Having the ultimate video game den requires more than a variety of games and systems. It's a haven. It's the entertainment hot spot of any home. It's an escape from the real world, and it deserves a little respect.
For those lucky enough to have the space to dedicate solely to gaming, there are a few items to check off the shopping list. To get started, here are the 6 musts that every den needs. They're affordable, easy to find and can turn that second bedroom into the most popular spot for LAN parties.
1. Comfy, Plentiful Seating
Epic gaming battles requires a person to be comfortable–and that calls for quality seating. Choose a variety of options including those that are ergonomically-friendly. Or, if you’re playing group games, you might want to try something that will work for group seating. If space is limited, opt for cushions that can be stacked and a few cushioned folding chairs. However, for the master of the den, investing in a gaming chair is always a good idea.
2. A Fridge and Microwave
Gaming snacks are completely different than regular snacks. People can find these appliances for a steal online or even at local thrift stores. Keep the fridge stocked with favorites like Mountain Dew, Red Bull, Beer and cold cuts. To keep the gaming going all night, some might need a couple of hot pockets heated up in a jiffy. Make snacking easy and accessible.
3. Plenty of Power Sources
A few quality power strips should be readily available in any gaming den. Nothing ruins a party faster than losing power or one of the LAN party attendees running low on their battery. These strips can be a little expensive, so shop around online for the best deals. Ideally, the den has a few different outlets, which is pretty easy for an electrician to install.
4. Some Fresh Air
Stale, stuffy air is an unfortunate side effect of legendary gaming. Hopefully there's at least one window in the den, but if that's not the case, don't panic. Consider an air humidifier, standing fan or even a couple of Yankee candles that don't have too strong of a scent. Every gamer needs fresh air, so if no windows are available, schedule in some breaks that require heading outdoors to stretch the back and legs.
5. Quality Lighting
Eyes are sensitive, so place a few floor lamps around the den in lieu of depending on harsh overhead lights. If natural light is a possibility, maximize it. The right lighting can set the mood for anything, including gaming.
6. First Aid Kits
Nintendo thumb, blisters and other complications from gaming can quickly put an end to any game–unless the den owner is prepared. Fingerless gloves, bandages and Neosporin should always be on hand in case of emergencies.
These are the basics to gear up for a gaming den like no other. A den can always be added to, but it's important to start with the right tools.