Arcade Cabinet



Last weekend, I finished the arcade cabinet I discussed here:

I’m really happy with how it came out.

I put an old monitor and a raspberry pi (running retropie) in it. I can now play lots of old nostalgic games. I introduced my kids to several games I used to play as a kid. They’re comment was “your games were different than ours, but they are still fun”.

I designed it so that all the parts for it would fit on a GF bed. Although I cut it at the local maker space.

Here’s the front and back views.

There is a panel that goes on the back, but it is not in place right now.

There’s also a panel under the joysticks (so I can slide the keyboard out). There’s also a small panel on the left side, so I can access the USB ports of the Raspberry Pi.

It was a really fun project.

Making a box larger than the print area
Has anyone converted larger laser cutter projects to be done in the Glowforge?
Weekly Highlights for the Week Ending June 17th, 2017

And… Jumpman?! How cool is THAT!


Jumpman was one of my favorites as a kid. I’ve been playing it on the arcade cabinet, and it brings back so many memories.

Every new level I get to, I go “oh ya! I remember that level”. Some of them make me say things like:
-Oh no, not “Roost”.
-Oh god, not “Freeze”
-“Grand Puzzle 2”, I don’t remember how to do that?


That turned out great! I can’t wait to start building 3D objects.

I like the size and including keyboard storage is a great idea.


Loved Jumpman. And Jumpman, Jr… SREDDAL was always a fun level.


That’s a great project. I thought about looking at the Pi a few years back to make a arcade cabinet, but drifted away before diving in. I have a technical background; is this a very hard project to get the “guts” working?


What front end are you running?

My kids once spent an hour playing Ms. Pacman with each other. And every “classic” game I’ve shown them, they’ve enjoyed. As it should be, “fun” transcends “resolution.”


No, it is not hard at all. It took me about 1/2 hour to wire all the buttons and joysticks. It was all just plugs, no soldering. Installing the retropie was also very straight forward (about an hour to install and configure).


Cool! Thanks. I’m putting that on the list.


so baller, dude. this is basically what i’ve been dreaming of doing since i ordered.


I’m using the retropie distribution

I agree. My kids are having a lot of fun with Jumpman, Snow Bros, Pang, Bubble Bobble, Tekken, etc.


You deserve an award for “Best Dad Ever.”

My dad was like, “You want to play with the same toys I did? Go outside and find a stick and a rock!” (Joking, of course.)


Heard of it, but hadn’t looked at it before now. Looks pretty excellent! I’ve got a 1st-Gen Pi, myself (~5 years old now!). Far too slow to do much.

ALL of those are great games. Pang! is one of my favorites for sure.


That turned out awesome. Nice work.


Nice job! Projects for later file!


That turned out great!! :+1::+1::+1:[quote=“polarbrainfreeze, post:1, topic:8771”]
your games were different than ours,

Silly kids…lmao


Stick? Rock? Wow, he was lucky! We had to use great uncle Hieronymous’ thigh bone and a tumble weed :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


I couldn’t play with those as a kid. The rocks hadnt cool down yet and formed, and single cell organisms hadn’t evolved and organized yet.


You had molten rock? We had to gather space dust and squeeze it really hard.


You had light to find the space dust?