Kickbacks: Porta Pi Arcade
Let me begin by saying I am not, in fact, receiving any kickbacks for writing about these projects. If, however, someone wants to toss me some coin for featuring their project I’m not going to complain.
I think at some point just about every kid who’s into video games thinks to themselves “Gee willikers, it sure would be swell to have an arcade cabinet of my very own.” Maybe not in those exact words, but something along those lines. In any case this guy has developed the means to turn every arcade kids wet dream to life.
This guy, Ryan Bates, has been building scaled down arcade cabinets for a long time with each iteration coming closer to the good old school feel. While some were made with cardboard, they have primarily been constructed of wood and these things are no different. Each cabinet is built out of laser cut 1/4″ furniture grade plywood and ready to assemble when it hits your door. They are powered by a tiny little computer called Raspberry Pi which, I’m sure I’m not the first to admit, I’ve never heard of. These little things aren’t packed with the power of a full blown PC, but they’re strong enough to handle the basics including the all important emulators we want this bad boy for in the first place.
This project isn’t a cheap by in. If you want the full cabinet it’s going to run you $155. That’s only if you want the full thing shipped to your door though. Instructions and a parts list clocks in at only $25 and adding the pre-cut cabinet itself to that only runs another $10. It all depends on your degree of wood working skills and ability to find all the bits and pieces if you’re going to go the cheaper route, but I’m guessing in the long run you’ll end up putting a lot less time in without spending too much more money just grab the whole thing at once.
Sound good to you? Go check out the project page for more details and consider picking one up yourself.