Tuesday
Oct132009

Getting Started!

Ok - So I've finally begun collecting all the materials for the build and believe me the hunt is long and varied - surprisingly more complicated than I originally thought. I'm sure there is more to go but I am well on my way to building a visual pinball cabinet. Why a visual pinball cabinet you ask? Well that's a good question. Personally, I just loved the idea of being able to play pinball at home without the expense of owning and maintaining a real machine. That said in no way do I think this experience will match to the real deal. However, looking past that I still believe it is a good simulation and an entirely acceptable level of enjoyment to be had.

I was lucky enough to stumble across this hobby after building my brother's MAME cabinet. It was a fun build and I was looking for something to do for myself. I stumbled across el_timbo86's cabinet on aussiearcade.com.au and then in more detail on the hyperspin-fe.com forums. After a look at some of the videos in action I quickly decided this was the project for me. Ironically when I told my gaming guru friend about the idea he quickly shot it down, and fair enough - digital pinball is not for everyone - but for me it's an exciting opportunity to get my hands onto another project and really put some effort into the design / craft / software side of things to stretch those skills.

Should you be looking to build your own cabinet hopefully you'll follow along. I'll be adding guides along the way, because as of now there has been very little in terms of online tutorials on how to go about this. While there are many helpful forum entries I hope this will serve to eliminate most questions that I've already had to overcome. I encourage you to check out some of the other great cab builds already out there and be sure to sign up for the hyperspin-fe.com forums. In particular check out the cabinet build thread in the hyperpin forums as a good start and lots of tips. See some awesome builds such as BadBoyBill's, Brycej's and el_timbo86's, to name a few!

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