Building a cheap arcade setup


#1

Hi Im looking for tips on building a nice arcade setup with limited things… I have a ps3 and dreamcast with 2 Mas arcade sticks I usually play on the floor but I want to change it up a bit. Can I get some tips on how to build a small little arcade station, like I on what type of table or stool that I can put my two sticks on without it moving everywhere. I would like to know the distance I should have the tv from the sticks so it feels like a real arcade. Can I get some tips and small tools that you use thanks!


#2

Distance: Go look at a real arcade cab and take measurements or just go with whatever feels right to you… i dono

Tools… umm… ruler, pencil, screwdriver, drill, clamps, imagination, etc.

Materials… wood, glue, screws, misc. hardware


#3

Thanx… i need help finding sturdy stools or a table that will hold both sticks without moving… it seems like whatever i have it just keeps moving…


#4

If you decide to put in there a CRT over 20 inches then double whatever bracing you’d be planning on. Those things are heavy as hell and I have seen more than one home made setup crash due to not having enough support.


#5

I dont think hes planning on building his own cabinet… just a setup that will hold his 2 sticks in an arcade style configuration

I could be wrong though :confused:


#6

Ok, well then he has nothing to worry about. I used a 24 inch computer crt one time in a cab and I thought I gave myself a hernia just picking it up. If just a mini control panel/stick holder is built that would be pretty cool though. Like the x-arcade tank but with more room and good sticks actually in it.


#7

i would say if space isnt an issue, build a showcase cab (like NFL Blitz), basically just a pedestal (sp?) mount for both the sticks.

I would say build a pedestal, and have the sticks kinda counter sunk into it so that they wont move and your able to space them good enough for 2 players comfortably. With this you can move it around since it shouldnt be to heavy depending on how you do it. The only problem is you would need a TV eye height but if thats already solved then this is your best bet.


#8

I think I got the tv height And distance down but I need a to build something for my stick. Does anyone have tutorials and photos of theirs? Thanks so much for the people helping!


#9

would this book help you?


#10

no point in buying crt anymore.
a computer 24 inch lcd goes got 200-250 cdn now.
you would be able to skip the rgb adapter to the jamma board too since the monitor can display 15hz/24hz just fine with the vga port.


#11

does anyone else that has a Mas Stick feel like it moves around to much for something that is that big?