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Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:13:25 pm »
G'day BYOAC'ers,

Ever since I first caught wind of this game a couple years back, I've been daydreaming about building a dedicated cab when it was released.

Well, it's finally out now and the response seems to be overwhelmingly positive. To be honest, I haven't actually played the game myself yet but I'm already in love with it: the whole concept really speaks to me and all indications are that Studio MDHR have made their crazy idea a reality.

It seems I'm not the only one that sees the potential in a Cuphead cab so it'll be interesting to see if anyone else attempts something similar...

This will be my first scratch-build and also the first project I've taken the time to document at BYOAC. No set timeline (finishing by Christmas would be nice... but probably unrealistic) and the only other fixed parameters are that it's "CRT or nothing" and I'm abstaining from actually playing the game (aside from testing) until the project is completed. :)

Wish me luck... :P
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 08:15:11 pm »
Project Plan

Reserved for forthcoming project plan.

Specifications:

Display
  • CRT
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Progressive scan (i.e. 480p)
  • Preferably direct RGB input (but component is an option)
Audio

Controls
  • iPac encoder
Computer

Cabinet
  • Perspex
  • Backlit by flouro light
Marquee

Configuration
« Last Edit: October 09, 2017, 07:48:57 pm by Paradroid »
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 08:36:21 pm »
This would be awesome and reminds me of the great job a member did on a dedicated cab when Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime came out. As far as I know, this game is currently only playable in 16:9 ratio so CRT may have a bit of wasted space unless you find one of those badass Sony widescreen CRT's.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 08:37:15 pm »
After getting excited about this idea earlier in the week, I scanned Trade Me (I live in the South Island of New Zealand) and chanced upon a 16:9 CRT with VGA input!

I have a couple other Philips Matchline III 4:3 CRTs in my shed and their image quality is exceptional using the VGA input. Hopefully this unit lives up to expectations!





My concerns are:
  • How do you design a widescreen cab that doesn't look ugly? (Sorry, I'm a child of the 80/90s... in my mind nothing's real arcade machine without a 4:3 CRT).
  • How do you build a 52 kg CRT into a cab and not have it want to topple over?!
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 07:29:23 am »
That game looks awesome!!!

A lot of widescreen crt cabs were either sit down enclosed style (think Star Wars or jurrasic park) or pedastol. I'd build a pedastool. Some space between screen and player is needed for larger screens anyways.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 08:00:26 am »
Nice find on the widescreen CRT! I think a widescreen could be really cool. You may just have to get a really good bezel design. Think of all the design real estate vertical games had for bezels in their cab - this would be the same but horizontal. You may have to work with the tilt angle of the screen a bit to get the weight of the glass more evenly distributed over the entire base of the cab but lots of games did this like Konami cabs for NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat II, etc. Golden Tee is another cab that had a pretty severe screen angle. Good luck, you are going to have to build a beast of a cab to support that. Looking forward to seeing this thing built.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2017, 12:31:14 pm »
Just an idea or to inspire you a bit...

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 08:05:56 pm »
the game looks awesome and you have a good cabinet in the making. i too have been daydreaming of a cab like this after seeing that black and white video the other day... glad someones gonna do it.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2017, 04:55:31 am »


You may have to work with the tilt angle of the screen a bit to get the weight of the glass more evenly distributed over the entire base of the cab but lots of games did this like Konami cabs for NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat II, etc. Golden Tee is another cab that had a pretty severe screen angle.

I Googled those cabs to remind me of the screen angle and you're right: since the tube I end up with will most likely be 32 inch (due to availability), there's gonna need to be a fair bit of angling to distribute weight and also get some distance from the player's eyes.

The other issue is designing something that'll maneuver  through a standard door frame. Time will tell if that's possible...
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2017, 04:57:35 am »
Just an idea or to inspire you a bit...


Glorious, eh?! :)

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2017, 08:32:54 am »


You may have to work with the tilt angle of the screen a bit to get the weight of the glass more evenly distributed over the entire base of the cab but lots of games did this like Konami cabs for NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat II, etc. Golden Tee is another cab that had a pretty severe screen angle.

