20,000 Classic Arcade Games Deserve a Beautiful Wooden Console System

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Swedish designer Love Hultén is freaking obsessed with classic arcade games. You'd have to be, to craft a beautiful wooden console with matching controllers just to house a massive collection of them. Awesome.

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At first, Hultén's R Kaid-42 ("arcade for two", get it?) looks like an old, hand-crafted box. It's made of dark walnut with brass fittings, and measures about 7 x 7 x 14 inches, which is considerably smaller than even the tiniest mini-fridge.

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But the box, which is held together by magnets, magically breaks apart from this compact package into a console with two controllers. Some basic assembly is required.

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The controllers are wireless with rechargeable batteries. They're big and beefy, just like you want them to be.

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Beneath the wooden exterior, the R Kaid-42's console box is a small 1.8 GHz PC that instantly boots to a homegrown interface that lets you pick between some 20,000 classic titles (see the video below). The console has VGA connectivity so you can connect a display of your own—none is included with the R Kaid-42.

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You, too, can have a beautiful arcade like this one. Pricing starts at about $1000, but Hultén doesn't specify a final price for the package, saying each unit is a custom job that will be tailored to each customer's needs. No matter what, it'll cost you more than a quarter.

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StoutFiles

I'm assuming the 20,000 games don't come with it for legal reasons? I'd like to know he got them all configured though, I have the worst luck with MAME. Seems like every game I play I have to configure it specially for that game, and have to go download extra files somewhere.