Setting up the Ideal Retro Gaming Room

At the very least, the perfect game room should incorporate a few must have’s. Setting up the perfect game room experience requires an array of cool techie devices. But don’t forget about your personal comfort. A trusty chair to do your gaming in will go a long way when you’re up all night trying to beat a difficult level. You need to blend in both comfort and utility to create an ultimate game room. This will go a long way in making sure that you enjoy the time that you have with your games.

Retro Gaming Room

Retro Gaming Room

You will need a very configurable as well as adjustable TV stand that ensures you have no neck strain at all. Most products from Amazon or IKEA should be good enough to satisfy this need. These TV stands will ensure that the screen is raised to a viewing angle that does not make you strain a lot. This will eliminate those interruptions where you are trying to adjust yourself and body position to the screen. Some stands even have optional storage units so that you can keep all the unwanted or cluttering items inside and out of plain sight.

As a gamer, you will need a cable organizer or what is known as a cable box. Controlling stray wires are a must in every gamers room. This problem can be quickly eradicated with the Bluelounge Cablebox or the IKEA FIXA cable management system. These two should help you concentrate on the game and stop worrying about loose cables around the room. No more tripping over annoying cables!

Another thing that you need to set up accurately is the wireless router. We all know that playing games online requires consistent as well as a speedy internet connection. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of a game due to the bad connection. That can be terribly frustrating. So you need to have a stable wireless router in your game room. Therefore you can either set up your console/PC on the wireless network or run a cable to it and hard wire it for best performance.

In this day and age, no gaming room is complete without a supporting PC system. You can save gaming footage to this PC, or use it to run older Nintendo games via an emulator. Getting a cool desk, chair, and gaming keyboard and mouse will round out this area of your gaming room. I suggest looking into a desk like the Atlantic Gaming Desk. You’ll see what I mean. To match the desk, I recommend a racing style chair or something with a color scheme that goes along with your gaming room. High Ground Gaming has a great article about the best chairs for gaming rooms depending on how big of a budget you’re working with. They even included the stats of the most popular chairs in their table. I used their site to land on the right chair for my gaming room last month.

The DVD, as well as CD storage too, needs to be there so that you can always have an idea of where all your games are. Many are adopting the online versions of games via digital libraries but if you still have the CDs, then be sure to get a case. This will help you stay organized and quickly find the game you are looking for.

There are a lot of other little things that you need to complete the perfect game room. You might also need a controller charge station where you can charge your controllers at all times. You can also guarantee that the sound quality is awesome by getting the right speaker set up for the room. Sound bars are quickly taking over the work of home theater systems, so it’s prudent to get one of these if you are worried about cost. You can also get a surge protector to ensure that all this expensive equipment does not end up roasted and toasted due to power fluctuations. So make sure that you guard all these devices.

Now, with all these ready and set up, you’re ready to have your friends over for an all nighter!


Project64: The Undying Nintendo 64 Emulator

Perhaps your new flat screen does not support analog TV signals anymore, may-hap the video cables have been destroyed after many years of twisting and toying, or maybe quite simply your old Nintendo 64 has finally given up and crapped out after many long, faithful years. These are the main reasons why most people have been deprived of their favorite classics, such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario Bros or Mario Kart. The clear solution for this is installing an Nintendo 64 emulator on your computer.

A widely known and popular emulator is Project64, and its installing is as simple as reminiscing our childhood days or while drinking beer and playing our favorite old school games with college bros. Despite having been around forever, the Project64 Nintendo 64 emulator gets updated quite regularly and it’s completely free. Downloading the software is simple and the configuration even more so.

How to Set Up Project64

The steps you need to follow are simple and very quick. The first step is getting the actual emulator software. Just go to the Project64 website and start your download. After successfully installing the program you should be prompted to select your preferred language. Afterwards, you’ll be taken to the main interface for Project64. You must set your windowed resolution to 640×480 in the “Graphic Configuration” tab. The “Configure Input” window allows you to change your key settings. You can play Project64 using either a keyboard or USB controller. I highly recommend purchasing a PC gaming controller or using a spare Xbox controller for example. For reviews of gaming controllers and other such wares, I recommend High Ground Gaming.

The next step is loading and playing your ROMs correctly. After configuring you graphics and your controller you must download the desired ROMs; CoolROM is the best place online to get Nintendo 64 ROMs. However, there are others great sources like Emuparadise.me and ROMulation.net. After you find your favorite Nintendo 64 games hit download and put them all in the same folder, wherever you prefer and can easily locate. Then, running a ROM consists only of simply double-clicking it in the list of selected ROMs. Your ready to start playing those old classics!

Project64 is responsive, very easy to use, and runs without any major glitch. I have used it for quite a long time and never had any issues saving or loading a game. Its features let you pause the game, repeat your plays, or even fast-forward through the long and boring introductions. It should be considered though, that not all ROMs are the same quality, and the nature of some Nintendo games (i.e. Mario Party) makes it almost impossible to play them. Bearing that in mind, now you know how to play your favorite old Nintendo games on the PC. All that is left is just to sit back relax and start playing.

Long live the N64 Emulator!

If you have any trouble setting this up I recommend checking out this YouTube Video below.