The inspiration for my final project is arcade machines from the 1980’s. Although all the different machines took on a variety styles, they kept to a central theme. The bright colors, the 8-bit designs of the games, the synthetic and “scratchy” music playing, and the flashing lights, were all essentail to every arcade game.
While I will not be creating my own version of these games, the plan is still to capture that aesthetic that is common to all of them. Arduino can be used to create patterns of flashing lights, and it also has a buzzer that can be used. This buzzer has a very distinct sound quality that will really capture the quality contained in these themes. The Arduino will then be housed in a case that takes the form of one of these old arcade machines, giving it the visual aspect of the aesthetic as well as the lights and the noise.