Monday, May 10, 2010

Everything-in-a-box MAME Arcade Cabinet

This is a project started around 2004, and sat for 5 years, then I finally finished up the cabinet this past year. So what is it? MAME (Multi Arcade Machine Emulator) is an arcade emulation system. The machine can play over 6,000 old-school arcade games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede... yeah all of them) true to their original form, and also many retro game consoles such as Atari 2600, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, SEGA Genesis, Playstation, etc.

This is a custom built cabinet (started with a plan found on the internet, I forget where) and custom design control panel. Wells Garner 27" monitor with VGA out, trackball/spinner, 4 8-way joys. Happ arcade controls, spinner, keyboard, trackball boards and Ultimarc Opti-PAC, ArcadeVGA, IPac 4 Interface, LED Harness, HAPP 3" trackball. The joy in the middle is 4-way, with asteroid button layout around it. Buttons on the sides for pinball simulators. It's a beast, and a blast to play. Panel disconnects with a couple latches. Everything starts up/shuts down with one button (computer, marquee, monitor, etc.)