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Posted on Mar 28th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under game room, Voodoo Monkey, setup, collection, photos

Welcome to the eighth edition of our game room series where we take a look at some of our site members gaming spaces!  We've been away for a few month's, but now we're back with a vengeance! This month we are featuring longtime member, donor and lurking site member, Voodoo Monkey. 

Join us as we explore Voodoo Monkey's gaming space, 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.**

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Voodoo Monkey

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

My dedicated collection space is roughly 13í x 18í.  All of our modern consoles have overflowed into the family room which also houses an absurd amount of Duplo and Fisher Price.

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

Like Pee Weeís Playhouse, itís filled with weird, fun junk.  It may look like a mess, but everything has its place.

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

Right around 30 not including backup systems and plug ní play consoles like the NES Classic.  The Sega Genesis will always be on top in my book.  It may not have the strongest library, but it certainly cemented my love for gaming growing up. (Streets of Rage Baby)!  The Dreamcast, Gamecube, and the original Xbox are right up there too.

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

I have 18 systems hooked up to 3 CRTs and 1 LCD: NES, NES AVS, SNES, N64, GameCube, WiiU, Genesis, Sega CD, Saturn, Dreamcast, Xbox, 360, OneX, Atari 2600, PS2, PS3, PS4, and a Neo Geo AES. I try to have everything hooked up to era specific TVs. Playing something like the Atari 2600 on a wood paneled mid 80ís Sony CRT is the only way to really play, right?! Wink

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

Iím the proud owner of all five DOA Xtreme Beach VolleyBall releases.  Does that count?!  I really just try and buy games that I think I might actually play.  If I was crazy enough to go for a complete set, it might be the original Xbox.  The seemingly low interest in the system and reasonable prices of most of its games make that collection seem almost doable.  It would be hard to give shelf space to all those sports titles though.

Top 5 collections are:
1. Xbox 360 (232)
2. PS2 (170)
3. Xbox (169)
4. NES (143)
5. Atari 2600 (120)

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

Can this be a tie? 

Of course!

1. Mario Bros on Game & Watch. My Dad brought this AMAZING game back for me from a business trip to South Korea in the 80ís.  Countless hours were spent packing bottles in that soda factory.  If the house was burning down, that would be my top priority (after the wife, kids, and Grandma of course).

2. Voodoo Vince for the Xbox.  This was the first game I worked on in the industry.  Itís not the best platformer, but it is a lot of fun and it was the first and best game company Iíve worked for.

What is the rarest piece in your game room?

Probably Pocky and Rocky With Becky (CIB) for the GBA.  I picked this up new back in the day not really knowing what it was. Itís really a pretty mediocre game, so unless it had a tiny print run, it shouldnít be worth what itís selling for.

If anyone has any information about this game Iíd love to know more about it.

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?

A friend and I dumped WAY too many quarters into a NARC cab back in the day.  Perfect game for a 12 year old.  I would love to own a few cabinets at some point and NARC has got to be at the top of the list.


Satanís Hollow is a very close Second.  What a beautiful cabinet and an excellent game.

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

Iíve tried to turn the room into a bit of a time capsule/ love letter to the late 80ís/ early 90ís.  A tiny museum that encourages touching. Besides video games, the room houses a VHS, Laserdisc, vinyl, comic, and toy collection.

Who or what was the inspiration for your game room?

This is the room I dreamed about having when I was 12 years old.  Things havenít changed much since then.  Itís filled with all the junk my paper route couldnít pay for in 1989.   

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

Oh it has to be an Altered Beast.  RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE 16 Bit Generation!

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

Right next to my game room is an amazing amount of space being hogged by my two beautiful baby boys.  As soon as they grow out of Hot Wheels and Duplo, construction of the Tiki Barcade will begin.  As Elvis once sangÖ ďIf I can dreamĒ...

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

My Super Nintendo library is sad.  Thatís probably the collection of games that needs the most attention.

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

I would spend it all on those plastic box protectors.  I have a lot of GBA and Sega CD cardboard that desperately needs a layer of protection.  Itís hard to spend precious game dollars on something like that though right?  That $100 could buy me at least 100 copies of Silent Service if Iím doing the math right!  Wink

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

I keep one controller for each console I have plugged in on top of the corresponding system.  For extra controllers and other console accessories I use plastic bin technology in combination with a closet to keep everything out of sight.

