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Awesome Arcades

A Day with a Japanese Game Center Worker

A Day with a Japanese Game Center Worker

Paolo from Tokyo followed Mai as she went about her job as a game center employee in Tokyo. Mai works at a branch of Taito Game Station, one of the largest arcade chains in Japan. It’s a fascinating look not just behind the scenes, but at how much the staff help customers win and get prizes. And yes, Frieren deserves all that fame and more.

Retro Game Room Carpets

Retro Game Room Carpets
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Turn your living room, man cave, or any room into a game room with these fun retro rugs from Dreaming Alien. They come in vibrant geometric patterns that look like they came out of a 1980s video arcade – minus the cigarette burns. Our faves are the Galactic March and Earth Bound styles. They’re available in sizes from 24″ x 36″ to 96″ x 120″.

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Cheating at Arcade Games with Science

Cheating at Arcade Games with Science

Mark Rober likes to use his engineering skills to help the little guy get a fair shake. After showing us how to improve our chances at carnival games, he built a series of portable devices that help him cheat and score the most at skill-based arcade games, and also shows us which ones are complete scams.

GRS Build-A-Cade Mini Arcade Cabinet Kit

GRS Build-A-Cade Mini Arcade Cabinet Kit

The Build-A-Cade is a 1:6-scale arcade cabinet that works with your own Raspberry Pi 3 or 4 board. It has a tiny metal joystick and three buttons, plus 5-button joystick, trackball, and spinner control options. Its rear has an SD card slot, USB ports, and an HDMI port, while its coin door has a hidden headphone jack.

Arcade Business Card Holder

Arcade Business Card Holder

Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.

Capcom Home Arcade

Capcom Home Arcade

The retro console craze continues. The Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play console shaped like the company’s logo. It’s has real Sanwa arcade controls, and comes loaded with 16 true arcade games, including Darkstalkers, Street Fighter II, and Alien vs. Predator.

Picade Arcade Controller Console Kit

Picade Arcade Controller Console Kit

Pimoroni’s Picade Console Kit is the screen-less version of its Picade Desktop Arcade Kit. It comes with the same joysticks, buttons and Picade X HAT as the desktop arcade kit. All you need to add is a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, a microSD card and an HDMI cable.

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Love Hulten Pixelkabinett 42 Arcade

Love Hulten Pixelkabinett 42 Arcade

Love Hulten’s two-player arcade machine Pixelkabinett 42 Limestone Eclipse edition has a stone-like textured finish, granite laminated panels, handmade joysticks, and a center cavity which houses a backlit, ringed planet. The light’s brightness and color can be adjusted.

Pac-Man Pixel Bash Chill

Pac-Man Pixel Bash Chill

Namco’s Pac-Man Pixel Bash Chill is an arcade cabinet that has a mini-fridge where the coin door would normally be. It also has a bottle opener and a pair of bottle holders. It comes with 32 officially licensed games, including Galaga, Xevious and of course Pac-Man.

DIY All-in-one Arcade Machine

DIY All-in-one Arcade Machine

Instructables member pjnovas built a portable plug-and-play arcade machine where all of the electronics are housed inside the arcade controller. All you need is an HD monitor or TV. It can also be used as a normal arcade controller on other systems.

2018 Picade Desktop Arcade Kit

2018 Picade Desktop Arcade Kit

Pimoroni’s Picade is a DIY kit that lets you build a sweet desktop arcade machine powered by a Raspberry Pi single board computer. The 2018 release has new artwork, updated electronics, a more user-friendly layout, and instructions and more.

Nintendo Switch Face-to-Face Stand

Nintendo Switch Face-to-Face Stand
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Columbus Circle’s arcade-style stand for the Nintendo Switch has slots for two consoles, so you can play multiplayer games face-to-face with your buddies. It works just as well as a single console stand. It has a cable slot and ventilation so you can play on it for hours.

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Sega Arcade: Pop-Up History Book

Sega Arcade: Pop-Up History Book

The Sega Arcade: Pop-Up History is a pop-up book that celebrates the work of game designer Yu Suzuki. It includes pop-up models of the arcade machines for Hang-On, Space Harrier, OutRun, ThunderBlade and After Burner along with their stories.

PixelQuest Arcade Kit for the Switch

PixelQuest Arcade Kit for the Switch

Nyko’s PixelQuest is a cardboard arcade cabinet kit for the Nintendo Switch. It has slots for the unit itself and two Joy-Cons. The controller slots have mechanical buttons for the shoulder buttons. You also get a pair of joysticks. Available soon for only $20.

From Atari to Chuck E. Cheese

From Atari to Chuck E. Cheese

Great Big Story presents a short interview and documentary about Nolan Bushnell, the man who not only gave birth to the video game industry, as founder of Atari, but who also founded numerous other companies, including Pizza Time Theater, home to Chuck E. Cheese.

Mixbox Arcade Controller

Mixbox Arcade Controller

Unlike other arcade controllers, the Mixbox has mechanical keyboard directional keys instead of an analog joystick (or buttons). It uses Cherry MX key switches and Sanwa Denshi buttons. It works with the PS3, PS4 and PC.

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