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Living In A Box

The Digital Dirtbike Challenge:  to make an arcade-style electronic game for under $500.

Project status:  cabinet is 90% complete.  Still needs marquee with possible lights, brackets to hold marquee in place, coin slot and controls and free play trigger, and plexiglass cover over the bezel.

Total cost so far:  $87.

I mentioned this to the coders, and they called bullshit.  "A real upright cabinet costs at least $500!  Where are you cutting corners?!?"

Turns out, it has to do with the fact that it's an oversized electronic game.  The cabinet is the heaviest thing, the electronics are few.  A regulation cabinet needs a shelf for the monitor, extra construction for the control layout, and so on.  In other words, I don't have to make the structure as involved as a MAME machine.  Hell, the lack of a monitor saves a ton of cash.

Relearning some electronics stuff because nothing was wiring up correctly.  Have figured out a couple of things I'm doing wrong, and have another idea or two.

Oh, and another of these el cheapo arcade games has occurred to me.  May do it for bonus points next year.


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May. 13th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
We have pieces of white opaque Plexiglas, roughly 2 feet long, 6 inches wide, and a 1/4 inch thick... if you need some. We also have a couple of pieces that are gray.
May. 13th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
I don't know quite what kind of plexiglass I'm going to need, I'm going to wait until I figure out the display arrangement first. It's very kind of you to offer, but I'm most likely going to get a full size sheet and just black out the parts where the lights aren't (display area is 16 inches tall by 18 inches wide).

I had to trim down a large piece of the bezel. It was pointed out I could have used a smaller, cheaper piece for the bezel and just gotten a simple wood strip to fill in the final inch. With the way I'm planning the display, no one would know unless they looked inside. But for this, I'm turning into Rarity -- "It's nice...but it needs to be perfect!"
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