I Googled those cabs to remind me of the screen angle and you're right: since the tube I end up with will most likely be 32 inch (due to availability), there's gonna need to be a fair bit of angling to distribute weight and also get some distance from the player's eyes.

The other issue is designing something that'll maneuver  through a standard door frame. Time will tell if that's possible...

Like I said - do a pedastool. They are module. Usually three pieces. The monitor section will fit through a door sideways and can use a dolly if designed with an even side (no pertrusions). One person carry the bridge. Two people lift and carry the control panel.

A conventional cabinet with a large wide screen would just be huge and cumbersome. Get tips by going to Dave and busters. Look at the shooters like time crisis and such. I know newer games have LCD and a super thin bridge, but you get the idea. The bridge not only to connect controls, but could be used as bracing.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2017, 07:55:52 pm »
Like I said - do a pedastool. They are module. Usually three pieces. The monitor section will fit through a door sideways and can use a dolly if designed with an even side (no pertrusions).
I appreciate the advice: there are aspects of a pedestal design that would make the project more practical but, for me, there's no love there. I have a few fond memories of playing Last Blade 2 on a mega rear-projection pedestal setup in Timezone but, aside from that, all the amazing pedestal work I see here just leaves me cold.:dunno

It is a good point though, if the only way to make a 16:9 CRT work is to build a cab the size of a Port-a-loo then it may be a non-starter...
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2017, 12:59:39 am »
Pedastool?

Port a loo?

Can't grow your own vegetables?

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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2017, 01:27:38 am »
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2017, 06:19:25 am »
What's your overall design aesthetic?  Are you going for that 1930s woodgrain TV unit look?  Something else?

I love the visual design of Cuphead, and have been trying to imagine what a dedicated cab for it (and a number of other indie games out lately) would look like.  I'm keen to see your progress on this one.

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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2017, 06:47:45 am »
Could always get a smaller trinitron wega (widescreen crt). A smaller tv would make sense in a cab that you don't want to be enormous. Trinitron wegas are common and people still use them where I live. We even have some knock off of it too. Just an idea.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2017, 05:52:23 pm »
You inspired me to try in my cab and it works brilliantly!
Just a 640x480i CRT Sony Trinitron but playability is spot on so far.
I need more buttons, and she playing Ďpress Zí doesnít re-map if you remap the jump / firee etc.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2017, 04:41:28 am »


Just a 640x480i CRT Sony Trinitron but playability is spot on so far.
Nice! Cool cab, BTW. You retrofitted a Trini in there?! Nice!

Yeah, button layout is gonna be interesting...

I count: shoot, jump, lock, dash, ex shot and switch weapon. Keen to come up with something logical based on usage in-game rather than just roll with a standard layout. We'll see...

Busy Monday but found 30 mins to mess around with this 32 inch Grundig that I picked for $2 recently. RGB via SCART but the picture is mangled by the dreaded 100 Hz processing.

Didn't have time start creating and testing 16:9 modelines yet... Just wanted to try to get some perspective on just how big a 32 inch widescreen is (or isn't).

Laptop and NZ standard issue control panel provide perspective.

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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2017, 05:53:12 am »
My potential favorite build! This game looks so cool and if you manage to stay close to the design, the cabinet should become fantastic!

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2017, 11:07:54 am »
You need to build in a Black and White mode:



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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2017, 05:01:28 pm »
I count: shoot, jump, lock, dash, ex shot and switch weapon. Keen to come up with something logical based on usage in-game rather than just roll with a standard layout. We'll see...

Yeah - I'd recommend playing for a while so you know what buttons you need.  You'll also need [escape] to come out of menus, shops etc. You may need some more so probably better to play so you know what you need!

Having played for a bit tonight:
 * Game is superb for an arcade build.  Feels 'just right'.  It's very hard though!
 * I need more than 4 buttons.
 * You can remap the buttons, but when it says 'press Z' you need to press 'z'.
 * Looks great on my 25" CRT, even with top and bottom borders.  You don't even notice them the CRT is so black!
 * Resolution looks great, even though it's 480i with borders.  It must be missing details but you don't notice.
 * The beauty of having is like this is it can be a multi-purpose cab and not humungous!

