Pete’s collection.

Update 16may12: So, this post got reddited, which is nice. I’m samsara_tmh, by the way.

Some quick answers here:

  • This setup isn’t mine. It belongs to 16bitghost, who I visited earlier this year.
  • I don’t have any photos of the AV cabling.
  • Consoles have been hard modded to allow output to the HD display.
  • The consoles are sorted so that the widest consoles are in the middle and the smaller consoles are at the ends.
  • Controllers are in a wooden cradle in front of the TV.
  • I find the accusations of him being a “virgin” highly amusing.

For more information, please check out 16bitghost’s YouTube channel.

Update 17may12: Good god, this thing is blowing up. I’ve been told that Pete is making a response video to his gaming den going viral. Please visit his channel in the link above, and hit the jump for the photos. Thanks for visiting.

Update 17may12: Pete has published a video in response to his setup going viral.


Some modern households are blessed with the addition of a game room. Call them what you will – man caves, bro dens, jock retreats. Most of them are organised in a way that emphasises utility – a place for drinks, a place for gaming, a place to chill.

However, some game rooms are made to be showcases.

When I was in Austin, TX with my girlfriend, I met a family friend of hers called Pete. Pete is a games enthusiast with a special spot for retro games. He has a YouTube channel that you should check out if you’re interested in retro game collections.

He also has a game room.

Pete has a console collection that spans from the golden age of gaming to recent times. These are all playable on the TV above.

Pete’s a big PS2 fan, and he’s got a few limited editions tucked away.

Pete also has a nice collection of hand-helds.

A subset of his collection.

Some prized titles, and others which are kept stored away in drawers.

Some issues of Retro Gamer to admire.

Gaming couches, ruled by Gaming Cat.

To top it off, he has a customised cabinet that has two sets of bat joysticks and Cherry switch buttons on top, and a PC MAME emulator housed within. (Presumably, you could also run some media through there, although I forgot to confirm this with him.) X-Men vs. Street Fighter worked a treat. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t give Samurai Shodown 4 a good go.

So the next time you’re thinking of making a gaming room, or tossing out that collection of stuffy old game cartridges, check out Pete’s handiwork for some inspiration.

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108 Responses to Pete’s collection.

  1. Chaelura says:

    Holy jackpot Batman. Woooowwww. ❤

  2. This is seriously aspirational.

  3. Deacon says:

    I woke up this morning and thought to myself.
    “Life is good, but im missing something. Hmmm good guys in comic books have an archenemies, I don’t have one of those. Would be kind of cool to have one.”

    Then I see this. Then I see that my life has been a sham and that I should have been dedicating it to treasure hunting such as yours. *slow clap* well played, well played indeed.

  4. jasontdavis says:

    Pete…can you give us a rundown of what each of the systems are in the shelves under the TV? Love it! Thanks!

    • Jay says:

      top row:
      Nintendo Famicom with the Disk System, not sure about the 2nd one, Atari 7800, PC Engine with CD-Rom, NES, Redesigned NES (NES 2)
      2nd row:
      Super Famicom, Sega Genesis, Neo-Geo, JVC X’eye, Turbografx-16, Super Nintendo
      3rd Row:
      Genesis 2, Sega Saturn, Panasonic 3D0, TurboDuo, Playstation, Atari Jaguar
      bottom row:
      Dreamcast, Neo-Geo CD, Xbox, Playstation 2, Nintendo 64, Gamecube

      • FamiComplex says:

        From the picture, I’d guess the second one is a Sega Master System II.

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  7. Kristoffer says:

    thatd be something to have.. atleast i aquired a ps1, ps2, ps2 slim, and a psp.. i got to start somewhere right?

  8. FamiComplex says:

    Your photo’s flying all over the internet, but this post isn’t. Shame, because this game room looks great. I’d actually wanted to do something similar with my collection, but just don’t have the space.

    In my next house, I’m getting a basement.

