Most gamers have to make do with a drab setup comprising couch and standard plasma TV. There’s nothing wrong with that but on the other hand, take a look at nine of these ultimate games rooms below. These are some of the most elaborate and expensive, home gaming setups and video arcades ever. Playing PS3 or Xbox 360 at any one of these awesome gaming rooms would be like immersing yourself right into the game, rather than just playing it. You can literally feel like you’re in the cockpit, on the battlefield, or surrounded by zombies at any of these ridiculous game rooms.

“The Greatest Show On Earth”

What do millionaires do with all that money?…invest it?…travel?…give it away to charity? Well Jeremy Kipnis decided that he would build a home theater which he calls “the greatest show on earth” – and oh yeah…It only cost him a cool $6 million to build it. This amazing home theater features one of the largest screens ever installed in a home (18-feet wide), and also one of the greatest sound systems on the planet. The sound system consists of 16 subwoofers, 8 tower speakers, 10 tweeters, and 3 center channel speakers, all of which are powered by a group of 35 amps. It’s hard to even imagine what this theater would sound like during a movie or while playing video games. Speaking of video games, this in-home movie theater does include a Playstation 3, and it’s no doubt one of the most engaging video game experiences that any gamer could ever want. source

Three-Screen Theater

Are you kidding me!? This theater is ridiculous. Not only does it have a huge 109-inch Stewart Filmscreen with Runco VX-4000d DLP projector, but on each side of this screen are 2 more 50-inch NEC plasmas. What does this mean? Well…you can watch a movie, the big game, and play Xbox 360 all at the same time – talk about multitasking. The Xbox 360 is mounted right in the center console between two of the 11 comfortable recliners in the room, so you don’t even have to get up to change games. To add to the comfort of your gaming experience at this awesome media room, there is also a full wet-bar at the back of the room, so you can make yourself a drink to sip-on while you play. If you get tired of playing Xbox (why would you?), you can go shoot some pool at the adjacent game room or play on one of the arcade-style games. It’s a rough life! source

Dee Brown’s Game Room

Dee Brown is a former pro basketball player who played with the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and the Orlando Magic. He has created what he calls “the ultimate game room” inside of his Orlando, Florida home. This game room is 1,000-square-feet in size, and it features not only multiple console video game systems, but also a nice collection of arcade games. Dee is able to easily switch between playing his Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo consoles since they are all connected to a 4-port switch hidden beneath the sofa. There’s a 61-inch plasma for surfing the web, watching a movie, or for playing video games. This room also has 2 other smaller TVs, surround sound with 2 subwooofers, and an AMX touch-panel to control everything. A row of arcade-style games lines one of the walls of the game room, and are connected to the Internet, so Dee is able to get updates and see other people’s records from around the world for each particular game. He can even download various games to play in his arcade, and he has well-over 2,500 of them including classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Donkey Kong Jr. source

Jerry Rice’s Home Theater

San Francisco 49er’s ex-wide receiver great Jerry Rice, and his 3 kids, play their video games in this awesome home theater custom built inside of his 20,000-square-foot home. Playing video games in this 30 by 25-foot, $200,000 home theater is about as good as it gets. The screen is an incredible 123-inches, and the 10,000 watt sound system is supposedly better than THX quality. The entire system is controlled by a 10-inch AMX touch-panel screen, which controls lighting, temperature, audio, video, and video games – it also controls the 80 hidden speakers placed throughout the entire house. What’s great about this game room is that it even has a snack bar for when you get hungry, which includes popcorn, drinks, and tons of candy. source

CinemaScope Theater

Stepping in to this home theater in Anniston, Alabama is almost like stepping into an actual movie theater, and in many ways, the technology used here is as good as a movie theater’s. This 28 by 35-foot theater/game room features an awesome 13-foot wide screen that is just slightly curved in order to provide the most accurate picture possible. This theater will play DVDs and games in CinemaScope format, which is the ultra-wide format that the large movie theaters use – it’s even wider than the widest plasmas and LCDs out there. What this means is that there are no more annoying black bars on the screen during movies. When he’s not watching a movie in his incredible home theater, William Wesson (the owner) likes to play his Xbox here, and what an experience it is. He describes it best by saying, “you really feel like you’re in there. A couple of fighter pilot games are awesome. In “Ghost Recon,” you’re actually out in the field, and you have the 360-degree field of sound, and you can hear and feel people approaching from behind you in the game.” source

