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DIY Arcade Cabinet Brings Arcade Feel to Diablo III

We’d hardly blame you if thoughts of popular recent release Diablo III didn’t call to mind old-school arcade action. That didn’t stop one focused DIYer from taking it from the desktop to the arcade cabinet.

Note: The music in the video is fairly loud, if you’re taking a peek at work you may wish to turn down/mute the volume

Dave Niewinski, the DIYer behind the project, writes:

I grew up playing Gauntlet on old-school arcade machines. They came out with other console versions later, but using the joystick and buttons was always my favourite.

The cabinet was built out of plywood because it’s cheap. I had the decals printed up and when they were put on, they took the shape of the wood grain so it looked as though they were painted on. I didn’t design any of the images on this.

The joystick and buttons are from sparkfun.com (great website). They are wired into an arduino. I wrote an intermediate program in VB.NET to interface the controls with the game. There is NO modification to any game files as everything works outside the game.

If we had a quarter for every time we played Gauntlet and later Gauntlet Legends in the local arcade, well, we’d have all our quarters back. Hit up the link below to read more about the build at Dave’s project blog.

Diablo III Arcade Cabinet [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/26/12

Comments (3)

  1. Dorothy

    Can’t believe I’m the first to comment of this!

    Decades ago, I had an idea for an arcade game machine. This would’ve had a B&W background screen for stars and major targets, plus a color screen reflecting off a pane of glass. I called it Starfighter X.

  2. r

    …couldn’t tolerate this music for more than 0:35

  3. afuhnk

    I would have replaced the D from the monitor with a H

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