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Blu's Gaming Corner! Updated 8/13/2014

by Blu Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:26 pm

Hello Respected Members of the Racketboy Community!

We moved in July/August of 2013. That meant a new gaming area! I've finally gotten around to taking some new photographs of our hobby room, which includes my little gaming corner.

Some things to mention outright: My cabinet was crafted by my dad, I love it! The marquee done by my sister-in-law. I built my game shelf out of two oak and maple shipping pallets. It's sturdy; if the photos make it look unstable it's because of the photo angle. It was one of my first carpentry / upcycling projects and I'm satisfied with its outcome.

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You can view the album at: http://imgur.com/a/eLjqZ
I did this as to not stretch out the thread with images, and give you the ability to zoom in. I like that about imgur.

Cheers!



Old Room (2012)
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This is my overall picture. You can see the consolecade along with the shelving for a lot of my collection. The woodwork and carpentry was done by my dad.

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Here's the cabinet with its backlighting on. It's not a fluorescent fixture, but a roped string of lights.

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Here's the Marquee and a closer look at my oXbox

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A closer shot of the artwork on the Marquee. The Marquee was designed by my fiancée's sister.

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Tails!

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Sonic!

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Another angle of the area.

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Dreamcast Games--might be somewhat difficult to read.

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Sega Genesis and Sega CD

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Master System and 32X

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Wii and Gamecube!

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Nintendo 64. The perfectionist in me wants to realign the cover art on those cases.

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Rest of N64 and NES, oh and FFVII and FFVIII

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Nintendo DS, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance in Case, and other odds and ends.

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PSP, and SNAKE! :D

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Xbox 360 and oXbox.

My dad made this awesome cabinet he coined "consolecade" for my birthday.
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by cookie monster Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:50 pm

It all depends on if you want to display it or not , book cases work great or if you want a cleaner hidden way a Large dresser or china hutch. you can find lots of things at yard sales,auctions or craigs list. I got alot of game holders driving down the road and painted or stained them. When you move you can always pass them on to some one else or take them with you. to see what i do look for cookie and foxhound games thread
i have a few pictures.
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by Blu Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:14 am

Thanks for the suggestion, cookie monster! :) I agree, a dresser or hutch of some sort is the route I'm thinking of. I'll have to check into some garage sales when we move, otherwise I'll pick up something cheap at Ikea or Walmart. Given that my girlfriend accepts my hobby, but that we like to have guests over, I'll probably go the route of getting something that hides it well!
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by cookie monster Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:54 pm

A storage chest at the foot of the bed also looks nice or you can use one as a coffe table.
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by Eskimo Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:25 pm

Not sure about others, but I have never had much luck out of the Sterilite drawers, they warp and tend to be quite flimsy. Unfortunately, I'm working out of storage boxes right now, it works for what it is, but I don't recommend it. You may have the solution right infront of you and not realize it. If your father is a good woodworker get him a six pack or a box of golf balls (whatever his intrests are) and a pile of MDF. His skill level and your imagination are your only limits at that point.

Edit: I want to see pics of the cabinet he made.
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by harper Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:42 pm

Eskimo wrote:Not sure about others, but I have never had much luck out of the Sterilite drawers, they warp and tend to be quite flimsy.

They're definitely not the best thing for games (except maybe a few) but they can work pretty well for controllers, as long as you don't have like a million of them. haha
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by cookie monster Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:46 pm

harper wrote:
Eskimo wrote:Not sure about others, but I have never had much luck out of the Sterilite drawers, they warp and tend to be quite flimsy.

They're definitely not the best thing for games (except maybe a few) but they can work pretty well for controllers, as long as you don't have like a million of them. haha

Yeah i only have a half millon controllers :lol: i keep wires in my plastic totes.
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by BoringSupreez Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:07 pm

I believe it was Ryan who suggested it in an earlier thread, and it's worked quite well for me: find a cassette tape drawer set at a thrift store, and put your Genesis and SMS carts in there. They look like this: Image
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by Cronozilla Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:10 pm

Personally, I'd build a display storage area.

My only issue is, frankly, UV damage. I can't, personally, guarantee my games stay out of the sun and it's very annoying to see some of the labels are slightly fading.

I've considered building a bookshelf-esque display but with UV filtered panels covering things up (like cabinet doors or something) ... though UV plexiglass is expensive ... curious if putting on some sort of coating (acrylic?) would work better on top of more common materials.

Doing an inbuilt display probably wouldn't make sense if you're going to move again, though.

But the most cost effective way to store the games is to get free boxes from the grocery store and put them in your closet. I mean, it's free.
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Re: Suggestions for Storage

by cookie monster Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:14 pm

Cronozilla wrote:Personally, I'd build a display storage area.

My only issue is, frankly, UV damage. I can't, personally, guarantee my games stay out of the sun and it's very annoying to see some of the labels are slightly fading.

I've considered building a bookshelf-esque display but with UV filtered panels covering things up (like cabinet doors or something) ... though UV plexiglass is expensive ... curious if putting on some sort of coating (acrylic?) would work better on top of more common materials.

Doing an inbuilt display probably wouldn't make sense if you're going to move again, though.

But the most cost effective way to store the games is to get free boxes from the grocery store and put them in your closet. I mean, it's free.

Have you thought about a roll of window tint over regular plexiglass.
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