Good luck with the project, I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2017, 07:32:12 pm »
Having played for a bit tonight:
 * I need more than 4 buttons.
 * You can remap the buttons, but when it says 'press Z' you need to press 'z'.

All that shouldn't be a problem. With an I-PAC you can reassign the keycodes so that a button can map to 'Z' or 'z'.

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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2017, 11:05:36 pm »
You need to build in a Black and White mode

B&W looks cool, eh?! Apparently there is an inbuilt monochrome mode to unlock: Cuphead Secrets Guide: How To Unlock Black-And-White Mode And More

You can remap the buttons, but when it says 'press Z' you need to press 'z'.
All that shouldn't be a problem. With an I-PAC you can reassign the keycodes so that a button can map to 'Z' or 'z'.

That's weird... a bug, I guess. Will be interesting to see if they come out with many updates in the coming months.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2017, 07:04:18 pm »
If I were you, I'd rethink the i-Pac encoder and go with hacked Xbox 360 controllers instead.  Most Steam games are Xinput friendly now, some even abandoning proper keyboard controls altogether.

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« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2017, 07:30:27 pm »
I'd rethink the i-Pac encoder and go with hacked Xbox 360 controllers instead. Most Steam games are Xinput friendly now, some even abandoning proper keyboard controls altogether.

Thanks for the tip! I have both gadgets on hand so at some stage I'll dive deep and determine if the I-PAC will do the job or not. I have no aversion to hacking a Xbox controller. In fact, it would probably be a fun (and maybe cheaper?) detour. :)

For me, the CRT display is the bright shining center of an arcade cabinet so I'm waiting on Mainfreight to collect and deliver the monster Philips 32 inch 16:9 CRT that I purchased. Once that arrives I'll determine whether it's going to be possible to build a cab that will house that tube and also squeeze through a standard 820 mm Aussie/Kiwi door frame. If the answer is "yes", then the rest of the project will pickup pace.

In my mind, controls are less of a concern (because you can still buy everything new) whereas CRT choices are limited to what surfaces on the second-hand market (and the bulk of NZ's CRT are already 6 foot under).
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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2017, 05:40:50 pm »
In my mind, any artwork considerations were weeks away until I saw these:







Would be amazing to have one or two of these as the cabinet side art!!! :D

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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 10:24:35 am »
That would look bloody awful.



Also keep in mind that if you use this, you have to come up with something in a similar style for the marquee, the CP and possibly a bezel.
                  

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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2017, 11:03:34 am »
That would look bloody awful.



Also keep in mind that if you use this, you have to come up with something in a similar style for the marquee, the CP and possibly a bezel.

Word.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2017, 11:34:18 am »
That would look bloody awful.



Also keep in mind that if you use this, you have to come up with something in a similar style for the marquee, the CP and possibly a bezel.

Word.

Agreed. Iím not feeling it at all.
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« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2017, 11:36:47 am »
Slap these things on either side.  Done.




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« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2017, 11:39:40 am »
Slap these things on either side.  Done.



THIS ^. And then just put the title CUPHEAD under their feet. DONE. Do NOT over-think the art.
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« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2017, 12:09:07 pm »
Collages always suck.

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« Reply #32 on: October 12, 2017, 02:50:21 pm »
Collages always suck.



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« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2017, 09:12:45 pm »
Well, the opinion leaders have spoken! ;D

That would look bloody awful.



Thanks for taking the time to mock that up... in that context, I can see it would definitely be problematic as is.

The framing could be improved if the artist provided non-cropped images allowing for more considered centering and (for the first example) additional whitespace. You know, like this kinda thing:



Also keep in mind that if you use this, you have to come up with something in a similar style for the marquee, the CP and possibly a bezel.

Yes, that's actually my biggest concern with that art style: I don't have the skills required to produce additional complimentary artwork. To make it work I'd have to contrast the hectic side art with something austere on the control panel and marquee.

Agreed. Iím not feeling it at all.

Is it a taste thing or an "it just ain't gonna work" thing? I like gaudy '80s art. Gives me that fuzzy yesteryear feeling (just like arcade games themselves).

Collages always suck.

I agree, but, strictly speaking, they're not collages. This is a collage:



Slap these things on either side. Done.



