For the moment I’m out of hardware topics, so let’s look at some stuff that might be more widely applicable to folks who don’t make my exact hardware choices.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 8: Over-engineered joystick rotation
It will have become clear to most readers that I swung for the fences on this project. The two ServoStiks I purchased prove the point: they can switch between 4‐way control and 8‐way control. Did I need this? No. Was I going to take advantage of it once I bought them? Of course.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 7: LED control
Let’s make the poor‐man’s version of LEDBlinky: a way to light up specific buttons for specific games using a Pac‐Drive and some shell scripts.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 6: Adding a volume knob to the Raspberry Pi
How to wire up a hardware knob that controls the Pi’s software volume level via GPIO.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 5: A proper power button
I wanted an easy way to power the system on or off without going through a menu. I managed to do it with a hardware add‐on and a simple Python script.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 4: A crash course in RetroPie
All the stuff I wish I’d known about RetroPie and MAME that wasn’t written down in one specific place.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 3: Hardware miscellany
Before your attention flags, I want to wrap up the hardware portion of this series and move into the software. But first I need to cover some odds and ends.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 2: The control panel
Last time I told you a story of how I built an arcade cabinet out of a couple sheets of MDF. The part I left out was the making of the control panel — the MDF board that will hold the buttons, joysticks, and other controls.
Nostalgia-Tron, Part 1: The cabinet
In part one of a too‐many‐parted series, learn how I turned a couple of sheets of MDF into an arcade cabinet with several pounds of sawdust as by‐product.