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How To Build A Bartop Arcade Machine With A Raspberry Pi

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In this video I build a bartop arcade machine from a half sheet of MDF using a raspberry pi. This video is sponsored by JLCPCB. Get professional printed circuit boards for as low as $2 by visiting .

I have wanted to build an arcade machine for a long time. I’ve watched several makers in our community build their own, including Bob Clagget from I like to make stuff. With this inspiration I have decided to finally make this project a reality.

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IEC connector

20 ft arcade blue t-molding

arcade push buttons
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arcade joystick

coin acceptor

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Sonoff WiFi smart switch


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  1. Do you have a estimate on how much it cost all together

  2. What if i want to make a costume game ?

  3. How do you install the wiring for the coin slot? Tnx 🙂

  4. love how detailed this was im definitely going to attempt with my only knowledge coming this video alone 😭😭😭

  5. Hi I have a 6 button layout with 2 admin buttons but am trying to configure the buttons properly please help

  6. What size monitor did you use for your machine?

  7. I struggle following pencil marks with a jigsaw too.

  8. What a masterpiece and a beautiful build too. Thanks for posting this as well. Have a nice day.

  9. Those clicky controllers would drive me nuts in a very short time.

  10. Lol, putting quarters for your arcade saw.

  11. Strange ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ says:

    ahh yes, I own a physical copy of a MAME game. I can now emulate it

  12. hi i like your build so much! But i have one question.. did you print that arcade logo yourself ? o you have the stl for it if you did ?

  13. It's very pretty but I think more interesting than a desktop arcade would be a desktop jukebox. So many of us (I guess the older ones mostly now) have large collections of music and it would be cool to be allow people to peruse and select tunes in a party (after the pandemic is over).

  14. 4:30 rubber mallet all the way thru no finger no. Great build man

  15. fiscally own my ass the games are not made anymore and the company's don't sell m anymore.

  16. The pacing, film angles, and narration are all excellent. Great video!

  17. WOW! You are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  18. this man has all the powertools but no pencil sharpener. Great video though hahaha

  19. And for what is the coin slot? For Power limitation or game plays? 🤔

  20. The finished product is very polished, good work!

  21. He has 69k subscribers and the video has 6.9k likes as of rn

  22. Check out the modern cabinets I make at Umbrella Arcades 🙂

  23. The problem with raspberry pi is that you can't run games very well in N64, saturn, psp and lots of pc games and video clips…you need a pc for that. The huge advantage is low heat/power..less noise..less space in raspberry pi when compared to a pc

  24. Why did you do 4 buttons per side, instead of 6..which normally I see?

  25. I liked you're design and decided to purchase them. It is easy to read but it doesn't explain everything and it misses a few details from the video that I hoped that would be explained. But overall, I think I will work them out myself and try to build it anyway 🙂 Thanks

  26. Can I buy the wood then take it somewhere to get cut if so where 💀?

  27. Step 1 have a more money 🤑

  28. Can you connect the wires to the buttons without sautering? If so, how?

  29. This is great Zach!! I'll be watching this 10 more times while I build mine 🤣Thanks for all the info!

  30. Cant wait to make this with my dad! I’m 12 and I really like old retro games, and I love arcade machines, siand even better, we have a sorta old moniter that we can use! Thanks, I’ll tell you when it’s ready 😀

  31. GReat job for a prosumer level build with access to such tools
    First time I've seen a small form factor coin slot for a DIY bartop.

  32. Also, great call on the raised lettered marquee with LED PAcMAn dots.
    First time I've seen a build with raised lettering
    Also be cool to animate dots with sequential on/off

  33. But isn't the raspberry pi will get hot easily btw?? Also How did you connect the power strip outlet to the IEC Connector without smart switch????

  34. I am absurdly interested in your coin operated table saw.

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