Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

In many places, arcades have gone to a decline.

Rare are now the places where gamers used to hang, play, gather and socialize. There are exceptions, but most states have regulations that render arcade places unprofitable.

What if there would be arcades anywhere? And free?

That’s what Kris Temmerman wondered. What if we built arcades in the street, bring it freely to anyone.

Storefront electronics pixel art arcade image courtesy of Kotaku

 

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It cannot be stressed enough, but modern-age game controllers aren’t a good substitute for retro-style arcades. There’s something specific to the feel you get from a full fledged joystick and properly spaced buttons that any other peripherals won’t ever emulate.

Of course, the mighty joystick isn’t suitable for every games. Modern games aren’t made for joysticks and are best played with modern gamepads. Even some retro games like Mega Man plays better with something in-hand that doesn’t include a stick.

For more information about how the joystick came to be, see our view on the evolution of the joystick posted a while back.

 

Broken xbox used for arcade controller - taken from Hackaday.com

Broken xbox used for arcade controller – taken from Hackaday.com

To the point: how to build a PC or console compatible arcade joystick?

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In recent year, the retro gaming and geek styles have attacked the candy market in such a form that those candy are mainly sold in videogames stores. We’re talking of pacman and ghostbusters tin candy container, to name only a few.

pac-man-candy

Those look great and certainly are easy to succumb to for yourself or to give to friends, but what happens to the tin can once the candy are gone? Hopefully not trashed, wishfully not sent to the recycle bin, but how to reuse them? Collectible? Give them some use? Some are tiny or have odd shapes. Sure, they can look cool in your display case, but surely there’s something better to be done.?

If you have magnets lying around – perhaps from scavenging damaged technology such as hard drives – there’s a solution for you. Combine the both for the geekiest fridge magnets! The tin is magnetic compatible and will hold your magnet in place. The size is appreciable to give some leverage to pull them. Depending on the magnets used, the will have appreciable pull to hold things. Plus, they look awesome on your fridge.

Candy tin with magnets

Costless geekiness DIY at its best.
Enjoy!