Introduction: Home-made Arcade Machine

This is my old arcade machine that I made from scratch, by my self. I made the design, I nailed it together, I put the TV in, and I put the plug n' play games in it. There is a five-way switch that allows you to switch from game to game without changing the wires. All of the wires are hiding from within the aracde cabinet. I would have made an instructable on this, but It is already finished. Oh well.

Really, all you have to do is
1. Make an arcade cabinet(a quick google search helps A LOT!)
2. Put a shelf in for the TV to rest on
3. Add in any of your favorite plug and play games.

It's not perfect, because it is my first real project, but I'm still pleased with the results. The marquee lights up, and was made for me at a local sign shop. It was designed after my last name(Neptune is my last name). There is also a holster that holds the "Mission Paintball" gun. Not only that, but after counting all the games currently in the thing, there is over 50 games in total! The only real flaw is that the light inside the marquee isn't diffused, and it gets REALLY REALLY hot after about 5 minutes. But other than that, it's pretty good.

The plug and play games (from left to right) are...
-Pacman (with galaxian and rally x)
-Mrs. Pacman (with Galaga and Pole Position)
-Frogger (just frogger)
-Mini Commodore 64 (with like, 25 games on it
-and Mission Paintball

Oh, and my parents refused to put the TV at an angle. They said it was bad for my posture. :(

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ac1D (author)2008-05-28

you could also replace the plug and play by a computer, a emulator, and some roms =-)

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Tomcat94 (author)ac1D2010-01-31

I'm actually going to work on a new one, with an actual PC inside running mame. This time, though, it won't follow the "asteroids" arcade cabinet design, rather, it'll more closely resemble the Ms. Pacman/Galaga arcade cabinet. That, and I'll have embedded controls and have the monitor at a greater angle. I've got the blueprints already drawn out. :)

This time, I'll take more pictures through development, and make an instructable out of it. :)

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17jrobinson (author)Tomcat942011-01-18

stop right there ther is an instudnal for that

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Tomcat94 (author)17jrobinson2011-01-19

This post is a year old... I've already made the arcade machine. I'm going to post my instructable anyway, because there are only two "How to build an Arcade Machine" instructables...

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saites2001 (author)ac1D2008-05-28

That's what I was thinking. This solution is nice, but if you've got an old PC lying around, giving it new life with a good emulator seems like a great idea.

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ac1D (author)saites20012008-05-29

and you can find cheap arcade-style controller wich work with most emulator(mame, for exemple)

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iusmike (author)2010-10-08

Great really great

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StarWarsSteampunker (author)2009-10-03

How much do wood sheets cost?

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TechMan8 (author)2009-07-07

What switch do you have? I mean, what is the switch called?

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Tomcat94 (author)TechMan82009-07-19

I think it's a pelican 5-way game switch...

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Crash2108 (author)2008-05-28

It isn't an arcade machine, it just looks like one.

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Tomcat94 (author)Crash21082008-05-28

That's the point, DUH.

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Crash2108 (author)Tomcat942008-05-28

You could at least take the joysticks out of the case and mount them inside of the cabinet and make them all use the same joystick.

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Tomcat94 (author)Crash21082008-05-29

I couldn't, really. I actually tried doing that, but some of them kinda refused to open. That, and, I could'nt manage to get the joysticks and buttons out.

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robots199 (author)Tomcat942009-02-15

yeah, those cases wont open!

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Couldnt you at least just like cut open the arcade machine and sink the controllers enough in that only the button show up? That would look great. Nice idea though, how much did the whole thing cost about?

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The whole thing cost about... 50 dollars, I think? 70 dollars tops... I remember it taking a long time, and having to pay 35 bucks for just the lumber alone...

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each one is $20 The cases are really rock solid, cutting them open would damage the circuitry.

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bounty1012 (author)robots1992009-07-15

he meant cut the cabinet and do that.

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Yeah... Cut holes in the cabinet and put the controllers underneath it with just the buttons and joystick poking up. Depending on what controllers you use, I guess

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robots199 (author)2009-02-15

to make it look more professional, put mission paintball on the side of the cabinet.

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woot master (author)2008-08-07

i did this along time ago it is cool.

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slimguy379 (author)2008-05-28

could you use those buttons and joystick for a mame base machine?

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Tomcat94 (author)slimguy3792008-05-28

Not really. As far as I know, anyway.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-28

Not bad! Looks good

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