Project Arcade

Project Arcade : Build Your Own Arcade Machine

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You can go back, and here's how. Remember the days - and quarters - you spent pursuing aliens, fleeing ghosts, and gobbling dots in that beloved arcade? They're hiding in these pages, along with diagrams, directions, plans, and materials lists that will enable you to build your very own arcade game. You can: construct joysticks, buttons, and trackballs; build the console and cabinet; install and configure the software; crank up the speakers; and wham! Step across the time-space continuum and enjoy all those classic games, plus dozens of new ones, whenever you like.You start here: plan for your space and budget; design and build the cabinet; construct the controllers; build the console; pick an old game's brain; install the emulator; convince a PC it's a game; connect a monitor and speakers; and add a marquee. "GO PLAY!" includes diagrams, detailed instructions, essential software, and more. The CD-ROM includes complete cabinet plans and diagrams; MAME32 software; Paint Shop Pro evaluation version, and links to hundreds of arcade cabinet projects.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 504 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 798.32g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764556169
  • 9780764556166
  • 844,652

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..".breathtaking detail...the passion is infectious..." (Edge, December 2005)
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About J. St.Clair

John St.Clair, like most children of the '80s, spent much of his childhood immersed in arcade games. Although he's now a respectable network engineer, he remains an avid gamer and serves as Webmaster for, the favored site of hobbyist game builders.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments.Introduction.Part I: Playing Your Games the Way They Are Meant to Be Played-with Arcade Controls.Chapter 1: Picking Your Path to Game-Playing Nirvana.Chapter 2: Building Your Arcade Cabinet.Part II: Designing and Building Your Dream Arcade Control Panel.Chapter 3: Pushing Your Buttons and the Joy of Joysticks.Chapter 4: Taking Your Game Out for a Spin-Spinners and Trackballs.Chapter 5: Arcade Controls for Power Gamers.Chapter 6: Building the Control Panel.Part III: Hooking Things Up Under the Hood-Time to Trick the Computer.Chapter 7: How It Works-Turning a Computer into the Brains of an Arcade Machine.Chapter 8: Using the Keyboard Connector for Arcade Controls.Chapter 9: Arcade Controls Using the Mouse Connector.Chapter 10: Miscellaneous Bits of Arcade Trickery.Part IV: Putting Together the Final Pieces.Chapter 11: Audio-Silence Isn't Golden.Chapter 12: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand ...Tokens?Chapter 13: Installing the Computer.Chapter 14: Choosing and Loading Software.Chapter 15: Buttoning Up the Odds and Ends.Part V: Like the Concept but Not Sure You Have It in You?Chapter 16: Stuck? Frustrated? Out of Quarters?Chapter 17: Buying Your Way to Gaming Nirvana.Chapter 18: Online Places to Go.Appendix A: Where to Find Arcade Parts for Your Project.Appendix B: The Great Debate-Preserving Versus MAMEing the Past.Appendix C: What's on the CD-ROM.Index.End-User License Agreement.
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