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

God bless herÖ When we moved into this house two years ago, my wife let me take over this room.  Sheís a casual gamer these days which makes me kind of sad.  Sheís really good at games.  No one can beat her at Dr. Mario.  NO ONE.  She used to brag about finding every ďGorgon EyeĒ in God of War.  She enjoys watching games these days but she has mostly lost interest in playing them.

My two boys are still a little too young to appreciate whatís happening in the game room but Iím hoping to convert them when the time is right.

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

Two close friends were staying with us awhile back and I showed them the room.  One of them asked if I had Road Rash, which was a favorite of hers growing up.  I had itÖ I donít remember what she said but she played that game FOREVER.  It made me so unbelievably happy to be able to bring back a good childhood memory for her.

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

Seating is a little tight.  Two chairs.  One comfortable one.  Plenty of floor space if Donkey Konga is on the agenda.

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

I love all the stuff in the game room but itís just stuff.  Beer, chips, etc. are all totally allowed.  This room is for having a good time.  Iíll take the risk of a spill here or there without question.

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

Fill your room with what makes you happy.  Give every item in your room a place.  Avoid clutter and piling up stuff (advice I should take myself).  If you donít have space for something in your room, really think about if it really needs to be in your collection.

Question from previous participant douglie007:
Why do you collect? For the love of the games, as a nest egg, for nostalgia, or to preserve history? Explain.

Compulsive hoarding disorder? Itís certainly not for any potential profit down the road.  There are so many better places to invest your money than video games. Iíll leave history preservation to the pros like the Immortal John Hancock. Really, I just love playing old games. And I feel like firing up an old CRT and plugging my copy of Golden Axe into an actual Genesis is a big part of the fun.

What question would you like to ask the next participant?

How do you keep track of your collection besides the RF Gen database?  Are there any other online/ mobile collection tools you use alongside RF Gen to track your games, check prices, etc.?

One last thingÖ Big thank you to singlebanana for giving me the opportunity to show off my room of shame.

Shucks! It was nuttin'

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Nice setup, and lots of cool stuff in the room!  I wish I had a room large enough to set up a dedicated game room that would fit my entire collection AND my TVs/consoles, but that will probably have to wait until I have a house again.  For now, a dedicated room for the collection, and all my TVs in the living room will have to do.  Nice photos, and I enjoyed the interview!
Great collection man!  I'm the same way with trying to make my room a throw back to 80/90s nostalgia (or at least my childhood).  I too have a lot of toys / other stuff besides games in my room.  Great stuff!
Thanks guys! 

I really love looking through all the game room photos here on RFGen. 
Going through the big RF Gen Collector's List and browsing through everyone's photos is a lot of fun.
I wish more people would post photos there.

I hope SingleBanana has a long list of collectors lined up for this series.

Very cool - thanks for sharing. The 80s/90's nostalgia came right through the pics. I loved playing Where's Waldo with all your action figures there. Shout-outs to the crew of the Nostramo!!

I'd love to hear more about your work on Voodoo Vince, personally. Or any other games really.
Noiseredux -

Thanks.  Yeah, I guess its pretty obvious from the photos I'm a Xenomorph/ Ripley fan Wink

Working on Voodoo Vince was a really great experience.  I went to school for animation in Vancouver, BC.
Beep Industries hired me after that and I spent a year animating Vince mutilating himself over and over and over again.  Haha... There are some pretty sick deaths in the game.

I know the game didn't review well and can be pretty frustrating at times but its worth a play through.  I think it might be a uncommon game too.  I was told when it came out that it had a pretty low print run. 
Microsoft bought Rare right around the time we were wrapping up the game so I think they just pushed Vince out there to die and moved on to bigger and better things like Grabbed By the Ghoulies.

I mostly work on PC games now.  Good games but there was nothing cooler in my book than working on console games during the Xbox/ PS2 era.

I've been curious if there are other game devs on RF Gen.  I wouldn't be surprised.  I was a game player/ collector long before I was a game maker.

Wicked room and setup!! Must be such a cool feeling to have an item in your collection that you put some blood and sweat into. That's so special!!
Thanks Crabby!

When do we get a tour of your room(s) or better yet... The store!  I want to see those arcade cabs!
@Voodoo Monkey: Banana has been contacted so I just figuring out where I fit into the schedule!
nice work!

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