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Tips for Setting Up a Retro Arcade for Your Home

by Melissa Shuten 09/19/2021

If you have fond memories of playing video games at a local arcade, you can recreate that experience in your home. While it might sound complicated, creating a retro arcade in your home can be a simple project.

Gather the Games You Want

Think about the games you want to include in your retro arcade. If you still have classic consoles and game cartridges that work, such as Atari or the original 8-Bit Nintendo, you can include these. Set these consoles up so that you and your household can play them on a large screen TV. Since you’re going for a retro arcade look, though, make sure this room has one or more actual arcade games. You can purchase classic arcade machines featuring your favorite video games, as well as pinball machines and other traditional arcade games. Keep in mind that some of these machines are updated to include multiple games rather than just one.

Build Arcade Machines

If you have the skills to do so, consider building your own arcade machines. This involves building an arcade cabinet that holds a console inside it. This arcade cabinet needs to be fitted with a monitor, control deck, lighting, sound system and other components as needed. You can decorate the outside of the cabinet in a classic game design for an authentic arcade look.

Choose a Fun Theme 

Part of the fun of setting up a retro arcade is decorating the room. Pick a theme for your arcade, such as your favorite video game or some of your favorite classic video game characters. You can decorate the walls with artwork or graphics featuring these games or characters. Your color scheme for the room can also tie into your theme.

Think About Temperature Control

When you have a retro arcade in your home, it’s important to maintain the right temperature at all times. These rooms contain sensitive electronic equipment that can easily become damaged if the room gets too hot or cold. High humidity levels can also damage your arcade equipment. Set up a dehumidifier if needed to control humidity levels in your retro arcade. Make sure the room stays at a consistent temperature throughout the year, especially in summer and winter.

Minimize Sun Exposure

Direct exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause arcade screens to fade. Sunlight can also cause graphics on your arcade machines to fade or become dull. Having too much sunlight in your retro arcade can also produce glare on screens, making it hard to see when you’re trying to play. If your retro arcade has windows, keep them covered with curtains or other window treatments to minimize sunlight. Blocking sunlight also helps prevent your arcade room from getting too hot during the day, especially in summer.

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Melissa Shuten

Find Your Slice of Paradise! I've lived in the St Pete Beach area since 2003. I love everything about Pinellas County and the Beaches! I can help you find your piece of Paradise whether it is your permanent Home, Vacation Home or Investment Property! I specialize in Single Family Homes, Condos, and Townhomes. I began my career in Real Estate in 2012. In my years with Re/Max, I've won the Executive Club Award and 100% Club Award. Since I've been in Florida, I've lived in Gulfport, St Pete Beach, St. Petersburg and now South Pasadena, so I know all of these areas very well! I currently serve on the Board of Directors with the Island Place Condominiums (Harbourside in South Pasadena). I do a lot of volunteer work around the area, mostly with not for Profit Groups. My hobbies include Running and Group Fitness. I am a member of the St Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club. I was born and raised in NE Ohio, Alumni of The Ohio State University and lived in Dallas, Texas for many years before relocating to the Sunshine State! My favorite saying is "I Live Where You Vacation"! If you are searching for an agent that will work for YOU, whether you are Buying or Selling...Call me Today!