With emulating software, an old PC and an empty game cabinet, you can recreate a classic arcade in your living room.
Tech: Homemade arcade
Cost: $50 to $800
Time: 20 to 40 hours
Space Invaders. Battlezone. Pac-Man. Donkey Kong. Mortal Kombat. Anyone who spent a geeky adolescence haunting loud, dimly lit arcades knows that playing those games on a PC just isn´t the same-a keyboard is a poor replacement for a joystick, and most PCs don´t stand up to even a single full body slam.
So Tim Eckel, a self-employed systems analyst, devised a compromise.