I must admit, I’m not much of a gamer. The last console I owned was the Nintendo 64, but a few of my friends live for gaming. They own multiple systems and they usually have controllers scattered around the floor that I always almost crush while heading to get a beer.
If you are a gamer, try and keep your entertainment system under control and the gaming clutter to a minimum. Here are some tips I’ve come up with:
- Go wireless. All the most current gaming systems have the option of wireless controls. Some XBox 360 controllers have wires, but they also offer wireless. The Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3 don’t even offer wired controllers, but if you are living in the stone-age and you have a PS2, you go can also go wireless. This way your friends won’t trip and kill themselves when they are trying to get a beer.
- Put it away. I know I sound like a parent yelling down into your dark and dingy gaming basement, but when you’re not playing the game simply put it away.
- Try and subsist on only one system. I know there are gamers out there that pull out their Atari 2600, Intellivision, or TurboGrafx-16 for nostalgia purposes, but try and figure out which current system is right for you and stick to that one. I know the hard core gamers are going to scoff at this one, but try and humor me. Besides, if you are handy with electronics you can try and shrink your Atari into a portable console. Also, newer systems are backwards compatible with prior version. For example, the PS3 can play PS2 games and some PS1 games and the Nintendo Wii offers titles for download from their older systems through their Virtual Console. (Even TurboGrafx-16 titles).
- Make sure your entertainment center can handle all of your systems. If you can’t get by on one measly system, make sure your entertainment center isn’t too small. Have something suitable for your gaming needs. Luckily, all the new systems are constructed in a vertical space saving style that can help ease the clutter. Or you can construct your very own gaming cart like the one pictured above.
- Consider Gamefly (the gamers equivalent of Netflix) as an alternative to purchasing games. I know there are games you must purchase, but some become boring after you manage to beat them.
- Store your video games somewhere. Don’t leave the discs laying out on the floor or on top of your entertainment center. Either purchase something to store the games in or use a drawer or shelf. Leaving them strewn about may get them damaged and unplayable.