We were keeping this under-wraps until Comic Con, but now that it's over, I thought I'd show off all the work that went into this arcade cabinet project.
Last year we had a demo available on a flatscreen with a usb nintendo controller. This year we wanted to TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL so we made this cabinet.
The main challenge we faced was building something that could collapse down into my trunk for transport. We also decided to build it in 2 pieces so it could be a table top (limited booth space) and a full size cabinet (for my garage).
I drew some sketches, then worked with a friend who's an engineer to make some blueprints. Then I took the prints to my father and bro. in law who are carpenters. They made some minor adjustments to the plans and built everything. I sanded and painted the 3/4 inch plywood a few times to give it a smooooth finish. The controller is from www.xarcade.com (the tankstick with trackball). Finally, Jeff Bandelin (a.k.a. Johnny Utah) was kind enough to draw up the graphics for the stickers, including the NES skin for the tankstick controller.
Inside the hidden drawer I put an old laptop paired with a 40 dollar monitor I found on craigslist. With as3's new fullScreenRect function we're able to fullscreen our game without affecting performance!
The final product came out so much nicer than I ever imagined it would. The cabinet was a big hit at Comic Con and, as a bonus, it runs MAME arcade emulator for hours of 2 player arcade fun!
Here are links to some press on the cabinet from CC. I'll post some WIP shots after:
http://www.destructoid.com/exclusive-abo bo-s-big-adventure-makes-a-comic-con-deb ut-178934.phtml
http://www.i-mockery.com/blabber/2010/07 /22/i-mockery-at-the-2010-san-diego-comi c-con-preview-night/