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iCade, an Arcade Cabinet Docking Bay For Your iPad

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the i'd-buy-one dept.

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schmidt349 writes "ThinkGeek has announced a cool new accessory for that iPad you're too ashamed to be seen buying in the Apple Store. iCade is an arcade cabinet/dock that lets you play all your favorite vintage arcade games at your desk, on the airplane, or in the bathroom with an authentic look and feel. Games are still being licensed, but iCade's launch titles include Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Q-Bert, and everyone's favorite, Super Steve Brothers. Quarters, thick veil of cigarette smoke, and annoying eight-year-olds are not included."

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first post (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700614)

Apple is for Sheeple.

Don't forget to wash your ass-hole out after Steve Jobs cums inside of you. I've heard he has AIDS and cancer.

Re:first post (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700634)

Jobs loves you..... He really does, and is sad you dont call anymore...

Re:first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700642)

Wow, slashroulette is SO COOL!!! Lamest site on the interwebs now.

I'll stick with the do-it-yourself crunchpad (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700636)

Re:I'll stick with the do-it-yourself crunchpad (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700718)

wow dude, being a homophobe ass is not funny except to KKK members or low IQ tea party members.

You aint funny, and your ripoff site is even less funny.

Re:I'll stick with the do-it-yourself crunchpad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31709754)

slushdot is ghey.

mod me +5 troll (2)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700654)

I've always wanted to try this.....

The sad thing is (2, Funny)

Ricken (797341) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700664)

I really want one.

Re:The sad thing is (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700688)

Nice idea, but you can run MAME on pretty much anything. Putting together a mini-MAME cabinet would run you less than the iPad to begin with.

Re:The sad thing is (1)

4phun (822581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31704672)

Nice idea, but you can run MAME on pretty much anything. Putting together a mini-MAME cabinet would run you less than the iPad to begin with.

Clever idea

Why hasn't anyone ever done it?

Re:The sad thing is (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 4 years ago | (#31704932)

Putting together a mini-MAME cabinet would run you less than the iPad to begin with.

It's not like you'd have to glue it in place. You could still use it for other things.

Re:The sad thing is (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701972)

Actually, it shouldn't be too hard to build something like that thing for real.

I would bet that someone at arcadecontrols.com is going to start drawing up plans for a cabinet like that. Building it around a mini-ITX board and a small LCD (One of Dell's doublesight displays seems about right, though you could probably find something cheaper) or maybe a netbook would probably work nicely and give more flexibility than an ipad, though you'd probably want to enlarge it a bit to add more buttons so you can use it for more games.

Even if this is April Fools Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700670)

I just came so hard thinking about it.

A Fool, but cool (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700672)

OK so it suffers from the tinsy problem of being fictional, but that would be cool if made. Thinking about it, perhaps there really is a market for something like that made from a Mini-ITX board? Cheers, Ian

The other ThinkGeek April Fool items (1)

knarfling (735361) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700798)

If you look at the bottom of the iCade page for suggestions, you will find things like a knife that makes noises depending on what you cut, canned unicorn meat, a secrets bear that lets you spy on kids, and my personal favorite, the Tribbles'n'Bits breakfast cereal [thinkgeek.com] . It has to be the ultimate Geek breakfast. Unfortunately, under availability it shows that it is only available on Sherman's Planet.

Re:A Fool, but cool (2, Interesting)

rtobyr (846578) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701036)

It's too bad this isn't real. It could be done relatively easily, and people would buy it. I don't imagine that Apple would want MAME on their App Store, though. You'd have to do it for jailbroken iPads.

Brilliant! (3, Interesting)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700706)

I know I'll (rightly) be labeled an Apple fanboi for this but THAT IS FUCKING BRILLIANT!!

That is easily one of the coolest damn accessories I've seen for a computer device! Gawd damn, the 10 year old geek that hung around arcades who still lives in me is jumping up and down with glee over that while the Apple fanboi in me is saying "yeah. I know. I want to get it already. Calm the hell down kid!"

Too! Fucking! Cool!

