I started this website in order to spread things I’ve learned over the past 20 years to people searching for this info for the first time. I had to spend hundreds of hours to find out all of this info, I’m hoping that my blog posts will be able to shorten that time for you considerably.
I originally started my game room by building a home theater back in 2004, I spent almost a year finishing basement myself, getting everything perfect. When I was done, I had a 350 sq ft home theater and about 500 left for a bar and game area. I used the home theater every day playing xbox and watching movies, but I also needed to fill out the rest of my basement, so I started looking for other things to fill it out. My first purchase was a Tornado Whirlwind Foosball table off ebay. I loved that foosball table, but it had a couple major issues. The first one was that it took up a lot of space with the rods. In order to play it we had to have a lot of room outside a walking area. The second issue is that it required two players to play. That wasn’t an issue at first, but as I got a lot better it was a lot harder to play against other people, i.e. it’s not fun for other people if they know they have no chance.
After the foosball purchase, I started searching for something else to put in my basement. One day in the spring of 2005, I was talking with my wife about what to put in the game room when I saw some pinball machines for sale online and asked her if she liked pinball. She then went on and on about how she used to play a pinball machine at her friends house when she was a kid and how it was so much fun. With her support, I started looking for a pinball machine. About a month later, I found one, a Stargate pinball machine. I was super excited but I didn’t know anything about them at all, totally unknown area for me. After I picked it up and put it in my basement, my love for pinball started. I had never really played much as a kid, but all of a sudden I was addicted to playing pinball and searching out new ones to play.
Fast forward a few years, I moved and built my second game room/home theater, this time is a larger area. By this time, I had 4 pinball machines, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Shadow, Stargate, and one other that I can’t remember anymore. I made everything a lot more elaborate this time, with more money and room that I had the first time. The home theater I now put up sound treatments and custom lighting with 4 dimmers. I now had room for 6 pinball machines, a bar, plus a bubble hockey table.
Fast forward to today, I’ve now gone through about 40 pinball machines over the years, repaired things like flat screen tv’s, started learning guitar through Rocksmith 2014, and even built a custom fireplace in my basement. Added a ping pong table from my grandmother a few years, an older model with fold out legs. It’s not the greatest, but it really stores well.
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