Here we have yet another Sega arcade control panel lookalike. This time, we have a design made to look like the Sega New Net City cabinet control panel.
The design reflects the more minimalist look of later Sega arcade control panels, devoid of any lines and pinstriping whatsoever. What we have instead is a field of black dots over a grey background with cabinet's logo in the center.
The design has a very nice feel to it with the black dots give the design some "texture" so to speak. Meanwhile, having the cabinet's logo in the center, right where the dots fade, gives it a good sense of balance.
The logo has been manually recreated based on a scan of the original arcade control panel. Below it however, instead of the words "Second Generation" as with the original, we have the name of the stick in question (in this case, a Tournament Edition stick from MadCatz). Below that, we have the flavour text from the original. To help the logo come out, it is actually stroked with a slight outline that's of the same colour as the background.
The overall simplicity of the design means that it's easy to create some simple, yet elegant looking variants. One advantage that this design has is that the background is clearly seen and not blocked off by any form of striping or paneling.
Here we have a Street Fighter X Tekken inspired piece featuring a staredown Ryu (from Street Fighter) and Kazuya (from Tekken). This piece clearly demonstrates how the New Net City based design allows for the entire image to be seen. The field of dots has been set to that they only darken parts of the image and doesn't cover it. Meanwhile, the dots provide for a nice effect when juxtaposed over two characters facing off on opposite ends of the design.
This Phoenix (from Marvel Vs. Capcom 3) design is based on a similar design I did using my New Versus City lookalike template. Again, it demonstrates how the image in the background is still quite visible even if we have some character art in the foreground.
A Sakura (from Street Fighter) design. The background image features her and her rival Karin. As with the previous Ryu and Kazuya template, the positioning of the dots juxtaposed over the faceoff between two characters makes for a very dramatic looking design.
And... uh, moving on.
A design featuring Cammy and Chun Li art by Capcom artist Kinu Nishimura demonstrating a trick I like to use every now and then. A larger, mono-coloured version of the character art in the foreground can at times, be a used as a good background. An interesting trick here is that the field of dots has been divided into two layers, each using a different form of blending. The dots going over Cammy and Chun are blended diferently from those that go over empty white space.
The base New Net City design template for the MadCatz Tournament Edition can be downloaded here.
The variants can be downloaded in the ff. links.
All contain button labels for both PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 consoles.
Templates and variants for other sticks will be made available at a later date or by commission.