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Bartop Arcade Mark 1


corydrippon
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This is my first post here and Pictures\Video of my first build

Here we have a bartop arcade I designed freehand and made from MDF. I then covered it in contact paper because I absolutely suck at painting MDF. Let me know what you think.

I didn't take many pictures at first but here are some

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I like using cheap USB Gamepads from China. I can usually get them for about 4 bucks shipped.

I then Solder on leads to the buttons, on my first one I just soldered driectly with no terminal strip.

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Here it is with the contact paper applied.

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Simple marquee in place behind some Plexi.

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Went to LA on buisness and a barkeep overheard me talking about it. Asked if I could bring it in.

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Hefeweizen

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Here is the link for Mark 2

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wow this is pretty top notch. I love the simplicity of it. And what a bargain build! Keep up the great work.

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have to say still impressed with the cost, good solution for others out there!

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Thanks nintari! I am building 3 more as we speak. Got 2 more laptops for 15 dollars each and all they needed was a hard drive and backlight inverter. Only cost me 30 more bucks to get them running. Check out, http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=120067.0 !!!

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almost be worht finding cheap 15" LCDs and getting some raspberri Pi units for $35.... might be another alternative if the cheap laptops become harder to find. would have to run linux though :D

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I thought about something similar. Not to educated with rasberry pi. Hmmm, mame run well in linux?

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ah nice, this ones cool too. i like the bar pic heh

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That is a great idea! Have a few laptops laying around collecting dust lol

 

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Sweet!!!! This is my winter project have every thing but the Laptop.Thinking of pulling apart an old desktop pc and mounting it in the back of the bar top bab..

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Bartop Arcade on a bar top... nice!

 

Why did you have to post a pic with Mike Tyson's Punchout... now I gotta go play that game!   :mp3:

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Cool, i´m aiming to something like that, but for two players.

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Nice, nothing like my first bartop that i made from scrap mdf i found on a dumpster 

 

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That looks really nice man. I like the design. Nice and compact.

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I am looking to getting into making one of these bartop emulators with a huge library loaded onto it. I haven't so far really found any pre-made ones that include all the tech behind it (IE pre-configured hyperspin, ETC).

 

Can I ask you how much total do you estimate this cost you to make?

also how many games and systems have you got on it?

 

 

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