Waterfall Home Theater

Inside of this 9,000-square-foot home in Danville, Pennsylvania, an amazing home theater will provide you with one of the best gaming experiences of your life. This media room was inspired by the homeowner’s award-winning backyard waterfalls and water garden. They decided to give this room a feeling of “the outdoors”, and they created one of the most unique home theaters in the United States. This theater has just about every feature that you can imagine, and on-top of being an incredible room to watch a movie, it also has dedicated hook-ups for their Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This 16 by 26-foot media room features 3-tiers of seating, plus a unique 3-bench rounded seating area in the rear of the theater. Playing video games on the 95 by 54-inch screen, along with the $17,000 Runco VX-1000ci projector and 7.1 surround sound system, would be the experience of a lifetime for any true gamer out there. source

Luna City Arcade

This backyard arcade has to be one of the best game rooms in the world. This incredible game room was created by Peter Hirschberg, and it’s located in Linden, Virginia. He constructed a 2-story building for the arcade that’ about 2400-square-feet in size – bigger than many houses! Right now, Luna City Arcade houses over 60 arcade-style machines, along with some awesome video game memorabilia, and sweet lighting. Despite Luna City Arcade looking like a public arcade, it’s not, so don’t just show-up there and expect to play. Peter does host “game days” every few months, though, where people can come and play in the arcade – there’s even a dollar bill change machine, so you don’t have to bring a pocket full of quarters. If you’re unfortunate enough to not be able to check this place out in person, you can at least drool over the pictures. source

Gamer’s Paradise

This guy’s set-up would make any true gamer proud. This fully-equipped gaming station features a huge 58-inch Panasonic 1080p plasma TV, and just about every gaming console you can think of from the original Nintendo to the Wii. What good would this game room be without a good surround sound system? This one has got it with a Klipsch 5.1 surround, powered by a Harmon Kardon receiver. He’s even got 4 Guitar Hero axes that are ready to rock whenever you are, as well as the Rock Band drumset and mic (not shown). The only problem with this game room is being able to actually put down the controller at some point, which should be difficult considering there’s no shortage of gaming pleasure here. source

Backyard Arcade

If you’re looking for the ultimate game room, this one created by Barry Evans may just be it. He constructed a huge climate-controlled building in his own backyard that would put some professional video arcades to shame. This awesome game “room” features hundreds of video game consoles, tens of thousands of games, and tons of video game collectibles. Barry estimates his video game collection to be worth over $500,000. Just goes to show you that it pays to be a video game geek.

If you are inspired to improve your home gaming setup, you don’t need to spend as much as some of the above to get the results you want. Explore your options for tv cables, projector screens and vogels wall mounts for your existing flat screen TV.

68 Responses to “9 Home Gaming Setups Better Than Yours”

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  2. Craig on March 18, 2008 12:35 pm

    It’s a shame these people can only buy faux-friends to share the experience with. All you need for a good time is a group of great friends, a humble 27″ CRT TV, 2-channel stereo, a single Xbox 360 with 4 controllers (2 of which are brought by my friends).

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  4. armengar on March 18, 2008 1:32 pm

    xbox360? pah

    We make do with a gamecube and 8 controllers playing bomberman. That and some vodka.

  5. joe friday on March 18, 2008 1:47 pm

    Craig – nowhere in the article is there mention of buying friends but i’m sure everyone appreciates your friendship philosophy.

  6. lynstly on March 18, 2008 1:53 pm

    I’ve seen better….

  7. parse on March 18, 2008 2:09 pm

    Craig, what makes you assume the people who have these game rooms only have “faux friends” who they have bought? Unless you know these people, perhaps you shouldn’t judge them.

  8. Elvis on March 18, 2008 2:30 pm

    It’s a shame that people who are jealous and full of sour grapes can make stupid comments on blogs.

    In other words, Craig is a moron.

  9. Jim on March 18, 2008 3:45 pm

    Flawless logic there Craig. I’m jotting that one down for future reference. Rich people have to buy friends.

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  11. matthew on March 18, 2008 4:36 pm

    I’m sorry but Craig…that’s not true. CRT TV??? NO! NO! NO! you have clearly not experienced good high definition gaming. ESPECIALLY when playing co-op you need HD. Seriously. split screen is way better with more resolution. Also…get a PS3 and blu-ray will eat your brain. it’s awesome.

  12. Ben Trotter on March 18, 2008 4:36 pm

    This is is fairly lame when all the images have been hosted at image shack and the bandwidth has been exceeded :)

  13. Krippler on March 18, 2008 7:16 pm

    Agreed Craig. I got a widescreen though, only difference. We play those lame ass burger king bumper car games and have a hell of a time.

