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.
I had a big Halloween potluck and costume contest at my place, for my friends in my Vegetarian Dining Club, Dating English Style, and Realities Singles. Had about 50 people. Costumes were encouraged, but not required. The best costume was worn by Fred, and he won the grand prize, an As Seen On TV Snuggy (tm).