Re:Brilliant! (4, Interesting)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700738)

I have to agree.. I know it's a Thinkgeek AF product, but I think they can/should actually make this one..

Re:Brilliant! (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700806)

I know it's a Thinkgeek AF product...

LA!LA!LA!LA!I'M_NOT_LISTENING_TO_YOU!LA!LA!LA!LA!

:)

Seriously, it almost certainly is an April Fools joke, I know, but I still think it's f'ing awesome. Too pricey, but gawddamn cool.

Re:Brilliant! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31701676)

It certainly is. Click "Buy"

Re:Brilliant! (1)

MistrBlank (1183469) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700930)

It won't surprise me when it does become real. To be honest this seems like a weak prank and more like something that someone should jump on quick to make money.

Re:Brilliant! (2, Informative)

sootman (158191) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702414)

They managed to turn last year's Tauntaun sleeping bag [thinkgeek.com] into reality, right?

If you like that, you're really going to like this (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700776)

Apple To Offer iPad Upgrade To Windows [slushdot.com] .

Apple has announced that, while iPad users won't be able to run OSX, they will be able to run Windows 7 Mobile. The cost of the upgrade wasn't available, but a source inside Apple said that it would be "reasonably priced for an Apple ... an extra $1,500 to $2,000."

This may be the only way for iPad owners to run essential apps such as Youtube unless they want to stick with the new YouTube TEXTp ASCII-art display mode

Re:If you like that, you're really going to like t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31701726)

lol..except that all iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPad's have YouTube build in with h.264.

It would have been funnier if it was at least based in some sort of fact.

Re:If you like that, you're really going to like t (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702508)

Wow. That site breaks the lame-o-meter.

Re:If you like that, you're really going to like t (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702532)

Come on, it's only been set up since 4:54 AM today - just in time for April Fools. Submit stuff if you think you can do better :-)

Re:Brilliant! (2, Funny)

Above (100351) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701652)

Yes, I would totally buy one. This would be awesome on my desk.

Re:Brilliant! (1)

Hillgiant (916436) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703272)

Every year, ThinkGeek has an AFJ that makes me think, "Yes, it's a joke... but I totally want one."

Silence is Golden. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700716)


 

Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

grapeape (137008) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700760)

I would so buy that...hell I'd buy an ipad just to get one of those.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

gravis777 (123605) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701032)

I know. I was so hoping it was real as Slashdot didn't tag it as AprilFools. This is a pretty cool idea, but I am pretty sure a charging station / gamepad for the iPad could probably be made for less than $150. Shoot, could probably license a few dozen games and still get the device in for around $50.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702730)

You never built an arcade cabinet, have you. The parts alone would probably be around 50$ minimum, even in volume. The sides are CNC'ed laminated particle boards, the edges need T-molding, the joystick and buttons have to be arcade-grade, etc.

Yes there is a market for that, but even ThinkGeek couldn't expect to sell 100K or even 10K of these, so also think about that when you think about volume pricing.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (3, Interesting)

Rary (566291) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701280)

I would so buy that.

So tell them [thinkgeek.com] . If enough people want it, they'll make it [thinkgeek.com] .

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

CoffeeDog (1774202) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702072)

... And whoever at Apple looks at the submission "iCade MAME Emulation App" will laugh maniacally as they hit the giant red DENIED button.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

dissy (172727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31710616)

... And whoever at Apple looks at the submission "iCade MAME Emulation App" will laugh maniacally as they hit the giant red DENIED button.

Actually, MAME has already been ported to the iPod/iPhone, and runs fully.
My fully, I mean it has no emulation issues that the full version doesn't also have, not that it is actually fast enough to be playable.

At least on my 3G iPhone it is too slow to actually play.
However it is fast enough to show that it works. In Golden Axe I was getting almost 1 frame a second, but at times it dipped down to what felt like 1 frame every 2-3 seconds for a few moments.

The reasons I even mention this are:
a) The iPad is faster. Fast enough? Dunno.
b) This MAME port is a flat port. no optimizations or assembly enhanced updates (or very few)
c) The code is there and functional. Anyone can pick it up and run with it.

