For most of us veteran gamers, having a game room in our homes is often one of the items high on our bucket lists. However, setting up one of these recreation centers in our home is usually more complicated than simply buying machines and setting them in an empty room. There are several factors you need to consider in order to create the perfect gaming room.
We understand that referring to something as “perfect” is often a bad idea since the idea of perfection is always in the eyes of the beholder. However, themes and designs aside, there are several precautions and steps that every game room owner must consider, and which marks the difference between a room filled with games, and a recreation center which you and your friends will be hard-pressed to leave.
In this article, we aim to give some insight on said factors, so that you, too, can create a great gaming room in your abode.
Initial Safety Considerations
Arcade machines and amusements are electrical devices and, as such, require a constant supply of electricity in order to function. For this reason, if you’re planning to make your own game room, you will always need to keep in mind the lifeblood of your machines: electricity. In order to prevent your games from constantly blowing fuses, you need to invest in fuses which can accommodate more than a couple of machines connected simultaneously. Keep in mind that most classic games (from the 70s/80s/90s) typically require around 1.5 to 3 amps of power per game in order to function. Newer titles such as Cruis’n Blast or Daytona Championship USA average around 5 amps per unit. In this sense, a 20-amp circuit breaker would be able to accommodate several machines. Nevertheless, the bigger variants of gaming rooms will require more circuits to keep your gaming room powered at all times.