If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it’s the importance of finding happiness in your own living space. Before everyone was practically forced to spend all their time at home, most of you probably relied on casino trips, movie dates, and weekend getaways to get your entertainment and R&R fix.
But what if instead of splurging on these temporary sweet escapes, you just rechanneled your time and resources to upgrade your game room at home? This way, world-class entertainment will be at your fingertips, always.
If you’re an avid gamer, chances are you already have all the latest consoles (or a dream build, for those who think PC is still the master race), and top-of-the-line extension screens for your gaming needs.
However, these aren’t the only things you need for a game room that you can absolutely be proud of. For starters, here are seven game room upgrades that are actually worth the investment:
1, Quality speakers
One of the most underrated aspects of most games is the sound production, mostly because gamers rarely know how to appreciate it. Gaming sound is generally taken for granted, but these things actually play an important role in establishing the overall atmosphere of each game by setting the tone and emotion of each scene and moment.
In order for you to fully appreciate this, you need only the best quality speakers in your game room. Surround sound should be the minimum standard if you want to start really experiencing your games moving forward.
2, Floating turntable
Aside from the music and sound effects actually produced by your favorite video games, all game rooms need good ‘lobby music’ so things won’t get eerily quiet in between games or while you’re snacking or just chilling. And nothing says fancy better than a levitating turntable right in the middle of your game room. This one might seem too flashy and excessive, but if you’re chasing the same high you get when walking into a Las Vegas casino, you are going to need some spectacle to go along with your background music.
Now, unless you live alone in the middle of nowhere, it’s almost impossible to enjoy your top-quality speakers and turntable without disturbing the peace of others. This is why it pays to have your game room soundproofed. This way, you and your friends don’t have to tiptoe around and can be as boisterous as you can when playing and hanging out in your game room without running the risk of disgruntled neighbors complaining about your behavior.
4, Multiplayer tables
Trust that when you’re done working on the game room of your dreams, you are going to want to invite people over to show them what it’s like to be living one’s best life. So as early as now, think about what kind of multiplayer games you want to have in your game room aside from your video games.
There is a wide selection of luxury multiplayer tables to choose from — including poker tables, pool tables, foosball tables, and even the classic ping pong table that never gets old.
Think what kind of table game you feel like playing when you’re tired of looking at screens all day long, and go from there.
5, Accent lighting
We can’t emphasize this enough, but you need accent lighting to make your game room look and feel legit. Most video games are best played in near-darkness, with the screens providing the main source of light, so it’s a no-no to use working lights or classic fluorescent lights in your game room.
However, you do need to be able to see around the room to check on your friends and see what they’re up to. Installing mood lights or accent lighting provides this perfect middle ground for illuminating the room without destroying the visual impact of your video games.
6, Stylish bar
Trust that even though you already have a bar somewhere else in the house, you would still need one in the game room. After all, no one wants to pause their game as many times as they need to fix themselves a drink or a quick snack. It’s simply more practical to construct or install a stylish bar, albeit smaller than the usual, right inside your game room.
7, Snooker lamps
If you do decide to give your game room its own sidebar, the sidebar is going to need its own lighting fixture since accent lighting won’t help in any way when you’re trying to fix yourself a drink. Overhead snooker lamps are best used for this purpose. It allows you to have that fancy, club-like snack/drink bar a few steps away from gaming heaven.
Getting all these updates will definitely set you back the equivalent of good vacation money, but with such a dreamy game room right at home, you wouldn’t even think about needing a vacation any time soon.