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Any electronics geniuses on here?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Tacomasaurus Rex, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:31 PM
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    Tacomasaurus Rex

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    A few years back I heard of someone locally building those at the time 300 in 1 stand up retro arcade video games. Looked around here recently at some and they have up to 3,000 games on them... sadly only about 50 of them are popular games. Anyway I really can’t afford one of these nowadays but was wondering if the $400 mini version ones they sell at Wallyworld could be reprogrammed? The ones they have now have one maybe two good games and ONE craptacular extra one. I’d like to get one reprogram it to have the games I want. I wonder if this is possible and if anyone has tried that yet? Wish they’d sell ya one with whatever games you ordered... they’d sell a ton of those if they did.
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    IF... they did what would be your favorite retro games?
    Asteroids. Front Line
    Star Castle. Sea Wolf
    Sinistar. 1941- 1945
    Pole Position. Joust
    xevious. Demolition Derby
    Space Panic. Space Invaders
    Elevator Action Galaga
    Spy Hunter. Rampage
     
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  2. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:38 PM
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    Chances are reprogramming it is going to be way more work than its worth, if its even possible.


    That said - you could just build one. Install RetroPie on a raspberry pi, stick it in a cabinet, and be on your way.


    @BartMaster1234 also restored a cabinet, he might have some ideas on where to look for parts.
     
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  3. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:39 PM
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    RetroPie for the win. $100 and download some roms. I have a bunch somewhere
     
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    ajm

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    Yes, spy hunter was excellent. But I have no advise to offer. I know you can get smaller ones like the original Atari with a bunch of games on it.
     
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  6. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:45 PM
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    Retro pie here too... literally 1000’s of arcade and other system games. Small case, controller, and you’re in for around $100.
     
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    I know a guy out of West Virginia who installs flat panel TVs in old arcade games...
     
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    kairo I just like the stock

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    Not to burst your bubble, because a stand-up arcade box with all the game you want would be awesome!

    You can buy the controller pad, build a plywood box and put a CRT screen in it, and download all the games you want for probably less than $50. I play "vintage" games all the time on my phone and computer through emulators. It might take you a week of googling how to get all the games you want onto a raspberry pi or basic computer, but after that, it's super easy to build your own arcade box.
     
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  9. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:54 PM
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    kairo I just like the stock

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    What are your favorite games? May need a few good suggestions....
     
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    kairo I just like the stock

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    Which you absolutely don't want. Those old games play best on CRT screens
     
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    Really? Maybe I shouldn't have scrapped my parents' CRT TV then...?
     
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    kairo I just like the stock

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    haha probably not. It's true though. The games most of us grew up with do much better on the CRT screens with their native resolutions.
     
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    I restored a full size Atari arcade cabinet.

    Build thread here

    Started its life as Dig Dug in 1993. It uses a Dell Optiplex with a CRT, I built it for my friend who plays fighting games competitively. It used MAME software and LaunchBox as the GUI. It has about 30,000 games on it, mostly every single game ever made on arcade and console until the early 2000’s.

    I used real Suzo-Happ arcade buttons with a USB emulator to connect to the computer. The coin acceptors even work. The audio comes from old speakers from a 1997 Honda Prelude powered with a preamp.

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    Yeah, my friend bought an N64 and plugged it into her HDTV; I wasn't impressed with the picture quality...
     
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  16. Dec 3, 2020 at 8:07 PM
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    kairo I just like the stock

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    That's hot. Excuse me, I'm going to go grab some air outside.
     
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    I could definitely build the cabinet but would need a tutorial to do the other... right!☹️
     
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    Subd, good lock down project.
     
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    kairo I just like the stock

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    It's not that difficult! Seriously. Building the cabinet is probably the most difficult part. A few days of googling will get you the hardware and software. You'll have to buy your game controllers and integrate them in the cabinet, but that's easy too. It's 2020. You can even play your arcade box from your couch wireless now too!

    @Jlab 's earlier post literally tells you what you need to buy to do this on the cheap.
     
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