Yep, sure. In my defense, my original intention (and also still a safe bet) was to take the supplied official art, convert to vector, arrange to size and print.

Marquee:



Then stick a character on each side:



This would married to a wood grain cab (like some of the others I've put together):



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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2017, 01:07:19 am »
I keep saying that a cabinet for this game needs to have both protagonists on the sides. One on each.  And the tops of the side panels of the cab need to contour to the top of their art.  Think Burger Time. Hell, a wide-body variant of the burger time cab would be ideal.  That would allow for a 16:9 CRT, and two player controls.  I'd use them as a starting point, figure the width of a de-cased 16:9 monitor and use that plus a little extra as your width.  Mock it up, maybe in Sketchup quickly. If you are serious and have a good plan/concept in place i don't see why you couldn't approach the Moldenhauer's to get actual vector artwork for the whole cab. ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---, maybe if your mockup and planning is on point and they can they might help you out. leave the top of the design somewhat open ended as to fit the sideart like the chefs hat does. Getting art from the source has happened a few times before for some of us. a HUGE part of the look of a cab is it's art package. it was 50% of my DK build.  Hell, they're also Canadian, so the worst thing they'll say is a very polite "No".  :)

CAD is available as a starting point...
http://www.classicarcadecabinets.com/burgertime.html

I've been wanting to build this cabinet for some time now. Red and blue bat top sticks with matching red and blue gold-leaf buttons from Ultimarc. Same branded matching yellow for the primary cab colour with a slightly darker then medium grey (instead of blue like on B.T.), and black for the kickplate and inside walls....   I just have too many restoration projects on my plate these days to take up a scratch build. 


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« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2017, 08:57:20 am »
I agree with Chance! Contact the MDHR team for official assets or even a chat about what an official promotional cab would look like in their eyes if it were to ever happen.

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« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2017, 02:33:20 pm »
^ No. 

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« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2017, 02:34:52 pm »
Ugh. No.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2017, 02:48:13 pm »
Think Burger Time. Hell, a wide-body variant of the burger time cab would be ideal. 

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2017, 03:47:00 pm »
I like me some wood grain, and even Iím like AW, HELL NAW!
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2017, 06:11:37 pm »
I think it would be very easy to get all crazy with this artwork...but in the end, less could be more. I like the idea of using a Midway style machine just build it a touch wider to accomodate a wide-screen and a 2 player control panel. Use this as a starting point perhaps...

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #43 on: October 13, 2017, 06:15:57 pm »



This! Iíd bring the art down a bit, but that has the makings of a classic cab...
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #44 on: October 13, 2017, 08:26:59 pm »
One guy on each side. Much larger. No title. The title goes on the marquee.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #45 on: October 13, 2017, 08:29:00 pm »
One guy on each side. Much larger. No title. The title goes on the marquee.

I could see that.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #46 on: October 13, 2017, 08:32:05 pm »
One guy on each side. Much larger. No title. The title goes on the marquee.

I could see that.
My first thought was a giant Pi on each side. I don't think you would want the liability of people dropping dead in your mancave from the epic awesomeness of that sight.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #47 on: October 13, 2017, 08:32:25 pm »
One guy on each side. Much larger. No title. The title goes on the marquee.

I could see that.
Yep. Same. However, the abundance of yellow is a no-go for me... wouldn't be welcome in the spaces this cab will inhabit.

So, find the alternative (woodgrain, grey, off-white?) to that and I'm set.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #48 on: October 14, 2017, 07:11:53 pm »
logo needs a bend in it. like an arch, not much, but a subtle one and i think you got it.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #49 on: October 15, 2017, 02:05:27 am »
More grist for the mill...

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #50 on: October 15, 2017, 09:16:11 am »
I think the side art needs to be smaller. You can't have the side art take up ten percent of the surface area. It takes away from the giant expanse of plain yellow. :P

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #51 on: October 15, 2017, 12:39:17 pm »




                  

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #52 on: October 15, 2017, 01:49:32 pm »
That is much better.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #53 on: October 15, 2017, 01:55:30 pm »
That has a cool Burgertime vibe.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #54 on: October 15, 2017, 05:59:15 pm »
I totally get where Chance is coming from with the BurgerTime take on things (iconic cabinet, similar colour scheme, etc.) but I just can't get with the vast yellow canvas (even though it's inline with the official art).



