I keep meaning to make one of these. Looks so fun! "Raspberry Pi Bartop Arcade Cabinet" (www.hackster.io)
from 2tone@lemmy.world to retrogaming@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 05:53 +0000

UtMan1988@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 05:56 +0000 next

Made one for my brother! Super fun, albeit a bit buggy. Nowadays Roms can be a bit tough to come by, and I’ve been meaning to upgrade him to a pi 4 but they are super expensive due to shortages.

2tone@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 06:30 +0000 next

I run a retro gaming elective and have really wanted to build one (or more) of these for it. I think I’m finally ready :)

Num10ck@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 19:03 +0000


2tone@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 19:05 +0000

After school activity for my students

Num10ck@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 19:48 +0000

oh cool i thought it was another of those communities/magazines/whatever to join.
what era of games do they prefer? how old are they?

sirico@feddit.uk on 26 Jul 2023 07:15 +0000

pi4’s are coming down at least here in the UK it might be worth reaching out to the community see if someone is near the store and if that wors out a bit cheaper. I would reccomend everyone keep a dedicated backup of their roms it’s becoming a bit of a faff to replace corrupted copies 🥧 🐷

potat@lemmy.dbzer0.com on 26 Jul 2023 06:35 +0000 next

I made one of these, albeit not a very good one - the exterior is made of stained wood but hey, I’m still proud of it :)

Quickswitch79@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 08:03 +0000 next

I do a bit of voluntary work in a place that has the full size version of these. My main gripe is the joystick. The ball bit is screwed on, not joined to the stick, so the ball keeps needing to be screwed back tight. Also I’m not sure if I’m just remembering things differently, but I’m sure the original sticks were longer. These feel too short for me.

ThreeHalflings@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 10:49 +0000 next

Pretty sure the ball bits are always screwed on (Archer: Phrasing!). If it’s coming loose some locktite or nylon plumber’s tape should hold it in place.

GCanuck@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 18:16 +0000

+1 for Loctite! Use the good stuff and it’ll never unscrew.

Also, the sticks aren’t shorter, you’re just bigger.

Hazdaz@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 08:18 +0000 next

I built a stand up retro arcade machine a few years back with some spare parts and wood I had. I never finished making it look “pretty” but tye functionality was there.

Here’s the thing, I kept it in the garage and because of that it wasn’t in the most super convenient location. It barely got used. But it sure took up a lot of space. I was ready to take it apart but my interests have switched to building something else and with that change I’m using the cabinet as a monitor stand instead.

Num10ck@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 15:25 +0000

i think in order to have it in a convenient location it needs to transform from typical furniture. has anyone made a stealth Mame box yet?

Hazdaz@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 18:51 +0000

Honestly, after o built the arcade, that’s when I just went with a cheapo mini retro console hooked up to the TV. It makes infinitely more sense since I’m in the living room so much of the time and everything is there. Hook up some wireless controllers to it and you’re good to go. If you want the old school arcade style stick,yiu can buy those as well.

Num10ck@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 19:00 +0000

i did that as well and it came with 100,000 games for $50! the SD card got corrupted and it fails to boot after less than a month of mild usage.

Hazdaz@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 19:09 +0000

Don’t let that stop you from trying again. The benefits of having all the old games you used to play within reach is worth trying with a better device. I recently bought a handheld device to see if having hundreds or even thoughts of games on the go is something I would use. Havent set up the device yet though.

Wolfwood1@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 08:43 +0000 next

I made one of these a few years ago, but I used an Odroid XU4 instead of Raspberry. For the system image (and games) I got it from ArcadePunks.com

FinalBoy1975@lemmy.world on 26 Jul 2023 18:11 +0000 next

I love it because it’s an arts and crafts project and a computer project all packed into one. I definitely want to try this. I think instead of buying something with RetroPie already installed I’d just get a cheapy mini computer and install it myself. You could totally get away with using old hardware from a pawn shop or yard sale, even.

BigTrout75@lemmy.world on 06 Aug 2023 01:02 +0000

Anyone know of a good bartop kit? This looks good but it’s 6 years old.