The Basement is the chat room that Aech programmed and invited Parvizal to hang out at. Aech coded the basement to look like a large suburban rec room from the late 1980s. It includes old movie and comic book posters, a vintage RCA television (which is hooked up to a Betamax VCR), a LaserDisc player, several vintage video game consoles, and some bookshelves lining the far wall with role-playing game supplements and back issues of the Dragon Magazine. Three couches are in the middle.
Ogden Morrow admitted it was the coolest chat room he'd ever seen.
On several occasions, it became the meeting point for the High Five.
- A rendition of the Basement appears in the Ready Player One film as the lounge section of Aech's Garage.