Troy's Arcade (2010)
Having been practically raised on arcade and console
video games I've wanted to build a MAME system for a really long time. I
would have preferred building a full sized stand up arcade machine, but
I'm severely space limited and there's no room for one in my home... on
the plus side this machine is totally portable.
I had originally planned on building a stand up style
arcade machine, but early into the project build I decided that the
parts I had on hand were better suited for a small modular living room
entertainment PC to connect to my 46" 1080P LCD TV.
Originally titled "Hell's Illusion", this HellRaiser
sequel mod took almost a year and a half to design and create, had I
known starting out that it would take so long I probably wouldn't have
done it at all - on the plus side I learned a lot during the build and
it turned out great, so I figure it all evens out. The plan was to
entirely conceal the computer through the inclusion of a cool illusion
section inside a scratch built eight inch cube case... a worthy
follow-up mod that runs silent, has two built in displays and wireless
remote controlled internal lighting.
After MOBY2 I was ready to try making a computer into
something different, the HellRaiser Cenobite PC sculpture is as
different as things get. I did not want to base the design on any of the
existing HellRaiser characters and instead sketched out a design of what
I imagined a case modder turned cenobite would look like. The machine is
completely water-cooled with a ton of custom details and features
including remote controlled animatronic UV eyes, 3D oven formed acrylic
windows and a laser array shooting out of the head.
Atomic MOBY was all about excess, I overloaded that case
full of every type of lighting and mod available at the time, but for
the sequel I decided to tone it down - while still staying true to the
original. The mods performed to this case are some of the finest I have
ever done, they required a lot of thought and planning to get everything
to line up and fit together properly.
Atomic MOBY (2001)
Way back in the year 2000 I saw my first computer case
mod and decided to try doing it. I had already been building high end
computers for myself and friends for a few years - being an artist
modifying the enclosure seemed a natural progression, so I bought a
Dremel and a high end aluminum case... this is where my modding started.