Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine

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The bestseller returns—completely updated to include the newest hardware, software, and techniques for building your own arcade

Interest in classical arcade games remains on the rise, and with a little money, older computer hardware, and a little effort, you can relive your arcade experiences by building your own arcade machine. The hands-on guide begins with a description of the various types of projects that you can undertake. It then progresses to a review of the audio and ...

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Overview

The bestseller returns—completely updated to include the newest hardware, software, and techniques for building your own arcade

Interest in classical arcade games remains on the rise, and with a little money, older computer hardware, and a little effort, you can relive your arcade experiences by building your own arcade machine. The hands-on guide begins with a description of the various types of projects that you can undertake. It then progresses to a review of the audio and video options that are available and looks at the selection of game software and cabinet artwork. Ultimately, you’ll learn essential troubleshooting tips and discover how to build arcade controllers and machines that you can enjoy at home with your PC.

  • Serves as a soup-to-nuts guide for building your own arcade machine, from the sheets of wood to the finished product
  • Addresses the variety of arcade controls, including joysticks, buttons, spinners, trackballs, flight yokes, and guns
  • Explains how to interface arcade controls to a computer
  • Shares troubleshooting tips as well as online resources for help and inspiration

Project Arcade, Second Edition helps you recapture the enjoyment of your youth that was spent playing arcade games by walking you through the exciting endeavor of building your own full arcade machine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470891537
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Wiley Red Books Series, #52
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 390,103
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I Playing Your Games the Way They Are Meant to Be Played— with Arcade Controls.

Chapter 1 Picking Your Path to Game-Playing Nirvana.

Chapter 2 Building Your Arcade Cabinet.

Part II Designing and Building Your Dream Arcade ControlPanel.

Chapter 3 Pushing Your Buttons and the Joy of Joysticks.

Chapter 4 Taking Your Game Out for a Spin — Spinners andTrackballs.

Chapter 5 Arcade Controls for Power Gamers.

Chapter 6 Building the Control Panel.

Part III Hooking Things Up Under the Hood — Time toTrick the Computer.

Chapter 7 How It Works — Turning a Computer into theBrains of an Arcade Machine.

Chapter 8 Using the Keyboard Connector for Arcade Controls.

Chapter 9 Arcade Controls Using the Mouse Connector.

Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Bits of Arcade Trickery.

Part IV Putting Together the Final Pieces.

Chapter 11 Audio — Silence Isn’t Golden.

Chapter 12 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand . . . Tokens?

Chapter 13 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand . . . Tokens?

Chapter 14 Choosing and Loading Software.

Chapter 15 Buttoning Up the Odds and Ends.

Part V Like the Concept but Not Sure You Have It inYou?

Chapter 16 Stuck? Frustrated? Out of Quarters?

Chapter 17 Buying Your Way to Gaming Nirvana.

Chapter 18 Online Places to Go.

Appendix A Where to Find Arcade Parts for YourProject.

Appendix B The Great Debate — Preserving Versus MAMEingthe Past.

Appendix C What’s on the CD?

Index.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Terrible

    This is not worth the money

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    FANTASTIC!

    This book is the ABSOLUTE DEFINITIVE GUIDE on how to join in on this great and addictive hobby. It's an easy read, covers every important topic (including pitfalls) in real depth and detail. It also includes a CD ROM to give you a quick start and access to various websites that will further your knowledge. Go for it!...you won't regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    A MUST HAVE for any project arcade newbie!!!

    Project Arcade is JUST what the doctor ordered!! I am a relative amateur when it comes to all things technical. I commishioned an expert to make a cocktail arcade cabinet for my in-laws for their anniversary and immediately wanted to learn how to do this for myself. After reading many message boards and websites I found myself question whether or not this was something I could handle. I decided to order Project Arcade after hearing about it on the BYOAC message boards. BOY, am I happy I did!! This book is a COMPLETE step-by-step guide on how to put your own MAME cabinet together...from scratch. I even learned how a keyboard and mouse work after reading this book! I read it cover to cover in under a week and now I'm off to start my own project. If you're interested in putting a MAME cabinet together and need a little guidance (or alot!) I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!

    This is my dream book!
    It is amazing!
    Purchase some awesomeness!
    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    great

    I've always wanted to build my own arcade machine.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Retro-Gaming with a passion .....

    This ia a well written, in-depth, book . At over 450 pages, it covers almost every aspect. My only minor gripe is that the pictures are all black and white.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    several audiences

    Remember 1979? When Space Invaders conquered Japan and then stormed overseas to crush everything in its path? Then, in the space of 3 short years, it was rapidly obsoleted by Missile Command, Defender, PacMan and others. Yes, the world was young then, and so were you. Now you are grown up and respectable. But you want to go back? It is no coincidence that St Clair and his publisher painted the cover in a hazy sepia glow of nostalgia. What is it, a photo from the Civil War? Shameless tugging at your fading youth. St Clair shows us an amazing cottage industry that has sprung up in the shadows, to supply items like arcade spinners, trackballs and keyboard encoders. Unsurprisingly, the book is heavily hardware oriented. For the most part, it is about new versions of old hardware. Emulations or simulations on current PCs aren't really the attraction here. Instead, it is the entire retro ambiance. Like the full arcade size versions of the games. Now it is possible, if you plonk down enough cash, to buy these items, in toto. But he writes for several different audiences. One is the person who likes to build such games for herself. Another is the person who can't afford to buy a finished game. A third is someone who wants to make and sell such games. Naturally, these audiences may overlap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Retro gaming heaven

    John St. Clair and Wiley publishing have really put together something special here. From the first sniff of sawdust and solder to the finished product 'Project Arcade' will be the retro gamers bible for years to come. The best money I've spent on a book this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    I wish I had this when I made my first project!

    I've been visiting the author's web site for several years & have already built a 'prototype' arcade control panel. The site is a GREAT resource, filled with extremely helpful & experienced people, but I feel that I would have been MUCH happier with my project if I'd have had this book next to me the whole time. What the book does a great job of doing is consolidating all of the information available on the web & using it to provide a reference project to work by. This book has inspired me to begin planning a full arcade cabinet & it will be the FIRST place I look to guide me through its construction.

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