Monday, November 18, 2013

Cobra Command For Collins : The exciting conclusion

A few talented and determined individuals labored for 6 months to create a replica arcade game for Leslie M. Collins, who is disadvantaged in life.  After knowing Leslie for 10+ years, and knowing that his dream was to own a Cobra Command arcade game, and concluding that he had done everything possible within his own means to make this dream come true, we stepped in and made up the difference.
We raised money, built (from scratch) the cabinet, painted it, got replica art work, wired in the electronics, and wrote the emulation software to play two classic laserdisc games: Cobra Command and Cliff Hanger.

Upon placing the video game at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, we lured Leslie to the location on pretense of just hanging out with one friend to enjoy an afternoon of pinball games.  We allowed Leslie to randomly discover this game on his own.

This video shows this moment (captured from 3 angles) and his reaction.

Upon discovering the game, he was very excited.  We let him soak it in for a few seconds before revealing ourselves from our hiding place.

Technical notes: This game runs on Daphne ported to the Raspberry Pi by myself (heavily optimized).  Cliff Hanger runs a 100% speed, Cobra Commands runs at near 100% (you can't really notice any problems).

Here are some other random video clips for those who want more of the experience.

1 comment:

  1. Wow that is just inspiring. Well done gentleman!