So it has been 3 years since part one of this post, and it appears I did not meet my goal of completing the arcade machine that year. Yet again I have been bit by the arcade bug, so i’m back to working on the cabinet. I’m going to finish this thing if it kills me. As promised we will start to go down the journey of the arcade.
Back when I first started looking into this, the first challenge was how do you interface the control panel to your computer. There were not many options. You could hack a pc joypad, or you could hack a computer keyboard. Both of these devices once modified could enable you to convert button presses to inputs on your computer. I chose to hack a keyboard. I ended up hacking two keyboards. The Year was 2004.
Continue reading The Legend Of The Arcade: Part 2
Ever since i can remember I’ve loved video games. From my early days, of playing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to now, i have always had a passion of obtaining whatever goal that was set forth in front of me, on that wonderful glowing box called a TV. I remember Spending hours and hours trying to defeat the forces of bowser, trying to get the high score in Mortal Kombat, and saving hyrule from the evil Gannon. At that time, the most exciting games to play were the arcade machines. Although they are growing more and more of a rarity in this day and age, arcade machines, and more specifically arcades themselves brought an experience unlike any other. There was nothing like Digging through your couch cushions searching wildly for the one thing that made those wonderful machines alive, The Quarter. Armed with a pocket full of quarters, children would flock to arcades like birds flying south for winter. As a young child, i rarely had extra money to play arcade machines, which made them that much more special to me. As i get older now, the passion i once had for gaming is still there, but the ability to play is gone. Too many real life projects now get in the way. One of the many reality’s of being an adult. I remember wishing so much that i was older, now i look back, and wish i still had that care free life. As i grew up, I became very involved in the computer world.
Continue reading The Legend Of The Arcade: Part 1