One of our favorite sites, Ikea Hackers this week featured a hack by Grant Gibson that creates an arcade style PC setup using a Mammut shelf, TV and a X-Arcade Tankstick. He gives full instructions on how to construct the arcade system and while not simple it does look do-able for someone with reasonable DIY abilities. The X-Arcade Tankstick is an impressive piece of kit not limited to retro gaming. It is a USB device seen as a keyboard by the PC and could substitute for almost any other joystick, keyboard, controller or switch system.
About a year ago I bought an X-Arcade Tankstank, a pro-quality joystick designed mainly for playing retro arcade games. The joystick itself was fine, but playing with an arcade stick on the sofa didn’t feel right, so I set about creating a more arcade-like experience. I didn’t have the time, space or budget for a full replica arcade machine, but what I did have was a spare 32-inch LCD TV, so I set about finding a piece of furniture that could house it. The unit had to be sturdy and it had to fit in with the look of our summer house, which is basically a room for my three year old son. When I saw the Mammut shelf unit in IKEA it seemed like the perfect thing.
This article was first published on 13 January 2013 and last updated on 6 June 2017.