. I have 4 siblings who care nothing for the preservation of my video games. I've come to accept that any game I buy will only last a year before being lost, stepped on, scratched, or, in one very very very maddening case, used as a frisbee. You don't want to know about the beat-down that happened after that.


    I don't have any siblings but I know what you mean. I have friends and family that think my movie and game collection is HUGE but in reality its just collected over time because I take care of my stuff and a lot of other people don't.

    Heck I know one guy who leaves games (just the disc) laying around on the floor out of the case in front of the tv. Drives me nuts (that or the OCD in me :lol: ).

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    powersurge wrote: »
    Food wrote: »
    You guys are lucky. I have 4 siblings who care nothing for the preservation of my video games. I've come to accept that any game I buy will only last a year before being lost, stepped on, scratched, or, in one very very very maddening case, used as a frisbee. You don't want to know about the beat-down that happened after that.


    I don't have any siblings but I know what you mean. I have friends and family that think my movie and game collection is HUGE but in reality its just collected over time because I take care of my stuff and a lot of other people don't.

    Heck I know one guy who leaves games (just the disc) laying around on the floor out of the case in front of the tv. Drives me nuts (that or the OCD in me :lol: ).

    Pretty much. I don't buy a lot of DVD's and games, but I don't usually get rid of what I do buy, and over the last seven years, my collection has grown mighty and fearsome.

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    urahonkyurahonky Cynical Old Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My stuff:

    Consoles/TV:
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    Games:
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    Not pictured: My SNES (In process of moving), all of my DS games, all of my PC games, and all of my SNES games.

    Computer:
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    TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Ooh gaming setups, when i get home on Thursday I'll be sure to upload the few I've got of mine :)

    Its going to look pretty ridicious when Rock Band, Guitar Hero 3 and Gran Turismo 5 all come out though. By then I think I'll have... *counts*... 24 different countrollers D:

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    guidedbyvicesguidedbyvices Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Here's mine:

    37" Sharp Aquos 1080p
    Yamaha 5.1 System
    Xbox 360
    Xbox Phatty
    Wii
    Mah DS Lite.
    Frank. The Bouncer.
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    Fucking wires.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I thought I was organized before I saw those other setups, but I guess not.

    For the moment, my systems are a rotation scheme, though the Sega CD/GC/XB/PS2 are mainstays. The Saturn is the rotational slot.

    The games... they basically have five different resting places, but at least they're more or less organized. (Though I'll need a new option for PS2, and fast, even though the console's winding down.)

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    I've had this protector for years. It must be a keeper. I rotate the plugs as necessary, same with the A/V cables. The Sega CD is always ready, shy of needing to hook up that extra monster plug.

    Games
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    That's basically the 'old school' section, though it also is where I've been keeping CEs/backlogged stuff.

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    My PS1/PS2/DC stuff gets kept in a dresser. Nothing fancy, but it works.

    Last and definitely not least:

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    Sega territory; top shelf of the closet.

    That's also where I keep the miscellaneous rhythmic peripherals, but those take up way too much space as it is.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    TV Area with consoles (Wii60) and whatever I've been playing/watching recently. Just moved this old big ass TV in a few days ago.
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    Bigger view of the same area, with my table in the shot. I had a laptop on there but my uncle borrowed it and I really like having the extra room. Also, you can see my magazines and hiding just behind them, barely visible, my DS Lite :D and under there are a bunch of books, on the lower shelf. Those don't appear in any pictures.
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    The door to my room as well as my bookshelves. This is where all my games and most of my movies and books are. <3 American Psycho.
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    Bookshelves again and my closet doors... PA represented.
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    Full bookshelf view, 'cause I fucking love them. All of my games should be fairly obvious as far as their particular system but I want to point out on the Nintendo/SNES/N64 shelf, on the right are cases that my mom painted. I always loved having them growing up and I'm glad I held onto them.
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    Finally, the head on view of my desk. Between the speakers on the right is a crocodile head in case you are wondering. And on that pin up board is a Lost magazine ad, a picture of Anne Hathaway, a Phoenix Wright magazine ad (sort of...) and hanging is the Twilight Princess insert from a Nintendo Power a ways back. Also, lining the right side are pins of classic Nintendo games. The Diablo figure is one of my favorite things I own, as well as the Dr. Pepper pillow up top which my little sister got me. Also up there are some more of my books (the rest are in my closet) and all of my CDs (behind the DVDs and whatnot, on shelving).
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    Martin Lawrence OliverMartin Lawrence Oliver Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Too much paraphernalia and too many visible cables in this thread. I prefer a more spartan setup.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Variable wrote: »
    TV Area with consoles (Wii60) and whatever I've been playing/watching recently. Just moved this old big ass TV in a few days ago.
    img0018ud1.jpg

