Bespoke Arcades

Month: September 2011

Metal Slug Custom Arcade Machine

metal slug arcade machine by Bespoke ArcadesHi Gamers!!

We’ve just finished a very special custom arcade machine for one of our clients which we thought some of you might like to see. A massive fan of SNK titles; the client has requested a bespoke Metal Slug arcade machine complete with a custom marquee.

For those of you who don’t know or are too young to remember, Metal Slug (メタルスラッグ Metaru Suraggu) is a classic “run ‘n’ gun” which was originally developed for the Neo-Geo arcade / console platform by Nazca Corporation and published by SNK.

First released on the Neo-Geo MVS arcade platform in 1996, it gained an instant cult following thanks to its fast 2 player action and distinctive hand-drawn animation.

Our version features a 5 slot MVS Neo-Geo Jamma board which makes SNK’s arcade cartridges interchangeable. This allows the client to choose between 5 classic MVS Neo-Geo titles. Alongside the Jamma board, we have put an Evo Play into the arcade cabinet and have installed a custom trackball, HDMI graphics card and a pair of light-guns. With full PS3 compatibility also included, this machine really is the best of both arcade worlds – new and old.

We’re pretty chuffed with the end result and have enjoyed spending most of the day putting it through its paces (purely for product testing purposes of course!) Let us know what you think…

If you would like to commission us to build you something similar, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of designers have many design and system options at their disposal and would be more than happy to help you build the arcade machine of your dreams!

As always… HAPPY GAMING!!

Japan Tsunami Relief – Ltd Edition “Art-cade” Machine

When the earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan, we knew we had to do something to help.

A few years ago, Bespoke Arcades discussed some kind of collaborative project with the renowned graphic artist Shok-1 – described by Banksy as: “A spraycan technician of distinction”. Due to time constraints on both sides, the project was shelved. After the disaster, we sent him a text saying how we wanted to make a very special one-off custom arcade machine which we could sell to raise money for the disaster fund. He instantly agreed to help.

What you see is the fruits of our labour. Between to-ing and fro-ing on various projects, we’ve finally finished this one-off Art-cade machine. We’ve had it lacquered (or bullet-proofed as we like to call it). This means that the artwork will be preserved for ever behind a shield of expertly-applied, incredibly durable plastic. Shok-1 has also customised a light-gun which we’re throwing in for good measure (see pic below). The artist describes the piece as: “a unique organic abstraction with SHOK-1’s trademark intricately detailed spraypaint technique and powerful use of light and shadow”.

Based on our top of the range Evo Media; behind the fabulous exterior lies our usual media powerhouse. Basically, this behemoth is packed with everything you need and doubles up as your home media centre.

Features include:

Over 350 classic arcade games pre-installed

Huge 28” over HD TFT screen

Superb 2 player, 10 button arcade gaming

Light gun compatible for all the 1st person shooters

Excellent 2.1 R/C woofer sound system

Dual core Intel PC system + large HDD

Emulator-compatible for 1000’s of games,

Full PS3 compatibility – just “plug ‘n’ play”

Fully integrated, flush mounted trackball

Front-mounted USB 2.0 ports (x4) and DVD re-writer

Wi-Fi access via internal wireless card

Microsoft wireless keyboard / mouse

Microsoft Windows 7 home edition

Japan has a special place in Bespoke Arcades’ heart, which is why ALL proceeds from this sale with go towards the relief effort. We are not going to receive a penny of the money raised. This is the best way that Bespoke Arcades could think of to raise as much money as possible for the British Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. It is our intention to donate all the proceeds of the sale to this appeal.

We realise some people may be saying this is a bit late – well it’s taken a while to get it perfect! Although the media glare may have dimmed as newer world events occur; Japan is still being rocked by powerful earthquakes on a daily basis, with thousands still living in makeshift temporary accommodation.

Although this project has been in the pipeline for a while now, we decided to hold it back to help the Red Cross highlight the end of the appeal on 30th September. This is your last chance to help.

So please pass the link on to all your friends and family and let’s try to raise as much money as possible for the nation which has brought so much joy to gamers everywhere. Videogaming without Japan is like England without rain – inconceivable! This is your chance to own a completely unique piece of interactive modern art in a totally new form – a genuine collector’s item. Here’s a link to the ebay auction which closes on Sunday 25th September to coincide with the end of the Eurogamer Expo.

We will be displaying the Art-cade machine at this year’s Eurogamer Expo at the world famous Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London between 22nd and 25th September. Come on down for a chance to see it in the flesh (and even give it a shot) before it disappears off into a private collection, never to be seen again.

Bidding starts at £5k – there has to be a mogul or collector somewhere who wants to help a worthy cause and also own a genuine one-off piece of modern art. So tell everyone – bosses, famous friends; anyone who you think might be interested in buying or helping to publicise the sale. We’re counting on your help to get the word out, so get tweeting, retweeting, posting, liking, commenting and sharing. Tell everyone!

