Dean Swainy from The Official Retro Asylum Youtube Channel decided to build an arcade cabinet for at home, just as you do when you fancy a bit of a challenge, here in the video (almost an hour!) he goes through the entire process….
We spoke to Dean who gave us the full story….
As a child born in 1975, there was no escaping the the arcades while I was growing up. Every pub, working mans club, chip shop, mini cab office and even some newsagents had arcade machines in them, let alone the countless amusement arcades I visited each time we went on holiday or on a day trip down to the coast. Of course I had my ZX Spectrum & Atari 2600 back then to keep me entertained whilst I was at home but let’s face it, we all wanted our own arcade machine back in the day didn’t we?
Well back in 2011 I started up a small podcast called Retro Asylum that looked back at the games that I played whilst I was growing up. As the show became more popular, our listeners wanted to hear about arcade games as well as computer & console games.
Playing them via MAME whilst stuck in front of a PC is one thing but I wanted to experience the games with arcade buttons & joysticks. I was also disappointed with the games graphics looking far too sharpe compared to how I had experienced them previously.
So I started looking to buy an arcade cabinet, either a new one purposely made or find an old junked cab. However the prices were out of my reach so I started to look for alternative methods. My diy & wood working skills are practically zero but I bought a kit from eBay then bought some controls from ultracabs.co.uk and the rest as they say is history.
We at Arcade Punk are quire impressed with this build, LOVING the artwork, love the Dragons Lair theme, and love the lengthy examples in the video, definitely one for referencing on your new builds…