(credit: BeSpoke Arcades) Limited Edition BeSpoke Art-cade Machine | £auction | www.bespoke-arcades.co.uk
if you happens to reside in UK, who loves arcade gaming (with the cabinet intact) and have huge pockets, then may we suggest this one-off limited edition arcade machine for your collection? this arcade gaming machine, aptly dubbed Art-cade, was created by UK arcade machine specialist BeSpoke Arcades, in collaboration with street artist SHOK-1, specifically for the benefit of the Japan Tsunami Relief effort and all proceeds from the sale will go directly to the British Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. aesthetically, the arcade cabinet is adorned with artist SHOK-1’s artwork and protected by a layer of durable plastic lacquer.
SHOK-1’s work doesn’t stop there. he even customized a light gun which will come package with this limited edition arcade machine. on the gaming hardware aspect, the Art-cade features a huge 28-inch HD display, ball-top joystick and 10-buttons for two players, an integrated trackball (bowling, anyone?) and it comes bundled with Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse. under the hood, is a complete WiFi-enabled PC system powered by Intel dual-core processor, a 2.1 sound system, front access to four USB 2.0 ports, DVD rewriter and over 350 classic arcade games preinstalled including 1942, Commando, Metal Slug, Bubble Bubble and among the many others.
if you think 350 classic arcade games are not enough, there’s an emulator that is said to be compatible with thousand of games and for the added gaming measure, it also features plug-n-play compatibility with PS3. finally, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Edition takes care of the operating system aspect of this machine. the Limited Edition BeSpoke Art-cade Machine is now up for bidding on eBay UK with a starting bid of £5,000 (about US$7,863). auction will end September 25, 2011 at 12:15:31 BST.
PS: as to why this disaster fund relief auction came so late, BeSpoke Arcades has this to say:[quote]We realise some people may be saying this is a bit late – well it’s taken a while to get it perfect! Although the media glare may have dimmed as newer world events occur; Japan is still being rocked by powerful earthquakes on a daily basis, with thousands still living in makeshift temporary accommodation. Although this project has been in the pipeline for a while now, we decided to hold it back to help the Red Cross highlight the end of the appeal on 30th September. This is your last chance to help.[/quote]