Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Home Arcade Teardown

Spent the weekend pulling the old monitor, wires, and controls from arcade panel. The arcade panel is being sent to a local machine shop to add a button hole on either side of the joystick. I was able to buy an additional "Gauntlet" arcade panel for $5.00 at the same time we bought the arcade This will provide us with the extra buttons we need as well as some backup sticks. After this panel is returned from the machinist, we'll peel the old "Jungle King" sticker off, and clean it down to a flat black.

This arcade will become a Propeller/Mame arcade allowing us to play Parallax Propeller games as well as arcade classics.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Father & Sons Project: Home Arcade

Matthew and I just returned from the White Rose Gameroom Show in York, PA. The six hour return trip was a little heavier than when we left. One of the outside vendors had several old, non-working arcade machines for sale for $50, so after playing a few hours of pinball, we loaded this machine into my Escort wagon as a new father/son project. Since I repair computers for a living, we should be able to convert this into a MAME arcade for winter. (I have plenty of parts to re-fill the innards of this machine.) Matthew made an interesting comment on the way home. He said that he's pretty certain this will be the one and only arcade machine in the town of Orrville. Being a child of the 80's this kinda makes me sad, but we've got plenty of garage space, and plan to return next year with a van.