All your base are belong to us!

November 9, 2015

All your base are belong to us!

We think retro games are awesome. That’s why a couple of Indivirtuals started a DIY arcade cabinet. Waka waka waka!


It didn’t start as a Do-It-Yourself project. We just wanted an arcade cabinet at the office, and started checking out webshops that sold them. With prices ranging from € 1.500 to € 3.500 we discovered it was more expensive than we thought it would be. With these prices in mind only one option remained: keep calm, and Do It Yourself!

And so the arcade cabinet project started. After looking up measurements and requirements for building such a cabinet we went shopping. For around € 500,- we had all the components we needed. Only two ingredients left: time and a bit of <3 for arcade cabinets.

The Indivirtual office is located inside a building owned by Endemol. Endemol is a Dutch-based media company that produces television shows, and we were very fortunate to have access to one of their workshops where they build objects used in their tv shows. Loads of space to work and no problem getting sawdust everywhere because of the industrial vacuum cleaner.

The hardware


The inside of the cabinet isn’t as complex as you might think. It consists out of a left-over pc we found at the office, running Windows 7 and Mame (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator). Mame is an emulator application designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems, and it gives us the opportunity to emulate all kinds of retro games.

All of the buttons are connected to a small usb circuit board which converts the user’s input to ordinary key strokes. The Mame software converts these inputs to usable input keys in the game, so you can play the game.

We’re not there yet

There are still some improvements to be made to the cabinet. We’d like some artwork on both of the sides and some lights to make the logo stand out a bit more. In the mean time the arcade is functional, so if you are at our office, please try to beat the high scores. We like challenges :)
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Tom Hartwig

Tom Hartwig