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February 13, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Restoring an arcade game is more than the visual elements. There's a tactile feeling to many games

I've cobbled together arcade parts and wired up a few PCBs into functioning arcade cabinets, but I wouldn't really call it "restoration". Similarly, I'm not refinishing antiques when I hit an old table with Windex and a few paper towels. There's a lot more to it.

Donkey Kong Orange and Blue Pushbuttons from Mikes Arcade Putting all the components together is a lot of fun and I enjoy wood working, so building a custom cabinet is anther great facet of resurrecting a PCB to a playable format. However, there are those who aren't simply trying to create a playable arcade game- they want to replicate it down to the last detail.

There are several outlets for obtaining new decals for side-art and the control deck. Marquees can also be found. But there's another element to be considered - the tactile feeling of proper controls!

Check out this Kickstarter for Donkey Kong Orange and Blue Pushbuttons from Mike Haaland. You may know him from Mike's Arcade, a seller of arcade parts & accessories. They started manufacturing replacement parts for Donkey Kong style arcade cabinets, down to manufacturing the M3 carriage bolts used on the control panels.

When you hear him talk about the correct colors for DK arcade buttons, the stiffness of the button's spring or it's travel distance - you realize there's another level of arcade restoration akin to art.

If you're lucky enough to won a Donkey Kong arcade game, take a look at it's buttons and see if it feels the way you remember from 1981. If not... Mike's Arcade Kickstarter might be just what you need. On the other hand, authentic replica arcade buttons might be a fun addition to your gaming collection.

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