Build Your Own Cocktail Cabinet Arcade Game
In these turbulent and emotional times, with our nation at war and cell phone signals constantly bombarding our brains and faces, I am a whirlpool of turbulent emotion. The only consistent feeling that I can hang on to is my love for hot dogs. I love hot dogs. I particularly love hot dogs that have some artisanal element to them, and so I love a place called Crif Dogs, which specializes in specializing hot dogs. Another very special thing about Crif Dogs is that a couple of the tables in their Williamsburg store are so much more than tables. They’re arcade games!
There’s nothing better than sitting down at a table with the anticipation of eating delicious hot dogs and realizing that you’re resting your elbows on Pac-Man’s smiling head. I’ve associated my love for hot dogs so closely with the arcade table (known officially as the cocktail cabinet) that now I need one at home, where I cook hot dogs seven to twelve times a week.
But how can I build a highly technical contraption myself? I have little to no technical understanding and when it comes to wiring, I’m all thumbs (a birth defect; it took me 17 hours to write this article). Thankfully, the cocktail cabinet arcade works using mainly ***MAGIC***.
Note: These are lies (mostly). If you’d like the real, full instructions, check out the original article at MAKE.
I just need a standard Ikea bedside table with drawers, a flat screen monitor, the components of a joystick, some magical green, white, and red things, a pair of fluffy-on-the-inside bedroom slippers (so my feet are nice and cozy while I’m building this), and a glass of scotch (to clean the screen with).
First, take a regular ass side table…
Then rip off the top and saw a screen-sized square into it.
Stick a joystick and some buttons on top of the box and let the magic do the rest for that whole part of the project.
Now there’s the guts of the whole thing. This is where the magic really comes in. You’ll need some rodent skulls, a virgin’s lock of hair, eye of newt, and a hardboiled albatross egg (regular chicken egg works too). If you want it to be Miss Pac-Man, add a dash of paprika.
You are done! Now fix yourself a cocktail and get Pac-ing. And look! You can still use the bottom drawer to put stuff into! Maybe you can use it to store all the trophies you get for being amazing at Pac-Man (there are no such trophies, only the deep fulfillment you feel for being good at Pac-Man).