Adding a Scanline Generator

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One of the most immediate feelings that hit me when I was emulating on a computer was not that I missed the era-correct controls for game, but rather they did not look like I had remembered them to look.  Playing these games on any modern monitor, even at lower resolutions, leaves a fair amount to be desired.  Sprites looked washed … Read More

Keyboard Volume Control with Triggerhappy

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One feature that is common in cabinets is the inclusion of some sort of simple volume control. Some of the examples that I have seen involved simply exposing an amplifiers control panel through the back of the cabinet, custom wiring a mounted control knob, or providing buttons which are mapped to a keypress. The latter is the most alluring to … Read More

Getting Rid of the Raspberry Pi Boot Screen

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Raspberry Pi Logo

One of the purposes of building an arcade cabinet is to “suspend disbelief”.  In other words, even though the cabinet is meant to look like the real thing, it is ultimately just a fancy computer case housing some sort of computer.  When that computer is a Raspberry Pi, it inherits the very Linux roots of Raspbian’s Debian boot screen.  The … Read More

Transferring to New Domain

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The new home of this blog will shortly become  As of yesterday, the domain name was registered, and I am waiting for it to propagate before beginning the migration process.  I expect for a seamless transition, and a majority of the preparatory work has already been done.  Once I see that the domain is reachable from a majority of … Read More

A Tale of Two Cabinets

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Despite having the final location of my eventual upright cabinet build cleared away, I had decided that it will be the bartop cabinet that I will approach first.  Since this is going to be my first build, it makes sense to start small and then to further build upon that to complete the upright cabinet.  These two cabinets both share … Read More

Getting Back to the Arcade

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Being born just a few days before the United States’ Sesquicentennial, I was fortunate to have spent a large percentage of my youth in the 1980s. We had wondrous things, like Saturday Morning Cartoons, mall creatures, big hair, neon clothing, Garbage Pail Kids, and a MTV which actually played music videos. Also, we lived in the golden era of arcade … Read More