Takes me somewhere I don't wanna go:



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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #55 on: October 15, 2017, 10:38:51 pm »




YES!  ---smurfing--- THAT!

I was thinking in my head a more aggressive pose, but thats ---smurfing--- killer.   And if you don't like the yellow (which is nuts, but i see what you mean) then make it White, or Orange.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #56 on: October 16, 2017, 02:48:00 am »
Less yellow, more white.

                  

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #57 on: October 16, 2017, 09:37:07 am »
I totally get where Chance is coming from with the BurgerTime take on things (iconic cabinet, similar colour scheme, etc.) but I just can't get with the vast yellow canvas (even though it's inline with the official art).
Maybe because it's just not the right tint of yellow?

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #59 on: October 16, 2017, 06:00:44 pm »
That image is from this guy's build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhi85lFq6w4

Ah, cool! Thanks for the heads-up, I hadn't seen that in my travels. That marquee looks sweet! :)

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #60 on: October 17, 2017, 02:48:26 am »
You are going to put a 85.5 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 52 kg 32" CRT TV into a cab? That cab will be huge, 90 - 100 cm wide, and at least 75 - 80 cm deep. If you put it on wheels and mount a gun to it, you will be able to invade small countries with it.
While having fun during the coffee breaks.

Seriously though, standing close to such a big display, you might have trouble seeing everything on the screen without moving your head, which is not exactly ideal for playing games.
I recommend putting the TV into the position it is going to have in the cab, fire up a game and stand close to it to test if that's going to be comfortable or not.
                  

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2017, 03:01:03 am »
I recommend putting the TV into the position it is going to have in the cab, fire up a game and stand close to it to test if that's going to be comfortable or not.

Yes, absolutely planning to do that. Going to require a pretty steep screen angle for it to work at all. Kinda like a the NZ low boy I have:



To make this work, I'm gonna need to mount the tube pretty much to the sides of the cab i.e. the overall width will be the width of tube plus width of the two MDF sides. I really don't wanna end up with something much wider than 800 mm. Control panel no wider than the cab (which is fine by me... my other cabs are all 600 mm CPs and I can deal with the 2P intimacy).

Will mock-up screen angle and control panel distance from screen once the beast arrives.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #62 on: October 17, 2017, 03:06:42 am »
You are going to put a 85.5 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 52 kg 32" CRT TV into a cab?

Worth pointing out that the tube will be under 80 cm wide. Total width of the TV will include the narrow speakers and chunky plastic casing.
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« Reply #63 on: October 17, 2017, 09:52:13 am »
I have Cuphead and it's a great game. I think it is perfect for an arcade since it is mostly just boss fights.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #64 on: October 17, 2017, 01:31:12 pm »
You know I think a very light yellow wood grain background would be killer - think light yellow oak - bowling alley lane type...




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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #65 on: October 18, 2017, 04:18:21 pm »
Another Cuphead cabinet video was just posted at the The CRT Collective Facebook page.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #66 on: October 18, 2017, 04:24:35 pm »
Another Cuphead cabinet video was just posted at the The CRT Collective Facebook page.

Those controls are straight ugly. Bubble tops and LEDs? That doesn't match the theme whatsoever.

Also the bezel is sloppy. The word "Cuphead" is just cut in half. Lazy. In fact, nowhere does it actually say the title CUPHEAD anywhere on the machine. LOL

I trust that you can do much better than that, when you build yours.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #67 on: October 18, 2017, 05:34:05 pm »
I trust that you can do much better than that, when you build yours.

Mate, I'm all over "Keep ratio" when resizing images. I'll be fine. ;)

Seriously though, I'm not here wasting everyone's time just to end up slapping something like that together...
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #68 on: October 19, 2017, 04:09:40 pm »
Think Burger Time. Hell, a wide-body variant of the burger time cab would be ideal. 

How the hell are you going to squeeze an aircraft carrier into the design if you do that?

