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Title: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Superully on July 03, 2012, 10:34:56 PM

ok guys, time for something completely different!!!

i've wanted something like that for a long time, but honestly never put any real effort into this. "what are you talking about?", you might ask? well, the title says it all, i'm talking about those kiosks which electronic stores use to display the latest consoles. those kiosks are also known as demopods, demostations, store displays, display stands, standees and and and - in germany we call them "kaufhausaufsteller". they are not an invention of the 21st millennium, they have been around so much longer - there are even kiosks for the atari 2600 and the magnavox odyssey. the only store display i've really been after is the one for the vectrex but that one is almost impossible to find!

what i like about those store displays is the fact that they offer an arcade-like experience because you stand directly in front of the machine and the screen. while of course noone would play games like zelda or shenmue on one of those machines, they're extremely well-suited for a quick round of race driving, beat'em up or action-packed shooters. PLUS, they are so much nicer than just a console sitting on a shelf and all those cables hanging around. some of those kiosks are wonderfully designed and especially beautifully illuminated!

with that being said, a couple of weeks ago i stumbled upon one of those store displays by pure accident and when i saw the pictures of that thing glowing in the dark i knew i had to have it. fortunately, it was pretty close to my place, a ride of just one hour, so i went all in and got it for pretty cheap. enough said, here are some pictures of my first (but definitely not last 8)) console gaming kiosk, the one for microsoft's xbox!!!

first some pics with the room lights on to give you an idea of the machines concept and design

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7496542268_7f5ac89a03_b_d.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7118/7496541852_f9cdda574f_b_d.jpg)

the game controllers are attached to some kind of flexible arm which can be pulled out of the holders and slides back in automatically

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7496541552_4f62cc5554_b_d.jpg)

xbox inside!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7106/7496539992_410cd1b7ab_b_d.jpg)

the kiosk also came with the original keys (along with a microsoft xbox keychain), so let's open it up and have a look inside

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7496540590_a110b5e1e9_b_d.jpg)

the remote for the television, nicely tucked away on the inside of the door

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7496540872_c5dca865f7_b_d.jpg)

on an arcade machine we would call this backdoor sheet - basically a "how to operate the kiosk and fix problems" instruction sheet

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7496539172_f5de8651b0_b_d.jpg)

and in case there's something that can't be fixed, i can always call the hotline and ask for help ;)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7496538934_2036613e54_b_d.jpg)

time to put in a game ...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7106/7496541194_ec246164fb_b_d.jpg)

... and turn off the lights!!! man, that xbox logo at the top of the machine really glows in the dark :-*

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8434/7496538710_a563ac3acf_b_d.jpg)

as you can see, you can slide the box of the "loaded game" into the round display above the xbox and below the television. unfortunately, that round display is not illuminated and while everything else glows on the machine, i wonder why they left out that piece. i might have to come up with a solution for that myself ... 8)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/7496540316_b590d10104_b_d.jpg)

some more shots in the dark!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7496539428_043325c500_b_d.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7251/7496539792_8bffe70cff_b_d.jpg)

opened up again to show you all the tubes they have used to light that baby up properly

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8424/7496538560_7fb0a7cfab_b_d.jpg)

never forget where you're coming from ... :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8004/7496539572_6649aca22a_b_d.jpg)

i hope you guys like my first console kiosk as much as i do. imho, this thing is a piece of art and a great addition to any gameroom. it won't be the last, believe me ... ;) ;) ;)


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: gyruss on July 03, 2012, 10:41:31 PM
Very nice, and cool to see you're open minded to newer games..

Are you going to hack it?

And i assume it's a normal tv, the first xbox supports 420p so you can get an even better image.


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Superully on July 03, 2012, 10:49:24 PM
Very nice, and cool to see you're open minded to newer games..

i've newer been opposed to modern gaming, hell i even have a wii and a ds :D

Are you going to hack it?
And i assume it's a normal tv, the first xbox supports 420p so you can get an even better image.

honestly, i have no idea what a hacked xbox "can do", let alone how to do that. and regarding that 420p, would that mean exchanging the tv for something newer? right now it's connected via scart!


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: gyruss on July 03, 2012, 10:57:06 PM
You can play all games for free if you hack it. :) plus you can use the hard disc to store games, run tons of emulators and lot's of more cool stuff..

I believe Chris has a modded xbox with mame? For 420p you need to buy a separate cable (hdmi?) and a hd tv...

btw, have you heard of the xbox game steal Steel Battalion? it comes with an enormous controller, so cool and definitely an arcade experience!  ;D

(http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=303&d=1313506624)

(http://www.slcentral.com/steel-battalion/0015.jpg)

  


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Belike on July 03, 2012, 11:26:32 PM
Nice to see, that we are getting older and older and the word "classic" changes all the time. :D
This one looks really kick ass, congrats!


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Superully on July 03, 2012, 11:42:40 PM
You can play all games for free if you hack it. :) plus you can use the hard disc to store games, run tons of emulators and lot's of more cool stuff..

sounds interesting. is that an easy thing to do?

