Our Collections
A question that is asked a great deal of the time is if we do own all of the consoles that are featured here.  The answer is yes - 99% of the systems being reviewed we do collectively own.  That being said, let's get right to the main point of this page - our respective collections.  Please keep in mind that none of us are necessarily into photography at all, so please take this into account when viewing the pictures.  Use the tabs for navigation.  Enjoy!!
Marriott_Guy's Collection
This is the current set up for most of my collection.  Some second run items are not displayed (various versions of the 2600, etc.).  The goal is to be able to fire up any one of the console in a matter of minutes.  I have a 10-switch Pelican A\V selector under the big screen television, with 20 feet of Composite and Component cables permanently hooked up.  I use a simple A\B switch for use with the older systems requiring a RF connection.  Also located behind the television is a 25 foot extension cord.  I keep the respective power supply and any required A\V connectors in individual boxes so that I do not have to risk the original boxes being damaged.

I also was trying to go for a very clean, organized set up.  Though you can not see from the pictures, there are individual mini spotlights above each system.  This definitely looks awesome at night. As with everyone's collection, this is a work in progress.  If you are interested in more details on the shelving units themselves or anything else for that matter, please send me an email.

98PaceCar's Collection
I keep a small number of the more mainstream consoles hooked up at all times, but I also have convenient inputs and power available for any console I want to play.  I am currently running 2 Sony 25" CRT televisions with Pelican switchers.  The CRT televisions were selected so that I can play lightgun games (a personal favorite).  I also have a small 5.1 surround setup that either switch can output to. All of the shelving is from the Billy line at Ikea.  The display case was a Craigslist deal and holds some of my rarest items.

I was hoping to have a museum feel to my room, but space constraints came into play and I'm lucky to be able to have as much of my collection accessible as I do.

Dark Watcher's Collection
The Dark Watcher is not a true collector.  We have never traded in or sold a console for another.  We chose to keep and preserve certain videogame consoles because of the memories they invoke.  It is as if each console has a story to tell...

Other then a "Pong" unit that we have vague memories of, the Atari 2600 is where we got our gaming start.  Yar's Revenge, Pitfall, Asteroids, Pac-Man, Adventure and even E.T were the gaming staples.  The original family machine has long since died, but the memories triggered a desire for a replacement from a local flea market.  The Nintendo NES, and Super Mario Bros, started a true gaming addiction.  We were used to blocky (usually) monochrome graphics and simplistic game play.  We recall playing the NES at a cousins house and were simply amazed.  We were too poor to afford one, but we eventually got one to call our own.  The NES shown has stood the test of time.  It may not have all its original guts, but it is the same little box that kept us smiling as a kid.  It took some hard work and odd jobs to save up for a SuperNES.  A fan of Nintendo's previous offerings made this purchase a no brainer. Its a shame Nintendo used shoddy fire retardant chemicals on the old plastic casing.  It looks like hell, but still plays like a dream.

While we enjoyed all things Nintendo, we had a good friend that was a die hard Sega fan.  We loved going to his home and playing the Master System.  He would later get the amazing 16-bit Sega Genesis.  Years later we would make it through military boot camp.  Our reward to ourselves?  We finally jumped aboard the Sega bandwagon and got our Genesis with Sega CD in an all in one package.

We were stationed in Japan when the Sony PlayStation arrived.  We were immediately hooked by playing a kiosk that featured 3D titles Battle Arena Toshinden and Tekken.  By the time we returned to the United States, there was word of a 3D Final Fantasy.  We snapped up a PlayStation immediately and lucked out with the Sony / Sega price wars.

It was the mid 1990's and our same little cousin had graduated to Sega Saturn.  There would be plenty of smack talk during that Sega / Sony war, but we had to admit the Saturn put out some smooth 2D games.  We couldn't afford another console at the time.  Years later another friend would purchase a PlayStation 2.  His Saturn was not getting any play time. So when he offered it as a gift, we jumped on it.
Nintendo passed up the PlayStation, but came back with the Nintendo 64.  It was impressive, but we couldn't see ourselves paying over $70 USD for one cartridge when we could grow our PSX library with CD games for $19.99.  We would patiently ride out another console war. Ironically, we would buy the Nintendo 64 system for $19.99.

