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Posted on Sep 27th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under game room, Fokakis79, setup, collection, photos


Welcome to the fifth edition of our game room series where we take a look at some of our site members gaming spaces!  This month we are featuring longtime site member, Fokakis79.  Join us as we explore this member's gaming space and learn more about how and what he collects, and how he makes his space work for his gaming needs.

**If you are a member and have a game room or gaming area that you would like to share, please send a PM to singlebanana and I will add you to our list.**



RF Generation handle:

Fokakis79


Approximate dimensions of your game room (in feet, or meters if you prefer): 

Roughly 800 square feet


Describe your game room in a Tweet (140 characters, include spaces).

A place where I can go on many new adventures or perhaps take comfort in something familiar.


How many distinct systems do you own (including handheld)?  What are your favorites?

I have 30 consoles so far. A couple of those need to be repaired, sadly. What I mostly play is my PS4 but I would say my favorite is my TurboGrafx-16. I donít have that many games for it, but itís the system I always wanted as a kid, so I am glad I get to now play it as an adult.



How many systems do you have hooked up right now?  What are they?

I have 14 systems currently hooked up. My PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 ae hooked up in my living room in my house. In my game room, I have my Turbo Grafx-16, Atari 5200, NES, Gamecube, N64, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PS2, and Dreamcast.





What are the top 5 biggest collections in your game room? Are any complete?

1. Sega Genesis - 210
2. NES - 165   
3. PSOne - 87 
4. PS2 - 80 
5. Atari 5200 - 63

The first four I am not even close to complete.  I am getting very close to completing my Atari 5200 collection. Last time I checked, I only needed 9 more games.



What is your favorite piece in your game room (game and/or non-game)?

It's tough to pin just one as my favorite. I would say the one that comes to mind first, is my Sega Master System that I found in the box at a thrift store years ago. It was really one of my first big finds out in the wild. It seemed like collecting for me started to really ramp up after that, so I always look at that piece fondly. 


What is the rarest piece in your game room?

I donít really have a lot of rare stuff. I have a Bally Astrocade which is rare, although the console does not work anymore. Other than that, it might have to be Shadow Tower for the PS1.


Do you own any game cabinets/pinball machines?  If so, which one would you like to add next?  If not, which one would you like to be your first?

Unfortunately, I do not have any cabinets/pinball machines. Really would love to have a cabinet and a pinball machine.  The first arcade machine I would love to have is the Super Hang-On, preferably the horizontal version, but the vertical stand-up version is pretty awesome as well. If I was going to get a pinball machine, it would be Medieval Madness. Great machine that I play every time I go to my local arcade.





What, if anything, makes your game room or setup distinguishable?

The distinguishable part is that half of it is setup to play video games and the other half of my room is setup for playing table-top games. I think my room has versatility to it in that way. 


Who or what was the inspiration for your game room?

The inspiration for my game room was to really make the space accessible for playing games and comfortable for people to hang out in.



If your game room were an animal, which one would it be and why?

A platypus. Because like the platypus it is such a strange looking space, but it functions as a great space. The walls have been painted bright blue (it was already like that when I moved in).  The versatility of the room, which like the platypus has its benefits. Also, I have had to come up with adaptations to make the space usable by my standards.


Did you have any plans for your game room that became too ambitious or expensive to implement?

Oh yeah, definitely hoped on having more and better shelving. Some of the shelving I have now is just not great.  I would love to have nice wood shelving that is great for organizing games as well as aesthetically pleasing. I could go on, but the idea is to have better storage that is both functional and has some style to it.  I guess making my room look more ďadultĒ would be what I am going for. My room isnít messy but it does need a little more organization.


What new section or set would you like to eventually add to your game room?

I have been throwing the idea around of adding a CD-I set to my room. Not sure if that is possible based on research.  The set though that I keep going back to and the one that really started me on this path of collecting is going full on Sega. I believe I want to dedicate a large portion of my room to Sega.  I believe I am going to start with picking up more SMS games, and going for that set. Then move on to Sega Genesis and so on. This is really a lifelong quest, since there is so much Sega stuff to collect.





