You’ve got an empty room in your house, a couple of young kids who like to play Nintendo games, and a penchant for DIY projects. What do you do?
This, apparently, if you’re anything like Scottsburg, Indiana teacher Rorie Lizenby:
Pretty intense! But Lizenby brushes off the project as little more than a two-week diversion (while working full-time as a teacher, no less). Here’s how she did it!
For Lizenby, this was a question of aesthetic balance. 'I like the way the four buttons visually balance the d-pad,' she told me. Because the internet is the internet, folks on Reddit and Imgur criticised her work for not perfectly duplicating the original NES gamepad. Lizenby had a simple response to critics: 'Despite all the criticism over the buttons, I have no desire to change it.'
At this point in the project, Lizenby turned her attention to the walls. They got the same dark grey coat that the gamepad did, to match the original console's colour scheme.
Rather than perfectly represent the original NES gamepad, Lizenby swapped the middle section for a wall-mounted 42-inch HD TV.
Though she originally intended to only create the gamepad on the wall, she couldn't help but re-create the console as well.
'As I started wrapping up the wall portion of the project, I was inspired to add more. That's when I started working on the entertainment center/console,' Lizenby told Business Insider. Again, this all happened within the span of two weeks.
She created cut-outs with the original font, and colour-matched them using Sharpies instead of paint:
Thankfully, Rorie's husband Tyler took a ton of photos of the finished project. Join us in gawking at them!
The room is far from finished -- Lizenby has plans to swap out the carpet and add some more reasonable furniture.
'They just grabbed what they could carry,' Lizenby said to one concerned Reddit commenter who was worried about the angle that the kids were playing games at.
As for Lizenby's own gaming past, her mum wouldn't let her get a Nintendo Entertainment System. 'I actually never had an original NES,' she told Business Insider. 'My mum wasn't too into the idea of having gaming consoles in the house. But when I would visit a friends who had them, it became clear that I was a gamer at heart. I enjoy strategy games and MMORPGs and usually stick the the PC for gaming. My husband also enjoys playing video games so naturally, our boys do as well.'