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Guam – last week sailor Adam Herring introduced us to his home-made 3D printer. This week, we take a closer look at his self built arcade cabinet!  Arcade machines are nostalgic icons of the late 80's and early 90's, and have a sentimental place in the hearts of many.

Today, because of the rise of consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3, the arcade game industry is virtually extinct. however, arcade enthusiasts like Herring have found ways to relive the nostalgia in the comfort of their own homes. “Basically I took this on board as a fun project for after hours. I took this arcade machine, I gutted out all the broken pieces, I retuned all the parts that were still there – the monitor and the coin mechanic and I built a computer inside,” he said.

Herring's home cabinet resembles a typical American arcade cabinet complete with an original CRT monitor as well as functional coin mechanisms! What is different from an original cabinet however is that herring's cabinet doesn't run 1 game, but thousands of games from various consoles.

Herring's cabinet is in fact just a computer tower drilled into the interior of the cabinet and connected to both the monitor and the control panel. the front end program that he uses hides the normal operating system that runs the computer. so instead, what you see is a very interesting library of video game history that you can easily navigate through.

What is even more impressive is that herring has programmed the buttons to light up in color based on the game's original button configuration! Herring remarked that although the actual construction of the cabinet took him less than 4 months over the weekend, he had spent nearly a year and a half planning on what exactly he wanted and how exactly he was going to accomplish it.

If you would like help creating your own custom arcade machine or are just interested in more of Herring's various contraptions, visit his website at www.fabberforge.com.  

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