If someone handed you $100 and you HAD to spend it on your game room (not on games or systems), what would you buy?

Probably shelving. But I know I would be much happier getting framed art and posters to hang up.



For may collectors, storing controllers is always an issue due to their cords and sometimes awkward shapes. How do you manage these?

I use cheap plastic drawers for right now. I organize them by console. I have a problem right now with controller organization.








What does your significant other or other housemate(s) think about your game room?

My wife likes it because the house is less cluttered now with all my stuff.  She is worried now that I will outgrow this room.


What was the funniest/coolest thing someone has ever said when they saw your game room for the first time?

I had a friend who said my room was like a ďmuseumĒ. Other than that, people mostly talk about the blue walls. I think the most common thing people say is that they feel overwhelmed by all the games.  If only they knew how many games other people have on RFGen.



Tell us about your game room seating.  Do you have a preferred spot?

I bought an old couch from Goodwill.  It can fit a 2-3 people on it. I usually sit on the right side of the couch, not sure why, just feels right. Yíknow.


Do you allow drinks and/or snacks in your game room?  Explain.

It depends on the snack but yeah, I allow them. I just let them know to wipe their hands before handling things in my game room.  I eat and drink in my game room so I donít see a problem letting others do it. No messy foods though like ice cream cones.





What advice would you give to someone getting ready to set up their own game room?

Think about the wall space you have in your room and how you want to use it for storage and decorating.


Question from previous participant, Tadpole13:
 
If you had to get rid of everything in your collection and you were allowed to keep just one item what would it be?
 

My PS4, because I use it as my media center. I probably use it for movies and music more than games.


What question would you like to ask the next participant?

What is a tip you may have for someone moving their collection?




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Comments
 
Looks like a great place to sit down and game. It looks like someone is playing through the Castlevania games for Halloween!
 
I love all the board games! looks great... also @singlebanana I should be ready for October
 
Haha, I love those Monster in My Pocket toys you have lined up!  I remember playing with those a lot when I was a kid.  I've thought about buying some on ebay just for nostalgia's sake, but I haven't pulled the trigger on it.

Anyway, nice setup you have!  I've really been enjoying this game room series.
 
@Disposed Hero:  I'm seeing some M.U.S.C.L.E. men and super jealous of what I believe are Battle Beasts!
 
Looks great!  Good variety of systems and games.  (keep that Sega idea going!)
I have that same PacMan pillow, but mine is super faded! 
If your looking for shelf upgrades I would recommend making your own!  It's pretty easy and only requires a simple saw and a drill.  Grab some 1x8 boards from the hardware store and screw 'em together!  Pretty cheap and will fit the space perfectly. 
 
@singlebanana: Me and my Brother loved playing with Battle Beasts. We had a bunch of the figures, a few of the vehicles, and playsets. We lost a bunch of them over time, so this is all I have left. I believe their might be more in my mom's attic.

@Goodwill_Gamer: I thought about just building shelving with that thought in mind. That I can just make shelving designed for this room. Sega might be a goal I move toward in the coming year.
 
@Addicted: Castlevania is my go to game series. I rarely get bored with the games. 
 
@Disposed Hero: M.U.S.C.L.E. Men are relatively cheap but yeah I know what you mean. I can't seem to pull the trigger on the Transformers Masterpiece toys. Although they cost way more than M.U.S.C.L.E. Men.
 
I have a table with legs exactly like yours sitting right behind me, ha!

Some of the stuff I see in those pictures I'm pretty sure I remember you buying at shows while we were walking around. When I make it up there to see you someday I'll make sure to say something like, "whoa! Look at all these games! Do you have every game?" you know, just to fit in with your other visitors  Cheesy

Always like the 'how do you store controllers?' question, I just know someday someone is going to have this magical solution that none of us have ever thought of before haha.
 
@nupoile, Ha! Its crazy, how often I hear it. I hope you can come visit someday that would be awesome. I really don't know how to solve it. I want to get a bigger set of drawers for them that might make me more satisfied with it.

Btw, thanks everyone for reading.
 
@Fokakis79: Thanks for sharing!

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