Using a iPad you could play Atari classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Battlezone. The controller built-in was bluetooth but was only coded to work with the iCade app. You couldn't use it with any other games.
Today, iCade doesn't exist anymore. So I decided to convert this wooden cabinet to work with a Rasp Pi. First, I removed the iPad Cable Holder and then ripped out the joystick logic board and replaced it with a Zero Delay Arcade USB Encoder PC to Joystick board. I was lucky that I didn't have to rewire it as it's connectors were compatible with the new board.
Then I used a 10" LCD Monitor that would exactly fit the width of the cabinet and added speakers that i found @ Winners that lit up for a nice effect.
After setting up the emulator (has about every gaming machine possible, even the C64) and mapping the joystick/buttons, it works great! I'm not fully satisfied with the look, but here what it looks like right now:
Going Forward, I want to cover the speakers with a plexi glass with artwork behind the glass as well as changing artwork on the sides of the cabinet. But for now, I think it came out pretty cool.
Last Edit: May 30, 2020 6:48:23 GMT by BlueCursor: Because i dont know how to spell
That is a great wat to recycle! If you had installed the app, it would have still worked? But you can't download it anymore? Maybe you could have found the app on the web? Or were you just ready to try something new? Well, the end result is great! I should look into this myself. Everybody is using a Pi these days, except for me .
I never had that cabinet, but I do have two of these:
It is fun and your story is a friendly reminder to never uninstall the Atari app.
I thought I should add my latest pickup here as it is kinda related to the original post. Decided to get a WaveShare GamePi43 off of Amazon to bring my retro gaming mobile. For around $100 CDN, It's an awesome device. The Feel of it is like a Gameboy, just a-lot bigger.
Took me 2 days to setup a RECALBOX from scratch, taking all the ROMS from the last project and setting it up just right. In fact, it came out better than before that now both devices run exactly identical!
Post by The Geek on Skates on Dec 10, 2020 5:08:23 GMT
Holy guacamole that's awesome! I wish I knew how to turn a Pi into a Game Boy like that.
I know this is an old post, but I really appreciate the idea about the iCade, cuz I actually asked for one for Christmas! I have an iPad that's been collecting dust, just cuz Apple's stuff is so locked-down I can barely do anything fun beyond crappy swipe-based games and YouTube with it, and for work stuff I prefer to just use my real laptop, or at the worst my phone w/Bluetooth keyboard. My Android-loving buddies give me crap because apparently Android devices support normal USB (no proprietary reinvented ports as a sad attempt at a money-grab) and you can even de-Google it to the point where it's almost like real Linux. But once I learned that jailbreaking a device isn't actually illegal, I figured (as Dennis so awesomely put it) an iCade would be a good way to "recycle"! And I've seen YouTube videos of people playing all kinds of games on their jailbroken iPads (I saw more NES than C64 but I'm sure it can do both). Also, I really enjoy building games, and the iCade docs tell you which buttons map to which keys. So I'm also planning on building a game or two (web-based) if I get one.
But having said that, your Raspberry Pi idea rocks! I know my way around a Pi well enough (I have a 1 and a 3B+, and the 3B+ was my main computer for a month), but would be too chicken to mess with cutting wires and stuff. I've played with the Arduino before (my first taste of low-lever programming with C, before I found cc65) but don't have the hardware knowledge to actually re-wire a device like the iCade. I would probably solder the wrong thing, causing short circuits or overloads or who knows what trouble. I'm impressed that you pulled it off!
But you know, your idea gives me another idea: the iCade is designed to be recognized as a Bluetooth keyboard. So maybe I could hook up a Bluetooth receiver to the Pi, and just connect the iCade to the Pi that way. Then it's just a matter of changing a few input settings in emulators. I think it was like the numpad (left=4, down=2 right=6 and up=8 or something like that) and all the good emulators have a way to map buttons to keys. So between my Bluetooth idea and your incredible hack, I now have plans A, B and C if I end up with an iCade!
Its still an on-going project. I had to change the speakers to a one bar speaker as they were so cheap they broke so easily. I also added new light to them and is using new software for the emulation.
One thing to mention with using the icade controllers is that there is a lag in the timing when executing an action. Its hard to explain, but when playing, to die more quicker than using a regular joystick.
Anyways... Good Luck with your venture. Let us know how it goes!
Post by The Geek on Skates on Dec 10, 2020 23:38:54 GMT
Thanks! Will do.
And yeah, I expect there will be latency - just having a general understanding of how wireless signals work, common sense suggests it won't be as quick to respond as a wired controller. I might be asking how you did it in a few months lol (though that video kind of covers it, not to mention literally every retro gaming YouTuber I've ever watched).
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