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #69 on: October 19, 2017, 04:14:17 pm »
I think it would be very easy to get all crazy with this artwork...but in the end, less could be more. I like the idea of using a Midway style machine just build it a touch wider to accomodate a wide-screen and a 2 player control panel. Use this as a starting point perhaps...




Nope... 100% of the Artwork opinions are from guys who haven't even played the game. The only reason this game is amazing is the Artwork... and you are going to just put the two main characters up there? Boring!


There is a happy medium here so don't give up. I liked your idea about the use of white space like the Centipede side art. Go that way. I think including those amazing bosses brings more life into the cab.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #70 on: October 19, 2017, 04:15:36 pm »
Less yellow, more white.



Blue guys name is Mugman.... it looks confusing.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #71 on: October 19, 2017, 04:19:29 pm »
Another Cuphead cabinet video was just posted at the The CRT Collective Facebook page.


I love the Devil and King Dice Side Art! See you need to rethink the Artwork. Just having the characters will make your cabinet not stand out at all. It will look like you put a couple of Street Fighter II champsionship eddition stickers on the side and called it good.

You gotta incorporate the Art!
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« Reply #72 on: October 19, 2017, 04:21:08 pm »
Controls did look like crap though. I do agree with that. You will do better than that for sure.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #73 on: October 20, 2017, 05:11:48 am »
It will look like you put a couple of Street Fighter II champsionship eddition stickers on the side and called it good.

Haha! Nice to hear a divergent opinion! The fan art didn't go over well hear but it made noise elsewhere:



In other news, my CRT arrived!



The bad news is that it's completely ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- ---fouled up beyond all recognition--- out of its tree:



A "technical tap" stirred some life:



And then this:



No amount of degaussing would move those flares and the TV also goes into shutdown after a while.

The seller went to so much effort to package the thing but I'm almost convinced she didn't bother powering on to see if it was worth her time and my money. I'm pissed but also completely miffed at the situation. Will be having words...

After that major downer, I pulled out the 4:3 variant of the Matchline III series I already had stashed in my shed:











That's running 480p RGB. Dot pitch is not like a Sony but the image is still impressive! As always with CRTs, the photos don't do justice. Balanced out the bad chemicals in my brain, seeing that.

So, the 16:9 was an expensive fizzer and there's no equivalent listed on Trade Me currently. :( Gonna be a waiting game...

The only positive is that I now know I can run this size screen and keep the cab width under 820 mm (standard door frame width).



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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #74 on: October 20, 2017, 07:47:23 am »
If you paid for that thing with a credit card, dispute the charge immediately. That will give you all of the leverage. The item arrived not as advertised.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #75 on: October 20, 2017, 07:48:30 am »
dumb

Cant all be winners. Replying to a week old post with a weak old post is dumb too =)


Paradroid, I like the bugertime-esque sides but I think a more muted color (like a nice mid grey) on the sides with a yellow CPO & Marquee makes more sense. I'd pop the back off that TV you got and check for broken traces and bad caps.


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« Reply #76 on: October 20, 2017, 12:57:37 pm »
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Cant all be winners. Replying to a week old post with a weak old post is dumb too =)



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« Reply #77 on: October 20, 2017, 01:03:46 pm »
It will look like you put a couple of Street Fighter II champsionship eddition stickers on the side and called it good.

Haha! Nice to hear a divergent opinion! The fan art didn't go over well hear but it made noise elsewhere:






I am telling you there is a happy medium... use of white space is a must. There is so much beautiful Art in this game it's worth the effort to really kock it out of the park. Otherwise why bother making a cabinet.

Look at this!

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« Reply #78 on: October 20, 2017, 01:06:16 pm »
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« Reply #79 on: October 20, 2017, 01:06:48 pm »
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« Reply #80 on: October 20, 2017, 01:09:51 pm »
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« Reply #81 on: October 20, 2017, 01:55:49 pm »

Look at this!



This one. Right here.^^^^

Looks like side art and isnít a ---smurfy--- collage jumble.
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« Reply #82 on: October 20, 2017, 02:12:01 pm »
Another Cuphead cabinet video was just posted at the The CRT Collective Facebook page.

 Not trying to pile on- but Yes, that seems to be tossed together rather hastily with leftover parts.
Not quite bad enough for here though..
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #83 on: October 20, 2017, 02:55:19 pm »

Look at this!

