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Project: MAME arcade emulator in a box

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Post by AndyC » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:20 am

M.A.M.E. - or Multi Arcade Machine Emulator - is a program which emulates various game consoles, including the old stand-up arcade-consoles. It's available for PC as well as the tiny little $35 Raspberry Pi, the latter of which will be the basis for my little project - putting the joystick , buttons and Raspberry Pi into a self-contained, portable box which can then plug into any HDMI-enabled TV or PC monitor. I've gone with the latest Pi - the 3 B+ which has wireless and Bluetooth built-in:

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I searched for a while looking at various boxes and finally found something cool at Hobby Lobby; one of those leather-bound fake books which is actually a box. I had to brace the inside by gluing 1/4" plywood in order to support the joystick and buttons, then waited 24 hrs for the glue to dry and started to drill holes last night to install the hardware. So far it's turning out pretty decently:

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It was too hot in my garage to continue last night, but 2 more buttons need to be added at the side (Player 1 & Player 2) and then the wiring-up begins - should be a blast :)
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Post by SQLGeek » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:11 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing how this goes.

I have a Raspberry Pi I've installed Raspian on and fiddled with a bit but haven't done anything else to. I haven't thought of a project I really want to undertake with it.
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Post by GeekwithaGun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:37 pm

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 running links to my surveillance cameras - HDMI to my receiver and I can display on the TV by switching the input source on the remote. Pretty slick.
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Post by AndyC » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:22 pm

White side-buttons (Player 1 & 2) added to the side during lunch - making progress bit-by-bit. Wiring the buttons up comes next and after that, installing the little controller PCB and the Pi itself.

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Internal wiring almost complete:

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Post by jason812 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:51 pm

Andy, what games are on this? That is a very cool project and would be neat to play with.


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Post by Rokyudai » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:16 pm

Sweet project! Very creative. Possibilities near-endless!
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Post by JakeTheSnake » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:10 am

GeekwithaGun wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:37 pm
I have a Raspberry Pi 3 running links to my surveillance cameras - HDMI to my receiver and I can display on the TV by switching the input source on the remote. Pretty slick.
How are you accessing your cameras on the RPi? Just put together one and would be nice to be able to pull them up on the TV.

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Post by GeekwithaGun » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:01 am

JakeTheSnake wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:10 am
GeekwithaGun wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:37 pm
I have a Raspberry Pi 3 running links to my surveillance cameras - HDMI to my receiver and I can display on the TV by switching the input source on the remote. Pretty slick.
How are you accessing your cameras on the RPi? Just put together one and would be nice to be able to pull them up on the TV.
The cameras have a RTSP URL in the configurations (they are Ubiquti Unifi IP Cameras), the PI is running a script which was provided in the Unifi user forums by others that had done this. The Pi refreshes the live video stream using cron and is auto started if the Pi is restarted.

The feeds are displayed using the "omxplayer", because I have Unifi cameras, the tutorial on the user forum was useful for me, not sure if this would be accessible without registering, but here is the link to the specific thread. https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi-Vid ... -p/1536448
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Re: Project: MAME arcade emulator in a box

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Post by AndyC » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:52 am

jason812 wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:51 pm
Andy, what games are on this? That is a very cool project and would be neat to play with.
Well, none come on the Pi itself, but the RetroPie operating-system emulates (or pretends to be) a multitude of different game-consoles eg. MAME for classic arcade games then Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Neo Geo, etc, etc - so you can browse various ROMs sites eg www.emuparadise.me and www.coolroms.com to name but two and see what they have available.

Here's the joystick/buttons/wiring kit I bought ($31) on Amazon
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Post by cyphertext » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:18 am

No 2 player?

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Post by AndyC » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:34 am

You could if you wanted, quite easily - just need either 1) a bigger box to fit 2 joystick kits or 2) build a 2nd box and connect via USB to the Pi inside box 1.
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Post by AndyC » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:04 pm

Rokyudai wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:13 am
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1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 here
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Post by AndyC » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:06 pm

Raspberry Pi in place:

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All that's left is to plug in the micro-SD card which contains the RetroPie OS, plug in an HDMI cable and power and we're off. Once it's up and running, configure things like wireless, Bluetooth and add the games ROMs, then configure the joystick and buttons.
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