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Author Topic: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)  (Read 38075 times)

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (Updated 5th March)
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2011, 06:40:38 pm »
Here is the final photos of it, completely built and ready to go. Dead chuffed with myself to be honest! :D










And the black box on the back panel is a 2-player SNES adapter which is great for playing some of the classic SNES games with the original controllers  8)

Here's to a start of more things to come!

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2011, 09:47:26 pm »
Man it really cheeses me off everytime I see someone finish their project before me  :angry:

That really looks great. Job well done.

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2011, 05:48:05 pm »
Where did you get your marquee light? Are you happy with it? it looks very bright in the central part of your marquee (or is that just the pics?) I am debating to go with the light bulb style or the led's? Anyone have any thoughts for a bartop? happy with their marquee lights?

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #43 on: March 08, 2011, 03:07:46 am »
Where did you get your marquee light? Are you happy with it? it looks very bright in the central part of your marquee (or is that just the pics?) I am debating to go with the light bulb style or the led's? Anyone have any thoughts for a bartop? happy with their marquee lights?

It looks brighter and more centralised on the photos. All it is, is a pair of white cold cathode strip lights (like the ones you find for modding PCs). Only a couple of quid off Ebay. Yeah, I'm pretty happy - it works quite well.

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2011, 12:28:35 pm »
Great job Oliver - the cab looks very impressive.  :applaud:

I'm in the process of planning my first MAME project (I too am based in the UK) and will most likely use the Weecade designs as my template.  I have a few questions for you:

1.) Your artwork for the marquee and control panel are impressive.  Did you design them yourself?  Where did you get the control panel printed?
2.) Which joystick/buttons/PC interface did you use?
3.) Did you use 12mm MDF for the case?
4.) What spec PC did you use?
5.) Do you find the cabinet a little cramped when playing with two players?  In my plans I would like each player to have 6 buttons and feel that a wider barcade unit may be required.

Apologies in advance for some of these noob questions!  :notworthy:

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #45 on: March 10, 2011, 11:49:52 am »
Thank you!  :D

To answer your questions:


1.) Your artwork for the marquee and control panel are impressive.  Did you design them yourself?  Where did you get the control panel printed?
Yes, I designed them myself. They were printed by a friend of mine at work who prints his own stuff. It is only paper (but good quality)

2.) Which joystick/buttons/PC interface did you use?
They are only basic cheap buttons, and I bought them about 2 years ago (that's how long I had been meaning to start doing it!  ;)). I bought everything from Gremline Solutions, and they have a pack with everything in it. See here: http://www.gremlinsolutions.co.uk/products/cabbuildno1.htm  - so as you can see, I used the Mini-PAC interface.

3.) Did you use 12mm MDF for the case?
Yes I did.

4.) What spec PC did you use?
It was just an old PC that was lying around at work. It is a 3ghz Pentium D, 1gb RAM, 80gb HDD and just onboard sound and graphics. Seems to do the job pretty well.

5.) Do you find the cabinet a little cramped when playing with two players?  In my plans I would like each player to have 6 buttons and feel that a wider barcade unit may be required.
Not really. You do have to sit pretty close, but it's not uncomfortable in any way. But I will be mostly playing it mostly with my girlfriend anyway, and she doesn't mind being close.. :laugh:

Apologies in advance for some of these noob questions!  :notworthy:

Hope this helps. Give me a shout if you have any more questions.

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #46 on: March 12, 2011, 10:57:18 pm »
Looks amazing!  Did you use 1 molex connector to power both illuminated buttons? How exactly does that work with the led? Did you buy a molex adaptor?

Did you hot glue your joystick's to the cp? Looks like some kind of cement in the pictures what did you use?  Did you power your amp with your psu? Is it loud?

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #47 on: March 13, 2011, 05:52:46 am »
Looks amazing!  Did you use 1 molex connector to power both illuminated buttons? How exactly does that work with the led? Did you buy a molex adaptor?

