Project Arcade, 2nd Edition
Build Your Own Arcade Machine
By John St. Clair
Publisher: Wiley
Released: January 2011
Pages: 504

Remember wishing you could live at the arcade?

Was it Pac-Man at the corner convenience store? Street Fighter at the arcade in the mall? Recapture the fun, if not the quarters, by building your very own arcade machine! Make it complete with joysticks, buttons, trackballs, spinners, guns, sound effects, eye candy, and all your favorite games. Have your name flashing on the marquee. Customize your cabinet to have your very own dream arcade machine!

Do we have your attention now?

Follow these steps for building the cabinet, designing the control panel, finding the software, installing speakers and a monitor, and putting it all together. The arcade's back, this time at your place!

John St.Clair, like most children of the '80s, spent endless youthful hours feeding his allowance into arcade machines. He grew up to be a network engineer, but remains a game fanatic who created Build Your Own Arcade Controls (BYOAC) at www.arcadecontrols.com, a gamer's paradise where arcade game builders can swap plans, experiences, tips, and ideas. John wrote the first edition of this book in 2004.

Déjà vu how-to

  • Choose a cabinet plan

  • Calculate your budget

  • Design the control panel

  • Build a spinner

  • Explore flight yokes

  • Pick your guns

  • Connect the brain

  • Hack a mouse

  • Install the monitor

  • Load up on software

  • Add bells and whistles

CD-ROM includes

  • Classic cabinet designs and instructions from the first edition

  • Brand-new plans for cabinets and devices

  • Shareware games and software utilities

  • Arcade control panel templates

  • High resolution color photos, links, tutorials, and more!

See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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