Arcade

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Arcade
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What:
Make an arcade machine!
Participants:
Koenraad, Koen, Tom2, Kasper
Locations:
Whitespace
Cornify

Beginnings

Sandb acquired some kiosk stands discarded by his employer. They look ideally suited to make Arcade Machine.

Arcade1.jpg
Arcade2.jpg
Arcade3.jpg
Arcade4.jpg
Arcade5.jpg

Brains

In order of preference

  1. Xbox (1st gen) is a great platform, it's cheap and fast enough for MAME and other emus, it has USB-compatible ports (with a different form factor) for joysticks
    • a secondhand xbox needs to be acquired, should be available for 25 euros
    • video out to VGA converter needs to be built (xbox-linux wiki page is down though, google cache ok)
  2. Small Linux box with MAME can easily fit into the bottom cabinet with room to spare.
  3. 'real' hardware
    • I(Koen)'m planning to donate a Sega Mega Drive if we're going to use it.
    • Maybe an Amiga can also be build into this retro gaming system if Impy likes to participate.
  4. Gameduino could be nice.

Update: Tom2 acquired a secondhand xbox + 2 controllers.

Screen

An Arcade machine should be CRT based, but LCD seems only feasible option.

Controls

We need some brainstorming on what kind of controls we want on the panel.

Controller options:

  • Buy one
  • Tom2 can provide happ arcade controls consisting of 2 joysticks, 14 buttons, player1/2-button. See pictures for a preview.
Arcade-Controls1.jpg
Arcade-Controls2.jpg
  • A USB Joystick is also available for this project. This joystick can be tested using these commands:
sudo apt-get install joystick
jscal /dev/input/js0
jstest /dev/input/js0

Options to hook up buttons:

  • hack a keyboard and use PS2 port
  • build a USB joystick using atmega8 [1]
  • hack xbox controllers

Speakers

Low-quality speakers for playing 8-bit music are needed. We should hide them somewhere (bottom of the controls panel?).

Artwork

Existing backlighted panels (especially on top) can be used for some tacky artwork/whitespace logo. Vinylcutter at timelab can be used for this.

Still needed

  • electronics to build xbox vga output (LM1881 ic + spare xbox video cable)
  • electronics to build 2 USB joystick interfaces + 2 spare xbox controller connections (cheap xbox extension cables?)
  • speakers (some cheap speakers with built-in amp)
  • TFT (Tom2 may be able to provide 17" 1280*1024 screen)
  • 28mm drill bit (hole saw)

To Do

  • build xbox vga connection
  • get software running on xbox
  • build 2 usb hid interfaces and connect them to xbox cable
  • wire up buttons to interfaces
  • decide on button layout + drill holes
  • build screen mount?