January 08, 2015

Build a tabletop arcade game machine with Raspberry Pi

After reminiscing about classic video games from the 1980s, Instructables member jhawkins14 decided to make their own aracade game cabinet, but on a a smaller scale. With the help of their family they've created a miniature version of a classic "Donkey Kong" arcade game that's based around a Raspberry Pi with a 7" display.

Acquiring the software to emulate various games with a Pi isn't a challenge, however building a top-notch enclosure or cabinet can be - and the group involved have done a fine job as shown below. With some extra effort the use of realistic arcade-style buttons, signage on the cabinet and even backlighting the header board has made this a desirable and fun piece of work  - for example:

Another great example of what is possible with a Raspberry Pi! For more information and inspiration, check out their Instructable. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking for a neat display for a Raspberry Pi, check out our 128x128 pixel OLED Module. With a diagonal size of 1.5" and 16,384 colours to select from, so almost anything is possible.

Furthermore there's a microSD card socket, and removable tabs on each side which can hold LEDs and buttons:

And using the module is made simple - we have tutorials and drivers for both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms - great for experimenters or those who use both systems.

Furthermore, check out the forum where members are already creating modified drivers to rapidly increase the display speed. For more information including our Quickstart guides - and of course to order - visit the OLED Module product page.

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