ClassicGMR Posted September 30, 2019 Share Posted September 30, 2019 (edited) I've been into collecting since 1996 and I started by targeting what I grew up with - 2600, INTV and CV - and what I still had in my possession - NES, Atari 2600, TI 994/a. What started as a small nostalgia trip turned into a full-blown hobby that is very enjoyable! I lost a few years (2003-2005) due to divorce and more recently for a family illness. I'm no longer actively collecting since I've found that even my "play" money needs to be for the family first at this point in my life so my collections have shrunk and ground down to a near standstill. At the height of my collection - around 2001 - I had an entire gaming apartment set up with roughly 25 systems across 2 rooms(double parlor), a computer network in a 3rd(1st bedroom), a ton of board games(kitchen) and a small room set up with a library(2nd bedroom). I gotta have my books. I also helped plan a couple of the old PhillyClassic conventions under David and Chuck. Had some good times with this hobby and the great people in it! Now I've moved into my own house(finally!) with my wife(also finally!). I have the space for collecting but I have found I like having small collections using multicarts, mods or emulation so I doubt I will ever have another massive physical collection again. One loader solution, one system, real hardware. I also have an X-Arcade Cabinet for all my emulation and party hosting needs. I've had it since 2012 and it still gets used 2-3 times a week by myself and guests of the family. I've taken to using PS Classic consoles and RetroPie for emulation. On top of that these 2600-daptors/Vision-daptors work great when the hardware is in storage or when we go on vacation! Lately I have had a passion for setting up gaming on older hardware. I enjoy finding different ways to make the games work in different setups or environments. I get a decent amount of parts that still works from upgrades that people don't want back. I have quite a few "Frankenstein's monster" systems that run emulation that I have set up. I sell them here and there but it's more a hobby I enjoy. Good thing since there's no real money to be made anyway. These days it's just about playing the games and enjoying life. 😀 Owned: - PS Classic systems x3 (1 basement, 1 bedroom, 1 spare) - Raspberry Pi 3B+ x2 (with NESPi and SNESPi cases) - Raspberry Pi 4 2GB x2 (both portable builds with battery packs!) - HP Elitebook 2760p i7 laptop (portable emulation setup running LaunchBox) - HP Omen gaming laptop (newer system for current gaming) - X-Tension X-Arcade cabinet from recroommasters.com currently running a PC with a 6th Gen i7, 16GB RAM, GTX 970, 4 TB storage, tons of gamepad/joystick adapters. It is the centerpiece of the living room being able to play current(ish) games, DOSBox and GoG games and, obviously, emulation. This is a system that gets the first upgrades when I get free parts so it is always evolving. - PlayStation 1 with PSIO and HDMI adapter - PlayStation 2 with Free McBoot, 500GB SATA HDD and HDMI adapter (x2 - yes two identical setups. One in the game room and one on my desk in the bedroom.) - PlayStation 3 stock - PlayStation 4 stock - PSP 1000 with 6.61 CFW - Nintendo Switch stock - Nintendo 64 with EverDrive 2.5 and HDMI adapter - Nintendo Gamecube with HDMI adapter, GCLoader, GBA adapter and Krikzz GBA multicart. This system also does NES and SNES so it's a very nice all in one console. - Nintendo Wii modded with cIOS+WiiFlow and 256GB USB HDD. This one sits in the living room for the kids to play with. - Nintendo DSi with R4 - Xbox modded with CoinOps - Xbox 360 stock - Xbox One stock - Valve Steam Deck EDIT 8/14/2022 - Our daughter moved out last year when she got married and we’ve been redoing the whole house. My wife took our daughter's two rooms and made a crafting area to work and play out of. I took the two basement rooms and finally straightened them out for gaming and my PC repair side business. I organized everything based on theme and now it is not a haphazard Patriots/Mario/Optimus dumping grounds. I sectioned it all out while I was down there and it feels much better. It is also amazing to find out just how much stuff I already owned that was just hidden or "put away for now". I forgot I had an Xbox and a lot of the things on the walls were just already HERE... It was like finding treasure!! 🤣 The Transformers and dragon collections still need to be reset and displayed the way I want. I’m waiting for another two sets of shelves to open all that up properly. Also I forgot my wife bought me 130' of LED reactive lighting that I am eventually going to wrap around the wall/ceiling edge throughout the two rooms. 2x 65' strips for $20 on Amazon. Didn't realize it had gotten so cheap! There are some pics missing. They're not of these rooms - I keep some systems in the bedroom on the desk with my primary laptop and tower - but I will add them later. EDIT 9/18/2022 - Now with LED lighting! It runs the perimeter of the room. Love it and the clock w/ Pac-Man LED desk light. Edited March 15 by ClassicGMR 3/15/2023 - tiny system update 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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