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#1 KenJennings

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

For a company Halloween pumpkin decorating contest, I decided to show off on behalf of my fellow developers, and built this pumpkin arcade game to represent our department.

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It houses a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a cheap 3.5 inch LCD tft display. The arcade buttons are wired to a generic usb control board, and sound is provided by a small internal USB speaker.

It runs the retropie emulator OS, and uses a Sega Genesis rom of the 1988 game "Ghouls 'N Ghosts". It is fully playable.

The exterior is made from two plastic pumpkins, which I cut to fit my needs, and then molded together with modeling putty. I then hand painted the putty to match the pumpkin color, and hand painted the game graphics on the front of the pumpkin.

Edited by KenJennings, 31 October 2017 - 09:02 AM.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:58 AM

As someone who has built their own arcade controller, I am impressed. Very imaginative and nicely executed. I imagine it's a bit awkward to play, given the narrow base?

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:34 PM

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 31 October 2017 - 10:58 AM, said:

As someone who has built their own arcade controller, I am impressed. Very imaginative and nicely executed. I imagine it's a bit awkward to play, given the narrow base?

It's not as bad as you might expect. I had the same concern, so I weighted the base down with a crescent edging brick, and it turned out surprisingly stable.

It really actually plays pretty nicely... for a pumpkin.

Edited by KenJennings, 31 October 2017 - 12:36 PM.


#4 Tony R

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 05:59 PM

Nice job!

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 11:22 PM

This is very cool, Ken!

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:54 PM

Excellent job! Very creative.




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