June 01, 2004

The Beginning

While I was on vacation last week, my wife and I stopped by S&B Amusements, a local shop that refurbishes old arcade machines. I was instantly transported back in time to my high school days, when I used to spend countless hours in the arcade. After perusing through the old machines, I got the bug to get one for myself.

A refurbished arcade machine like Gorf or Stargate (two of my favorites) runs anywhere from $1200 to $1800. That's a hefty chunk of change, but I figured it was a worthy investment for a piece of nostalgia. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that spending that much of my hard-earned money on just ONE game was somewhat foolhardy. I remembered reading about people building their own arcade machines around a PC running MAME. So, I spent the next few evenings perusing the Arcade Controls website, which is a treaure trove of information about building arcade cabinets.

I decided that building a cabinet would be a fun project. I enjoy building things, and it gives me an excuse to buy power tools (which is always a good thing). This page will chronicle my foray into building a MAME cabinet over the coming months.

More to come soon...

Posted by Deinonych at June 1, 2004 09:11 PM