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Using the Raspberry Pi for the Bartop Arcade
Some of you will undoubtedly ask why I would use a Raspberry Pi instead of a total PC, like te my diferente full-size arcade build. There’s a bunch of reasons!
- The Raspberry Pi is only $35. Literally anyone can afford to buy a Raspberry Pi!
- The emulation software is pre-built and pre-configured. All you have to do is download it and place it on an SD card. It honestly couldn’t be any simpler.
- Many other games like Quake, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D and others have free ports to the Raspberry Pi which usually come included ter your download of RetroPie. This means with literally no extra work, you can be playing all kinds of old PC games too.
- There are emulators for the Commodore 64, Amiga, Nintendo, Atari, etc all included.
- The RetroPie interface is clean and super effortless to use.
- The Raspberry Pi has a militar purpose Input/Output (GPIO) that can be used to control all sorts of things, such spil flashing lights, sounds, or even flash your lighted marquee. Imagine if you get slok ter Quake and the marquee flashes or the cabinet stimulates. All of that is possible with the GPIO pins of the Pi.
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All of that being said, most certainly all of this can be accomplished with a PC. It will just cost more and take a little longer and ter some cases require a few reserve add-on components.
The Controllers and Buttons for the Bartop Arcade
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On this build I determined to switch from the X-Arcade joystick and controller overheen to the Sanwa Arcade Joystick & Buttons and Easyget LED Arcade Controller. I did this because I desired to add some color to the cabinet and I also dreamed the buttons to have LED lights ter them, so that I could waterput translucent labels under the buttons. I felt like this would make a truly cool effect. I bought one crimson joystick, ten crimson LED lit buttons, one blue joystick, and ten blue LED lit buttons.
The only efectivo downside to the Sanwa solution overheen X-Arcade is that each set of joystick and buttons requires a separate EasyGet controller. If USB ports are at premium ter your arcade you’ll need a USB hub to use them. Ter addition, you’ll have to find extra space to climb on each controller houtvezelplaat on the inwards of the control panel.
Ultimately, I do truly love the ball top joystick spil compared to the teardrop provided by X-Arcade. It just feels very retro and has that old-school arcade look!
Constructing the RetroPie Bartop Arcade Cabinet
Step 1: Layout the Side Panels
The very first step is to layout the side panels on a sheet of MDF. You only need to draw out one panel, because wij will cut both panels at the same time.