Whenever we’re not on top of the latest happenings in the arcade and amusements and gaming industries, we’re probably fawning over the cool stuff that some users create in their spare time. Case in point, we’d like to take a hot minute to talk about this artist that dedicates his time to creating scale models of some of the most iconic arcade cabinets in existence.
液晶パネルとRaspberry pi zeroを内蔵し、ゲーム機板からキャプチャした放置デモを再生可能！ ゲーセンの興奮を思い出せ！ pic.twitter.com/snTY0B24dV
— おすとら仮面 (@ostraking) April 13, 2019
This person is from Japan and is called Osutora Kamen (@ostraking on Twitter). Kamen is a hobbyist modeler that pours much of his soul and creativity into developing many products, including the aforementioned miniature arcade cabinets. While portable arcade cabinets aren’t anything new (mini arcade machines have been around for a while), only a handful of users around the world can make the bold claim of owning regular cabinets, scaled down to fit on any shelf. This is exactly what Ostraking does; painstakingly recreating some of our favorite games with amazing detail.
Using the marvel of 3D printing technology, steady hands, a lot of patience, and the versatile Raspberry Pi, this genius is creating impressive renditions of popular arcade games. Just take a look:
うひひ。 仕上げ段階に入った！ pic.twitter.com/8FxENFSO5y
— おすとら仮面 (@ostraking) April 10, 2019
This is a Raspberry Pi hooked to an LCD display running Sega’s Virtual On: Cyber Troopers. While the models, technically, could be made to play, that would defeat the purpose of these models. Instead, Kamen went for making them into display-only cabinets running pre-recorded demo footage of the games in question, like so.
— おすとら仮面 (@ostraking) August 25, 2019
The attention to detail in these creations is outstanding, especially when considering the little things that no one would notice. For instance, even though these models are not for playing, you can still spot the slots where the coins would go on a regular-sized arcade cabinet. However, appearances aside, Ostraking claims that these creations are meant to elicit emotions in the viewers. While the displays are configured to show footage on a loop, it’s supposed to take the viewer back to their past experiences with the game and create a soothing sensation. It’s nostalgia, just in a smaller form.
In this regard, the creator said, “With the addition of people who are common elements to the scene model, even if the single case is a model that simply repeats the demonstration, the past experiences and memories of the person are added.” The viewer’s past adds value to the experience of admiring these models. While this can imply that they’re not for everyone, it’s safe to assume to those who are drawn to these displays will feel a profound connection to the product.
— おすとら仮面 (@ostraking) September 6, 2019
Unfortunately, while these models are awesome, they’re not for sale. The artist doesn’t take orders for custom work, though he occasionally sells his completed models on local events and fair. If you find yourself in hobby fair in Japan, you might just run into this clever creator. If this happens, consider supporting his vast talent and craft, and tell ‘em PrimeTime Amusements sent ya!
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