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I mirror bladed my freakin' arcade! (Updated with VIDEO walk through)


By frolic

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    I had a vision for installing a floor to ceiling mirror at the far wall of my arcade game room. Had it professionally installed. Literally makes the room look twice as long. The room is 40' long, currently with 14 pins along the wall.

    My wife and I also installed LED lights along the top, which run along the 3 other walls and are mirrored, creating the super long room effect. She figured out the system of mounting the leds.

    Even when you are standing in the room, knowing you are looking at a mirror, it still confuses you.

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    Video walk through added:

    #2 3 years ago

    Im confused!

    Looks Killer!

    #3 3 years ago

    Led strips on the other three sides.

    genius!

    #4 3 years ago

    Incredible!

    #5 3 years ago

    Sweet !

    #6 3 years ago

    Great work! I've planned on doing this to my 5 pin mini arcade basement this year ('coz it needs it!) and it's great to see a real example. The lights at the top really enhance the effect. Good stuff!

    #7 3 years ago

    I just love the look of a long row of pins. I have 8 in my garage, but on either side, I wish I could just run them all in one line, it's suck a great look.

    And you've basically doubled the length of that look. Love it.

    #8 3 years ago

    That's an awesome idea man !!!!

    #9 3 years ago

    looks good. Why do you have a gap between full throttle and star trek? Is that the doorway?

    #10 3 years ago

    I can see someone drunk getting hurt.

    #11 3 years ago

    Awesome! Now install a mirror on the opposite wall for infinipins

    #12 3 years ago

    I would push my own mother down the stairs just to be your close friend!

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from Aurich:

    I just love the look of a long row of pins. I have 8 in my garage, but on either side, I wish I could just run them all in one line, it's suck a great look.
    And you've basically doubled the length of that look. Love it.

    Well it certainly doesn't suck

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    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from CNKay:

    I can see someone drunk getting hurt.

    First thing that came to mind

    #15 3 years ago

    Super sweet. Love to see a long row of pins.

    #16 3 years ago

    i'd totally be the drunk dude that runs to play the next row of pins.

    #17 3 years ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    Why do you have a gap between Full Throttle and Star Trek? Is that the doorway?

    There's a door there to a cold storage room. Although I just had the door reversed, so that it no longer needs clearance in the arcade. I'll be able to reduce the gap, which will allow for 1 more pin, bringing my max to 15.

    #18 3 years ago

    Frolic how often do you have people over? Do you host local leagues? Your spot is nicer than most places in NYC. Heck all places.

    #19 3 years ago

    People are over pretty regularly. I like to live out my dream of when I was 17 years old and having my own arcade, but without it turning into "the worst job in the world". So it's when I feel like it, not a grind.

    The goal was an authentic arcade experience, so everything there is commercial spec, including a token machine and all machines are on token play. Sometimes I host charity nights where the token money is donated. Lets me scratch my itch of being an operator, lets people have access to the games, and all for a good cause.

    #20 3 years ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    People are over pretty regularly. I like to live out my dream of when I was 17 years old and having my own arcade, but without it turning into "the worst job in the world". So it's when I feel like it, not a grind.
    The goal was an authentic arcade experience, so everything there is commercial spec, including a token machine and all machines are on token play. Sometimes I host charity nights where the token money is donated. Lets me scratch my itch of being an operator, lets people have access to the games, and all for a good cause.

    Awesome. Do you have any vids?

    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from kaneda:

    Awesome. Do you have any vids?

    Only 1, as it's pinballs first, so there was some space for 1 cabinet without sacrificing room for a pinball.

    It's a Pac-Man's Arcade Party. A licensed Namco coin-op, also on token play.

    Also visible in this pic is my token machine, and a touch screen juke box. There are 14 bar stools, plus tables. So between the games, the stools and standing room, room for a fair number of people.

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    #22 3 years ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    Only 1, as it's pinballs first, so there was some space for 1 cabinet without sacrificing room for a pinball.
    It's a Pac-Man's Arcade Party. A licensed Namco coin-op, also on token play.
    Also visible in this pic is my token machine, and a touch screen juke box. There are 14 bar stools, plus tables. So between the games, the stools and standing room, room for a fair number of people.

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    I love your arcade! It's a very classy space. Is this your basement or a room off the house?

    #23 3 years ago

    By all means,your game room is killer!!I think we all crave this kind of space! I have 5 pins shoehorned into a 10x16 ft one man arcade,but,one day that will all change,excellent job,you should be proud,peace!

    #24 3 years ago

    Turned out great!

    #25 3 years ago

    It's a basement. Originally was set up as a 1 bedroom apartment when I bought the house. There was a kitchenette and 1bedroom wall and closet that were all removed.

    I happened to be house hunting a couple years ago, after i got "the sickness" so an arcade was a big part of what I was looking for. If the house we looked at didn't have a workable basement, it was a no go.

    The complete story of my journey is documented at www.frolicsarcade.com

    #26 3 years ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    It's a basement. Originally was set up as a 1 bedroom apartment when I bought the house. There was a kitchenette and 1bedroom wall and closet that were all removed.
    I happened to be house hunting a couple years ago, after i got "the sickness" so an arcade was a big part of what I was looking for. If the house we looked at didn't have a workable basement, it was a no go.
    The complete story of my journey is documented at http://www.frolicsarcade.com

    Very nice setup! I really like your "pay to play" events for charity. Can I ask how much per play you set your games at?

    You also use tokens also? Awesome! That brings me back remembering the days of putting those gold coins in my favorite vids. Right on!

