After seeing stuff on the internet, I decided to make myself a
MAME cabinet. It is my project this year. I hope to have it done
by the start of summer.|
MAME stands for Multi-Arcade
Machine Emulator. Basically, it is a computer program that
emulates the workings of arcade video game processors. MAME runs
on regular PC's. Now, you can find ROM's, that is, programs of
old video games, on the internet. You can download these and play
them on the MAME.
Some hobbyists will order joysticks and buttons from arcade
supply stores like Happ
Controls and Multi-Marc.
You can get a special printed circuit board called a keyboard
controller and hook up these joysticks and buttons to your
computer. The really hardcore will build their own cabinets, and
they end up with a real arcade video game in their family rooms
that can play many classic arcade games.
Well, this idea appealed to me, and I decided to try my hand.
There was actually a stage 3 planned where I would make my own cabinet
from scratch, but I learned a lot about my limitations vis-a-vis
woodworking. Stage 2 is up and running in my stepdad's garage. It needs
some cosmetic work - a bevel around the tv, speakers hooked up, a new
name panel on top, etc - but it works and you can play games on it. It
will probably be a while before I can put much more work into it.
- Stage 1 set up MAME on a computer that outputs
to a TV, and create a control shelf to practice
woodworking and test button layouts.
- Stage 2 My mother heard of my project and
got me an Ivan Stewart Off-Road video game machine from
her work. It doesn't work. For stage 2, I want to install
the computer and TV into the cabinet and replace the
game's steering wheel controls with my own control
layout. The Offroad machine is built in a very modular
way. The steering wheel assembly comes off quite easily,
and it should be fairly simple to attach my own control