Tagged: Arcades

Virtual Pinball Restoration

This is the restoration of my first Virtual Pinball. The system was already installed and running, I only dealt with the aesthetic part and organizing some wiring. This system runs Future Pinball, Visual Pinball, PinballFX and PinballFX2. This project was done in a cabinet of a Pinball 2000, perhaps a Revenge from Mars or Star Wars,  but I don’t have the detail of the history of this cabinet.

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I did the same treatment that I normally do in other cabinets, leaving it ready to apply the new decals. This horrendous cabinet certainly deserved a good restoration 😀

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These are some decals that I designed specifically for this machine

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After the assembly of some more new decals and components, the look is much more interesting

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I chose to put a new t-molding in chrome, some iluminated flipper buttons and a blue LED mod under the cabinet.

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This is a machine that works with a coin door with a  timer. I replaced the timer position at the door for a more visible position in the glass next to lockbar.

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I’ve also put a beautiful fan illuminated in blue on the rear of the cabinet to make the PC system’s ventilation.

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Take a look at this simple video I’ve made. I hope you enjoy it!

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Final Fight Arcade with Raspberry Pi 2

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This was an arcade that I had for some time but had not been finalized. As I had a request from a client for an arcade, I decided to take advantage of what was done and implemented it with a Raspberry Pi 2 Retropie and Emulation Station. Since my first project with Raspberry Pi 1 things evolved enough and version 2 already allows to emulate games for Playstation 1.

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I’ve connected the buttons, joystick and an Ipac and left everything well organized, although a system with a Raspberry Pi  may leave a lot of space in a cabinet of this size 😀

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It was the first time I used a LCD monitor instead of the traditional arcade monitors. I’m a bit tired of the problems that those monitors give … I like the traditional part of it, but …

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I used a standard arcade power supply to feed the Raspberry Pi with 5v and some parts of the illumination with 12V and this is the perfect solution.

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Since the monitor does not have a HDMI input, I was forced to buy a HDMI to VGA adapter that you can buy on Amazon or eBay.

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There are some recommendations about cooling when we run graphically complex games on a Raspberry Pi, so I used a PC fan for security.

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As you can see, it turned out alright, huh 😀

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