No more Hammer Time for me

I sold my Hammerin’ Harry PCB. It’s a very nice platformer, but I never play it and I needed some cash for a project I’m working on. Hopefully I’ll be able to post my build log soon!

Artwork links are now updated

I’m now hosting my custom artwork on this site to avoid dead links. Enjoy!

MegaUpload closed – my artwork links are dead


MegaUpload that hosted my custom artwork has been shut down today. I’ll try to find another hosting service or just host them myself, hopefully tonight or this weekend. Stay tuned.

Not much going on

Right now it’s slow at casa Emphatic. But I have a nice little project on the way, I’m still collecting the bits needed, then I’ll start planning and finally, the build will be done and presented here. I’m saving my funds for my most treasured PCB ever as the new job has gotten me to buy more arcade stuff.

I’m also waiting for some cool arcade parts to try out (not only joysticks) and I hope to make some more articles/guides to publish soon. I do get some questions from time to time, and hopefully, some sort of beginner level arcade hardware guide can ease more people into the arcade hobby. I will write a list of recommended parts based on my experience as it might come in handy for someone, somewhere.

Take care, dear readers.

SUZO 500 Rubber edition

I was browsing eBay and found a SUZO 500 that had gray plastic at the base instead of the red I normally find in arcade parts stores online. I know that joystick guru Kowal has mentioned that there used to exist an older revision of these sticks that had a rubber grommet doing all the shaft centering instead of that poor plastic pivot piece that’s in use in the “red versions” with the hard springs.

I contacted the seller and he informed me that this was indeed the rubber grommet version. I immediately bought one and it arrived a couple of days ago. I promptly installed it into one of my EGRET II cabinets, switching out a “red version” SUZO 500 with a custom shaft. The rubber version came with CHERRY microswitches that has a bit bigger connectors than the OMRON I had installed, so I just took the middle part (with the switches) from the spring SUZO and put it on the rubber one (all parts seem to be perfectly interchangeable btw) and it’s now installed in my cabinet. Sometime when I have some daylight available (Sweden feels like it’s dark almost 24 hrs a day when you have a dayjob) I’ll try to shoot a short video of the stick’s performance.

I took a couple of pictures of the stick while I changed the shaft and switch base, one with an “exploded view” showing all the parts (notice how the plastic on the shaft has a way smaller ball than the newer spring based 500’s):

SUZO Rubber edition exploded view

SUZO Rubber edition exploded view

And here’s a close up of the rubber grommet:


SUZO rubber grommet

SUZO rubber grommet

I wonder if there’s some rubber pice available that could be used for the newer 500’s or perhaps even other stick brands. It would be interesting to try a Seimitsu with a rubber grommet. 🙂

New arrivals in the Vertical PCB section

I traded my Metal Slug 3 and Metal Slug 4 MVS carts with a great guy in the UK and now I have Rush & Crash and Super Space Invaders ’91!

Both games are titles I grew up playing and I’ve always wanted these in my collection.

Batrider GET!

I got to buy this with split payments (thanks a lot, Jens) and now I have another Yagawa game to punish me when I feel masochistic. I bet it’s gonna feel great.

Also had some of my custom artwork printed out and this is how it looks when applied to the instruction holder on my EGRET II:

Traded away some MVS carts

Blazing Star and Last Resort has left the building.

ESPGALUDA II custom move strip added to the artwork section

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Armed Police Batrider movestrip added to the artwork section

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