Like Pinball? Want your own? Build an emulator!
For years now, a thriving underground community has existed around virtual pinball simulators. The leading two are Future Pinball and Visual Pinball. The tables are recreated by fans and owners of the original pinball machines, as well as tutorials. Many of which can be found on sites like VPForums.org.
As well as the simulators, there’s a front end menu system for cabinets called HyperPin, created by the HyperSpin guys who originally did front ends for MAME cabinets.
So I decided to build my own pinball cab…
All the bits.
The Final Product!
and the button lighting, done with Arduino Nano
Q: How much did it cost?
A: To buy all the bits brand new retail, (2x screens, computer components, arcade buttons, usb controllers, speakers, MDF, foam, cabling, crimps, paint, adhesives, etc. etc.) you’re looking at around $1200 AUD. I scrounged around and managed to build it for about half that.
Q: How much is the software?
A: Apart from the Windows operating system the software is free, but it does take some tweaking with settings to get it all up and running seamlessly. It took me the better part of 2 days to get it all running properly.
All in all I think it turned out well – apart from being fun to build, it’s even more fun to play and that’s what’s important!