I haven't dressed up in costumes much in my life. And if I'm going to do a thing, I like to do it big. So, this year I decided to make my own costume, anticipating going to West Hollywood's insane 500,000 person strong Halloween Parade. I decided to make a fully playable, original ROM version of my favorite coin-op arcade game, Taito's "Elevator Action" from 1983.
I built it using a tablet pc running XP, the MAME emulator, original Elevator Action ROM, real arcade controls, Ultimarc I-PAC controller interface, inner wireframe truss (that I made), and a universal laptop battery delivering 3.5 hours of mobile fun! Also, not necessarily visible in the photos, but a very nice touch, the marquee sign does in fact light up!
Here are the assembly photos:
And photos from the event:
Thanks go to Michelle for helping motivate me to create a costume, a huge thanks to my buddy Matt, without his help and more importantly his encouragement I wouldn't have gotten it done in time (if at all)! And thanks to Andy at Ultimarc for the last-minute fast shipping, and for producing the controller board without which I'd have no clue how to build this thing.