Why it matters to you
When many older gamers recall their gaming glory days, they think of the arcade, not the couch. While some cities may be lucky enough to have a modernized arcade bar, they are few and far between.
For some, the best way to scratch that arcade itch is to bring home a classic arcade game cabinet. Then again, restoring and/or maintaining a classic cabinet can be a difficult and expensive task for the average player. For players looking to find a happy medium between the retro arcade experience and modern convenience, there’s London-based company Stoa, which is developing sleek, custom-built arcade cabinets.
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Each Stoa cabinet is handcrafted from start to finish for either one or two players. Customers can choose from numerous styles of action buttons and joysticks to create a layout that fits the games they’re interested in playing. Fighting game enthusiasts might want a set of six buttons stacked in two rows of three, while Neo-Geo fans might go for the classic four-button formation found on its multi-game cabinets.
Using cathode ray tube monitors is no longer an option these days, so Stoa uses LCD monitors with a scanline generator. The monitor produces a black line every other line to replicate a technique used by arcade machines for the past 40 years. It softens the graphics just enough while retaining the 4:3 aspect ratio the games were designed with.
Sound comes from two speaker slots placed above the screen. A knob hidden in the back of the cabinet controls the volume.
Stoa offers four different cabinet types. Since the cabinets are custom-made, the color and design of each cabinet is completely up to you. Finally, customers can choose a “curated selection” of games to add to machine, including Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Street Fighter II, and Mortal Kombat. According to the Stoa website, its game offerings will change based on availability, and owners will have the ability to change the games on the machine at a later date.
A completed arcade cabinet takes roughly six weeks from design to delivery. Pricing is not listed on the website, and will presumably vary based on the exact specifications of each order. We’ve reached out to Stoa to find out a range, and will update the article when we know more. For now, you should contact Stoa directly if this seems like something you may be interested in.