the living room on the fourth floor of the convergences center is a cesspool for those who are babies of the 80’s. from the all wood paneling and shelving to the woven textiles of the space the room says one thing.. old school. the tv’s that are up there are just like the one i had as a kid, they hum sometimes the color and image change and waver with the cathode ray tubes. I miss tv’s like that because they blurred the image a bit, and like all true art nothing is crystal clear. the actual consoles themselves such as the nes, atari, and atari jaguar all aesthetically represent their time. the “hardware” of the consoles, with the exception of the nes and the vectrex, are all covered in fake wood much like everything else in the 80’s. though i have to admit i am a huge fan of false wood and wish that the new xbox came in a wooden variant. another cool thing about the gaming living room is you can see the evolution of the gaming console as various designs are tried and scrapped. a great example of this is the mattel intellivision which has the most difficult to use controller i have ever used. In appearance the controller resembles something similar to an lg chocolate phone from the 2000’s or an iPod nano with a telephone wire. I think mary wash should have more little flashback rooms so people can better understand the time before us, and if we understand the past we can understand the future. even though this post is only related to gaming.