Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine [NOOK Book]

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You can go back, and here's howRemember the days--and quarters--you spent pursuing aliens, fleeing ghosts, and gobbling dots in that beloved arcade? They're hiding in these pages, along with diagrams, directions, plans, and materials lists that will enable you to build your very own arcade game. Construct joysticks, buttons, and trackballs; build the console and cabinet; install and configure the software; crank up the speakers; and wham! Step across the time-space continuum and enjoy all those classic games, ...
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Overview

You can go back, and here's howRemember the days--and quarters--you spent pursuing aliens, fleeing ghosts, and gobbling dots in that beloved arcade? They're hiding in these pages, along with diagrams, directions, plans, and materials lists that will enable you to build your very own arcade game. Construct joysticks, buttons, and trackballs; build the console and cabinet; install and configure the software; crank up the speakers; and wham! Step across the time-space continuum and enjoy all those classic games, plus dozens of new ones, whenever you like.

Start Here

1. Plan for your space and budget
2. Design and build the cabinet
3. Construct the controllers
4. Build the console
5. Pick an old game's brain
6. Install the emulator
7. Convince a PC it's a game
8. Connect a monitor and speakers
9. Add a marquee
10. GO PLAY!

Includes diagrams, detailed instructions, essential software, and more

CD-ROM Includes
* Complete cabinet plans and diagrams
* MAME32 software
* Paint Shop Pro? evaluation version
* Links to hundreds of arcade cabinet projects
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118038833
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Series: Wiley Red Books Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 478,686
  • File size: 46 MB
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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 Control Panel.

Chapter 3 Pushing Your Buttons and the Joy of Joysticks.

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

Chapter 5 Arcade Controls for Power Gamers.

Chapter 6 Building the Control Panel.

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

Chapter 7 How It Works — Turning a Computer into the Brains 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 in You?

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 Your Project.

Appendix B The Great Debate — Preserving Versus MAMEing the 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!

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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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