This is the reason that I started contributing to Wikipedia. As a child I played video games and it's something I still do to this day. From time to time I would visit Wikipedia and check the articles about this or that console, always noticing the terrible pictures that filled the articles. "I can do better than that!" I thought to myself even though I had absolutely no experience with product photography. So I started taking pictures and began to upload them to articles, swapping out the low resolution and poorly-taken photos with clean and simple pictures that really made a difference to the feel of the article.
Seeing the improvement this made, I got hooked on fixing up pages and before long I exhausted my personal collection of video game hardware to take photos of. Since I only own a small collection of systems and there were dozens out there that still needed new photos I began to track down people or places that did have collections. This proved difficult at first, because where the hell do you even get rare or obscure hardware, or find the people who have them? I began to reach out on Craigslist for anyone willing to help out and let me borrow their systems for pictures. Someone suggested that I should contact some of the local NYC stores and see if they'd help out, which I did. One of the first places I emailed was 8-Bit & Up, a store in the East Village with a cool owner who was interested in helping out my cause. Once this happened, I realized that taking a chance and reaching out to people was worth it, and I kept making efforts. Most fell through, but when they do work, it's been an amazing help. Fat Cat Gaming and the NYU Game Center were also big helps, but so far the biggest contributors have to be Video Games New York and James Baker of Funtank. Video Games New York is an independent store that has an amazing selection of games and systems, and James is an enthusiastic collector of video game hardware. Together they have been an enormous help creating this gallery and filling it with rare game consoles that can cost hundreds of dollars.
The easiest way to help grow this gallery and add new pictures to it is through donating hardware. Any donated hardware will go toward becoming the high-quality and high-resolution photos that you see below. So if you have any old systems, add-ons, controllers or peripherals that you no longer need (items can be non-functional), you can mail it to the address below: