Unlock the Magic of Retro Gaming: Build Your Own Arcade Cabinet with MDF and MAME

by Tor Flatebo | at Minnebar 18 | 9:25 – 10:10 in Proverb-Edison | View Schedule

Ever dreamt of building a custom arcade cabinet that can host not just one, but multiple classic games? Building your own might seem like a daunting venture, often simplified in tutorials that leave you guessing. Worry no more!

Join us for an engaging workshop where my 14-year-old son and I will demystify the process of constructing a 4-player arcade marvel. Equipped with top-notch switches and joysticks, our machine runs on a Batocera Linux OS, encapsulating the essence of retro gaming.

From raw materials like 2x4s and MDF sheets, we'll show you the step-by-step transformation into a vibrant, fully operational arcade cabinet—all within about 40 hours in your own garage.

This session will focus on the nitty-gritty of building both the cabinet and the control box. As a special bonus, the completed control box will be available for hands-on exploration. Bring your curiosity and questions, and prepare to dive into the world of arcade creation. Whether you're a novice looking to start your first project or a seasoned builder seeking tips, this talk is your gateway to bringing the arcade experience home.

Sneak Peek: Control Board wiring


Tor Flatebo

I grew up and live in Saint Paul. Currently work at Meta as an engineering manager. I would like to spend more time building things.

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