    Bigger view of the same area, with my table in the shot. I had a laptop on there but my uncle borrowed it and I really like having the extra room. Also, you can see my magazine :D and under there are a bunch of books, on the lower shelf. Those don't appear in any pictures.
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    The door to my room as well as my bookshelves. This is where all my games and most of my movies and books are. <3 American Psycho.
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    Bookshelves again and my closet doors... PA represented.
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    Full bookshelf view, 'cause I fucking love them. All of my games should be fairly obvious as far as their particular system but I want to point out on the Nintendo/SNES/N64 shelf, on the right are cases that my mom painted. I always loved having them growing up and I'm glad I held onto them.
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    Finally, the head on view of my desk. Between the speakers on the right is a crocodile head in case you are wondering. And on that pin up board is a Lost magazine ad, a picture of Anne Hathaway, a Phoenix Wright magazine ad (sort of...) and hanging is the Twilight Princess insert from a Nintendo Power a ways back. Also, lining the right side are pins of classic Nintendo games. The Diablo figure is one of my favorite things I own, as well as the Dr. Pepper pillow up top which my little sister got me.
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    OMG. Most of those games are in the last 7 years too.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't know what that means.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Those NES/SNES games look in amazing condition.

    I want your Chrono Trigger.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Those NES/SNES games look in amazing condition.

    I want your Chrono Trigger.

    I wish I could say that was my doing, but it was more my spending that got me those.

    lots of ebaying. it was worth it, though.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Too much paraphernalia and too many visible cables in this thread. I prefer a more spartan setup.

    I agree.

    I try to use wireless controllers when I can, and also tuck away cables/controllers when not using them.


    I really don't have much in the way of 'paraphernalia' though.

    Maybe I'll post my pics in a bit.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Variable wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Those NES/SNES games look in amazing condition.

    I want your Chrono Trigger.

    I wish I could say that was my doing, but it was more my spending that got me those.

    lots of ebaying. it was worth it, though.

    That and flea marketing is how my Sega CD/Saturn collection is what it is.

    Those few boxed NES/SNES/N64 games, too.

    I forgot my GBA/DS collection, so I'll update with a picture of that in a few.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    slash000 wrote: »
    Too much paraphernalia and too many visible cables in this thread. I prefer a more spartan setup.

    I agree.

    I try to use wireless controllers when I can, and also tuck away cables/controllers when not using them.


    I really don't have much in the way of 'paraphernalia' though.

    Maybe I'll post my pics in a bit.

    I have loads of paraphernalia :D but I think I've hid my wires pretty well. I spent a whole day behind and under my desk and tv stand with plastic tubing and wire ties. WELL worth it.

    highly recommend cableorganizer.com for such things.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Variable wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Those NES/SNES games look in amazing condition.

    I want your Chrono Trigger.

    I wish I could say that was my doing, but it was more my spending that got me those.

    lots of ebaying. it was worth it, though.

    That and flea marketing is how my Sega CD/Saturn collection is what it is.

    The great thing about these games being collector's items is, if you're willing to cough up the cash, someone out there usually is selling it in good condition.

    the bad part is that you have to cough up the cash.

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Variable wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Variable wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Those NES/SNES games look in amazing condition.

    I want your Chrono Trigger.

    I wish I could say that was my doing, but it was more my spending that got me those.

    lots of ebaying. it was worth it, though.

    That and flea marketing is how my Sega CD/Saturn collection is what it is.

    The great thing about these games being collector's items is, if you're willing to cough up the cash, someone out there usually is selling it in good condition.

    the bad part is that you have to cough up the cash.

    The best part is when you find someone having one who doesn't realize what it's worth.

    That boxed copy of Startropics? $5. Flea market.

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    EliteLamerEliteLamer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Most of the stuff at the fleamarket anymore isn't any cheaper than ebay. These people now go online and look up the value before they sale it.

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    StasisStasis Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My setup (and a bad picture):
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    Featuring: Westinghouse 37" 1080p LCD monitor, NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Thrall action figure

    I had to build the cabinet myself because I couldn't find anything anywhere that would work. D:

    One of these days I need to clean it up. It's a mess.

    And the cables.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    very nice. I really like the cabinet, nice work.

    also, you are making me wish I could go back a year to when I almost bought a TV just like that... soon.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Stasis, are you not at all worried about the ventilation for that Wii you've got there? It doesn't seem like it has much breathing space.

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