So no doubt, somewhere in your gaming life, you’ve seen a console that has absolutely had it. We’re talking something that’s filthy beyond belief, loaded with cobwebs, or so disgustingly dirty that you can’t even stand to look at it. Most people brush these aside, dropping them off at the thrift store or even throwing them away.
However, there are a select few that actually do something more – they take the time to painstakingly clean up the systems, fix what’s wrong with them operating-wise, and then make them work like new. Yes, that’s right, kids, there are people out there that have put together YouTube channels, showcasing their talents in repairing systems that were once deemed irreplaceable.
Now, be warned – you watch one of these videos, you’ll likely be hooked and want to watch more, if only to learn about the awesome technology built in. But you might actually learn a thing or two about restoration, so definitely indulge in the below videos, and give these guys a follow. Who knows, you might just come away with a better education (provided you’re not under warranty, that is).
Probably one of the most popular restoration artists out there, Odd Tinkering messes with all kinds of stuff. A 1950’s big beam flashlight? It works like brand new now. An Atari 2600 corroded through mass flooding? Ha, child’s play. A very rusty Japanese kitchen knife? No doubt it’s being used in this dude’s kitchen.
But, of course, Odd Tinkering likes to mess around with game consoles as well. This includes a PlayStation 2 slim video that has over 18 million views, as well as others that are stacking up well into the thousands. And the N64 video above shows that any collector’s item can be made like new again – in the right hands.
Did we also mention this Odd-ball has a rubber ducky in their rinsing bin? That’s just insane.
Next up, we have Restoration EG, another repair meister that has over 325,000 followers on their channel. They began their journey repairing little things like a 1980s vintage Siemens telephone (man, we’re old) and a 1970s rechargeable flashlight. Lately, however, they’ve been doing more game related stuff.
And man, is some of this stuff truly nasty. A PlayStation that looks like it’s been through a warzone. A Game Boy Color that’s been unnecessarily buried in mud. A $1 Dreamcast controller that’s so yellowed over it could be considered a “banana” color.
But like Odd Tinkering, Restoration specializes in turning this around with various tools of the trade. They not only scrub old parts over, but they also do repainting and reassembly where necessary. And the end results are so fascinating, you’ll wonder…nah, that can’t be the same item, can it?!
This person, like Odd Tinkering, must have a hell of a story regarding where they learned their tricks of the trade. And honestly, we can’t wait to hear it. (Oh, do yourself a favor and turn on closed captioning – some of their videos have additional information there!)
Last but certainly not least, we have another talented use with TysyTube Restoration, with over two million (!) followers. They specialize in restoring a number of items; but, as expected, they also like to dabble in video games, like the NES Advantage that’s been torn apart in the video above.
This person delves into all sorts of classic restoration, including a fantastic video surrounding a 1940’s rusted speed boat, as well as a 1930 Meccano Airplay Toy. But, of course, you’re here to learn about video games, and this channel has a lot to offer when it comes to taking things apart and improving them, from the squeak on a controller to getting it to power properly.
There’s a variety of stuff here, from a classic Super Famicom model SNES being yellowed beyond belief to an Apple keyboard that’s literally been broken in half. This stuff is well worth the watch, so give them a follow at the link above.
Here’s to more great system restoration people that we found on YouTube – and here’s hoping more join the party soon. (Maybe they can tell me how to fix a Game Boy Advance that I accidentally sat on…)
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