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Arcade Howto
Benjamin Heckendorn shows you how to turn old arcade games into consoles to plug in to your TV, he writes –

“In this How-To we’re going to describe the method by which you can take old arcade motherboards, easily attainable on eBay, and “consolize” them for use with a standard TV and controllers. Many people are satisfied with emulators such as MAME, and while they’re become better and even more legal (thanks to the recent “abandonware” legislation) you still can’t beat the real deal. Certain arcade machines, such as the Neo-Geo, are great choices for this project because you can actually plug new games into the hardware using the cheap and plentiful “MVS Cartridges.”Link.


  • Interview with Ben Heck – Console Hacker Extraordinaire – Link.
  • Atari Jaguar – the portable version – Link.
  • Homemade Atari 800 XE Laptop… – Link.
  • Pancake-like VCSp – Portable 2600 – Link.
  • What to do with free game gear? – Link.
  • nPod – NES portable – Link.
  • Homemade Neo Geo MVS Portable – Link.
  • NES “micro” – Link.

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Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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