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Finished Arcade-Game Room Walk Thru *Video*


By ramegoom

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Well, almost finished. Still waiting for the bar stools and finishing touches - neon signs and such. Here's the functional game room as it sits now. All outlets at the 6 ft. mark will have neon on them:

#2 3 years ago

Very nice!

#3 3 years ago

Very nice!

#4 3 years ago

wow
how many sqr-ft is that ?

#5 3 years ago

You sure like slot machines. I've never been interested in them myself. Weird

I like your blacked out ceiling. It keeps everything accessible but gives it a finished look. The floor is nice too. Simple.

What was that first EM?

#6 3 years ago

Great Space!

I like your design aesthetic.

#7 3 years ago

That is such and open and airy space with so many different things to do, I just love it. But you could use some more pins.

#8 3 years ago

Thank you for the video! What an awesome gaming environment!

#9 3 years ago

WOW, just WOW!!! You do need a jukebox though

#10 3 years ago

Such a great space. I really like the look of the slot machines around the posts. If it was my space I'd have a couple more arcades and a jukebox.

But you have lots of room to add toys as you go. Thanks for the thread.

#11 3 years ago

Slots tend to fill in all the empty spaces...I have a Twilight Zone coming and that will finish the pinball row.

The old wood rail machine is a 1948 United "Wisconsin" and the little black pinball is a 1931 Gottlieb "Big Broadcast", one of the very first pinball machines ever made.

The space is 2900 sq. ft. about 2200 devoted to the game room, and the rest is storage and a bedroom. The floor is something new, called polyaspartic, which has several pounds of pure aluminum flakes mixed in to give it a glowing effect. Floor is just amazing - it looks wet when you walk on it.

This has been one fun project.

#12 3 years ago

VERY cool......The floor is amazing. Are there metal beams in the ceiling, or just studs painted black? I love "themed" game-rooms, and the Casino payout window with all the slots is really cool. This is the largest private collection of slots I have ever seen. The "basement" area next to the casino window looks like a great space to build a repair shop for project games. I see many more pins in your future.

#13 3 years ago

Very nice!

#14 3 years ago

You should be proud. What are the plans for that stained glass window stored in the unfinished area? Will that make it into the game room somehow?

#15 3 years ago

Wow! That is an awesome game room, 2900 sq.ft. that is twice the size of my whole house
I hate you man

#16 3 years ago

That is an awesome gameroom.

#17 3 years ago

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#18 3 years ago

Very nice! Love that bar!

#19 3 years ago

Really stunning....well done sir

#20 3 years ago

All of the joists are wood, with a few I beams to support the rest of the house. All painted flat black, a color called "Black Magic". It took 36 gallons of paint to spray that ceiling! The good news is, if I need to add an outlet or something else in the ceiling, I can use a rattle can of standard flat black paint to touch it up, and it blends perfectly.

Aside from the antiques, the slots are mostly Bally E-series casino slots from the early 80's. There are two late 70's Jennings slots against that one wall - I have about 30 more of those, but no place to put them (hey, they were cheap so I ended up with a truckload of them)!

I don't plan on using the stained glass for anything. Also have these huge framed pictures, no use in the game room. That back room will be set up for a shop, and storage area will be behind the prize room. There's also a concrete vault, about 40 sq. ft. with a fire door, behind that cage.

Trying to decide now on whether to use that strip lighting on the whole room, or just partially. I'm leaning toward partial, and mostly around where the games are - not around the TV section where the sofas are.

That shelf behind the pins are filled with tiny little collectible TVs, 1 in. diagonal CRT (and some that are 3 in.), from the old days. They all have VHF/UHF tuners and antennas. Completely useless, but kind of cool to look at. Actually, if I can figure out how to patch the satellite TV output into them, I might fire up a few which will play along with the main TV and the two smaller TVs above the bar. That would be really trick.

#21 3 years ago

Do you set everything to free play? Or do you provide coins/tokens to your guests? It looks like you have some sort of cashier's cage.

Thanks for sharing, this is giving me some ideas of my own (but mine would have to be on a much smaller scale).

#22 3 years ago

Everything is set to free play, and the slots run on tokens. In the cage, there are cups of tokens I hand out, and I keep a supply of them in all of the coin trays. Only exceptions are the antiques which run on a nickels, dimes and pennies. Also have a cup of coins on top of each of those machines. The gumball machines run on tokens, and the skee ball runs on tokens, spits out tickets. Basically, free tokens so all is free.

No cash enters the room; you can't run a casino without a license, so I'm not gonna play with fire there....!