I believe Chris has a modded xbox with mame?

ready to learn more ... :P


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on July 03, 2012, 11:43:14 PM
Very very nice !

I like the green illumination!

More comments from me later  ;)


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Q*ris on July 04, 2012, 12:17:23 AM
Nice find!
Yes I own a modded Xbox with a bigger hard drive in it, a friend of mine did it for me.
I'm using the emulator coinOPS atm, it's a one time massive download but it allows you to play hundreds of arcade games, commodore games, NES, SNES, etc...
Works great!


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Reboot on July 04, 2012, 01:26:51 AM
Very nice pod, looking for one myself and a dreamcast pod is also welcome.
Already have 2 ps2 demopods.
They're nice for giving those (older) homeconsoles a better place in house. They deserve it!  :)


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Muerto on July 04, 2012, 03:45:10 AM
Looking good Ully!
A PS2 demopod i think is the coolest looking, blue light!!!


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Gerry on July 04, 2012, 07:40:48 AM
Thanks for the detailed pictures  :). BTW: Did the console kiosk came with an Xbox or did you buy it seperately? In case you got the demo pod with an XBox included - is it a regular retail version?

When it comes to Playstation 3 store displays, the consoles are locked in demonstration mode which disables some system features.


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: DarthNuno on July 04, 2012, 09:22:42 AM
I'm in love! I definitively will have those in my game room.
That XBOX one is by far my favorite one!  :-*


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: gyruss on July 04, 2012, 09:45:05 AM
You can play all games for free if you hack it. :) plus you can use the hard disc to store games, run tons of emulators and lot's of more cool stuff..

sounds interesting. is that an easy thing to do?

Shouldn't be too hard, i believe there is a softmod and one with a modchip, but i've never done it myself, we paid someone to do it for us...

Take a look here: http://lifehacker.com/299809/transform-your-classic-xbox-into-a-killer-media-center

or here: http://www.thetechgame.com/Tutorials/cid=9/original-xbox-modding-tutorials.html


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Level42 on July 04, 2012, 09:58:49 AM
Posted in wrong section. Has nothing to do with arcade. Should be in the "All the rest" section.

I have to admit it looks great but I would never mix this in with classic arcade cabs because it doesn't belong there.....put it in your living room or something....


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: DarthNuno on July 04, 2012, 10:10:47 AM
Posted in wrong section. Has nothing to do with arcade. Should be in the "All the rest" section.

Yes, moved in the "Electronic HandHeld Games & Vintage Toys, Home Consoles & Computers" that fits best  ;)


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Level42 on July 04, 2012, 10:51:49 AM
Definitly one of the better looking one's IMHO. ESP. like the lighting. Very tight design too....very un-Microsoft. :p



Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: SeTTleR on July 04, 2012, 05:19:04 PM
Yeah I really like it! This is very nice illuminated!

And I would definitely mod the XBox. I have done this myself by installing a Mod-Chip and a big Harddrive. This is easy to do and there are really really good tutorials for that. I use the XBox as my Media Center.. looking DVDs with it and movies from my PCs Harddrive via Network, playing lots of emulators and XBox games with it, everything on the Harddrive. This is way better than using a PC for Emulation because the Gamepad really rocks! And its fast and easy. If you want to know more, I can provide you some information about it.


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: mumboking on July 04, 2012, 05:34:47 PM
I'd keep the console that came with it unmodified and modify another one.


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on July 04, 2012, 08:00:31 PM
and Ully's adventure is not over yet...

tease tease tease  ;)


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Superully on July 04, 2012, 08:15:48 PM
and Ully's adventure is not over yet...

tease tease tease  ;)

what? 8) ;D


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on July 05, 2012, 12:52:02 PM
Teasing is over..  ;)

http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=3724.0


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Muerto on July 05, 2012, 03:03:44 PM
Teasing is over..  ;)
http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=3724.0

 :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: ckong on July 05, 2012, 06:33:06 PM
Hh, I like it, has the same charisma as those ugly plastic candy cabs. :D ;) ;)



Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Sonic 1992 on July 19, 2012, 06:32:50 AM
Wow, that is a very nice looking XBOX display station!  Must be dedicated to yall's part of the world, as I've never seen one like that!

I'm very happy that I was able to acquire the display stations for my favorite video game systems,  NES, SNES, N64, XBOX, PS2, GCube, GBC, VBoy, and ultra rare Atari 2600.


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on July 19, 2012, 08:56:54 AM
btw, have you heard of the xbox game steal Steel Battalion? it comes with an enormous controller, so cool and definitely an arcade experience!  ;D

(http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=303&d=1313506624)

(http://www.slcentral.com/steel-battalion/0015.jpg)

i remember i saw that controller before.
after some searching i found the video where i saw this guy is playing it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uE9x8JPrwFc#t=188s


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: polderarcade on July 25, 2012, 11:45:12 PM
Steel battalion its a great/fun game have it over here ;D
The time it came out it was more expensive than the game console itself :shock:


Title: Re: Superully's Console Kiosks aka Demopods aka Store Displays aka Display Stands
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on November 21, 2012, 05:06:33 AM
for the demostand fans  ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C990wzFsoho&feature=related