    • stirlace says:

      The post is getting some attention, and I’m sure Pete’s YouTube channel is also getting plenty of love. Good luck with your own collection!

  9. parakissluvr says:

    I want to marry this man. Right now.

  10. William says:

    One of my friend’s always thought of collecting gaming consoles and having it in a cave. This is awesome. A missile silo would be nice, to use for a gaming room of collectibles.

    • stirlace says:

      Hope this post gives him some inspiration. Just a warning, though: this doesn’t sound like a cheap hobby at all.

      • FamiComplex says:

        There are some really great deals to be found in thrifts and yard sales, but unless you have extreme patience (Ghandi-esque, even) you’re going to end up paying full price for a lot of things. You know, those “holy crap I need that right this instant I don’t care how much” things. You’ll have those, believe me.

  11. Hey sir, nicely done. I have a similar setup (though not nearly as nicely put together, I’m still weeding out college kid shelving) but the switching is killing me — I have an old VCR doing the conversion for the Atari, X-Eye, etc to the projector… You seem to have it down, what video converters / switchers are you using? I’d really like to pick a few up!

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  13. Andii Renee says:

    Reblogged this on Geektroverted and commented:
    Wow!! This guy has quite the gaming setup, and I thought I was cool with my Xbox 360 and my Playstation. I think I just got served.

  14. Andii Renee says:

    This is seriously amazeballs!! Cool post.

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  16. Captain Jordane says:

    Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. my eyes hurt. is this….Heaven?

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  19. Torrun says:

    Nice!!!!!! *drools…keeps drooling…keeps drooling…*

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  22. MaxOutput says:

    he dont have the PSONE…the console that was released after the original Play Station, before the PS2

  23. guestguy says:

    impressive collection but…

    needs at least 60-65inch tv for more epic game time. while the current one seems adequate in the lazyboys, when in the arcade stick set-up its like you have to lean over and squint a bit.

    also whats with the red shelves? why not all-black? 7.5/10

    • Polymath says:

      I’ve played games in this room, there is no squinting at all – and I have a larger TV at home. This room is smaller than it seems in pictures. Red is his favorite color, and he built it for himself, so…

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  30. REG says:

    All I can say is “We’re not worthy”…”We’re not worthy”… And I bow to the master

  31. James says:

    Wow, awesome collection. It is missing an Intellivision though, you can’t have a complete setup like that without one of the original console systems.

  32. Normal Guy says:

    Dude needs a life. Try mixing in a date Nerd King.

    • Polymath says:

      He’s been building this over the course of at least 3 years. He’s married with a kid, and manages a recycling business…I’d say he has a life 😛

  33. Ultima23 says:

    I hope the black PSX is not a Yaroze…. the collection this is fucking awesome!

  34. Hymmnos says:

    Wow. Very nice. The individual slots for each console are a nice touch.

  35. Cosmonal says:

    Hi! I did something like that here in Brazil on 2007, I call it the “SuperConsole”. If someone likes to check it out: (its on brazilian portuguese, but there’s a video showing the SuperConsole on the begining of the page).


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  43. Fin Fox says:

    By the power of Grayskull… Dude is a legend, mucho respecto from one gaminging gal to serious gaming peeps…

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  47. Louis says:

    What’s the point in having three different color Playstation 2’s?

    • Polymath says:

      There’s more than three in his collection. Each one is a special themed limited edition model that wasn’t available in the States.

      • Ricardo says:

        Collectible stuff. Single and unique. Hard to find it and very special for playstation fans.

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  49. Kira says:

    I don’t see steel battalion in there 🙂

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  57. eva626 says:

    o m g. this is so cool!!!!!

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  77. Ricardo says:

    ¡¡Wow, amazing collection¡¡ I don´t need no girlfriend. This is the paradise…

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  85. eve says:

    “I find the accusations of him being a “virgin” highly amusing.”

    I would date him just for his gaming collection 🙂

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  93. Jester Mayhone says:

    Jay, what are the size dimensions of the tv/gaming stand?

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