    #27 3 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic frolic! The illusion of extra pins is brilliant!

    #28 3 years ago
    Quoted from pinnyheadhead:

    Very nice setup! I really like your "pay to play" events for charity. Can I ask how much per play you set your games at?
    You also use tokens also? Awesome! That brings me back remembering the days of putting those gold coins in my favorite vids. Right on!

    Since I'm trying to raise as much money as I can, tokens are $1 and games are priced between 1 and 3 tokens. Older games are 1, brand new games you don't see anywhere else are 3.

    As commented by people in this thread, you don't see game rooms like mine everywhere, so I leverage the "premium prices for a premium experience".

    I make the charity nights special, I create flyers for them. Here's an example.

    And I had my own tokens minted too .

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    #29 3 years ago

    Your own tokens? Sweet set up. I wanted to do mirrors for that look, but it didn't work out for my space.

    #30 3 years ago

    Ok, those custom tokens are really neat. Where would you get something like that made?

    #31 3 years ago

    I just recorded a video walk through of my arcade:

    #32 3 years ago

    Looks great and if you REALLY wanted to mess with peoples minds you'd mirror the opposite wall and turn the room into an infinity game room.

    #33 3 years ago

    This is truly amazing! Inspiring! Motivating!

    #34 3 years ago

    I've been considering doing this to my gameroom for a while now. Seeing your room has convinced me it's "worth it."

    #35 3 years ago

    Definitely "worth it". Best mod ever .

    The reactions it generates is awesome.

    Pricing would be hard to compare because it is a custom job, and I'm in Canada. I chose to use professionals than trying to mount panels myself, as I wanted it precise, not just hanging mirrors. But I'd say it was the best bang for the buck I ever spent.

    #36 3 years ago
    Quoted from jkashani:

    This is truly amazing! Inspiring! Motivating!

    Just doing my best to pass on "the sickness".

    If it weren't for seeing other game rooms on Pinside and in person, I'd never have been inspired to take mine to this level.

    I've always had a vision for what I wanted, in my case it was a "commercial" operation that looked that way in every way but actually wasn't.

    #37 3 years ago

    Frolic,

    Can you post more info on the lighting around the top. I would like to do the same around my game room.

    #38 3 years ago

    I made a video with more detail about the lights:

    I bought them from ledlightshack.com

    They are Crazy Lights.

    #39 3 years ago

    Wow, super impressive. The way the lights can change via remote, and your custom logo frolic neon.. custom tokens... what's left to do down there? Probably the nicest selection of 14 games I've seen in one place too. ::bows down:: Thanks for sharing the vids. I wish I could do a mirror... someday!

    #40 3 years ago

    Love the tokens. Just about putting The Playdium to shame. Makes me wish I had not moved away from Toronto. Great job frolic.

    #41 3 years ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    I made a video with more detail about the lights:
    » YouTube video
    I bought them from ledlightshack.com
    They are Crazy Lights.

    Hey Frolic,

    Thanks for the video! I started checking my home Depot for channel and they have at least ten types including metal, plastic clear and white. Do you mind showing which one you used and how you mounted it to the wall? Also a close up picture would help showing how low from the ceiling.

    Thanks Martin

    #42 3 years ago

    <-------(standing up clapping, with a tear in the eye). That was beautiful. Well done sir!

    #43 3 years ago

    I tell you what, you truly committed to your forum name! Custom neon, tokens, etc. Bravo!

    #44 3 years ago

    Bets on, how long before someone walks into the mirror?

    #45 3 years ago

    Visiting Frolic's arcade is now on my bucket list.

    Awesome !!!

    #46 3 years ago

    What board are you running in your multicade?

    And you collection looks awesome. Love the lights and that infinity effect you created.

    #47 3 years ago

    Jealous as hell...
    I need a bigger house with a basement. <sigh>

    Killer LED show.

    #48 3 years ago

    A visit to frolic's is special! I have a tiny brain, so my fav part is the paper towel dispenser!

    #49 3 years ago
    Quoted from SealClubber:

    Bets on, how long before someone walks into the mirror?

    Their an idiot then because they would be walking into themselves.

    #50 3 years ago
    Quoted from marspinball:

    I started checking my home Depot for channel and they have at least ten types including metal, plastic clear and white. Do you mind showing which one you used and how you mounted it to the wall? Also a close up picture would help showing how low from the ceiling.

    This is what I used, from the Canadian site:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Alexandria-Moulding-3-8-in-x-3-8-in-x-96-in-Metal-Mira-Lustre-U-Channel-Moulding-AT015-AM096C03/205576702

    My wife used it for a renovation project, as actual trim, and had some left over and had the idea of housing our leds in it. I don't think there's any right or wrong way to do this or house it, other than making sure the u-channel is big enough to not just hold the led strips, but also the power wires and CONNECTORS... that is the biggy that will take the most width.

    For the distance from the ceiling, I don't have a measurement handy, but all I did was run 1 string of leds into the u-channel, then I plugged it in and held it up on the wall and moved it up and down to determine how much light I wanted. I also stood in front of my games as if I was playing, to see how much light was being reflected on the glass. Once we found our sweet spot, my wife made a cardboard template to gap the u-channels, so the spacing would be consistent.

    She mounted them to the walls by drilling holes in one side of the channel, and then putting screws into the wall, and resting the u-channel on the screws. She then used velcro tape to attach the u-channels together so they weren't gapped between each piece.

    So, I have to give my wife full credit for doing all this work. It was my vision, but she executed it.

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