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  15. Ryan on March 18, 2008 7:48 pm

    The ones with all the newest systems and the theater like look don’t do a thing for me but the ones with all the old style arcade games bring back memories. Also, I don’t think it’s a question of friendship but rather of 1) excess and 2) how many people you are willing to share the experience with. The arcade game collectors win that one hands down. If I had that many arcade machines I’d round up everybody I know and have them bring friends and family once a month for free play time… but I enjoy entertaining large crowds.

  16. Jared on March 18, 2008 8:50 pm

    Spoken like a true broke arse, Craig! A person with money isn’t going to have a shitty television.

  17. Benji on March 18, 2008 9:14 pm

    Hmm…the screens of that size are blowing up those pixels so large.

    Sure you can sit back and they seem smaller but the clarity is not the same as a proper 1920×1200 LCD driven by overclocked GTX cards in SLI.

    And screw using half the screen for one player and half for they other. Get a damn screen for each player unless you want to hold hands and sit in someone’s lap while you play.

    BTW, real gamers use PC hardware, not Xbox and PS3 crap. If you want fun, get a Wii and a PC for true gaming enjoyment with friends. Otherwise, you’ll need one of each console to justify having them.

    Boring “gaming” article. Definitely NOT better than mine as I have dedicated systems for five on 1920×1200 28″ displays and 100% overclocked Conroe core CPUs with 8GB RAM and dual overclocked eVGA 8800GTX cards in SLI. Lots more fun for a real gaming, not cinema, experience and costs a mere fraction of what these folks paid for what you suggest is a gaming rig when in fact it is home cinema. Duh.

  18. Brian on March 18, 2008 10:46 pm

    I’m beginning to understand what Roman peasants must have felt like when the glimpsed the homes of the Roman elite.

    And look what happened to Rome.

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  23. Gobba on March 19, 2008 5:44 am

    Its a shame i dont have a room in this list! =)

    Awesome list thou!

  24. Tyler on March 19, 2008 6:32 am

    Nice pictures, Jerry Rice has a very nice setup.

  25. CFA Level 1 on March 19, 2008 10:26 am

    This is some amazing stuff.

  26. Michael on March 19, 2008 11:20 am

    Fun? When i think of fun i think of me and my friends playing my Wii (one brought extra wiimotes) and eating chocolate. Total cost: Wii + 2 games + chocolate + old TV = under $800 and that’s the best it gets.

  27. Michael on March 19, 2008 11:21 am

    I forgot to add we could be playing Battlefront II on PC.

  28. Chaosed0 on March 19, 2008 5:34 pm

    @Waterfall Home Theater – Heh, I live in Danville, PA, and I have a dentist named Dr. Seebold. No kidding. I wonder if that’s him?
    It’s a pretty cool article. I wouldn’t do anything with any of these, though, I stick with my PC games.

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  31. Funnyman on March 20, 2008 9:13 am

    Amazing set up. Games and big screen televisions are the perfect combination.

  32. Thomas E on March 20, 2008 10:00 am

    It’s a cool setup, but I think he really ought to get a life and use the money on more important things – wine, women, and party!

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  34. Game Trader on March 20, 2008 7:53 pm

    Those setups are extreme! I’d love to have a game setup like that.

  35. Bill S on March 20, 2008 9:04 pm

    Just one plasma. I’ve got 2 50″ units side by side for me and my wife plus everything from the original Nintendo through a 3DO to Gamecube, Xbox 360 and Dreamcast. Maybe I should submit my picture.

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  39. Lewis on March 21, 2008 7:49 pm

    “The Greatest Show on Earth” is f***ing mental! I want it!

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    you should get out more.

  42. Chris Guthrie on March 23, 2008 12:05 pm

    Amazing game rooms lol. nice..

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  45. Andrew on March 25, 2008 7:09 pm

    Wow. Isn’t it amazing that while the world burns, ice caps melt, people suffer and wars rage on, there are always overpaid morons who hide from the world with their money and toys, sedated as if on a sleep drug. Great gear, but really, can it be justified to a world on the edge of collapse?

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  48. Justin on March 31, 2008 2:39 pm

    I know I’m probably the only one to notice, but I use some of these as justification that we pay professional athletes way too much money for not enough work. Then again, I think this country (probably most countries really) spend way too much money and attention on professional sports as a whole. That’s a whole different topic that I won’t derail to.

