The Minecraft arcade machine
Something fascinating materialized on the show floor at MineCon just over 2 months ago, a creature brought in from the wild, rarer than a sighting of Bigfoot and cooler than Marty McFly dragged out of the eighties in a down vest. It was an arcade machine, but not just any kind of arcade machine. . . a Minecraft arcade machine.
How could this be possible? Could this even work? It peaked my interest when I saw a photo of it on a Minecraft forum recently, as I am in the process of making a MAME cabinet (more on this in another article coming soon). The photo wasn’t accompanied with any reference or source of where it had come from, but with some digging this is what I have found out about this amazing looking machine.
MineCon is the official Minecraft convention held by the developers Mojang AB, MineCon 2013 was held in Orlando, Florida from November 2–3. The convention is where like-minded Minecraft players can go and experience everything Minecraft, talk to developers and see what’s up-and-coming for their favourite game. And this is where the Minecraft arcade machine had its debut.
The machine was created and designed by Bill Stillwell and Mick Simmonds, and is running the latest version of Minecraft in creative mode. The cabinet used to be an old Mario Bros. body that was previously a MAME cabinet that has been retro-fitted to work with Minecraft. The control panel has arcade style push buttons, joystick and a trackball for player movement, and it seemed to work amazingly well.
Inside the cabinet are the guts of the machine, basically just a regular PC running Minecraft, with 4gb of ram, an ATI 2600xd video card and Dual Core Pentium 2.2 CPU, all attached to a 26″ LCD monitor.
One of the creators of the cabinets (only known as englishman_in_plantc) recently commented on the machine in this thread over at reddit.com:
well this is currently at my house, as I was the one that built the cabinet part of this machine, I did all the cabinet part, had the art printed, its next trip will be in January to the Jacksonville Arcade Expo 22-24th January, it was built just for fun in creative mode, no time limits, was interesting to see after MineCon, and also Southern Pinball Festival, what people had created in the worlds, its a single user account, no multi player, just a computer using a keyboard encoder to translate the controls from the flight stick to the regular PC keys, and a trackball was used instead of the mouse, pretty much everyone that played it got the hang of the controls quickly, could do with a few more buttons, but again was just built to honor Minecraft, and a nod for the old Arcade games of the 80’s
It was a fun project and it sits today happy next to my other projects Donkey Kong Pauline Edition, Fix it Felix and many other classic Arcade & Pinball machines, this is planned to visit Jacksonville, then Miami for another Arcade show (APE) then will have a break before coming to our Arcade Show in Orlando next November (www.freeplayflorida.com) and it will then be raffled off to a lucky winner, with a percentage of the proceeds going to a local charity
Unfortunately I didn’t make it to MineCon 2013 myself so I didn’t get to try this machine out, but there is something about it that makes me smile, an arcade cabinet just fits the whimsy of Minecraft perfectly and it may not be the most ideal way to play the game, but it sure looks cool, just like Marty McFly did, in his down vest.
You can watch a video of the Minecraft Arcade machine in action below – the segment starts at minute 28.16
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