The cage is actually a "prize room" for the little kids. I'm having a neon sign made to label it. They win tickets on skee ball and cash them in for dollar store trinkets and candy bars. I have a shelf in there filled with that stuff. Kids love the arrangement, but I have the claw crane game filled with beanie babies and such, and the rules are, you can win them but you gotta put them back. Otherwise, I'd be cleaned out in a day. And I refuse to buy replacement beanie babies and stuffed animals

Put a kid in this room, and you're almost guaranteed they'll grow up enjoying gambling....

#23 3 years ago

Very nice. I love the look and also jealous of you guys with monster space for arcades. If it was me, I would try to put all the slots together on one side and all the games on the other side. They look better side by side imo. All good though.

#24 3 years ago

I originally wanted to do rows of slots, but I had to consider the window space which would be covered. There's a lot of windows there, which take up 1/4 of the space.

Now, if I didn't have the pool table, there would be lots of room to put rows of slots.

Also, they draw a considerable amount of power. I had to distribute the electrical loads to accommodate that.

And, I have several more machines that simply won't fit in the room without crowding out the aisles. Would be cool to have the casino look within that space.

#25 3 years ago

This space is awesome. Just awesome.

I like that there is a little bit of everything in the space. Seem like the type of room where there's something for everyone to do, and that's a really smart idea for parties and stuff. I like that's is "fancy" without being gaudy if that makes sense.

I commented on the YT Video. I would love to have a walk-out "daylight" basement like that. Didn't work out for us with the land topography, but you have done very well!

Enjoy the space!
Chris

#26 3 years ago

Very cool!

My *only* complaint would be too much sunlight. I like my cabinets bright and unfaded!

#27 3 years ago

That walkout turned into a huge project. I thought it'd be simple. NOT.

It was originally a window identical to the opposite side of the basement. So, I thought, just cut the foundation down from the window, and make it a door. Well, when you cut foundations, there are support things to consider, and you need to have a header to support the top edge. The window provided most of that, but cutting below grade became a big planning thing. Then, there's the drain in the cement stairwell that has to be put in.

When they started excavating, they found a gas line and two electrical conduits. Had to relocate that.

Finally, the door. I wanted the largest door possible, which happens to be around 44 in. wide. But that means a custom door. Took 12 weeks to have it fabricated. Big expense, but definitely worth the wait. I can bring any machine, any size, into the room with no worry about door jambs and hinges. Works great.

#28 3 years ago

What a great area for friends and family to hang out in! Thanks for sharing.

What is up with the stack of money by the prize room?

#29 3 years ago

Ha! That is 3 million in hundred dollar bills. It's a prop, made out of plastic, and looks so real, everyone who sees it has to touch it.

Got it from this place: http://www.greatbigstuff.com/collections/browse-all-products/products/stack-of-cash

#30 3 years ago
Quoted from ramegoom:

Ha! That is 3 million in hundred dollar bills. It's a prop, made out of plastic, and looks so real, everyone who sees it has to touch it.
Got it from this place: http://www.greatbigstuff.com/collections/browse-all-products/products/stack-of-cash

I thought it was money you set aside to pay your contractors for the remodel.

#31 3 years ago

No CNN in the game room!

Also very cool collection

#32 3 years ago

I miss basements... I grew up in Denver and we always had basements. Great for storage or game rooms. Here in Houston we can't have basements so I have to cram everything into the house or garage.

#33 3 years ago
Quoted from Erik:

No CNN in the game room!
Also very cool collection

Wasn't me...just a screen test!

#34 3 years ago

Yep you've definitely given me some ideas with the ceiling and floor. My ceiling is finished but I need to take out some walls and put in some water lines so I think I'll just do what you did.

The floor is cool but that sounds expensive with all of the five dollar words involved. I'd like to seal the floor but the floor was painted by the previous owner. I'm not a big fan of carpet but it does sound intriguing.

#35 3 years ago
Quoted from GSones:

I miss basements... I grew up in Denver and we always had basements. Great for storage or game rooms. Here in Houston we can't have basements so I have to cram everything into the house or garage.

Ditto! Very few not built on a slab here in FL with the water table the way it is, but, I chose to be here.......

#36 3 years ago

Awesome, the bar area was great! How about music, do you have speakers hidden somewhere or are you going with a wireless system like Sonos? Poker table might be nice too.

The shower area was a nice touch, pinheads and personal hygiene you know...

#37 3 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

I'm not a big fan of carpet but it does sound intriguing.

Black light carpet is way cool.

1 week later
#38 3 years ago

Standing on hard floors for too long is hard on the joints... carpet is a nice way around that along with cutting down echo, but it's easy enough to buy a standing pad for each game, likely would wind up cheaper than carpet

#39 3 years ago
Quoted from Baiter:

it's easy enough to buy a standing pad for each game, likely would wind up cheaper than carpet

but it wouldn't look as cool as bl carpet.

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