My Homebuilt Arcade Machine

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  1. click

    click Well-Known Member

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    We most of you (mainly from the console section) know that I haven’t been online much lately and there has been a good reason. The reason being is that I have always want to build my own arcade machine, which I am wrapped to say I have.
    It has been a really big project but I am really happy with how it has turned out. Atm the arcade can play alot of different games on alot of different platforms. Here is a list of what I have running atm.


    - Roughly about 4000 arcade games
    - Every Nintendo game
    - Every Super Nintendo game
    - Every Nintendo 64 game
    - Every Sega Genesis game
    - 50 Dreamcast games
    - 100 future pinball tables
    - 20 playstation games
    - 10 PC games (love SF4)
    - Every NeoGeo games
    - 20 Nintendo Watch games (the old donkey kong game still rocks)


    I also have alot of the Atari, Ds, PS2 and Wii games but I haven’t set them up yet.


    The arcade has 2x 8way joysticks, 1x 4 way joystick (for games like pacman), 6x buttons for each player, 1 track ball (use for the mouse and games like golf /bowling), 2x coin buttons 2x player starts, Flipper and tilt buttons for pinball at the sides of the control panel.

    I can also hook up a switch to the control panel and use it for my PS3 (also can be hooked to a xbox 360)

    It has been a huge learning process but I have really enjoyed it. If anyone is thinking of jumping in and having a go at making one, let me know and I will help as much as I can. I have found alot of places for parts and alot of good people that are willing to help.
    Here are some of my build photo’s and the finished product.


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    Ava and Will kicking butt on Ninja Turtles

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    The best photo of the lot

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  2. DrunkenSailor

    DrunkenSailor Retired Captain

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    Very nice. Fits nicely into the corner there. I can show my wife this and she might let me build something for my steering wheel :)... thanks for sharing.
     
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    Ancient_One Console Manager Captain

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    Very nice click. So jealous.
     
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    Bawheidbob Well-Known Member

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    Epic is a word that is banded around almost too much these days but in this case i can think of nothing else to describe them.

    .....well ok Amazing :)
     
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    oldskool Retired Moderator

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    Thats freak'in awesome Click!!
     
  6. Pure Mongrel

    Pure Mongrel Retired Captain

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    Outstanding work mate. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that set you back?

    Also ... if you have Killer Instinct and Gauntlet ... I'm coming over! ;) (Or more to the point I will also need to build one!)

    Wait I just re-read and you said every N64 game ... "Killer Instinct Gold!"

    Now I must build one too! :D
     
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    Great unit!!

    What front end interface do you use to select the games?
     
  8. click

    click Well-Known Member

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    Thx guys I really appreciate all the great comments but I am sure most people could make one if they gave it a go ;)

    I already had the Computer/Speakers/LCD/Keyboard. So that leaves Controls/Brackets/IPAC/Artwork Prints/Paint/Arcade Shell/Wiring/Software/T-molding and Perspex which would roughly work out to $800-$1000.
    That price is a rough guess but it all depends on what you want and what brands you buy.


    Maximus Arcade but I been checking out Hyperspin and GameEx aswell


    Here are some more photo's I took today. I finally got the rest of the T- molding so I am just waiting on the button decals and it will be finished

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    Pure Mongrel Retired Captain

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    What specs on the PC mate?
     
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    maddog2204 Retired Moderator

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    OMG!! That looks awesome!! Great job click.:)
     
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    Great work. Very tidy I-pac wiring, good to see :bigthumbsup:

    Do you have a build thread on BYOAC or AussieArcade where I can salivate more?!
     
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    Brilliant. I love seeing your quality control team in action.
     
  13. click

    click Well-Known Member

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    That's a great way of putting it ;)

    Thx for that mate I tired to keep it as tidy as I could.
    I am a member at both of those sites as they were very helpful. ATM I haven't posted a build thread there because I really want to finish the whole machine (including the button decals). I hate reading the threads were the machine is not finished. If you pm your email I can send you more build pics or I will just let you know when I make a post there.

    Honestly mate if you just want to run everything except the PC stuff, you don't really need a good computer at all.
    Here are my specs and this runs sf4 nps
    6400 core 2, Gigabyte 8800, 4 gig ram

    Here are some photo's for you Mongrel

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    Mate that is really impressive, hats off too you for a HUGE effort..
     
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    I love it. Great work! Something I've always wanted to do, maybe one day. :)
     
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    Is that cab based on the Project Arcade plans?

    It looks very similar to mine I've just finished (which was based on Project Arcade)

    Also good to see the use of an IPAC - cab builder's best friend!
     
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    You done good kid. Best to blood the youngens on real games :)

    Now it must be time to build a PC and get your ass back into gaming, BF3 coming up ;)
     
  18. click

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    No it's not based on the Project Arcade machine. I based it on one of my favourite machines from the BYOAC forum.

    I would like to see your machine if you have some photos

    and yes the IPAC was a great thing to use in the arcade

    LOL I can't wait to get BF3 on the PS3
     
  19. TehJesus

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    Like Crysis on an Apple IIe.....

    You have gone from PC>PS3 next logical step is knitting, enjoy that nuffy
     
  20. George

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    wow thats brilliant. Nice one click,
     

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