In the 1980s, video games were played on arcade machines. Almost all the games from that era can be enjoyed using "emulators" or small programs that reproduce the characteristics of these older machines. The best-known emulator is called MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).
For EK23 HIRIKILABS Tabakalera has organised a workshop in which we will build 5 DIY arcade machines using a small $ 35 computer based on open-source hardware (Raspberry Pi), on which we will install MAME to emulate the classic 8-bit games from the early days of video games. It is a theoretical-practical workshop where we will build the laser-cut wooden casing of the arcade machine, learn how to connect the joysticks and buttons and start to insert ourselves into the world of Raspberry Pi by installing and configuring the MAME emulator and loading games.
Once completed, you will be able to load around 10,000 classic games, which makes it perfect to become an entertainment centre for enjoying classic games.
If you want to take the HirikiMAME home, it will cost you € 150. The kit contains:
- Classic joystick and buttons from Ultimarc.com
- TFT-LCD 7" screen of 800 x 480
- Raspberry Pi 2
- Nano USB wifi receiver
- Dual 12V-5V power supply
- Necessary cables (USB, RCA, power, etc.)
- Laser-cut wooden casing
Saturday- 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Presentation of the components and other DIY projects (15 min.)
- Assembly of the wooden kit (30 min.)
- Connecting joystick and buttons (1 hour)
- Assembly of screen and power supply (30 min.)
- Testing the set (30 min.)
- Introduction to Raspberry Pi (15 min.)
- Loading the operating system and installing MAME (1 hour)
- Configuration of boot menus (30 min.)
- Loading games (30 min.)