Voodoo Lounge Arcade Machine

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Gregabyte, MissScarlet
Born On:
14:50, 27 March 2013 (CDT)
Last Updated:
16:21, 27 March 2013 (CDT)


The Voodoo Lounge would like to commission us to build an arcade cabinet. To keep costs down we should try to keep buying new items to a minimum.

Parts Needed/Cost

  • Cabinet shell (~3 4x8 sheets of plywood?)
  • Joystick(s)
  • Buttons
  • Coin mechanism (see Legalities)
  • PC motherboard (rPi? nanoATX?)
    • solid state storage
  • Button interface - I-PAC or homebrew microcontroller
  • Shell art
  • Screen
  • Linux (easy remote access and maintenance)
  • Cabrio (emulator front-end)


  • MAME is not for commercial use, can't use it in anything that charges money.
    • Low risk of lawsuit but we should play nice
  • ROMs are technically illegal
    • Gray area if you own the game (check for "public performance" clauses)
    • Charging for playing ROMs will get you sued fast


  • Must harden the shell against drunk behavior
    • Protect screen
    • Secure all parts well
    • Well sanded to prevent splinters
    • Well sealed wood and painted
  • A benefit performance may be held at Voodoo to raise money for this project.