Arcade Fonts

by NFG - 10th January 2013 in

I like fonts. I had weird fonts on my Atari 8bit computer; I hacked up bitmap fonts to print my own mad letters on my SLM-804 laser printer on the Atari ST, and I hacked a receipt-printer to give me extra characters. Fast forward past all that, and I love arcade fonts. MAME made it easy to rip fonts and other graphics from vintage arcade games, and after a Japanese site (now defunct) showed how cool a few of them were, I went collecting.

And then I wanted to use them, but cutting and pasting 8×8 pixel chunks to create words from letters was a massive effort. So I wrote a script. I’m not much of a coder, but this script worked first try and converted text strings to graphic output using arcade fonts.

To date, there are font count 8-pixel fonts and more than larger fonts. As more fonts are ripped, they’re added to this thread on the old forum.

You can muck about with them, creating your own fonts, using the fontmaker page.

The code is released to the public domain so you can download it and use it as you see fit.

And here’s the complete list of 8×8 fonts: