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Building your own arcade cabinet

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Talk I gave at code camp 16 about how to build an arcade system

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Building your own arcade cabinet

  1. 1. BUILDING YOUR OWN ARCADE CABINET Phil Denoncourt III www.philknows.net
  2. 2. MAJOR SECTIONS  Cabinet  Electronics  Software
  3. 3. CABINET  Either find an old one (~ $300- $900)  Ebay  Craigslist  Purchase a kit (~ $500 - $2700)  Rec Room Masters  MameRoom  Monster Arcades  Build your own ( ~$200 + 20 hours)  ArcadeCab.com
  4. 4. BUILD YOUR OWN  ArcadeCab is nearly idiot proof  Cut by Cut instructions, lots of warnings  Need to adjust some dimensions depending on size of monitor, speakers  Basic woodworking skills  Jigsaw  Table saw  Miter Saw  Router  Most materials (wood, acrylic) can be gotten from Lowes  Bought T-Molding online (www.t-molding.com)  Designed own Marquee, but you can order them online
  5. 5. ELECTRONICS  Computer  10 year old computers work fine  Speakers  Subwoofer really adds to depth  Arcade controls  Buttons  Joysticks  Trackballs  Spinners  Light Guns  Driving Pedals, Shifters  Interface cards  Coin Door / Bill Door  Ticket Dispenser  LEDs
  6. 6. COMPUTER / SPEAKERS  You’re emulating games that ran at a megahertz  Old computers work fine  Mine is 10 year old student level All-in- one  OS can be Windows, Mac, or Linux  Best to use All in one so you don’t have to secure both a monitor and CPU  Bought car speakers  Used an old Logitech subwoofer  Sounds fantastic due to wooden cabinet
  7. 7. INTERFACE CARDS  Need to present devices to computer  Usually keyboard emulators, or game device emulators  I liked Ultimarc I-PAC Ultimate I/O  Support nearly any control  Supports outputs, such as lights  Plan your layout to make sure you have enough interface cards  2 Player – generally one card  4 Player – generally two cards
  8. 8. CONTROLS  Purchase online from  Amazon.com  Xgaming.com  MikesArcade.com  Ultimarc.com  GroovyGameGear.com  Plan out your layout ahead of time  Quite a variety online  Buttons – $1-2 per button  Joysticks - $10-50 per joystick  Trackballs - $50-$100 per trackball  Spinners - $60-$100 per spinner  Lightguns - $95 per gun  Pedals, Shift sticks - $100-$200
  9. 9. COIN DOOR / BILL DOOR  Adds more reality  Cost $40-$140  Xgaming.com  TwistedQuarter.com  Bill Door cost $120-$200  Triggers a momentary switch when quarter is placed.  Wire switch to interface board
  10. 10. SOFTWARE  Arcade Emulator - Use MAME (mame.net).  Well supported, constantly being improved.  Emulates arcade system, older consoles (Atari, Nintendo, Sega).  Front-end to choose game  I wrote my own  Tons to choose from  ROMs  Download from variety of sites.  Torrents that provide a pretty big set  Legality is unclear. It seems that you should own the ROM

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