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I still live with my mom in a flat made of three and a half rooms, in Berlin (Germany), near the city center. I say three and a half rooms because it is supposed to be a four-room flat, but in reality it looks like three rooms of which one was large enough to put a wall in between. Well, I've got my own room and it's the largest room of the flat, about four by four and a half meters in size, meaning I've got sufficient space to live in. Since I am not one to visit clubs and discos every second night, I do spend quite some time in my living space and this has led me to make it as comfortable as possible. For one, I wanted the walls malve (a colour tone mixed of gray, blue and purple, very light and similar to this website's background colour, just brighter) instead of plain white after we had tried to apply cheap wallpaper for hours and it came down all the time. This was actually in the old flat which basically was a mirrored version of the one we live in now with three (large) rooms - we changed flats by moving to the opposite flat in the same house on the same floor (base floor)! So it's not a wonder this flat looks very similar, and my room is practically 50% mirrored (windows and walls are the same, but the door, the outlets and the outward edge for the chimney are different). I've got no photos of my room before the first pinball game moved in, but I do have a few photos of my old room without any games, and I'll show one photo from those so you can see where the TV was located (in the old and the new room) before my F-14 moved in.
Date? Must have been before May 2004...
But that quickly changed once I started wondering where to put F-14. I knew it would come a few days after I had won the auction. I came to the con-clusion that the only good idea was laying cables a bit and move my TV in front of my bed where it ultimately fit better as well. So saying, I moved around a few things and after all was done, the TV was in a much nicer location and the space was clear for the pinball game to move in. The rest of my room didn't change so much except for the fact that I threw out a com-plete part of a furniture stack because it was broken anyway, and I put the second (intact) part between the other parts I had next to my bed with the shelf on top. This greatly added space for the TV in front of the bed and was the first of two times I actually removed furniture from my room. The next two machines fit in without throwing things out, well, unless you count a CD rack as furniture. It had to go with the third machine because I absolutely had no idea where to put it and I wanted to sort out my CDs anyway, so I put them in one of the drawers of the big three-drawer set that was moved next to my door before (second machine). When my last (fourth) machine would move into the room, I planned and executed a rather large move including the three existing games, my computer desk and my TV rack. It was removed, the second time I spared furniture in favour of a pinball machine. Scroll farther down to see how it was done.
Okay, the red light looks a little extreme
on those photos. In reality it does not look like in a brothel here; it's
more of a smooth light where you can still see bright colours of every
shade, just that the light is dampened (my room lights up like a nuclear
explosion if I turn on the normal lights) and, well, reddish. It's perfect
for working on the PC as it's bright enough to see everything on the desk,
but it does not disturb the monitor view. And playing pinball in this red
light is almost like playing in the dark: the GI is emphasized a great deal
and you can clearly see what the game really looks like when lit by itself.
The red light is the perfect compromise between visibility and atmosphere.
Yes, the pics are ugly, but I didn't have a
better cam at hand. The panorama room shot is of course two pictures cheaply
Well, it did fit, but it took a lot of hours - we started on Friday at 17:30 and had Xenon set up and running at 23:30! And the last power cable I reconnected to my PC at 6:00 AM the same night. You can tell I was exhausted, but it was very refreshing to see the task accom-plished. Remember how I talked about missing pinball atmosphere in my room? Well, it hasn't changed that much, but looking at three machines standing in one row in reverse order is very refreshing since it feels different to play them now, and the more machines are next to one another, the greater the arcade feeling gets. Now that I have a real "pinball edge" in my room, I can also take the liberty of decorating the wall and edges so that the machines gain atmosphere again. I'm not sure yet what it will be, but I can imagine a nice row of spotlights for a start.
As you can see, it paid off. Welcome to my mini arcade!
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