Home made full-size arcade game, fun and educational

@ ianlee74 has always surprised us with his skills in working with wood! Surprised? This is one of the very active programmers on this forum, a multi-skilled master.

His latest project is a do-it-yourself arcade game. He started with GHI’s FEZ Hydra Kiosk Kit and then built a full-size arcade around it. As for the games, he started with @ taylorza pakman and RallyX games. Other community members are working on other games as well. The open spirit of our community inspires us.

Wanna play Pacman?

or maybe RallyX?

All this done in .NET and visual studio, thanks to .NETMF and .NET Gadgeteer.

Ian’s original post: http://www.tinyclr.com/forum/topic?id=9807
FEZ Hydra Kiosk Kit: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/411
.NETMF: http://www.ghielectronics.com/products/dotnet-micro-framework
.NET Gadgeteer: http://www.ghielectronics.com/products/dotnet-gadgeteer

Edit: Audio was added later


Do I sense there is a requirement for a coin collection module?


Definitely! I plan to let my son’s friends pay his way through college!

@ ianlee74

VERY nice! Love it.
Woodworking AND Electronics!

Woodworker here but I make furniture and kids wooden toys. I’d never have thought of a do-it-yourself arcade game.

@ willgeorge - Thanks! I try to combine my woodworking & electronics hobbies whenever possible. Check out my “Software & Sawdust” blog.


very nice!

When I was a young boy, I wonder how the game machine works. Today, as these pictures are showing to me, probably i know. :)).

Awesome project Ian!

@ Jermtown - Thanks!

Here’s a sample now that sound has been added to Pacman.

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Well done.


Obviously, you’re not talking about my game play :wink: taylorza gets all the credit. Many thanks to him!

Stay tuned! Build instructions will be available this weekend.

You could absolutely fit this into an existing arcade if you’re fortunate enough to have one already. It uses the VideoOut module which requires a VGA monitor. So, any VGA monitor will do. Be sure and post pics/video of your build!

This picture shows who did the real work