An Arcade Cabinet That Looks as Good as it Plays

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Tom Goodfellow's custom arcade cabinet, christened the Replay, isn't here for the games inside it, or the things it can do. It's here because it looks terrific.

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Call that vain if you must, but that's the point. It's a designer arcade cabinet. Goodfellow sums it up as:

A design of simple clean lines that has been built to the highest specification, this arcade is a unique and one of a kind example. It is intended to complement modern interiors while still having that retro cool look that will make it a show piece for any room.

Being built to the Jamma standard, those who care as much about the insides as the outside can slide in any standard arcade board so long as it's got a vertical screen, or of course take the easy route and just drop a PC in there which is running the MAME emulator.

While it looks great, my favourite part is that he's built an actual working coin slot into the thing.

Replay Arcade [Tom Goodfellow]


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DISCUSSION

Let's see starting at a base score of 100 pts

1. No marquee -35

2. Bezel the same color as the cab, making it stand out instead of blend in -50

3. No t-molding -10

4. Start buttons in the wrong place, hindering gameplay and looking awful to boot -30

5. Monitor with the wrong aspect playing a game stretched to the wrong aspect -5000

6. Akward control panel layout -1000

7. A black joystick, despite the fact that there isn't a lick of black anywhere on the cab. -10

So it gets a score of negative 5995 pts. This isn't just a fail it's a super fail.

Sorry to be so hard on it, but when a cab is featured on kotaku for it's beauty I expect it to at least be an arcade cab and at least have a good control panel layout. This one breaks cardinal rules of function, much less it's form.

Nice try by painting your cobbled together pieces of pressed wood a nice pattern, but it still looks like some monstrosity you'd buy from ikea.