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tetsuharu

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Cheap Sources For Arcade Parts?
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:03:15 PM »
I have been wanting to build several arcade cabinets at the lab for a while, and Chris is eager to start cutting things on his big CNC, so I guess the time is now :) .


What I'm planning on so far: 2 players per cabinet, 8 buttons + joystick per player.

The cheapest I've found arcade buttons + switches is actually at Sparkfun, $0.76/pc -- https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9180


Joysticks are available for $7-$9 all over the place.


and I was thinking of using old xbox controllers for gathering input, instead of a keyboard emulator / joystick emulator, but if anybody knows of a joystick emulator that can compete with the price of used xbox controllers, I'd be in.






Does anybody know where to source these parts for cheaper, or have experience making arcade cabinets and want to help?


The goal is 4 cabinets, networked together, running Windows for people writing XNA, Unity3D, pygame, and html5 games to show off their work, but with a really classical arcade feel.

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Re: Cheap Sources For Arcade Parts?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 08:19:41 PM »
Didn't you have a bunch of Atmel chips laying around?  There's that whole V-USB stuff that can make it emulate USB, but then you're talking about using a bunch of time getting it all working.


Here's some projects that use it http://www.obdev.at/products/vusb/prjhid.html


and licensing terms - they have a free version: http://www.obdev.at/products/vusb/license.html - which basically just says "Follow the GPL".
« Last Edit: August 20, 2012, 08:22:26 PM by ThantiK »

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Re: Cheap Sources For Arcade Parts?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 01:01:00 PM »
http://na.suzohapp.com/ - Maybe not so cheap, but this is real arcade. I bought the buttons that I built my Pop'n Music controller with. Quality stuff.

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Re: Cheap Sources For Arcade Parts?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2013, 11:14:04 PM »
I know this Post is a bit old, but I'd like to contribute to FamiLAB members however I can help.  I was just at SkyCraft and they have very large flat lighted switches in several colors that are very much like the old Arcade games , like Pacman and Centipede, etc.
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