Favorite Hardware Hacks

Greg Tito | 6 Jul 2011 12:00
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Most of you are probably familiar with a little show called Doctor Who that's been on the air since 1963. The TARDIS is perhaps the most recognizable image from the entire series, an extra-dimensional sentient spacecraft whose chameleon circuits have malfunctioned, locking the outward appearance of the ship as a 1960s English police call box.

You might also be aware that MAME is a way to play old school cabinet videogames with only software. What better way to symbolize the different worlds that videogames can transport its players and the worlds that the TARDIS can travel to by building a MAME console that looks like a TARDIS? (It's also a great way to combine two of the most common captilized acronyms that's visually appealing - MAME TARDIS, maybe it's just me ...)

New Zealander Simon Jansen actually created the two different components separately, designing the TARDIS to fit the MAME console he had built. But the finished product looks awesome.

And Jansen even got part of the TARDIS signed by Sylvester McCoy, the 7th Doctor himself. How cool is that?

Check out how Jansen built the TARDIS MAME console on his website www.asciimation.co.nz.

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