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My Retrogaming History

My Retrogaming History

I’ve enjoyed reading/listening to other people’s posts/podcasts about their gaming history so I thought I would write mine. Particularly after just attending Revival Events this past weekend where it really struck me how different everyone’s gaming backgrounds were. It just highlights how rich the world…

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Revival Solstice July 2016 Retrogaming Event

Revival Solstice July 2016 Retrogaming Event

I’d been to a few smaller retrogaming events in recent years, including a small one on Canvey Island by The Retro Lords, two small ones (Retromania) in Essex and London by Retro Asylum, and also Play Margate, but I hadn’t been to one of the…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 23 – The Finished Cabinet

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 23 – The Finished Cabinet

Having an arcade cabinet in my home has been a goal of mine for many years. I’m not the kind of person to want things like flash cars or a big mansion house. I just want a happy marriage and healthy kids, both of which…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 22 – Issues to watch out for

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 22 – Issues to watch out for

When I started this project I really didn’t know what I was going to end up with. I was taking a gamble as I didn’t have much experience making physical things with my hands. All in all I am extremely pleased, nay over the moon,…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 21 – Setting up MAME

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 21 – Setting up MAME

The cabinet is all built, the electronics are all working, so it’s now just a matter of setting up the Raspberry Pi with the correct software and games. I’ll be totally honest and say that I ended up having this done for me. Not because…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 20 – Installing the electronics

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 20 – Installing the electronics

For this post about the electronics, I’m going to cover everything including the joysticks, buttons, all the wiring, the power in general and just how everything works. I really don’t have too much experience with electrical wiring etc but my neighbour is an electrician so…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 19 – The Marquee

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 19 – The Marquee

The marquee was another area that I had problems researching how other people had done it, and the arcades that I saw down our local seafront all seemed to be made in different ways. So I kind of had to work out for myself how…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 18 – Making the bezel

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 18 – Making the bezel

I was pretty meticulous with my planning for the whole cabinet, and I mocked up everything before I did it, but the bezel was one element that I really couldn’t get my head round before the bulk of the arcade was made. I couldn’t work…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 17 – The TV Monitor

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 17 – The TV Monitor

Right from the start one of the key parts of the arcade machine that I was thinking about was the TV monitor. I always wanted to use a CRT instead of a flatscreen. I felt pretty strongly about that. I just like the curve and…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 16 – Adding all the T-moulding

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 16 – Adding all the T-moulding

Most arcades generally have t-moulding (or t-molding) around all the edges. It’s a rubber edging which really makes the machine seem much more professional. The ’T’ refers to the cross-section ridge which sticks into a pre-cut slot on the edges of your arcade machine. T-moulding…

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