We just happened to work in the same building as a Sega corporate office during the PlayStation 2 / Dreamcast console war.  We would spend lunch breaks playing Sega Dreamcast in their lobby kiosks.  We loved many of the Sega DC titles, but we patiently waited for price drops.  Sadly, Sega would leave behind the hardware console market.  We finally got our Dreamcast for only $40 USD.  It continues to be on of our favorite consoles, and remains a reminder in Sega's place in console history.

The Sony PlayStation 2 hype train almost pulled us aboard.  Its arrival brought about outrageous online and forced bundle sales.  There were also shootings and robberies.  Never had we seen such an insane console debut.  We just happened to be at work when a good friend and co-worker (Mr. Stum) told us that he had just returned from a small "Po-Dunk" town where some PS2 units were accidentally shipped.  He went on to say that he had 3 consoles in the trunk of his car.  "Ya want one?"  You better believe it!  The funny thing is that our new PS2 was mostly used to play PSOne games and DVDs till the console library really grew.  It was still an amazing machine that allowed for backwards compatibility with slight enhancements.

November of 2001 was an exciting time.  There has always been excitement whenever it turns into a 3 way console war for supremacy.  Sony's PlayStation 2 had just survived a war with Sega Dreamcast and had just started expanding on their console kingdom, but two new combatants entered the battle zone.  Newcomer, Microsoft Xbox, arrived with powerful graphics and simplistic game development.  Combat veteran, Nintendo, also made a strong return for console throne with their GameCube in an effort to reclaim the kingdom that was once theirs.

Nintendo had lost a lot of support when they elected to stay with the expensive cart format.  We admit that we were reluctant to try another Nintendo machine, but we could not resist the draw of Nintendo's franchise games.  We just happened to be deployed to a military base when this soldier was packing to return home.  He neglected to pack his GameCube console, and claimed to not have room for it. How the heck could he not pack that small cube?  Oh well...We took it off his hands for only $50 USD, and later added the GameBoy Player to get the most bang for our buck.

To be honest it took some time for us to become interested in Xbox.  With PS2 titles running cheaper and few Xbox "must have" exclusives (that we took interest in at the time), we hesitated long enough for a substantial price drop.  At $99 USD, and with an expanded library of cheaper "Platinum Hits" titles, we finally took enjoyment in Microsoft's big beast.  It just happens to also be the first console we have attempted to "skin".  The Microsoft Xbox eventually grew on us, and expanded our range of game genres we now enjoy.
We were reluctant to mention our little Yobo, but we have taken such a liking to it.  The Yobo Gameware is actually an NES clone.  We found it at a small gaming "Mom & Pop" store near our home.  As a console historian, we normally don't have interest in clones (unless they are unique in their own right).  For only $19.99, we figured what the heck.  What we got was a small top load unit no bigger then 2 stacked NES carts with composite video output, two controllers with rapid fire / Slo Mo, and almost complete compatibility with all NES accessories.  It plays nearly all the games in our library, and gives us that classic feel when using a standard NES controller.  It also means our original NES front loader can be stored and preserved.

The best consoles are the ones that you receive as a gift.  Nintendo Wii was the ultimate gift of the year.  So much so that it remained sold out in stores for most of its debut. It was the year 2006 and DW grew another year older.  This Wii birthday present actually made us feel another year younger.  Nintendo truly won us back as a fan that year.  Who would of thought that waving a remote like a lunatic could be so fun.

Sony arrived with a new generation of PlayStation and the hype train made its rounds again.  The cost of their PlayStation 3 simply derailed the hype train for us.  The HD optical format wars were still being waged and a price that fell well outside our budget left ole DW waiting on the sidelines.  Being patient had always worked in the past.  Sony would quickly throw a wrench in our routine patience program.  They would drop the price of the PS3, but at the cost of removing features and capabilities (WHAT! No PS2 backwards compatibility!).  Needless to say... they forced our hand.  We managed to locate one of the last discontinued 60 GB PS3 units.  The HD format wars were over, and we bought a full featured PS3 with Blu-ray capabilities.  It was $100 cheaper, but is by far the most money we have ever paid for a videogame console.  We are quite happy with it though.

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