Intriguing Question about Organizing Gaming Consoles

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#1 Posted by MDK12345 (937 posts) -

So this is going to be a rather odd question. Now I want to know the most efficient way to store all your game consoles by your tv without spending a lot of money or taking up a lot of space. I'm not talking about putting them away in my closet, because I play them. Any way to do it without spending hundreds of dollars on huge entertainment set ups? Right now I have a stand and I can put 3 to 4 systems on it, but I'm just using cheap stools for my other 3 systems. Anyone ever had a vertical AV rack that isn't overly wide? I'm looking into those as well.

My next question might seem a little odd too but here it is. What if you're really into getting games and systems like I am but you also have a lot of other hobbies as well and gaming is just one of your many hobbies. For instance you also love sports and the outdoors, you love games but you do other things for fun as well. Should that type of person also by collecting lots of gaming posters and gaming toys like the other gamers you see? Because what if they like I said, have many other hobbies as well? By getting toys and posters and filling your whole room up, it might make other people think that you don't like other things.

#2 Edited by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@mdk12345 said:

So this is going to be a rather odd question. Now I want to know the most efficient way to store all your game consoles by your tv without spending a lot of money or taking up a lot of space. I'm not talking about putting them away in my closet, because I play them. Any way to do it without spending hundreds of dollars on huge entertainment set ups? Right now I have a stand and I can put 3 to 4 systems on it, but I'm just using cheap stools for my other 3 systems. Anyone ever had a vertical AV rack that isn't overly wide? I'm looking into those as well.

My next question might seem a little odd too but here it is. What if you're really into getting games and systems like I am but you also have a lot of other hobbies as well and gaming is just one of your many hobbies. For instance you also love sports and the outdoors, you love games but you do other things for fun as well. Should that type of person also by collecting lots of gaming posters and gaming toys like the other gamers you see? Because what if they like I said, have many other hobbies as well? By getting toys and posters and filling your whole room up, it might make other people think that you don't like other things.

I don't have a solution for your shelving problem. About the best suggestion I could offer would be to get a better entertainment center and some signal splitters, but that can be costly.

What I really replied to say though, is about the second paragraph. What you're describing is a healthy lifestyle. I love gaming. It's been part of my whole life and I'm 42 now. Started playing when I was around 5 and except when I was going through my divorce, I never quit playing video games. But having other interests is the way it's suppose to be. Being interested in games but also the other things you listed is good. But worrying if friends will shame you about it is not. Be proud of all your hobbies, and if you get guff for it then tell those people to go suck a rock.

End of rant. Sorry, but gaming is not an outlier hobby anymore. Don't be some closeted gamer, wear it on your sleeve and let the world deal with it. And if they can't, well, while I never like to swear without good reason I'm just gonna say it: Fuck 'em.

#3 Edited by MDK12345 (937 posts) -

oh yea thanks for your response. It's just I have a friend who used to show off his dvds and games but stopped. Now he has a binder to hide his games and dvds. He doesn't want girls to see all his stuff so he puts everything away. And as a result everything is in his closet and he can't find anything anymore and has lost so much stuff when he wants to play. Thanks for the response. I'm a gamer and a game collector, but I'm not just a gamer. I'm a sports enthusiast, a cyclist, hiking and gym enthusiast, love urban exploring, a movie buff, like going to clubs and doing a myriad of other things. Sometimes I feel like my hobbies are opposites. For instance, some people who like hiking and bike riding like myself are not into games and see it as an indoor activity. Or people who do yoga are sometimes not fans of games, more into organic living, etc.. But sports buffs seem to like games.

#4 Posted by dethtrain (392 posts) -

I put my games in a CD case folder thing (holds about 100 CDs) and store the boxes away

#5 Posted by MDK12345 (937 posts) -

Where do you put your systems?

#6 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@mdk12345 said:

oh yea thanks for your response. It's just I have a friend who used to show off his dvds and games but stopped. Now he has a binder to hide his games and dvds. He doesn't want girls to see all his stuff so he puts everything away. And as a result everything is in his closet and he can't find anything anymore and has lost so much stuff when he wants to play. Thanks for the response. I'm a gamer and a game collector, but I'm not just a gamer. I'm a sports enthusiast, a cyclist, hiking and gym enthusiast, love urban exploring, a movie buff, like going to clubs and doing a myriad of other things. Sometimes I feel like my hobbies are opposites. For instance, some people who like hiking and bike riding like myself are not into games and see it as an indoor activity. Or people who do yoga are sometimes not fans of games, more into organic living, etc.. But sports buffs seem to like games.

I dunno. I can't imagine wanting to be friends with someone who doesn't accept me for who I am. Same goes for a lady I might date. When I first started seeing my girlfriend, that was one of the first things I told her. If she were the type who'd judge me for it I would want to know that as early as possible. And now, 15 months into the relationship she's even picked up a couple of games in her spare time. Nothing crazy, but a Plants Vs Zombies or Peggle or something along those lines from time to time.

It's good that gaming is not your only interest. That's healthy. I'm the same way. Gaming is a my hobby, but I am an avid art lover, I enjoy the gym, and I like going out as much as the next social creature. Especially if we're going to a place that serves good whiskey. But like I said before, gaming is something you care about and I wouldn't try to hide it away. Of course it's easy for me to say that, I know no shame. A big dumb oaf who simply feels that "being embarrassed" is a waste of my valuable time. I know other people have different standards, so I don't say it to judge or anything. Still. You asked for the advice so I offer it. Be yourself, associate with people who appreciate you as you are. The rest will work itself out. And who knows, maybe some of those who don't like games just don't understand them and what they are. They might be nascent gamers just waiting for someone to show them how cool games can be. :)

#7 Edited by nicecall (428 posts) -

I've got storage problems also, i have too many dvds and blurays. I'm likely going to box up the ones I don't need so I have more space.

As for consoles, I only have two taking up space. Best thing you can do is just get a shelf that can store more space or get creative and make your own