DIY Arcade Cabinet Brings Arcade Feel to Diablo III

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 26th, 2012

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 (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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/26/12
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