Consoles are brilliant. On this we're clearly all agreed, otherwise you wouldn't even be on here.
However, sometimes when we're sitting in front of our TV playing a game, we'll look down at the console running said game and yawn at its dull appearance.
Limited edition variations aside, it's difficult to get excited about the typical black, white or grey design choices console manufacturers go with. That's why some gamers take it upon themselves to customise their consoles, giving them a splash of paint to make them look more like the fun-spewing devices they actually are.
Gaze upon this selection of home-made beauties then join us in wishing your own console looked this awesome.
(note: we've credited the creators where possible - if you spot a design that's yours and we haven't credited you, let us know and we'll edit the article accordingly)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES by Platinumfungi This amazing NES is backlit, so when it's switched on the four turtle panels light up. We would say it's "turtley awesome" but then we'd feel bad about ourselves.
God Of War PSP This was created way back in 2007 to celebrate what was the then-upcoming Chains Of Olympus. It was airbrushed with a deep metallic bronze then strategically tarnished to look battle damaged.
Jet Set Radio VMU by Hyoko-x3 How many customised Dreamcast VMU (memory cards) have you seen? Now you've seen this brilliant Jet Set Radio one, chances are you won't need to see any more.
Super Metroid SNES by Oskunk In our eyes, French designer Oskunk is the best in the world at customising consoles. Take this fantastic Metroid SNES, for example. This won't be the only time Oskunk's designs appear in this feature.
Tron Legacy N64 by Zoki64 Now this is just stunning. Zoki64 specialises in smooth, glossy plastic finishes on his consoles, and this light-up Tron one is maybe the coolest thing we've seen since Sylvester Stallone in Cobra.
Hello Kitty Xbox 360 by Ricepuppet There was once an officially licensed Hello Kitty Dreamcast but oddly the same hasn't happened with the Xbox 360, so here's an unofficial effort.
Streets Of Rage Mega Drive by Oskunk That man Oskunk strikes again with a Mega Drive based on CVG's favourite side-scrolling fighter of all time.
Gears Of War Xbox 360 by Tallerkamino We aren't sure what slapping a big cog design on the side of the console will do to its airflow, but this is ace nonetheless.
Crash Bandicoot by Oskunk Here's another from French designer Oskunk. We love that he's created his own art style and hasn't just copied a picture off the Crash Bandicoot game box.
The Last Of Us PS3 by J. Riquelme J. Riquelme specialises in stunning one-off consoles that light up. For this one, each of the letters has been separately placed into the system, and they all light up when it's turned on.
Mass Effect 3 Mega Drive by Ricepuppet The crew of the SSV Normandy may be living in the year 2183, but it seems someone there still has an old CRT telly lying in a cupboard. How else would you explain this?
Red and White SNES by neocustomoldies Sometimes simple works best, as this red and white SNES proves. It's got a real Famicom feel to it. Top marks to French designer neocustomoldies.
Sonic Mega Drive by Paul Burke After seeing a few custom consoles online, Paul Burke looked at his spare Mega Drive and wondered what he could do to it. Realising the black ring on it would be perfect as the Sonic logo, he got to work.
Metroid Wii by Ramon The mysteriously named Ramon also created a Zelda-themed Wii but this Metroid one is our favourite because of its custom green light.
Mega Man NES by PlatinumFungi and Customnesguy From the same guys who made the TMNT NES comes this equally brilliant Mega Man offering, also with a backlight, created for the blue bomber's 25th anniversary.
Mega Man NES by PlatinumFungi and Customnesguy And in case you were wondering, here's what the controllers look like.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SNES by born4this Speaking of TMNT, here's a turtle-themed SNES by born4this, who admitted this was his first effort. Considering that, it's ace, especially since it'd look like a shouting turtle if you turned it upside-down.
Metal Gear PlayStation by Joshua British gamer Joshua customised this PlayStation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metal Gear.
NES PlayStation 4 It takes a bold person to customise a brand new console, but that's what's happened with this NES-themed PS4. If you're the person who did these let us know so we can publicly name you for your courage.
Pokemon Game Boy by Oskunk Another cracking graffiti-themed effort by who else but Oskunk. Is there anything he can't do?
Silent Hill PS2 by talesofsilence According to DeviantArtist talesofsilence, this Silent Hill PS2 is painted with a material that deliberately rusts. Despite this, they promise it still works.
Super Smash Bros N64 This brilliant custom Nintendo 64 was sold on eBay a number of years ago. It's about time Master Hand got his chance to shine.
Zelda Xbox 360 by Fern UK artist Fern (find her on DeviantArt) is probably the best sister in the world. Her brother asked her to paint something on his Xbox 360 and so she did this. Awesome.
Super Metroid SNES by Zoki64 Another gloriously shiny effort by Zoki64, this. Look at it - you could just rub it all over your face.
Mass Effect and Black Ops II PS3s by J. Riquelme Here are two more work-in-progress consoles from the same man who created the Last Of Us PS3. As you can see, he's consistently brilliant.
PlayStation One by Red-Revolver DeviantArtist Red-Revolver bought an old PSOne for from a friend and did this with it. Money well spent if you ask us.
Mega Man NES by Video Game Rescue The enigmatic Kevin from Video Game Rescue customises NES consoles with an interesting two-layered technique, giving his designs this nifty cut-out look.
Resident Evil 2 PlayStation We've got to give props to this anonymous modder for running a pirated version of Resi 2. He may love the game enough to cover his PlayStation with it, but obviously not enough to buy it!
Half-Life 2 Xbox 360 We're big fans of the cutaway technique, replacing the plastic side of a console with a clear one. This Half-Life 2 effort shows how effective it can look.
Super Mario Bros Wii by BeerBellyJoe This brilliant custom Wii has Mario peeping out of the side of it. We bet he's in constant pain, being electrocuted on the other side.
Kill Bill NES by Thretris DeviantArt user Thretris calls himself a Game Boy Artist but he does a mean NES too. Take this brilliant Kill Bill design, for example.
Mountain Dew Xbox One Yes, we know, Mountain Dew and Doritos, chortle, chuckle. But this competition prize is the only decent custom Xbox One we could find.
Donkey Kong C64 by Thomas Boisse Let's take it properly old-school now. German artist Thomas Boisse's hobby is buying old Commodore 64 computers and painting them. This Donkey Kong one is definitely our favourite of the bunch.
Tron Game Boy by Thretris Here's another creation from the same chap who created the Kill Bill NES. If you're wondering what the deal is with those two metal things on the top of the Game Boy, it's a special Game Boy that's used for playing chiptune music.
Donkey Kong Colecovision Finding a good quality Colecovision these days is hard enough, but a customised one? That's rarer than a Bolivian medalist at the Olympics.
Battletoads NES by Clark K3nt The famously hard Rare game deserves a famously hard-looking console to match.
Sonic Game Gear by Oskunk Here's a final effort from our favourite custom artist, French designer Oskunk. Custom Game Gears are pretty rare, so thumbs up to him for thinking outside the box. Incidentally, we challenge anyone to have the bottle to customise a 3DO.