Before we go, a few thank yous…
It was a team effort to get this beauty ready and everyone worked above and beyond the call of duty. A huge thank you goes out to Shok-1 for taking the time to come down to our workshop and perform his magic for free; we think that the arcade cabinet looks incredible. We would also like to thank Mark H and Gary H for the incredible build and finish.

The auction is open now, thank you in advance for any help and as always……


Artist Profile: SHOK-1

Heart Noose (China-2011) - Shok1Bespoke Arcades has decided to team up with the cream of world street artists in order to produce a range of exclusive “Art-cade” machines. Our 1st collaborator is SHOK-1 who has very kindly donated his time and considerable skills to us for free.

We intend to donate all the proceeds of this sale to charity – namely the British Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund.

So without further ado, we present to you……. SHOK-1.

SHOK-1 is a self-taught outsider artist who has been spraypainting cutting-edge urban wall paintings around the world since 1984.

Based in London, he was one of the earliest Europeans to co-opt the street cultures that exploded from New York in the early 80’s. His iconic characters, innovative organic graffiti and original concepts have earned him legendary status in the international scene. He has worked and exhibited with many of the best worldwide.

A peerless mastery of the difficult medium of spraypaint led Banksy to refer to him as “a spraycan technician of distinction”. He has combined a long foundation in subculture with an ongoing exploration of formal art to produce a more mature and thoughtful style of painting.

'RGB Trinity' by SHOK-1 London 2011 (photo Artofthestate)A complex and ever-evolving body of work demonstrates great imagination and risk-taking at every turn : powerfully-illuminated organic letterforms substitute for the role that figures normally play in painting and provide a structure for a stream-of-consciousness form of surrealism; “to make a a letter say more than a word”, as he puts it.

Random letters evoking passwords or cyphers substitute for the classic use of the pseudonym. An icon of a heart noose reoccurs frequently, as do cunning word plays and a semi-fictional punk character named Baz. Biological elements evoking cells and X-rays are painted with uniquely delicate translucent washes of spraypaint more akin to watercolour than the usual heavy use of the medium. An obsession with intricate detail is ever-present.

Recent projects include a 60ft high commissioned mural in Shenzhen that was censored by the Chinese government (see above), a huge WW2 Nazi bunker transformed into an art installation for the City of Frankfurt and SOON Gallery – a new street level gallery concept in Central London.

We are very excited to do this collaboration with such a talented and respected artist. We thank him for all his hard work and patience as we’ve put this project together. We think the art-cade cabinet looks incredible and look forward to working with him again in the future. Follow this link to contact SHOK-1 directly.


Competition Winner Receives His Prize

Ben's apex with colour buttons and red marquee
Hi Guys!! Hope you had a nice weekend and got to recharge the batteries…

Just a quick one today to say that we’ve finally got round to completing this very special prize for our competition winner Ben Burton, so we thought we’d upload the images for all to see….

Followers of our blog will know that Ben won his Apex arcade machine by entering our first ever competition on our Facebook page. Having won the arcade cabinet, he came up to our North London workshop to receive his prize a few weeks ago. He then requested some custom modifications such as 2 player light guns, colour buttons and a red marquee.

control panel with light gunWe offer a host of custom modifications to both the interior and exterior of the arcade cabinet and can make pretty much anything you desire. Our team of artists and designers will guide you through all the choices available with the aim of creating a truly bespoke product for you to enjoy for years to come.

The prize is being sent out today.

Last week we launched a new competition on Facebook. This time the prize is one of our cocktail arcade cabinets – The Synergy Play. This fabulous prize can be seen in the homes of the rich and famous and could soon be sitting in your house! Free to enter, the competition winner will be drawn at random from our members once we have reached our target of 5,000.

So spread the word about Ben and the new competition for a chance to win your very own Bespoke Arcades’ machine and enjoy years of HAPPY GAMING!!

Gaming Cabinets – Promotional Flyers

Hi Gamers!

We recently designed some promotional material to publicize our arcade machines at the Gadget Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham. Those of you who were lucky enough to attend will know how hectic it was. We had an amazing time but we returned exhausted – what a crazy week. At the time, we were so busy that we didn’t upload these flyers for those who didn’t make it down to the Gadget Show Live.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been re-vamping parts of our site such as the pages of each individual machine. We’re also gearing up for the Eurogamer Expo 2011 in a couple of weeks time so we thought that now would be a good time to show people these images. With a games list and features list plus heaps more information, these flyers offer a quick guide to all of our arcade machines. If you want a hard copy of the Apex, Synergy and Evo flyers, please feel free to contact us and we’ll send them out straight away. We hope to see you at Earls Court, its gonna be soooo much fun and we’d love to meet you and show off our incredible retro gaming cabinets, so come on down and say hi!

Tickets have almost run out, but we are offering a pair for free through our Facebook competition which closes this coming Monday at 6pm GMT. Simply complete the sentence below and post your reply on our Facebook page:

I want a free pair of tickets to this year’s Eurogamer Expo because…..

Whatever you do, we wish you HAPPY GAMING over the weekend!!