Gaming Setups Hall of Shame – Part Two

I’m probably going to take some crap for this, but I think it’s worth it. Before I dig into this piece, let me explain my methodology for choosing those found in this piece. Every once in a while you’ll see a message board thread inviting the community to share their gaming and/or home theater setups. Eager forum users time and time again step up and post their pictures while proudly stating, “this is my setup!” Well, if you’re going to put yourself out there, I’m going to be the jerk that saves your picture, shares it with an audience, and ridicules each and every one of your missteps. To be fair, however, I don’t make fun of people for having poor setups due to financial constraint; everybody is judged according to how well they did within their financial means.

Note: I’ll be adding to this as the need arrives. If you find worthy submissions, email them to me at jar155 [at] gmail dot com.

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I really hope this is a case of a clever photoshopper playing a joke. What’s the point of buying a $600 console capable of 1080p resolutions only to hook it up to a TV that Goodwill stores wouldn’t even try to sell? Seriously, this TV probably predates videogaming itself. I don’t even know how the guy managed to make the thing display on that set. I suspect this guy and the Radio Shack employees a few blocks away became good friends. Possibly even friends with benefits, I don’t know.

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So either this guy doesn’t have legs or he’s constantly sitting cross-legged while gaming. If there’s any way to eek out even an inch of extra space here, I’d recommend doing it. Imagine, with a push push here and a shove shove there, the guy could literally triple his distance from seat to set. You’re probably wondering why I’m not commenting on the mess, right? Yeah, me too, actually. The whole situation was just so depressing I couldn’t muster the strength.

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I’m glad to see that little Billy made his bed this morning…or is it his chair? I’m not sure what’s going on here. Unless this room literally ends a couple of feet to the left, there’s absolutely no way he could have found a more uncomfortable way to set this up. He either is forced to lay down to game, or to well, lay down. I seriously can’t think of a single reason why this could be comfortable for longer than it takes a 360 to boot to dash.

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Does everybody else see what’s going on here? As Finding Nemo plays out on the left of this image, this guy’s 360 is engaged in a balancing act that would make a highwire act nervous. I really don’t know what possesses people to play stack ’em with their consoles and electronics, but one day, it must come to an end.

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This is great. Not only do you have a crapload of wires to trip over, you can also weigh yourself on that bathroo-er, home theater scale. Also, if you’re going to buy a TV that’s 40″ wide, you should probably get a stand that’s at least 15″ wide. I don’t know, that’s just my opinion though. There might be some facts to support my belief, but it’s a sketchy notion at best, I’m sure.

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Jeez, if I’m going to show the world my gaming setup, I’d at least remove one or two pieces of trash from the heap before doing so. Again, we see another example of the dual-screen setup. What’s this all about anyway? I imagine it’s so gamer dude can get his Metroid Prime on while not missing any of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? I do have that same set in the background in my home as my secondary TV set. It’s great. I haven’t seen if it’s better watching it with a hojillion pounds of landfill in the area though.

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This guy almost had it. He was close, except for ripping out the TV set from a Barbie Dream House and throwing it into a media shelf the size of Lithuania. The placement of the stereo speakers is pretty great too. I love that whole unbalanced effect you get from your sound while straining to see a single freaking thing that’s going on on the TV set.

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You got your PS2, you got your Wii, now get some fresh paint and touch that embodiment of sadness up that they reside upon. Maybe you were shooting for the rustic look, but it looks more like rat’s nest than anything else. And wait, I think I see what appears to be bedding for a cat in the bottom left of the cabinet. That’s great. If I had a cat, I’d probably want them shedding around my gaming systems. I hear that cat hair is great for cleaning out your system once it gets sucked up into the air intakes.

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Much like the Native American and the bison they hunted, this inventive chap doesn’t waste any part of his TV purchase, including the box it was sold to him in. While it doesn’t look like much, this guy is saving a tree, or small bush, while simultaneously creating the most stable TV stand of our time. Props for a tidy room too!

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I have to wonder if the image you see while sitting on that couch is large enough that it’s worth your time. Maybe the guy sits on that comfy looking ottoman to get a little closer. It definitely gets him closer to his stack o’ gaming goods so neatly laid out on the coffee table. I’m guessing that February 12, 2006 was inscribed upon the floor to commemorate the passing of their first Xbox 360, which is buried under the floorboards.

Make sure to catch both Part One of the Hall of Shame and Part Three.

Anonymous

Umm… I have to say, that one with the TV on the cardboard box that it came in…? It litterally made me “lol”.

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