Did you hot glue your joystick's to the cp? Looks like some kind of cement in the pictures what did you use?  Did you power your amp with your psu? Is it loud?


Thanks!  :D

I used some old Molex cables lying around at work to make it - it has one molex connector that goes to the PSU, and then just connected the two LEDs to it in series.

The joysticks have a screw in either corner to hold it down, but I covered it in hot glue too, to make sure it stayed there.

The amp is powered from the IEC connector on top. Both the speaker amp and the monitor is connected to this connector. The PSU isn't used.

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2011, 01:19:24 pm »
what version of operating system and MAME did you use due to the fact that your computer was older? how about emulators, can you list them?

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #49 on: March 19, 2011, 10:59:22 am »
It has Windows XP SP3 and I am using MAME 0.141.

The emulators that I am using are:

NES - FCEUX (but sound isn't great, so might change it)
SNES - ZSNES
Sega MegaDrive/Genesis - Fusion
Gameboy Colour/Advanced - VisualBoyAdvance
Nintendo 64 - Project64
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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #50 on: March 24, 2011, 06:16:26 am »
How do you get the monitor to automatically power on/off?  ???

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #51 on: March 24, 2011, 03:27:21 pm »
Did you find it easy to apply your adhesive cp artwork directly to the MDF? Many people have suggested priming and painting the mdf and then putting the artwork on? Did you have any issue with putting it directly onto the MDF? did you sand it, prep it at all?


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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #52 on: March 25, 2011, 10:10:11 pm »
Photo paper will work and look good, but if too thick will not bend very well. Local vendors will sign a self-adhesive vinyl print to, or I have been looking for gameongrafix.com, they seem pretty good, and even can be shipped to the UK...

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2011, 04:46:32 am »
How do you get the monitor to automatically power on/off?  ???

The power for the monitor plugs into a seperate IEC connector, which is joined with the speakers too. So it just comes on when I plug it in. I have a Y-split IEC cable, which plugs into both the PC and monitor, so they both turn on when they're plugged in. http://www.jpleisure.co.uk/13amp-2Way-IEC.jpg - Hope this helps and makes sense.

Did you find it easy to apply your adhesive cp artwork directly to the MDF? Many people have suggested priming and painting the mdf and then putting the artwork on? Did you have any issue with putting it directly onto the MDF? did you sand it, prep it at all?

The paper wasn't self adesive, it was just normal high quality paper. It is stuck on with a combination of spray mount and double sticky tape (really strong stuff).

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #54 on: May 22, 2011, 04:03:13 am »
hi jamie

I have just started to build a bartop based on yours and the weecade design. I really like your artwork did you do it yourself or get it custom made. Is there any chance that you could share it ? ;D

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2013, 04:49:34 pm »
Hi awesome build

do you have the .psd files for the control panel?

thanks

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Re: GameOver Arcade - Bartop arcade project (FINISHED - 5th March)
« Reply #56 on: July 25, 2013, 10:00:46 am »
Sorry for bring up such an old thread.  ;)

The cab is still going strong! Only that the cathodes behind the marquee stopped working, and I have yet to replace them. It now resides in my conservatory, and everyone likes to have a go on it when they come around.

Sorry to those that have tried to get in touch with me in regards to artwork and the like and for not getting back to you, please see below.

Hi awesome build

do you have the .psd files for the control panel?

thanks

Hi - I based my design off the original Weecade plans/design, found here: http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/drawweecade.htm - You should be able to import the PDF into photoshop and have a go at making your own. I don't want to supply PSD only on the basis that I like it to be unique, but feel free to get in touch if you need any help with it.

Here are some high resolution images of my artwork too, which you can use to help you towards designing your own:

http://yextreme.co.uk/arcade/GameOverArcade_marquee.tif
http://yextreme.co.uk/arcade/GameOverArcade_controlpanel_cropped.tif

Many thanks,
Jamie
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