This has been floating around for a few months, but it’s still pretty jaw-dropping: Someone’s gone and created a 1:6 scale version of a circa 1983 Atari Star Wars arcade machine. It’s 12 inches tall, it’s detailed and accurate all the way around… and it works. That’s right, the thing actually plays. As someone who poured a lot of quarters into those old arcade machines, my reaction was: WANT. Unfortunately, this was purely a DIY project by one very creative and technically adept person calling himself “Le Chuck” at ArcadeControls.com (the slide show at the end of the video shows scenes from the process of building the machine).
Now, if only someone would do the same for Dig Dug. Add a thimbleful of beer and a slider and that would be a miniaturization of my 1980s experience.