Spruce Up Your Living Room With A Secret Arcade Machine

Classy coffee tables are classy, but also boring. What they need is exactly what this one has: a cleverly-disguised set of professional arcade cabinet components.

The Arcane table, from Surface Tensions, looks at first glance to be a glass-topped coffee table. But there's a slide-out drawer in the side, which houses a very fetching controller setup (featuring Sanwa buttons) and even a trackball.

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But where do you play? The thickened glass surface doubles as either a 19" or 26" LCD screen, on which you can play as many classic arcade games as the table's internal PC can hold.

For all this, you're looking at £3300/USD$5000, so yeah, likely not for most of you. Still, it's OK to dream!

Arcane Table [Surface Tensions, via technabob]

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DISCUSSION

I think it would be feasible to build you own for around $1500-$2000 if you got a pretty cheap LCD (considering this is only a 19"). Best Buy had a 42" LG LCD HDTV over the weekend for $700. Then around $600 for computer and $100-$200 for the arcade parts. I'm not too sure how much the glass and wood frame would cost, so I highballed around $500, which gave me the higher estimate. It would probably take some skill, but seeing what some amateurs do, it's quite believable that someone could make this on their own.

[forum.arcadecontrols.com]