Man builds arcade machine for his son during LOCKDOWN, discovers new calling

This wonderful news comes to us from England.

A doting dad has built a man sized retro arcade machine that features evergreen classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario for his son to play during the boring period of the lockdown in England. He managed to build the machine with as little as 150 pounds.

Steve Addison spent 3 whole weeks in designing and crafting this amazing 2 player arcade video game machine for his son of 3 years, Felix.

Steve did not have any experience in building arcade machines but he soldiered on and used an old Atari computer and arcade buttons and wood that he purchased online.

His son Felix now can play such amazing games like Pong, Pac-man, Tetris, Space Invaders, Mortal Combat, Street Fighter, Super Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog, all from the comfort of his home. There are another 500 games that are compatible with the arcade machine which means that Felix has his hands full.

Addison is an assistant manager at a restaurant and decided to embark on the new project after being placed in furlough due to the closure of the restaurant. He says, ”I knew it was inevitable that we were going to be placed in lockdown so I made a start just before self-isolation rules finally kicked in. It was a slow process at the start because I was still at work, but when we went into a lockdown, that’s when I got it all finished off. It took about two weeks to plan and a week to build. Most of the games are ones I have fond memories of that I wanted to share with Felix.”

The arcade machine runs off a simple computer called Raspberry Pi and it was developed to be used in schools to teach children programming skills. Addison says that there are programs for Raspberry Pi that allows it to run and emulate games.

Buying an arcade machine would have set Addison back by 1000 pounds, but ever since the success with his venture, calls have been pouring in from his friends, to request him to build similar arcade machines for them. Addison is quite happy with this new development as he enjoys woodwork and joinery.

Addison says, “I find it quite flattering that people think I have DIY skills. I can guarantee them that I don’t. I struggle with DIY. I like working with computers mostly. I put my mind to it, got it done and got a really good outcome from it. I loved doing it and sharing it with everyone. It was nice to see people’s reactions when it was online and it just made me feel really proud.”

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