This one. Right here.^^^^

Looks like side art and isnít a ---smurfy--- collage jumble.

and its easy enough to get rid of those annoying watermarks too.
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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #84 on: October 21, 2017, 02:29:02 pm »
How many buttons do you need for each player? I've heard you need a button for the mid-air jump in addition to the jump, sounds stupid if true. Would it be possible to map those two to the same button?  :cheers:

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« Reply #85 on: October 21, 2017, 02:51:50 pm »
How many buttons do you need for each player? I've heard you need a button for the mid-air jump in addition to the jump, sounds stupid if true. Would it be possible to map those two to the same button?  :cheers:

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #86 on: October 26, 2017, 11:13:00 pm »
have you got anywhere with that iPAC?

I'm trying to get CupHead setup on my cab with iPAC but there are a few problems
mainly, that CupHead is one of those games that requires separate devices per player. So player 1 can use a keyboard but player 2 must use a joystick.

Someone else also mentioned the hard mapping of the Z key for world interactions, and that's true (and annoying) but it's also true that you need the enter key for menu navigation and the escape key to back out of menus.

I thought I'd solve this with Vjoy. just make profiles to map the keyboard keys to virtual joysticks. while that solves the 2-player issue, it doesn't solve the menu navigation and Z-key issues as for whatever reason cuphead ONLY accept joystick inputs from a 360 controller for those things... normal joysticks (and thus vjoy) aren't supported in the menu  and over-world interactions.

people on the steam forum are using x360ce to get around these problems with normal joysticks... I haven't figured out how to integrate that into my setup yet... for you you might be better off just pad hacking some 360 controllers to avoid the ridiculous joystick emulation mess that is trying to use modern pc games with a keyboard encoder.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #87 on: October 27, 2017, 10:25:34 am »
Keyboard encoders have been obsolete for using joysticks on modern PC games and replaced by the Xbox 360 controller for several years now.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #88 on: October 27, 2017, 12:33:55 pm »

I like this one...

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #89 on: December 08, 2017, 02:52:44 pm »
Szabo's Arcades offers a Cuphead art kit now:
https://szabosarcades.com/products/cup-head-art-set

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #90 on: December 08, 2017, 09:20:49 pm »
Szabo's Arcades offers a Cuphead art kit now:
https://szabosarcades.com/products/cup-head-art-set

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« Reply #91 on: December 09, 2017, 02:17:58 am »
I think he gave up on this project anyway.
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« Reply #92 on: December 09, 2017, 02:27:37 am »
I think he gave up on this project anyway.

Nah... was just really bummed that my fist CRT turned out to be an expensive dud and have also had to travel quick a bit for work recently.

Still have the project in mind though and picked up a second 16:9 CRT on Wednesday. Sony Wega with component input.

I have a Kramer FC-14 transcoder that I plan house with this TV. No idea if the TV can do 480p yet (would prefer not to be interlaced) but I'll find out when I get a chance to test.

Also have been working to clear my shed of other projects...

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« Reply #93 on: December 09, 2017, 02:35:45 am »
over priced and aesthetically displeasing.

Agree.

Have trawled through all the photos on Coinop Warehouse's FB page and have definitely warmed to the yellow vibe (mimicking the classics) with athe idea to have a simple artwork overlay.

As stated in the beginning, the CRT is the start point for me so the design will start once that's locked in.

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« Reply #94 on: December 12, 2017, 12:58:37 pm »
As a last resort, why not go with a 4:3 CRT?  It looks pretty fantastic on my 27" Multisync monitor on my MAME cab.  I'm actually glad that the developers didn't forget about us 4:3 guys.

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Re: Cuphead dedicated cab (feasibility study stage)
« Reply #95 on: December 12, 2017, 01:54:23 pm »
As a last resort, why not go with a 4:3 CRT?

Yes, there's always that. Would certainly make the cabinet decision easier (more conventional).

I have two 29 inch Philips Matchline III CRTs with VGA input. Both have an excellent picture quality.

I'm actually glad that the developers didn't forget about us 4:3 guys.

What did you mean by that? There's still no actual 4:3 mode, is there?
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