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    Default Big game room changes (AKA I'm getting old)

    I recently picked up two of the Arcade1Up cabinets since they went on clearance at Wal-Mart (Street Fighter 2 and Pac-Man). I wasn't expecting much due to the lackluster reviews, but I was surprised that it was indeed a very playable experience. Not only that, but it also kinda opened my eyes to the fact that I am getting older, and some of the projects I have wanted to do have sat for years now. My Space Invaders cab is partially rebuilt but is really just a Pi running the game on a TV with buttons wired to the original controls. And the SCI I have I haven't found time to even swap the power supply to see if its the problem, and I have owned it for years. I've been weighing the difference between having the authentic thing versus just paying and getting something close, and honestly, something close is kinda doing the trick.

    That being said, I sold my SCI and my Space Invaders. Pulled the Pi and sold the Space Invaders to someone doing an actual rebuild, and have a potential buyer for the SCI who will actually restore it and not have it sitting. I am keeping my Magic Sword, as I have put work into it. The original board for it I still have but has a corrupted ROM on it, and I can't bring myself to pay the 150 bucks for the board when I see it for sale, so instead I put in a Pandoras Box 5s in it (which has Magic Sword on it). I also added a 3 slot JAMMA switcher and also have a 19 in 1 board and a Wrestlefest board installed, and plan on keeping it as my one authentic cab.

    The money I got from selling the other two is going to another Arcade1Up cab, this time the Final Fight/1944/Ghosts n Goblins/Strider cab, as its full of games I love, and I also plan on getting the Mortal Kombat cab when it releases. That will likely be it for me unless they release something else that features arcade titles I really love (perhaps a TMNT or DND one?)

    Part of me is kinda gutted getting rid of most of my authentic cabs, but the other part loves just switching on and playing on something "close enough" to the real deal. Plus me and my friends have already gotten more enjoyment out of Street Fighter and Pac-Man than we have the SCI that I never got around to fixing, and honestly even more than the emulated Space Invaders, which we can still play on my X-Arcade that I added a Pi to. The wife is also thrilled because she thinks the Arcade1Up machines look better (have a cleaner look, plus a more uniform look along the wall) and the way she sees it would rather have working equipment in the game room than nonworking projects I never get to.

    Another change I plan on making is adding a projector in the room. I have a large CRT I am keeping, but we think we are gonna add a projector to the ceiling with a pull down screen on the opposite wall and also use the game room for movie nights. This also gives me the excuse to take a Pi setup and add to the projector with bluetooth controllers for some big screen gaming. Finally, I am also selling the vending machines I have, as they added to the flavor of the room but really take up a ton of space that could be used for more games, and that flavor can be re-added just by having some signs or posters up on the wall (which I have started buying). Part of me is kinda bummed, but the other part is looking forward to a more streamlined game room.

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    I'll post a few, keep in mind the entire back room is an "under construction" section of the house so it's nowhere near complete.


    This one is of the new Arcade1Up Street Fighter with a riser. Skinnier than a standard cab, so I can cram more cabs in a smaller area. This is actually in my living room beside my desk until the other cabs are picked up.


    This is the rear wall where the drumset is set up at. Light switch is the arcade stick mounted to the wall, it tips up and down to toggle the lights. The empty side of the wall I have purchased some backlit Pac-Man sprite signs that I have not set up yet, they are lit using USB. The plan is to set the projector screen above the Iron Maiden flag and pull it down over it during projector use.


    This was actually a gift from my kids, I spent some time with them assembling the stickers into a Mario stage montage that I think turned out really well. If you look a bit further over, you will see a section of wall I still need to panel.


    And this section is a great example of "under construction". I've ran some electrical wiring (the orange is actually a re-route of the water heater line) to add more outlets to this enclosure I am building. Eventually, this section will house the CRT television, with consoles underneath, and shelves of games to the left and right of the television. The rear wall behind it is being turned into a household storage section


    Finally, this wall shows the two machines that will be leaving and the one I will be keeping. This wall will actually open up a bit, as all the machines will be relocated 90 degrees to the other wall, with this one being used as more shelving for gaming related books, my DnD book collection, and a few posters. Also notice the ceiling being bare board right now, have not finished putting in tiling yet.
    Last edited by Leathco; 12-01-19 at 08:34.

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