Picade hackathon at work


#1

Hey,

This is a very entry-level question, so apologies in advance.

I have been tasked with organising a hackathon at work, and some bright spark decided it would be fun to build a picade. I don’t want to come to the hack day only to find I’m missing a crucial part, so would any kind soul be willing to check my kit list?

I have:

  • [Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (B Plus) With Vilros Aluminum Heatsink]

  • [32GB SD Card.]

  • [Official Case for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B]

  • [Raspberry Pi 3 Power adapter UK/EU 5V 2.5A]

  • 2 Player Arcade Stick DIY Kit USB Encoder to PC Joystick Games + 2x 5Pin Rocker + 16x 30mm 5V LED Lit Push Button 1 + 2 Players Coin Buttons For Raspberry Pi 1 2 3 3B Mame Fighting Stick

  • [AmazonBasics DVI to HDMI Adapter Cable ]

Plus a monitor, a flatpack for the cabinet, and some usb speakers. I’m 99% sure I have everything (I’ve done a lot of research), but I don’t want to end up in the shit with my boss because I’ve forgotten something vital.

Thanks to anyone who is able to set my mind at rest!


#2

Picade is our registered trademark so technically you can only build a “Picade” by buying parts from us :D see https://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/picade-and-arcade

I guess I should take it as a compliment that we’ve become synonymous with Pi-based arcade cabinet builds, though.

I can totally appreciate why you might go for cheaper/different stuff elsewhere, but I’ve snipped out the Amazon link so we’re not directly promoting the competition.

Now, onto being helpful instead of a pedant :D

From your build list it looks like you’re pretty much set. I’d probably pick up a case for the Pi to protect it from any metal components left lying around during the build. The last thing you want is a fried Pi when you fire it up for testing.

The other thing you may want is some sort of audio output. You can use some basic PC speakers, or a USB speaker perhaps.

You could forego the expense of a Flat Pack kit and get some old cardboard to upcycle into a cabinet. It’s been done on this forum before and truly embraces the spirit of a hacked-together project albeit it might be a little involved depending on how much time you’ve got- see Cardboy Arcade - Upcycled Raspberry Pi Arcade machine build log


#3

Thank you so much (and yup, I realise picade is a trademark, I guess in my head you are the “sellotape” of home build arcade machines :D) .

I do have some speakers and a couple cases, so I guess I’m set. Thanks again for setting my mind at rest (I’m a software person and have somehow found myself in charge of this. Now I can go pack to scripting in peace.)