Who hasn’t spend a lot of money and time on arcades during childhood? What about build one and play all those games again?
Browsing the web I found that a lot of people are building their own machines, building over a pc running a MAME emulator with a cool front-end. If you google images for ‘arcade cabinet‘ you will be amazed by what people are doing!!
I decided then to build my own, trying to use as much used stuff as possible, like a old computer, old screen and two usb game controllers that were broken but with the electronics hardware in perfect conditions. The cabinet will stay on the hackerspace from my town, TARRAFA HACKERSPACE, so we can set some championships, it will be fun for sure!!!
On this post, I will be giving updates on the progress (not much will be done during university semester, I hope to finish this project on holidays).
In case you think a arduino board is too much for your ATmega Development, you should check this board made by yourITronics. Using the microcontroller`s internal clock, and programming using an ICSP cable you can start developing right now!
In the website you’ll find the scheme and the eagle file.
I’ve built my HTPC like one year ago, don’t know why I have never written about it on this website. Well, for today, I will be presenting the place I spend many hours of my life, my Home Theater PC, my Media/File/Gaming/BackUp Server. The idea came many years ago, but without $, it was not possible. Fist my main computer was near the tv, so I used to connect to my old tv using a S-Video Cable and a P2 to a RCA Cable, and as a Tube Tv, the quality wasn’t that good, and I couldn’t almost read any text on the screen, just big texts like subtitles.
It looks PowerPoint will have a great competitor now. People will start thinking twice before paying for Microsoft’s Office. Programmer Shane M. Mathews made great slideshow effects using 3D-OpenGL’s library.
You can take a look of how it looks:
This feature will be available for everyone on the next OpenOffice.org 2.4.