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Sam Seide made this nicely constructed mini arcade machine for his son, using a 12-in-1 arcade joystick and the screen from a broken DVD player.

You might remember Sam from his interactive punch-out dummy project.

(thanks, Kipkay!)

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  1. ha! Thanks for putting our video up here again! I always feel so honored to be shown up here with all the other great makers. Inspires me to continue doing other projects!

  2. Really nice build! I’m surprised the 12 in 1 thing has such a nice interface for choosing the games, I need to find one as good as that.

  3. Did your portable DVD player have a video in?

    I’ve got a portable DVD player that I would like to use the screen but I have no video in?

    How did you accomplish passing the video to the screen?

  4. yes the dvd player had video in. Most do, that I’ve noticed. It uses a headphone jack instead of the normal RCA connector so you have to cut the ends off the video game rca cords and solder the wires to a male headphone plug’s wires.

  5. Mark Lyon on said:

    Hi Sam,

    Fantastic job!

    What hardware, OS (Win/Lin distro), and emulator are you using?

    Do you have any DIY instructable for it?

    At least a list of components?


    • Matt Mets on said:

      I don’t think he is using a PC for this- it’s actually one of those little game systems that come built into a joystick, which you then connect to your TV. From what I can tell, he took apart the joystick, and fitted it into case along with the screen from an old portable DVD player.

  6. here’s a link to the plug n play game I started with initially.

  7. That is an amazing job you did with the miniature replication of a Pac-Man unit! As I have no technical skills, would you be willing to build another and sell? I would love to have this as part of my collection…

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