    Personally, I would obviously love to have any of those setups…I think anybody would…but if I had that kind of money to be able to Afford to do that, I think I could do something quite a lot less overt and spend the rest on something a bit more interesting…or at least toss in a super gaming PC into the setup. Consoles are all well and fine…but PC will always be king

  49. Pen_Cap on April 1, 2008 12:38 pm

    BTW- Those are not “4 Guitar Hero Axes” in the Gamer’s Paradise picture. Guitar Hero will only allow their own guitars to be used in the game. So. There are 2 Rock Band guitars and 2 Guitar Hero guitars. Not 4 Guitar Hero Guitars. Only unintelligent people group all guitars together as Guitar Hero and can’t realize the differences between rock band and guitar hero. Noobs.

  50. Blargh on April 2, 2008 12:45 am

    Honestly most home theaters of wealthy people that I see are pretty nice, but not really anything special. One of my friends theater is nicer than (almost) all of these. And I’m not saying to brag because I hardly come close to having the money to build one of these. Point being, they’re not that great. The first one however is killer and unlike anything I’ve seen before. Kudos to that guy for building the nicest home theater I’ve seen. The rest are just the same old “I’m rich and have comfy chairs” deal.

  51. Kerblotto on April 5, 2008 7:57 am

    I have spaghetti and a playstation I play on my futon/bed.

  52. Bob on April 7, 2008 6:17 pm

    Just saying that the only ones that impress me are the ones where people have classic stuff that is a collection and something that takes time and not just money to build unlike the other ones which are nice but any rich person could do. The classics are hard to find and require commitment.

  53. Fyque on April 8, 2008 7:01 am

    That’s worth looking at! Thanks,

  54. Dave on April 9, 2008 4:31 pm

    pen_cap you just proved how much of a loser you are with that comment!

  55. PaladinSL on April 9, 2008 6:12 pm

    These are pretty awesome for party play, but when your playin’ alone, nothing better than the dingy bedroom with dual monitors and 5.1 surround sound

  56. Jach on April 11, 2008 11:12 pm

    Andrew, wow, isn’t it amazing that while the world burns, ice caps melt, people suffer and wars rage on, there are always underpaid retards who hide from the world with their computer, with nothing better to spend those cycles on than posting flames on some blog? Shouldn’t you be out protesting or something?

    My setup includes a tiny t.v. and the SNES, N64, GameCube, and the Wii, all right next to my bed. I am content. (Though I wouldn’t mind secretly living in Evans’ huge arcade room for a while…)

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  58. Justathought on April 24, 2008 11:06 am

    Why not get a ball and go and have a kick about in the park if you have mates round?

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  61. Jay on May 17, 2008 7:11 am

    Stop hating. You all know that ya’ll want to play the games at those people’s houses. Friends??? Rich folks have rich friends. They wouldn’t even associate with us. I don’t think they have to buy friends when their friends are already rich.

  62. solid_snakes_snake on June 25, 2008 3:50 pm

    damn, that last guys is more realistic and its amazing, but i dont see why someone would put so much time and money into gaming, i mean, ive sold all my old consoles, and i now have a ps3, wii and a psp, i dont see the need for anymore, people shouldnt use games as a lifestyle its not healty, it should just be a hobby, like ps3 and a wii is all anybody needs these days !!

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  65. Magneto on October 23, 2008 8:35 am

    This is a great list. I have compiled a list of 16 outstanding computer setups. 2 are from this list. You can view it here.

  66. futons critic phil on January 18, 2009 11:25 pm

    I collect arcade games and restore them so seeing those in some of the home gaming setups brought a smile to my face. Nothing beats having some classics mixed in though like my donkey kong or ms.pac-man. I will admit the home theater setups blow mine away. There’s just no going toe to toe with Jerry Rice and the Rice Family concession stand. Very cool post. Thanks for the pics.

  67. Robbie on March 10, 2009 1:21 am

    Am I the only person that has realised that there are no speaker cable hooked up to any of those McIntosh amplifiers?

    I call BULLSHIT on the first system!

  68. mine beats yours on March 20, 2009 1:31 pm

    My game system beats your console and all these gaming areas hands down: I own a PC. That I built myself. I spent $1,500 on the parts for it and can play Crysis smoothly. Spending more money != awesome.

    Klipsch? Did you get paid to say that and link to it from this blog? Those things are ugly and probably cost too much for whatever audio “experience” they produce. I’ve got a different brand in mind but if I said it you would think I was advertising for them.

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