Obviously touch screen controls will suck for emulating a console or arcade of any sort, but that is exactly what external controllers like this are for!

I also know it is possible to actually build a controller like this. When I was pondering the problem of how to use a console controller, I knew I could access the docking station serial port on my iPhone, so it was just a matter of a 'driver' that polled the controller on the serial port, and translated it to touch points on the screen.

Now I just use either my wiimote or PS3 wireless controller with my iPhone over bluetooth. Much better way of doing things.
In fact if I had to build a joystick for my iPhone now, I would only use the dock connector for anchoring the phone to the joystick, and if the joystick is an arcade cabinet like this as so plugging it in the wall is an option, that will probably charge the iPhone.
The data will go bluetooth.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

CoffeeDog (1774202) | more than 4 years ago | (#31710734)

Actually what? I said Apple would deny this app on sight. Jailbreaking your iPhone and installing MAME is completely unrelated and something the average user would probably not do. Not to mention that making a peripheral intended for jailbroken phones is a good way to incite Apple's wrath, just look at the iControlPad battle brewing.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701282)

That was my thought, had to hit the order to confirm it was fake. It's like the ton ton sleeping bag, it's actually a pretty cool idea. Was actually enough to get me to consider an ipad thing. Now, would need a few more titles working for the cabinet, but it is a really cool idea.

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

jackpot777 (1159971) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701926)

The what what sleeping bag? C'mon, this is slashdot. Kick it up a notch and Google it if you don't know it! /taunaun

Re:Damnit April Fools Day I Hate You (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702644)

'Tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard! /tauntaun

please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700808)

...fucking stop with this shit. thanks.

Not user friendly (3, Interesting)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700830)

Ignoring the obvious April fools' part of this, I think the screen would need to be angled back a bit for for usability sake.

No Pac-Man? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700832)

No text.

This just as good as the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (1)

mveloso (325617) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700840)

Heck, I'd buy Mame for the iPad.

Re:This just as good as the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703388)

Uncle Steve isn't going to let you have MAME.

That's because you might be tempted to download and play illegal ROMs on his... sorry, I mean your iPad.

I want to play Super Steve Brothers (1)

argent (18001) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700888)

I don't want the iPad or cabinet, I just want the game.

Call me crazy... (1)

Nightclaw (41212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700896)

...but I'm actually kinda disappointed this is just an April Fools gag. I really think this is a pretty neat idea (despite questionable licensing issues).

Re:Call me crazy... (2, Insightful)

CrackerJackz (152930) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701590)

Its always a little sad to me that in this day and age, a neat idea can't happen not because of a technical reason, but because of a licensing / legal problem.

ThinkGeek mocks the world again (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700902)

Look, I KNOW it's a ThinkGeek April Fool's joke, and I'm still not really that thrilled over the iPad and probably won't wind up getting one.

But really, that DOES look like it'd be pretty awesome. And technically feasible.

Sinistar (2, Funny)

Princeofcups (150855) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701084)

Hate to bitch, but unless it has a 49 position joystick for Sinistar, I'm not interested.

Re:Sinistar (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701358)

Sinistar says "Beware, I live! And not on some crappy iPad either!"

tribbles and bits (1)

OlRickDawson (648236) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701106)

I would buy their tribbles 'n' bits cereal, and I'd give serious thought to the moodINQ (other jokes on the website. Scroll down on the iCade page to see the others).

Products that they could actually sell... (1)

JoshNorton (528856) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701890)

I'm assuming this will go the way of the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, along with the Dharma Initiative Alarm Clock and the Monolith Action Figure.

Maybe they need to beta test it a little bit (1)

joeflies (529536) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701954)

before going into production. The screen looks awfully vertical, making it hard to see when it's down at your hands on the tabletop. A little angle on the screen would be nice.

The controls look like it covers up the bottom part of the screen, making you miss a lot of the action.

Maybe after they rework this a bit from the april fools prototype, it might turn out to be a great idea.

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