Copyright © 2014 Charles Champion

This webpage has recently been created and in the past I would leave this part completely out. However I am liking the idea of sharing my knowledge of photoshop and graphic design. I will post links on this page to tutoral and how to do some of the tricks I use in my line of work. This will also be where I will post things like my JunkYard Arcade. Yes that is right I created a junkyard arcade from a scrap pile laying around my own home.

As you can see here I have the arcade functional and ready to play MAME. I will go into MAME a bit later.

How could have I have done this you ask? Well it's more how could I not with being as bored when I have down time. Yes as an artist I do put in my 8 hours then I have down time. If I did it any other way I would be run into the ground so fast I would not be able to do art at all.

Enough of that, lets talk about the awesomeness that is a JunkYard Arcade.

A JunkYard Arcade is nothing more then a cabinet with a computer and a monitor accompanied by a bunch of buttons and switches that are connected to a keyboard input. Basically you are telling the computer that when two wires connect they equal the desired key on the keyboard you want it to represent, and then that representation will do what you want it to in the game.

Formula: Wire A + Wire B = X = Game Input Z

As you can see here I used the four steal box tubes off of an old pop-up gazebo to make legs held in place with 2x4s to make the base. This was done to hold them straight and tall. It was also done to give it weight so it wouldn't fall forward from the weight of the board used to fit the controls. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Next for the mid section I added a section of a wicker room divider as not only the support but shape and frame for the design. This gave the structure uniform to it's design and made it more stable. Next I added the board on top. If you are wondering what, or where I got that board from? It's simple. My mom's old job they were throwing out old desks for computers. It was a simple design made with two metal pipes going up the side ot hold it in place. I simply took the board for the Monitor and Keyboard to be my control surface. Due to the fact it had plastic sides to protect the user from sharp edges it was ready to be used on this new porject with a slight tilt just right for an arcade machine.

This is the cabinet from the side

Here is the cabinet up close to view the holes made for the controls.
This is the cabinet from the front view. Notice the front two supports, or box tubes are a bit longer then the back two? I did this in order to make a space for the marquie. Which I never did finish this cabinet. I had it as you see in that first image at the frist of this demonstration in the living room of the house. My nephew was playing at the arcade on a stool and pushed away from the cabinet causing his feet to land directly on the wood burning stove in our livingroom. Needless to say his feet were burned and I decided the arcade cabinet was in a bad spot. Not having anywhere else to go with it I took the cabinet apart. I will build another but this time with new materials and hopefully once I have it built I will have a much better spot for it.