Let The Games Begin
Everybody plays video games—except me. I never got into the habit because I didn’t even have a TV growing up, much less a game console. It may be too late to start practicing now—but nothing can stop me from figuring out how to make video game spaces exciting. So I’m on a mission to create a video-game “pod” for Rayva that, one, gives the player privacy and isolation and, two, has a visual design that’s as exciting as what’s going on in the game.
This will be the first in a series of short entries where I’ll describe my quest to create the perfect gaming space.
I started my research by asking seasoned gamers about the dos and don’ts of gameplay. My friend Dennis Burger—our resident gaming expert at the Roundtable—gave me some of his requirements:
• “No front projector. When I play a game like Rock Band or ARMS, I want to be able to stand
in front of the screen without blocking the image on it.”
• “I need to be immersed in the picture. Distractions can make the difference between
winning and losing.”
• “I love bass. A great, high-performance surround sound system adds a lot to the gaming
experience, but deep, hard-hitting bass really draws you into the game like nothing else.”
• “I need as many USB ports as possible to charge my game controller, peripherals, headphones,
etc., and I don’t want all of the charging cables out in the open.”
Because I’m exploring ideas for making a gaming pod visually exciting, last night I watched the 3-D Blu-ray of Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph. The movie—an affectionate homage to video games of yesteryear—is so much fun that I got carried away with the plot and forgot that I was supposed to be doing research. Ah well . . . I will have to see it again!
The next stop in my quest for the perfect gaming environment isn’t what it should be—mastering my gaming skills—but to get together with a group of avid gamers and find out what’s important to them. I’ll report my findings soon.
Theo Kalomirakis is widely considered the father of home theater, with scores of luxury theater
designs to his credit. He is an avid movie fan, with a collection of over 15,ooo discs. Theo is the
Executive Director of Rayva.