When designing my arcade and researching existing versions online I’ve found that the style of the arcade I make will vary on two axis, one being its physical shape (standing, bartop, etc) and the other being its material or final finish. I ultimately want whatever device I make to be as slim and portable as possible, so that crosses off a standing arcade. When it finds its forever home I imagine it being slim and mounted against a wall around bar/stool height, but because I will likely be moving soon I don’t want to make it only wall mounted either. Finally, since I’m putting the money and time in to get access to these games, I want to be able to play them on any TV and not be limited to just the small flat-screen I make my arcade unit with. So I want to make an arcade where the controllers lift out and can be used themselves as the retro-emulator console.
I contacted a sign company in Boulder that can print vinyl decals/wraps and they sounded excited to do it. If I decided to get it wrapped I could print essentially any image, pattern or decal and accomplish my aesthetic that way. I’ve also thought of painting it or covering it in a veneer. Whatever I choose to do for the controllers will need to withstand more wear and tear from peoples hands etc.
Some cardboard controller boxes I made with the Lasercutter to test dimesnions. The controls are from commonly found amazon kits.
The $4000 “Polycade” which I like for its slim wall mounted design, although it is much larger than what I want to make,